‘The Fallen Vestige’ and Other Poetry by Theresa Rodriguez The Society May 3, 2014 Beauty, Culture 4 Comments The Fallen Vestige The fallen vestige of her foliate time: Browned leaves beneath; coarse needles of old pine Once green and pungent; when her nests in spring With peeping chicks, and swaying boughs, would sing. So splendors fade, as does the daily light; Of seed and growth and birth and bloom and height: Such pastels surely rise to later blend Into the morose darks of autumn end. But when to earth her fullness drops like tears, It thus becomes the soil of future years. Blessed Margaret Plantagenet Pole (1472-1541) Executed by Henry VIII 27 May 1541, Tower of London You ran around the room. The hooded goon Was chasing with his ax. In tears and cries You asked him “Why? What have I done?” But soon He reached your aged neck. But nothing dies Unless you kill it. Firmly, blood began To spew from wound, and wound, and wound, and more Than thirteen whacks and chops and strikes; a man Against a woman. Then the hacking gore Took off your head. The deed was done. Such strain Of royal blood was by a Tudor shed, Plantagenet and threatening and slain! Made martyress by him who made you dead. A coward and a tyrant, in the name Of bullied blood beatified the same. Theresa Rodriguez is author of Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs and is a Classical singer and voice teacher who writes for Classical Singer Magazine. Featured Image: “Twilight in the Wilderness” by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Robert Walton May 3, 2014 I think Theresa did a fine job with “Fallen Vestige”. She’ll want to fix the course/coarse typo in line two, however. Reply T Rodriguez June 15, 2014 It’s fixed, thanks for seeing what I did not see!–Theresa Rodriguez Reply Reid McGrath June 20, 2014 Keep publishing here Theresa. I enjoy(ed) reading these poems. Theresa Rodriguez September 25, 2014 Thank you very much Reid, I am so glad you enjoyed my work!–Theresa Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.