MISSION BETRAYED – Richard of York

In light of the re-interment of Richard III the time seemed opportune to retrieve / republish this poem of mine!

[Redemore 22 August 1485]

Misjudged by many of my peers,
betrayed by those in whom
I placed my trust. Today

I sift through memory,
acknowledge scheming in my blood –
the unquenched thirst

of generations. Betrayal
led me to accept defeat
out of the very jaws

of victory. I clung
to pride.


A Judas multiplied
was on my side,
in faith, I thought them

little Christs. Their company
made for me
a lonely ride.


The wetlands bogged me down,
Canuted by the rapid-turning tide.

Today I made myself
a pawn
for Tudors grasping hand –

Today I died a King,
upheld the remnants
of my dignity.


My crown was no more theft
than fate contrives
to thrust on monarchy itself –

Today I have my pride.

                       Malcolm Evison

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