#100peoplepoems part 77: Joan

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May 30, 2016 by Sez

Some more potentially misremembered history. This from a guidebook while interrailing circa 1995.

(Excuse the quick succession of 2 poems. I’m lagging behind slightly and trying to catch up. This is officially day 78.)


In Poitiers, France, A group of worthy matrons 

Were charged with the task

Of checking Joan of Arc’s virginity.

If sexually active

She could legitimately be accused

Of congress with the devil.

An active horsewoman

I find it difficult to believe

That Joan’s hymen

Was still intact.

And yet

The matrons proclaimed her 

Undoubtedly a maiden.

I like to think

They had her back.


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