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The Queen and Her Four Lovers

Antonio Giordano da Sicilia
Beltane Coronation, May 2009 (A.S. XLIV)

Once upon a time there was a princess who inherited her father’s kingdom. As queen, she would have no king to lord over her so she took four lovers to be her companions.

The queen took Duke Corpus as her lover. The queen loved him most and adorned him with rich robes and jewels and she treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

The queen also took Count Capitale as her lover as well. She also loved him very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. No matter how she prized him, she feared that one day he would leave her for another, but this made her love him that much more.

The Queen also took Visconti Familia as her lover. She loved him very much as he was her confidant as he was always kind, considerate and patient. Whenever she faced a problem, she would confide in him and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The Queen’s fourth lover was a very loyal partner; Barone Anima had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. Despite his dedication, she did not show him a great deal of affection; after all, he was always there. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!

One day, the Queen fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four lovers, but when I die, I'll be all alone.”

The Queen asked Duke Corpus, “I have loved you the most of all, endowed you with the finest clothing and jewels. I have showered great care over you; now that I am dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No,” replied the Duke, as he walked away without another word.

The Queen turned to Count Capitale saying “I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No,” replied the Count, “when you die, I will take another lover!”

The Queen then asked her beloved Visconti Familia, “I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?' He answered: “I am sorry, but I cannot go with you when you die! I will follow you to your grave, pray for your soul and remember you for as long as I live.”

A voice called out: “I will follow you no matter where you go.” The Queen looked up and there was Barone Anima. She lamented how she had neglected this lover, for he had always been loyal to her no matter how she treated him. Greatly grieved, the Queen told him: “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance for now I am dead.” With that, the Queen died and her Anima followed her to her fate.

In truth, each of us has four lovers. No matter how we treat our body, it will leave us when we die. Our possessions, status and wealth will all go to others when we die. When we die, our family and friends will follow us to our grave to the grave, pray for us and remember us in their hearts. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world, only the soul goes with us after we die for it is the “eternal” within us.

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