Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Love under the Gooseberry Bush.

"Forbidden Love in the Age of  Chivalry"
Worth a re-run?

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in her parlour,
Eating bread and honey.

The Princess in her pink boudoir
Was trying on her dresses
When in came Brother Ced-er-ic,
Full lips and blonded tresses.

He slipped his clothes off quick-er-ly
And ‘fore she could resist
Her newest lacy bodice was
Adorning Cedric’s chest.

Next, he took her flowing gown
And slipped it o’er his head.
Then her rich embroidered cape.
“It’s just not fair!” He said.

A silver tear escaped his eye,
While slipping on her pumps
“The leather, tin and mail we wear
Reduces us to frumps!”

Next he donned her feathered hat
While gazing at the glass.
And smiled in satisfaction
As he whispered, “You’ve got class!”

Then, turning on his patent heel
He called down for a horse.
“Side saddle, silver stirrups
And it must be grey, of course!”

So off they rode into the sun
The stable boy and he,
Holding hands so tenderly
In love, for all to see.

So over hill and dale they rode
Until Kings Cross they spied
And there they lived in happiness
Until the day they died.

Note: Kings Cross is the Gay Haven of 'Sinney', Australia.
First posted for Jingle, Sept 2010.
FOI: Next week, the adventure starts. The love of my life and I are starting out on our big adventure; living aboard an old yacht and sailing off, two kids in our mid seventies. We intend to document our adventures with photos and tales of cowardice as we rock hop along the coast of Eastern Australia, destination for now, Sydney, to see our kids and grand kids (new one due November) over Christmas and New Year. 


  1. Love this the second time ... even more than the first time!

  2. smooth sailings on your trip next month.

    share with us after you come back.

  3. Stafford,
    Quaint verse stealing into the life of a 'princess'(how did they survive in King Cross anyway?)
    Wow, a yachting adventure, how nice! A 'family outing' for the next3 months. That would be fun.


  4. Have a great time on your adventure

  5. This is such a lovely poem and so cute. I love your ending how they lived happy ever after until the day they died.

  6. terrific - rather 'Princess Bride' feel to it.
    Bon voyage, safe sailing. Hope the weather is especially kind to you.

  7. Love the poem and bon voyage. Hope the winds are not to calm.

    Anna :o]

  8. I'm sure your adventure will be wonderful. Keep us all posted :)

  9. Worth reposting many times this fabulous poem - your adventure sounds wonderful - Enjoy!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!

  10. ah i love me some adventures like this...and this has a wonderful cadence to it...

  11. lol......what a hoot. Read the lot to the tune of the rhyme! Happy sailing....!'s Lena here! Using my son's laptop and it's playing funny buggers to some comments I try to make!

  12. What a fun poem! Wow, what an wonderful adventure ahead of you :-) Safe sailing and happy times to you!!!

  13. Oh, have a grand time...thanks for the dance at The Willow Ball.

    By the way, I always see you at my journal blog...not my poetry page! Just in case, I write poetry here

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