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“Off with his head!” cried the Queen of Hearts.
It had all begun much earlier, with
a powerless princess, pawn pushed about
in a dizzying dance by the Queen and her King;
the Bishop turned slantwise away, his excited
disapproval of the King’s headstrong rush
to consummate his pleasure, while his Kinghts
pawed the ground and tossed their tails.

His head was the bloodier sacrifice,
but she the one who would live to regret it,
raging through life, her humiliation blazing 
Red: “Off with his head!” cried the Queen.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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