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A Compassionate King - a brief moment poem

Updated on April 23, 2014

Anne Boleyn went to her death in a most dignified way. Her husband Henry the Eighth was not quite so dignified.

From - Women of a Certain Ages - a brief moment in history.

A Compassionate King

Henry the Eighth,


gave in to a whim

of his Queen

Anne Boleyn

and granted her

a French executioner.

(The English lot gave

an uneven chop.)

With an Ooo-la-la

and a c’est la vie!

Head on the block

and in a trice

the perfect slice.

Henry said an obligatory prayer -

adultery, Lord, I will not wear-

justified, he went on his way,

betrothed to Jane Seymour

the very next day.


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    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from australia

      Thank you Ann - Henry sure was a complex guy, much conjecture of course.

      Best regards....

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Brilliant poem and a nice slice at Henry! It made me smile.


    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from australia

      Thank you so much Harishprasad - I agree with your most interesting observations. Anne Boleyn is a fascinating lady in history and, although she never knew, her daughter became Queen Elizabeth the first.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Ann Boleyn is such a name that evokes so many feelings in one's mind. She is a controversial and sometimes revolutionist figure in history of the world. Her death was as fantastic as her stormy life. travmaj, you have penned a very fantastic poem about her. Voted up.

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      4 years ago from australia

      Theresa - thank you once again. Yes, Anne Boleyn had a most interesting life but sadly short. I usually write travel and places , more comfortable with that. Pleased you approve of my poetry, I'll work on it. Best wishes, Maureen

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Another great period piece encapsulated in a short poem. You are really good at these. :) How did I miss them? I seem only to have read your lovely explorations of various places and cultures. :) Theresa

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      xstatic - thanks again - I try to alternate between serious and humorous - but usually a touch of humour wins. glad you approve.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A history lesson in a humorous poem. Up!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Hiya Annie - thanks - you are like an old friend popping in - I haven't read that book (and I missed the film)but will certainly do so now - glad you enjoyed my sense of humour - but then you understand it. I'm writing a few 'moments in time' Take care,

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      6 years ago from Spain

      Ha ha ha Maj... I see you have " Ze wicked sense of humour " Just as a matter of interest, have you ever read the book " The other Boleyn girl" Can´t remember the authors name, but it was so good I read it twice. There was also a film, but it wasn´t a patch on the book.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Hello Patty - pleased you enjoyed it - love that era also - best wishes

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting and Funny Poem!!! I love reading about Henry VIII along with Anne Boleyn!! Great Job...Thanks for sharing!!!


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