I was inspired to write "The Women of the Blue" after reading some of Duke Cariadoc's work. Some of his poems relate events from Society history. Reading these made me realize how much such a poem, which records and relates local history, can add to the "life" of a group. I feel that all groups in the Society, kingdom, principality, shire, etc., should remember and celebrate their worthy deeds. It gives the people in those groups a sense of pride and identity. It provides a sense of tradition and honor in the group's past, which those of us in the present may strive to attain.
I chose to write about Oertha's princesses because it seemed to me that kings and princes are often memorialized in story, song, or poem, (not always with reverence!) but that queens and princesses tend to get short shrift. As inspirations, our princesses deserve to be honored. And two of Oertha's princesses have won their coronets by their own skill at arms.
The poem's title, "The Women of the Blue," refers to the azure in Oertha's coat of arms. I must apologize that there is a stanza lacking: that of Viscountess Katla of Bergen. Alas, I have met this sweet and gracious lady only twice. I do not know her well enough to write of her virtues as a Princess of Oertha...yet! I hope to remedy this omission soon. Of course, "The Women of the Blue" will never truly be finished. It is my hope that, in years to come, Oerthan poets will continue to commemorate our princesses through poetry.
The Women of the Blue
by Lady Catherine Willoughby
Winter's Gate, Oertha
West Kingdom (Fairbanks, AS)
Many women, good and true,
As princesses Oertha served,
And each in her way has deserved
Praise for having worn the blue:
Anne was first, of right good name,
Oerthans fondly speak of her,
And praise her voice so clear and sure.
Well deserved, her honored fame.
Young and fair, Kareina reigned,
Ever-graceful in her dancing,
Captivating in her glancing,
And an expert seamstress trained.
Sense and wisdom Erlyn had,
But she had roguish humor, too,
In her good company time flew,
Hours spent with her were glad.
Aryana's noble air,
Shone in her stance, her royal pride,
Oertha she did firmly guide,
Strong she was, and bold, and fair.
Our Annora, Viking bright,
Spun-gold her hair and blue her eyes,
Well-travelled, she, and very wise,
Always welcomed with delight.
Vanora was a beauty,
Somewhat shy, and softly spoken,
Kindness did her charm betoken,
With grace she did her duty.
Katarzina oft has reigned,
She welcomes strangers with a feast,
With kindness she exalts the least;
Her goodwill is never feigned.
When Callista ruled our land,
She strove to do her duty well,
And those who knew her freely tell,
That she reigned with gentle hand.
Alyssia is slender,
Serene and gracious is her smile,
And hers the power to beguile,
She is steadfast and tender.
Margerita garners praise
With dashing, elegant attire,
So sharp her wit, so full of fire,
And so womanly her ways.
Alicianne is witty,
Irreverent, with playful air,
Joker and fighter, free from care,
As merry as she's pretty.
First princess in her own right,
Viresse, filled with courage bold,
And staunch as warriors of old,
Valiant squire of worthy might.
Sir Richenza also won
The right to wear her coronet.
She's brave and skilled in battle, yet
Light of heart when fighting's done.
Learned Cedrin, thoughtful, kind,
The muse of elegance, and wise,
Sagacity in fair disguise,
Fine in person and in mind.
Esperanza, fair princess,
The warmth and kindness that she lends,
And friendliness that she extends,
Demonstrate her nobleness.
Salute our women, good and true,
And toast to those who've worn the blue.