As noble knights by sanctity embraced,
Stories traced upon a silent tomb
Emblazoned and caparisoned
In semblance of history
Laid to rest in glory.
Truth not writ in stone,
Death corrupted
Serving life
Mere trumpery.
Fearing exclusion,
History created;
The image takes precedence.
Inferiority boasts
Aristocratic lineage.
Living in fear of an empty life
Tombstones cover prophecy self-fulfilled.

These monuments, at first apearing to be exceptional examples of medieval tombs are no more than a sham… commissioned by a wealthy merchant to add a gloss of aristocratic respectability to his lineage at a time when ‘smelling of the shop’ tainted social standing.

For Colleen’s Poetry Challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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19 Responses to Folly

  1. Lovely use of our wonderful language


  2. Reminds me of the political sickness that has exploded in our world. Sue, your words always speak to me. This is excellent poetry. I wish you a blessed Samhain. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jordan says:

    Lovely poem, Sue! 💗

    Liked by 1 person

  4. willowdot21 says:

    A great Etheree, so beautifully crafted.💜💜💜


  5. memadtwo says:

    It seems we will never be free of those who glorify themselves with deception. (K)


  6. Widdershins says:

    He gets 10 out of 10 for effort though.


  7. Vashti Q says:

    Hi Sue. Wonderful double Etheree. This makes me wonder about the merchant and also about the kind of snobs he must have been surrounded by. 😉 xo Happy Friday!


  8. Pingback: Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 108, “Afraid & Grave”, #SynonymsOnly – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer

  9. I think this is pretty amazing, Sue.


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