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The Reign

The Reign

Portrait de Marie Antoinette en robe de mousseline dite ‘à la créole’, ‘en chemise’ ou ‘en gaulle’. © Hessische Hausstiftung, Kronberg im Taunus

Portrait de Marie Antoinette en robe de mousseline dite ‘à la créole’, ‘en chemise’ ou ‘en gaulle’. © Hessische Hausstiftung, Kronberg im Taunus

You though I am a woman,
To be petted
And passed over and ignored.


Like

Queen of France,
Packed off like precious merchandise
To spend a lifetime with
Another mysterious bridegroom.

I never cared for

Someone younger than me.
More beautiful than me.
Married before me.


But,

I'm eclipsed.
I AM Isis.
I am worshiped by millions who believe it.
I can kill just by moving my finger.

I need

A court to worship me,
A country to obey me,
Poems written celebrating my beauty.
Music composed in my honour.

Some people are born
More fortunate than others.

* The poem is composed by appropriating screenplay lines from selected movies:

  • MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, 2018

  • YOUNG VICTORIA, 2009

  • THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, 2008

  • ELIZABETH, 2008

  • CLEOPATRA, 1963

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