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  • A Message For Lady Jane

    On the day of her coronation as queen of England,
    Lady Jane Grey receives and reads my cryptic letter.
    Can you see the message she missed?


    For you this rhyme is penned whose eyes
    Blind to its structure must not be.
    A message between the lines lies,
    So search them close and narrowly.
    Your life on finding it depends
    For it advices your next move
    In this dangerous game that your friends
    Coerced you into. It will prove
    True your judgement of this affair
    When they sat that crown on your head.
    Seek the corner and start from there
    And you will see what can't be said.


    Jane to herself
    I search but my eyes cannot see
    The hidden message meant for me.
    I, through no wile or stratagem
    Of mine, now wear this diadem.
    Weary of riddles I have grown
    So I will stick to what is known
    And trust only that which is clear
    To buoy this heavy crown I wear.

    N
    ine days later, Jane was imprisoned.
    She was beheaded within seven months.
    This is my lament (spoiler alert!)


    Forgive Jane my obscurity
    On matters of security.
    'Flee Lady Jane'was my message
    Diagonally on the page!
    It becomes clear when one combines
    The n-th letters of the n-th lines.
    Oh Jane, that I had run the risk
    Of discovery, your fall so brisk
    Might not have been. If plain I'd been,
    You'd be known as the One Day Queen!
    Now no more shall your head be bent
    In doubt; from your neck it's been rent!


    (This is a fictional account of my attempt to save Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen of England (after Edward V and before Mary I). She was only 16 when she reluctantly ascended to the throne, imprisoned 9 days later to be beheaded within 7 months for treason. In this poem, I send her a cryptic message hidden in a rhymed poem on the day of her coronation. Can you see it? If not, see the first comment below.)

  • #2
    Spoiler alert!

    It's a diagonal acrostic. Follow the capitalized letters in each line:

    For you this rhyme is penned whose eyes
    BLind to its structure must not be.
    A mEssage between the lines lies,
    So sEarch them close and narrowly.
    Your Life on finding it depends
    For it Advices your next move
    In this Dangerous game that your friends
    Coerced You into. It will prove
    True your Judgement of this affair
    When they sAt that crown on your head.
    Seek the corNer and start from there
    And you will seE what can't be said.

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    • #3
      Captivating write Raoul. I doubt I'd have even thought in that direction for a solution, so your 'spoiler alert' saved me. Those who enjoy puzzles and have more patience than I, are going to lap this up! Bravo! It's been a long while, if I remember correctly, since a poet in the Zone has posted anything acrostic. Thanks for the reminder of the form! Top drawer.

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      • Raoul D'Harmental
        Raoul D'Harmental commented
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        Haha - you are as impatient as she was. Hope you don't lose your head though! Thanks once again for a lovely review, RLW
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