Sent away by my Husband, secreted behind four walls
Walls that are six feet wide and ten feet tall
Sent away for safekeeping by my Husband, The King
With child in my belly and just a Lady in waiting
I do not know the reason, why I must hide
Why I must remain hidden without my Husband by my side
I am not bound by chains, my hands and feet are free
My place of safety has a friendly name, they call it, Sanctuary
In this Sanctuary that I dwell
I live cocooned in my personal hell
Although, as I say, not bound, I am not free to come and go
The Guards of Honour outside my door are not standing for show
I have no communication with the outside world
My thoughts and mind are in a constant whirl
Is my Husband being true? Whilst I'm here inside
Or does he have a mistress providing him with warmth at nights?
I do not know how long it will be
Before my Husband comes to set me free
Will he bide his time, wait to see if the child is a boy
Before he confirms I am his one love, the Mother of his pride and joy
I should not worry, I should be happy
Here in the dwelling they call my Sanctuary
But by day I worry about my fate
Will they come for me at night when it's late?
Wake me up, take me outside the doors
To be met on the green by the Executioner with his sharp sword
One day my fate will be known
Hopefully I will take my rightful place beside my Husband, on the throne
In the meantime I remain inside these four walls, as I say not bound but not free
For now, this place is my lonely existence, my Haven, my Sanctuary
Sanctuary wasn’t always the safe haven we see it as; the Queen was definitely still in danger. People would often dress up as tradesman to get access to the Queen with the intent to harm. The King would often be away for months at a time and the loneliness and the surroundings must have been hard to cope with.
This Poem is my interpretation of how Sanctuary must have felt at times, with no communication and very little visitors.