A Brief Genealogy

I am a late Plantagenet.
Without distinction, true, but yet
Thomas of Brotherton starts my line,
and though King John is not quite mine
I won’t complain. Fair Liverpool
was founded by this king so cruel
who got the land in twelve oh seven,
then sent my ancestress to Heaven
for talking politics or such –
perhaps it was she talked too much.
He tossed the key, she met the stare
of dungeon keepers; tore her hair,
moaned and pleaded, wept and wailed,
starved in her cell securely jailed,
loquaciousness her only crime --
Also a tendency of mine.

By Sally Cook