What pride she has

She holds close to her crystal chest.

Under a veil of starlight

She gives shame another name and seeks to ignore it.

On a cold autumn morn

With summer singing in the leaves

She stands up for

Her beloveds and

Raises her chin to the moon.

What venom there is in eyes

She gathers in her cup.

When all is done and

Her sword arm wearies

She gives in to what she cannot hide and

Turns to the child, instigator, beside her

And spanks her for her actions.

A queen’s beauty is deceptive

Her faces warp between kind and cruel and

The line between them is too thin to see.

Despite her willingness to disregard her heart

She lures you back to her bosom



For the deed she will

Do again in the future.

Kings call these women queens

Too many children call them mothers.

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  1. Happy New Year!! I love the vibe of this piece. It gives perspective from both sides. From a queen’s perspective, we see them as having to be ruthlesss. But from their children’s perspective, that same person is their mother. This can be said for some villains who end up having to do villainous things because they didn’t seem to have any other choice. They do have those to care about. Great job on this!!

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  2. This is such a beautiful and deeply impactful poem, Jaya. I felt some relation to the mother character as even though I would never hit my son, I struggle to manage my anxiety sometimes which makes me prone to a cycle of shouting and then feeling guilty about it. ☹

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  3. Sad but true Jaya! I have always enjoyed historical fiction especially the Aurthurian legends, and now I’m watching the crown on Netflix. It seems so strange to me how the royals in both the books and shows treat there children. It seems much like you describe here. Or else they send them away to be raised someone else.

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    1. Historical fiction often succeeds in getting my blood boiling . . . Most often people viewed their children as The Future so their treatment of them often seemed in conflict with their beliefs . . . Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the matter!

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  4. Wow, Jaya, just like everyone else, I loved the poem. Unfortunately, kids are the convenient targets of some parents, They hold them dear, as long as their kids satisfied their needs and demands. You are right, children belonged to their time, not to anyone else. If you respect, support, and love them, you will get a wonderful bond; but still, they are the future generations.

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    1. I am glad you are one more person in the world who does not approve of spanking. It is always a curious reflection to me when I think of how some people will defend their children from others but still spank them, which is to me another form of attack.

      I wanted to express that here. Thank you for reading!

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