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Read Poems by Peter Heathcote

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Martyrs

Fires burning, burning bright.
Not for warmth or even light.                        
Burning flesh seared to the bone. 
Was this the sense of martyrdom?

Mary Tudor was the Queen, 
return of Popery her dream.
Henry's child without a doubt,
her fathers deeds to turn about.

Men and women, loosing life,
butchers son and bakers wife.
Bishops, clerics, Lords and sires,
Not one spared the holy fires.

Thomas Cranmer was her aim, 
he caused her mother so much pain.
Anne Boleyn's most errant knight,
causing Mary's own sad plight.

Hooper, Ridley, Cranmer too,
English folk, all good and true.
All subsumed to appease her bile,
sacrificed on the stakes woodpile.

Fourteen score souls finally died,
entering the flames with pride.
Heretics, each and every one.
Assured of joining God's own son. 

As death became well-nigh routine,
The people cried God Save the Queen.
But they, in their hearts, were wary,
amongst themselves called her Bloody Mary.

Copyright © Peter Heathcote | Year Posted 2012


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  1. Date: 1/27/2016 1:26:00 PM

    PETER, A great pleasure to find and read the inspiration poured from your pen today. Love ** SKAT **
  1. Date: 3/23/2012 7:17:00 AM

    I am stopping back today to see if you have continued to write and post new poetry Peter. I hope that you will continue with your writing. You have taken the first step~ ~to write and share. When you feel the need for inspiration read some of the other poetry here at PoetrySoup. It will help you. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 3/20/2012 12:57:00 PM

    Welcome to the soup. Great poem to start with: a good story well written.
  1. Date: 3/19/2012 4:44:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Peter. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 3/17/2012 8:57:00 AM

    Well done Peter. - Have a lovely weekend. - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

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