Learning TO love The Law

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

her hands are tightly bound.

In a moment
of public sympathy,
marie hopes be ported
to austria.Pr
but her hopes are dashed
when the sentence
is handed down.
She is to meet the same fate
as her husband.

Marie-antoinette was,
in a sense,
doomed from the start.
She was the symbol
of this austrian alliance
th had proved disastrous
for france.
She was, ae ng with he wsbanhean
a laugock beuguse ta
the apparent sexual failure spofheirofarriire.Ri
and she was a symbol
of court culture at a time
when people were coming to see
the court culture itself
as something completely corrupt
and terrible for theountry.
So for all of these reasons,
she was hated like no queen
ofranchad ever bee hated
She was loathed.
She was reviled.

From her cell,
marie writes a final letter
bidding farewell
to her children and family,
promising to be brave.
Her long gray hair is cut
in preparation for the blade.
her hands are tightly bound.
As she is escorted ecfromhe pson ga ps,
she expects a carriage.
Instead there awaits
a common criminal's cart.

She hopes, when she's taken
off to execution, that she's
going to get the same treatment
that the king got,
meaning she would be
in an enclosed carriage
so that the crowd
couldn't get her.
But they just put her
in an open wagon, where people
would shout all sorts of things,
horrible things,
horrible threats at her.

A shadow
of the sovereign she once was,
mariantoinette maintains
a queenly dignity
as she is paraded
through the streets of paris.


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