I'm happily participating in Jenners' Take A Chance Challenge. There are so many great challenges, but I felt that I had to try the poetry one first. Here are Jenners' directions for this one:
Poetic Review. Write a book review in three different forms of verse: haiku, limerick and free verse. (You can pick any book you want to write about.)
I chose Edith Felber's Queen of Shadows. This was a page turner historical fiction novel about Queen Isabella's rocky marriage to King Edward II. Poor Queen Isabella quickly learns that her husband prefers the company of his male companions and advisors. The novel keeps your attention as you watch an unlikely friendship develop between Queen Isabella and her lady in waiting, Gwineth. Filled with revenge, Gwineth originally wanted to bring down both the King and Queen. Seeing Isabella's loneliness and respecting Isabella's sense of honor, Gwineth quickly learns to love the Queen as a surrogate mother and friend.
Here are my three poetic attempts at a review of this terrific novel.
Isabella heard the bang, bang on the wall
as the King shared his scepter with all,
Her lady in waiting held her hand
wondering about the next demand
And whose head under axe would fall.
Adultery and greed
plagued Queen Isabella's nights
schemes and plans fill days
Stepping off a ship,
greeted by golden king,
young queen dreamed of love,
soon discovered betrayal.
Regal bearing grows,
as wisdom fueled by neglect,
mature queen seeks loyalty,
and aches for lost dream.
Remember that I'm still pumped up on antibiotics, so I did my best anyway:) I actually have to go to the doctor again tomorrow. Now I'm having joint pain which could mean some complications. Great! I can't seem to kick this thing. Oh well, I'll probably be on more medication tomorrow!
Hope you take the opportunity to read Queen of Shadows. I think you'll enjoy it!!