T'was in the merry month he took the brew Had sight of his reflection in the pool Caught his breath, wiped a tear, felt the chill wind The spring air fresh and young as he. Grabbed handfuls of the pool, to cleanse, he knew This day to wed, no more a lovesick fool Destiny called, no question he had sinned But who had not, en route a king to be. Though young and strong his heart was torn in two His wish for other than peers would demand In reluctance made a treaty of peace With those who could wage war and subjugate. Agreed to marry their young princess who Equally unsure of such a command Nonetheless, both were party, no release From this foul pact, though unfair, was their fate. To cement the bond was their only choice This fateful day was set like gems in gold Prepared like sacrifice he spent his days In cells of silence, meditation, prayer. But for praying to God he had no voice Days regimented by the bell of old The brothers cold as monastery maze Chaste and shriven within he must prepare. Betrothed but not beloved, lords wished an heir. He knew by now she was bedecked all fine And donned the robes of custom, hating all, Led by lions followed by his young page Turned not his head though real love lay elsewhere. They came together at the sound of ayre Familiar to all men at wedding time Bowed, vowed in turn to purple bishop's call Feeling curse of duty, kiss of marriage. In silence that night he performed the rite His mind reliving rituals otherwise. Duties of state with new laws and outlaws Like puppets both, strings were pulled by others. He prayed and prayed more fervently each night For successful succession in their eyes A boy would please both subjects and in-laws Meantime, chaste he lived life, like the brothers. Nine months of sober solitude he aged. Rings hung and spun but sex only surmised 'til in time, her duty done, gave a son. Free at last, but for daily audience. Called the page to loose his lace, fervour raged To mend old ties, but only felt despised. Too late to mend the broken hearts once one Found himself alone again, insouciance.