Ed­win Stock­dale

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Un­kind­ness of Ravens

12 Fe­bru­ary, 1554

In the si­lence of win­ter Lady Jane Grey, brit­tle as a stalk of fern.

Rime of frost tight­ened its hold on brick­work; ici­cles, splin­tered.

Lady Jane dressed in black like ravens, clawed in the Tower above.

The ex­e­cu­tioner tied the blind­fold round her eyes: she groped for the block.

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