Hark - Joan of Arc
Hark! Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc fought for nationality and self-government,
The right to citizenship and an to identity that's yours,
One to do with your country, your space and your privileges;
She ended the medieval age saying that the nation state rules.
She was the liberator of the Hundred Years War,
The monarchy dispute between England and France;
France wanted to become an independent nation,
Whilst the English intended to stay at their station.
At a time in the war when the French were down,
Joan possessed a commanders’ mind and had eyes for the kill;
She swept into Orleans between the English army’s lines,
When they were overly confident, to right the Agincourt thrill.
However, she needed validated by the powers that existed,
As a woman cross-dresser and as she claimed god’s voice,
So King Charles VII of France held a theological inquiry,
Into her mind, religiosity and into her lack of humility.
She was passed, and in 1429 the inquiry advised,
That she be tested out and given more army responsibility;
She won the bridges of the Loire, offensively postured,
And Jargeau, Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency she captured.
The English went quiet, and and a truce occurred,
But Joan was board so wrote to a Catholic faction,
Which incited the English to retaliate and win more French towns,
So yet again she took up armour, with male clothes as her gown.
Unfortunately she lost at this one, Compiegne, ‘cos she was taken,
Captured by the Burgandians who had sided with the English,
Who paid the Burgandians for their right to herself imprison,
To be tried, called a heretic, and burnt in condemnation.
Her religiosity is questioned by some scholars,
As she herself said that she was the angel that came;
It was as is if her voices and her visions,
Could have been just communication, brains.
God in those days was much the same as how,
Rita-Ora is on the X-Factor, mature but loud;
Confident in expression and moral in femininity,
But more importantly, with the attention of the crowd.
Joan of Arc was to me a lover of political freedom,
The maker of the nations, and so also the modern world;
She knew that by her sanity declaration upon death,
So much more democracy and liberation would be unfurled.
The American Revolution came after Joan’s fight:
She made the Revolutionists plight a whole lot easier;
And today Scottish independence receives a light,
From that nationalisation which gives us each other.
Copyright © Dominique Jon Apple Webb | Year Posted 2015
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