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Sentinel of Strength

* This one is for my Mommy, her Mommy ETC- the lucky ones.

Nourishment- encouragement.

Minister of all heart's treasure
Donor of the kindest pleasure 
Infinite love, no measure
Powerful embraces, your leisure.
Sublime being, forever proud
Never shallow, nor a shroud
Instructing all, love you vowed
Quiet sentinel, strength so loud.

Upon weary days, you'd not smother
Heart enriching, me 'n' my brother
To adore you, there in no other
Divulging to all, the perfect Mother.

This one is for the unlucky one's who have or had no choice.

O' girl born to royalty
From the moment of birth, 
Preened for the aristocracy
Prospect to a King's loyalty-

Fed from another's breast
Mother was busily searching for
your future husband's crest.
Princess's every movement planned,
even to whom would be given her hand.

Aged of thirteen years, 
a fountain of ideas was becoming hers.
Learned in languages, yet 
to never have a tongue
Driven to madness
O' so very young.

"All that is expected of thee
is to be wife and Queen, in this land
of unity. Bear sons and speak not
a whit, after all... you are but a 
woman, silly twit." Her Father, the 
King explained that eve 'fore her nuptial.

"But Father, I know not even who he is!"
The frightened Princess softly spoke.

Yet the argument was always the same.
She was to wed the King of a strange land,
to go with him as always planned.
She was to forge the union of Kingdoms.
To do as told and enjoy all that is grand.

The day of the Union, she met her 
betrothed, walking down the isle
He stood there , some fifty years old,
large, pasty, expectant and with a vulgar smile.

And all her fears, even within her 
young years- drove her instantly mad.
In a rage, she died then and there
rather than to be locked in her Royal 

These are akin to so many women and mother's alive to this day.
Never should these women go unnoticed.

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  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:52:00 AM
    Wonderful images of the contrast between lucky and unlucky. Congrats on your win

  1. Date: 3/20/2014 5:54:00 AM
    Lovely and heartfelt poem on mommy. Congrats on the fine win, amy

  1. Date: 3/19/2014 5:34:00 PM
    Another lovely win Amy, this is a tender loving write... :) Congratulations, with your winning poem, --A very touching topic, sponsored by the Awesome and Sweet Leonora-- Sending hugs ~LINDA

  1. Date: 3/19/2014 2:16:00 PM
    This is an awesome write Amy. The second part too is strongly expressed...and so sad...unfair. Congrats on your win. // paul

  1. Date: 3/19/2014 11:45:00 AM
    This is a great poem for mom my dear friend Amy. Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing and your loving support in my contest! Love lots and biggest hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 12:03:00 PM
    Hurray for your WIN, Amy. - Well done!!!! - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 7:01:00 AM
    warm congrats on your win, amy! :) huggs!

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 2:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in P.D.'s "Any Dedication" contest Amy. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 12:35:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Enjoyed..Sara

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 2:27:00 PM
    Congrats on your well written, well deserved 1st place, Amy. Outstanding. Kudos. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 8:23:00 AM
    superbly stunning Awesome u be luv? this one is phenomenal ..brilliant vocab.. have so missed u too my friend.. email me.. we'll chat ...luv..

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 8:22:00 AM
    superbly stunning Awesome u be luv? this one is phenomenal ..brilliant vocab.. have so missed u too my friend.. email me.. we'll chat ...luv..

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 1:17:00 AM
    Amy congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 11:46:00 PM
    Nice to see you Amy, congratulations with your wonderful entry. Tank you for supporting my contest. Every entry was lovely in it's own way and deep for the occasion. Good night, ;-) PD

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 3:30:00 PM
    wow Amy, powerful poems are these, so profound, this needed to be written, to my fav, along with you. harry

  1. Date: 5/14/2012 10:25:00 AM
    your contrast approach mystifies, amy... a substantial piece of artwords... dazzling expressions both joyful and poignant!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 5/13/2012 12:39:00 PM
    A lovely way to bring your point across Amy and I could not agree with you more. Their plight should be highlighted! *hugs* Wilma

  1. Date: 5/13/2012 11:27:00 AM
    so true. lovely poems, both of them. Happy mother's Day to you. hugs, Catie :)