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Jacqui Thewless

Rookie - 0 Points (November,1955 / Manchester, UK)


Stunned by the bolt
of genesis, high-browed,
big royal-blue eyes
wide awake,
pale-faced princess,
we gave you the title
of a queen - Elizabeth, the third
girl, our fifth off-spring,
sister of twin, John;
our last-born

As soon as you could
shuffle over our floors
you found that you could open a door
by pulling yourself upright
with the aid of its knob.

With this
inside intelligence
there was nowhere safe:
our stuff was yours, and the house
became your pen.

Rowen, the eldest, Jessie and Jules -
even then were your slaves,
stooping and skivvying for you.
I caught your sister,
scooping you
from your nest-bed like a bird.
an imperial finger,
Jessica! you said – with zest -
your first word.

Submitted: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Edited: Thursday, June 30, 2011
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  • Rookie - 0 Points Jacqui Thewless (10/14/2009 5:31:00 AM)

    In the penultimate line, the word 'Jessica' is italicised in the original, but this site does not enable italics, sadly. (Report) Reply

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