Poetry Friday: Three Cats and a Queen

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Fats here.

For today’s Poetry Friday, I am sharing with you a poem by Marjorie Allen Seiffert that fits for our current theme on A Game of Thrones: Blue Bloods, Queenship, and Aristocracy. If you like Arthurian legends and enjoy reading a story with a good twist, then you’ll like Seiffert’s poem. To read more poems, visit the Poetry Friday round-up hosted this week by Keri at Keri Recommends.

The King Sends Three Cats to Guinevere
Marjorie Allen Seiffert

Queen Guinevere
Three sleek and silent cats
Bring you gifts from me.

The first is a grey one,
(I wanted a white one,
I could not find one snowy enough
Queen Guinevere,)
He brings you purple grapes.

The second is a grey one,
(I wanted a sleek one,
Where could I find one sleek enough
Queen Guinevere?)
He brings you a red apple.

The third one, too, is grey.
(I wanted a black one,
Not Hate itself could find one black enough,
Queen Guinevere,)
He brings you poison toadstools.

I sent you three grey cats with gifts—
(For uniformity of metaphor,
Since Bacchus, Satan, and the Hangman
Are not contemporaneous in my mythology)
I send you three grey cats with gifts,
Queen Guinevere,
To warn you, sleekly, silently,
To pay the forfeit.

Queen Guinevere, wife of King Arthur, leads a wounded Sir Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table and Guinevere's lover. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Queen Guinevere, wife of King Arthur, leads a wounded Sir Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table and Guinevere’s lover. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

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6 Comments on Poetry Friday: Three Cats and a Queen

  1. I’ve always loved the intrigue of the Arthur stories, & there are so many interpretations of them. I don’t know this, it is quite treacherous isn’t it, Fats? Poor Guinevere-hated because of love. Thanks!

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  2. Oooh – all the treachery of those Arthurian legends!

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  3. Shivers! What a sugary yet slyly evil voice.

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  4. Whoa! Mischievous and intriguing…great selection, Fats!

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  5. I love the “Arthur” legends, too :) One of my all-time favorite musicals is “Camelot.” We did it as our high school play and I can’t tell you how many times I listened to the album. It was the recording with Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. Fantastic stuff!

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