Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow!


Anne Boleyn was a bonny court lass
Who captured the king's roving eye...
She stole from the Queen
in a shameless demean,
A passion no fool dared defy.

King Henry VIII was a ravenous man,
Whose appetites roamed without rein...
He set eyes on fair Anne,
Smile demure behind fan.
His obsession, then, drove him insane.

Duty demanded an Heir from the Queen,
A male to inherit the throne...
Yet, the Queen could produce
But a cute little goose...
A grim faux pas she could not atone.

The king was intent upon having a boy
Thus, his favor abandoned the Queen.
He had eyes for but one
To deliver that son...
"Queen Anne" of sweet beauty and spleen.

There was but one power that gave Henry pause,
The Church he was sworn to defend...
Which refused to approve
The King's bold, raucous move...
Yielding rift beyond diplomat's mend.

Henry's lusty desire for the "virginal" Anne
Would, by nary a soul, be denied....
He banished the Queen
To a castle unseen,
And Rome, in rebellion, defied.

Henry crowned her Queen Anne with great fervor...
banished the Church from his realm...
Quickly planted his seed,
waited, anxious indeed,
for an heir to succeed English Helm.

But, in spite of the king's tender passions,
A man-child was not in the wind...
Though Anne tried and tried
She just could not abide...
Forced the king to affections rescind.

The new queen, a huge disappointment,
Feared what her failure may cost...
Despite desperate pleas,
Henry issued decrees
And the bonny Queen Anne's head was lost!

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Pachuca213 6 years ago

This was so good! I love that story.You captured the entire story so vividly and lyrically, I am so impressed!

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Pachuca213, Thank you for the kind words. I dedicate this piece to Epigramman, who, through his wonderful imagination, has expanded my horizons!

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This was great - I love this period of history.

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

acaetnna, I love this time era, too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Rosie2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya tnderhrt, oh how lovely, not for Queen Anne, of course, whose head was lost. You, gf, is so talented. I enjoyed reading your poem.. I wish it would go on and on. Thumbs up!

Happy Holidays,


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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Rosie, I am honored that you stopped by! King Henry VIII was a fascinating character, crazy as a loon, dangerous but fascinating, none the less. Happy New Year, Rosie Girl!

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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Ahhh, Tnderhrt - That was so good!!! That brings up a suggestion: Do it again soon.

Gus :-)~

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Many thanks, Gus...I shall indeed try!

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anglnwu 6 years ago

History in a gem of poetry--how excellent. Enjoyed the read. Rating it up.

Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

You rock. Fascinating, sordid history and great poetic storytelling collide here. I'm impressed. Thanks for the wonderful and very meticulously plotted poem. Cheers.

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Thank you, kind Sir! It was a challenging and fun write, for sure...more thrilling when it is enjoyed by talented writers, such as yourself! Happy New Year!

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is wonderful.A story told in poetry,how very talented you are.Thank you.


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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Always exploring, humble thanks! May you have a wonderful Happy New Year!

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Fossillady 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well done tnderhrt! You nailed it and I'm glad Epigramman influenced you to expand your horizons, he has a way of doing that!

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Thank you, fossillady! Yes Epigramman has certainly fired my imagination and inspired me to stretch, but then, the whole Hubpages experience of reading other writers, sharing my own stuff, and getting great feedback has inspired and encouraged me to do that which burns within me to do... write. I love you all for that! Have a wonderful New Year!

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epigramman 6 years ago

....splendid history lesson and told in such a fine poetic way .... well as they say ..... it takes one to know one and believe me you are my literary hero too!

Footnote: a film called ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS came out in 1968 about this very subject in which you write - I bet if you go to You Tube - type in the film title - you will probably see a film clip!

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Epi, I have a sudden urge to curtsy! LOL! I am just so grateful for you! This tale of Anne came about after watching The Tudors...a series to which I became hopelessly hooked. Will certainly check out "Anne Of A Thousand Days"...read "The Other Boleyn Girl" twice and saw the movie...am a King Henry VIII junkie! Have a wonderful holiday, My Hero! and thanks for your awesome feedback!

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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia

Simply brilliant! Loved it from the first word till the last. fantastic piece!

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

nighthag, now I am thrilled! This was something new and different for me, as well. Thanks for your wonderful feedback!

Barefoot Wahine 6 years ago

This was such a fun and wonderful read. You did such a grand work here, I am so pleased you had dropped in on me for my last piece, that brought me here this morning. I love this poetic story. Dancing a grand waltz over that vote button and the rest of them buttons up there. You made me smile and I must say I feel this one will stay with me for the day..... :D hugs :D

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Barefoot, I am tickled that you stopped by and even more tickled you liked my newest work! Please don't stay away for too long!

Take good care and have a wonderful and blessed New Year!

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Stories Inc. 6 years ago

I'm in awe. This really was both an informative account of a part of history and an inventive, rhyming poem without compromising between the two...

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Stories Inc. 6 years ago

(sorry, computer error caused previous comment to be posted twice... I changed the text of this one)

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Stories Inc., To be completely honest, I am a bit in awe, too! This is the first time I have attempted anything like this. Most of my writing has been either emotion or fiction based. King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn captured my attention in The Tudors series, and one day last week, this piece just happened. Nonetheless, this piece about Anne is my "baby" and I am really thrilled at how it has been received! Many thanks for stopping by and for your wonderful words! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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Stories Inc. 6 years ago

Thank you, Happy New Year to you and the ones you love too.

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK

This is stupendous! I love the way you have woven the narrative history in the rhyming format and produced a work worthy of publication. I think this should be in English texts for children to learn. What better way to learn History than through poetry that is fun and immensely readable. Kudos, tnderhrt23 and a very Happy New Year! you have got yourself a new fan.

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Docmo, I am speechless! Thank you so very much and I am thrilled! Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

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Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

This is extremely unique! From the title to the last line, you captured this time period beautifully. I agree with Docmo...this piece is definitely worth being a precursor inside a history book.

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Deni Edwards, Many thanks! I am definitely thrilled with the feedback on this piece, that kind of happened to me last week! Perhaps I will pursue the possibility of publication...May you have a wonderfully prosperous New Year!

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Suzanne Day 6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nice poem - excellent rhyming!

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Pixel-Alchemist 6 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

A wonderfully fanciful ditty, the words seemed to sing in my mind.I Totally loved it. As many have said before me. You captured an entire piece of history in a wonderful poetic verse You are a very talented Poet. I love the Royal History of England. A Writer couldn't come up with halve the tale written with all the intrigue and skulduggery the Monarchs history entails.

I also loved the Television series the Tudors, and recently got the DVD of Elizabeth the Golden Age. Which is as you know the natural Progression of events after her father died

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

You've done quite a brilliant historical story in this poem. Indeed, that guillotine was quicker than a Nevada divorce. But Queen Anne did give the world a memorable monarch - Elizabeth I. Fascinating stuff, isn't it? I so enjoy the series made of Elizabeth I's reign, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen. Regrettably, I missed the Tudors.

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Gypsy48 6 years ago

This is brilliant, love this time in history, more please!

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