The King's Bastard

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The King's Bastard

He was the king's bastard,
a royal faux pas.
His untimely birth
was the Queen's private yaw.
She burned with resentment
and railed at the thought
of the king's indiscretion
and the child he begot.

It became her obsession
to correct this mistake.
She could not allow
the king's bastard to take
his place in succession
for rights to the throne
when surely those rights
belonged first to her own.

So she hired an assassin
and commissioned the deed,
to blot out the bastard,
to kill the wild seed.
For all of her scheming,
her plot went awry
when instead of the bastard
her own son would die.

Thus, the king's royal bastard,
now, lone heir to the throne,
vowed his revenge which
the Queen did bemoan...
and she died in her bed
by the bastard's decree
in a cruel twist of fate that
she failed to foresee.


"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very good! Excellent and voted that way.


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miss_jkim 5 years ago

Well this is short and to the point. Truly the way of things in life, as it is never our place to "get even." Resentment and bitterness will often backfire.

Forgiveness can give us much more power, and peace.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Mr WillStarr! I appreciate your comment! This was inspired by the somewhat racey series Game of Thrones...


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

miss_jkim, what you say is true, for sure, but was not so much the way in the realm of court...thank you for your read and comment!


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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

Well No_Clue, I must say that this is a very interesting write...One can almost read between the lines. I loved it.

Voted up, and glad to see you're at it again!

Hugs,my friend!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

tumblintumblweed, thank you, as always. Writing comes difficult these days, but once in a while things come together...as I said before, this was inspired by the series "Game of Thrones", which we have been watching...amidst all the angst here. I appreciate your support more than you know. Hugs to you, too!


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daryl2007 5 years ago

is this from the Game of Thrones? Cool series...i cant wait for the next season


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi , very nice poem and i didnt know illegmate children of royalty got the throne or not in west. Out here they didnt. They might be made an important minister but not the king .


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

daryl, yes this was inspired by the Game of Thrones, can't wait for next season either...it is a gripping series, for sure! Thank you for your read and awesome comment!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

sweetie, Hi! This little poem is strictly fictitious and to be honest, I have no idea if illegitimate children have any rights to the throne in real life...I was actually thinking from the "bastard's shoes"... and also recalled in the writing of this, from Tudors, King Henry's reaction to the birth of his first son, born illegitimate, who was thrilled to finally have an "heir"...but I so appreciate your read and comment!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Very clever writing... The best laid plans...


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

A very clever poem accurately depicting what went on in those days. Thank you.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Well written. A lot of territory covered in a concise writing. Well done and interesting to boot! Voted up.


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miss_jkim 5 years ago

Ah yes, the Game of Thrones. I too, was intrigued by this series.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great write NC. You sure have a way of digging deep into that lil' corner of yours.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

mckbirdbks, thank you! Yes, the best laid plans...often go awry!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Spirit Whisperer, As always I appreciate your read and comments! Thank YOU!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

tillsontiton, thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Sharyn, thank you, kindly! I appreciate your read and comment!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

So well done, I held my breath until the last line! Gosh, it's like I am a bystander to the real events. I feel like I just read the whole book =)


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tnderhrt23 4 years ago

I was deeply embroiled in The Game of Thrones when this was written...inspired by royal corruption and greed!Thank you, Max!

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