I'm sharing this mainly because this is the only full segment of Thursday's reinterment that's been posted online so far; not because I'm part of the Benedict Cumberbatch Fan Club. Nonetheless, it's a good poem, and Cumberbatch actually has a couple of good reasons for being involved (namely, for being the latest actor to take up the role of Richard III in the next Hollow Crown series, and also for being a descendant of the House of York).
And, I admit, BBC's Sherlock is pretty good.
'Richard', by Carol Ann Duffy (Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom)
My bones, scripted in light, upon cold soil,
a human braille. My skull, scarred by a crown,
emptied of history. Describe my soul
as incense, votive, vanishing; your own
the same. Grant me the carving of my name.
These relics, bless. Imagine you re-tie
a broken string and on it thread a cross,
the symbol severed from me when I died.
The end of time – an unknown, unfelt loss –
unless the Resurrection of the Dead …
or I once dreamed of this, your future breath
in prayer for me, lost long, forever found;
or sensed you from the backstage of my death,
as kings glimpse shadows on a battleground.
Other entries during "Richard III Week":
-Today in history: Henry IV: the man whose claim to the crown started the troubles that led to the Wars of the Roses
-The first day: Richard on tour: select photos from the procession on Sunday, and the cardinal-archbishop of Westminster's Compline homily
-The Bible in Richard's day, and, was Richard a proto-Protestant?: on the king's reading habits and what to make of his Wycliffe New Testament
-A requiem for Richard: on the Requiem Mass, the king's faith, his book of hours, the cult of purgatory, and the chantry chapels of Richard's age
-Of hearses and hearse cloths: looking at Richard III's funeral pall and dressing the dead in medieval times
-Richard III's claim to the throne: sanguinity, statue, or sacrament?: Examining Richard's dynastic claims and what makes a king the king
-O God of Earth and Altar: a hymn by G.K. Chesterton, used at the reinterment on Thursday
-The poet laureate on Richard III: the poem at the reinterment. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch.