‘He said, “I see you now, and you are so very young,
But I’ve seen more battles lost than I have battles won,
And I’ve got this intuition, says it’s all for your fun.
And now will you tell me why?”

Well the young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye.
She said, “You won’t understand, and you may as well not try”
But her face was a child’s, and he thought she would cry,
But she closed herself up like a fan.

And she said, “I have swallowed a secret burning thread.
It cuts me inside, and often I’ve bled”.’


– from ‘The Queen and The Soldier‘ by Suzanne Vega