Sweet sugar of lead
Stain my face alabaster
Strike fear in their hearts
This was written for the Ronovan Writes #254 challenge: heart and sweet (bolded). The other inspiration for this was Elizabeth I, famous for being respected abroad during her relatively peaceful reign.
Also inspirational is one of my (weirdly?) favorite YouTube channels – English Heritage. They put out a video of Elizabeth I’s makeup that, for some reason, I watched. HER MAKEUP WAS MADE OF LEAD WTF. And so, with lead sugar being a thing, I wrote this haiku.