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Boudica’s Soliloquy – A Poem

on July 29, 2022

Boudica’s Soliloquy

by Dawn Pisturino

Foul deeds of war have broken me.

Come, smell the blood! Hear the moans of the dying!

The corpses of my daughters lay silently at my feet,

Shamed and murdered by our Roman tormentors.

Colchester and London — what glorious victories! —

The blood flowed freely from Roman wounds.

They howled in rage as they died. How we cheered!

But Rome’s crawling legions caught us in their snare,

And now, we are vanquished.

Britannia is no more. Weep for a chastised people!

No longer Queen, I am marked for death.

No longer Mother, I will not be consoled.

No longer Wife, I burn with revenge.

I lift the flask of poison to my lips, tasting the bitterness in my mouth.

I will lie here with my daughters, my shield across my breast

And my spear by my side, and welcome Death with honor.

~ Dawn Pisturino ~

Published in Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women anthology, June 2022. #1 Amazon bestseller in New Releases of Poetry Anthologies. Available now! Get your copy today.

July 29, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

38 responses to “Boudica’s Soliloquy – A Poem

  1. aparna12 says:

    Very heart touching poem, dear Dawn. Loved it so much

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  2. spwilcen says:

    Smashingly well done!

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  3. Timothy Price says:

    Wonderful Soliloquy.

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  4. Such wonderful piece so powerful and well done Dawn!

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  5. You’re so welcome! It was terrific.

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  6. jonicaggiano says:

    This is beautiful contribution Dawn. It was a blessing to be included in this book as there are so many beautiful ways in which share the tragedies that women have had to bare and their great strength. Blessings to you.

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  7. utahan15 says:

    war what for?
    land and control
    from then to now
    and how

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  8. What a powerful and thoughtful expression of tragedy and triumph Dawn! ⚔🐱‍🏍🗡

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  9. Americaoncoffee says:

    What a war-wrenching poetic drama accentuated with Shakespearean briskness. So classic and brilliant Dawn!

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    • Thank you! Boudica is one of the historical figures I greatly admire, her life was both heroic and tragic. She risked everything and lost everything. Very sad. Thank you so much for visiting.

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      • Americaoncoffee says:

        Tragic indeed. I like Shakespeare. I think a lot of his influence is in your Boudicca’s share or a Boudica in Shakespearean literature.
        Maybe because younger Shakespearean contemporaries recaptured and enriched Boudicca’s spirit in various forms of literature. Best regards Dawn

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  10. 👏👏👏👏👏

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  11. orededrum says:

    Wonderful poem ! Diana

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  13. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow! What an awesome poem, Dawn! Powerful.

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  14. Michele Lee says:

    Rich in passion and history. Well written, Dawn!

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  15. Adelheid says:

    “The corpses of my daughters lay silently at my feet” 😥😢😭

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  16. Belladonna says:

    What a beautiful piece!

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