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A Royal Marriage
by Bonita M Quesinberry

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
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How bigotry can change a family's name


A Royal Marriage

©copyright 2004 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C. 032404

 

One of my grandfathers, thrice great or more, 
 came from Britain to America's shore.
British aristocrats, he and his wife, 
 quickly gained rich land without any strife:
his slaves worked that Virginia plantation.
Those were the Quesinberry relations.


 

Soon there were daughters catching young men's eyes,
and handsome sons: tall, strong, ready to ride.
The youngest set out to see this country,
his Dad's slave driver he just could not be.
He traveled up and down all the southwest,
experienced hardships and a few tests.


 

Then one day, he met the girl of his dreams;
and, he must have been made for her, it seems,
for with her father it soon was agreed:
"Prepare a royal wedding," was decreed.
She was a princess with long silken hair,
graceful in stride with features fine and fair.


 

Young Quesinberry started his new life,
wrote he would be bringing home his new wife.
 
Slaves rushed to spiffy up the plantation,
planning many gala preparations.
That royal bride must see them at their best,
a highly polished rich family's crest.


 

The awaited day finally arrived,
two riders rode up the stately, long drive.
Rejoicing turned to dismay and alarm:
There was an Indian on this son's arm.
They could not cotton to a Cherokee,
did not matter how royal or pretty.


 

Thus, it was this son promptly was disowned,
Ne'er again to see family or home.
And soon, the spelling of the name was changed,
Cherokee letters subtly rearranged.
There are only a few Quesinberry's,
and some of those spell it Quisinberry. 


My grandfather once asked for my own thoughts
about this tree Quesinberry's had wrought!
Knowing my boldness, members held their breath,
certain I would anger him, cause his death.
"They were a bunch of snobs," I bluntly said.
His laughter roared as his face turned bright red.


 

So, I'm a little Cherokee princess,
Then another bit of German empress,
And a wee bonnie lass of Irish cream,
together with some French and Brit, it seems.
Can't leave out Castilian Spanish quarter.
All these should just about set the mortar.


 

Of course, mentioned was the big plantation;
So, who can say who are my relations?
Whoever and whatever, I love all.
They were a bunch of snobs! That is my call.
Perhaps, she's why I love nature's features:
trees and flowers, and all of God's creatures.



 

 

Meter:10


 

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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 5/18/2004
Cleverly phrased and explained:

I am extending an invitation to you to come see my webpages dedicated to the victims of genocide in Darfur, Western Sudan.

http://www.voicesforAfrica.homestead.com/index.html

Thanks,

Jim Dunlap
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 5/2/2004
Nicely-crafted story poem. -- Jeff
Reviewed by P. Michaels 5/1/2004
Bonita,
Thought I would stop by and I saw this poem. It makes a good story. Many could tell a story like this one. I've only heard rumors about my ancestors. Don't know what is true and what is not, but it doesn't really matter. We're all God's creation.

Love, Patty
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 4/14/2004
Bonita,

A "Royal Marriage" between words, verse, pen, and a most talented poet!

Robert
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/3/2004
Ms. Bonita this
An outstanding poetic story at its best
Thanks for sharing

William
Reviewed by A PAX 4/3/2004
absolutely the most enjoyable piece I have read by you
its so wonderful
ty for sharing your family history in such stylish rhyme!!!

Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 4/1/2004
Your writings are always outstanding, Bonita!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/30/2004
nice tale you weaved here, bonita; unfortunately, prejudice is something i have had to face growing up, and i still have some issues with it today towards the latino population; it's something i have to work on, and it is not easy at times! be praying that god changes my heart, okay??

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 3/30/2004
Well in my book..you are sugar and spice
and everything nice....loved the tale..
enjoyed reading your mini bio...floria
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 3/30/2004
I absolutely love this. My family were what is called "Castle Irish" aristocratic stock and someone took a pleasant stroll though a Cherokee village, which they all so ignorantly tried to cover up! Yes if there is Cherokee blood in you, you will have a connection with nature. This is priceless, enjoyed it so much Bonnie. The message rhyme and flow are all wonderful.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 3/30/2004
AMAZING write, Bonita!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/30/2004
Thanks for sharing this spectacular poem Bonita!
Your last verse says it all, God made everything
there is, EVERYTHING!!! and said it was good...GOOD!!!
Glad to see you posting!;-)
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