I would have gone to my lord in his need,
Have galloped there all the way,
But this is a matter concerns the State,
And I, being a woman, must stay.
I watched them leaving the palace yard,
In carriage and robe of state,
I would have gone by the hills and the fords;
I know they will come too late.
I may walk in the garden and gather
Lilies of mother-of-pearl.
I had a plan would have saved the State.
–But mine are the thoughts of a girl.
The Elder Statemen sit on the mats,
And wrangle through half the day;
A hundred plans they have drafted and dropped,
And mine was the only way.