Cecily Neville (1415-1495CE) was an English noblewoman, the wife of Richard, Duke of York, and the mother of two kings of England, Edward IV and Richard III.
to give them every chance to flourish, grow
up strong, compassionate, and erudite,
prepared for all that life may have to throw.
I paired each daughter with a goodly knight
(by ‘goodly’, I mean ‘having lots of dough’);
they lived as well-bred ladies, sweetness, light,
but then – my sons… my sons… I just don’t know.
Am I to blame if all they did was fight?
Did my maternal failings simply sow
the rancour that besmirched the rose of white?
If I could have a backsie, one more go,
I’d set aside those dreams of Dukes and Earls –
forget the boys, and stick to having girls.