Meeting Godiva

Meeting Godiva

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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Being sent to Coventry was a phrase used if people weren't speaking to you. Coventry has its own heroine Lady Godiva, who was a landowner 900 years ago. Coventry has an interesting history.

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I was sent to Coventry recently
not at all because I was out of favour,
but as a reward, a pleasant treat.
There were plenty of people to meet
who were more than happy to chat.

I decided to call on Lady Godiva
now resident in Broadgate.
She sat side saddle on her horse
stark naked, her long tresses
cascading seductively over a shoulder.

I did not undress for the occasion
though I did wear my lengthy hair
loose and unencumbered
also the weather was far from warm.

She didn't utter a whisper from
that raised plinth, overlooking the square
determined and proud, she stared ahead.
Unembarrassed by her lack of clothing
or the roving eyes of others.

I congratulated her on having the gall
to confront her wealthy husband.
Must have been infuriating for him
as she paraded au naturel through the streets
on a busy market day.

He dared her, reportedly saying
he wouldn't change his ways
unless she humiliated herself.
He no doubt thought he was safe.

Incensed that he intended imposing 
the most punitive of taxes on people
who could ill afford to pay
her Ladyship took him on
preventing further hardship for the poor.

Nine hundred years ago,
yet to this day Godiva is held
in high regard by the citizens
of this town.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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A wonderful poem shared dear Chris. Lady Godiva, a brave and wonderful woman. Left a memory of a beautiful lady who stood for the right things. I did enjoy the story. I believe you Europeans, less fearful of walking around buck naked. Thank you for sharing the amazing story and poetry.
Coyote

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Christine Anne Shaw

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Hello Coyote, thank you for your response. Made me smile about Europeans walking round buck naked. I.. read more



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Lady Godiva showed great courage and strong character. A story about her I never knew, until a few moments ago, when I read this wonderful poem. Thank you!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Ah Lady Godiva is very well known in the UK. Sadly more people remember her for riding naked on hors.. read more
should have gone naked, Chris, you know she would have wanted it, Billy Connelly carries the mantle, lol, a moment in history, naked and alone making a stand,

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Ha ha, not bloomin likely. Bit past my prime for baring all gram:) Thanks for your visit.
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Thank you for opening my eyes to a page of history I did not know! Your unfolding of the history is tantalizingly slow & deliberate with great details! Since I often mention getting naked in my poetry, now I need to ponder if a more extensive poem about nakedness is being inspired as I read this one of yours!?!?! It's very tempting! I love your lighthearted playful storytelling with a wee note of vengeance (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Margie. Yes Lady Godiva was quite a woman and her story inspired me to write about her. Th.. read more
I love this. You have a great writing style.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much Keith. Pleased for your visit and to meet you. Welcome to my page.

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A legendary story summarized in beautiful and instructive poetry, Chris. Such a striking example of humility and selfless devotion to others.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Robert. She deserves to be remembered.

Chris
I'm sure if my wife had walked through town naked I would be uncomfortable. haha

Nice one, Chris.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks Tim. I appreciate the visit. All the best.

Chris


Quite the woman, my kind of lady... Just goes to show, you can beat an egg, but you can't beat a bit of history, particularly when justice is meted out by a naked noble woman on a horse and lessons learnt.

A tale told terribly well.

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Pleased you enjoyed the history Neville. Thanks for checking in.

Chris
"I did not undress for the occasion"....such a clever line! What a powerful woman she was....one of the first to stand up to a man and win! Wonderful tribute to her. Lydi**

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Lydi**, quite a woman she was. It was good to research her out while I visited.
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I had no idea of the story. What a wonderful story and woman.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Edie, pleased to be able to advise you of a bit of English history. Lady Godiva was quite remar.. read more
A wonderful poem shared dear Chris. Lady Godiva, a brave and wonderful woman. Left a memory of a beautiful lady who stood for the right things. I did enjoy the story. I believe you Europeans, less fearful of walking around buck naked. Thank you for sharing the amazing story and poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hello Coyote, thank you for your response. Made me smile about Europeans walking round buck naked. I.. read more

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Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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