The Lady Bardicci

One of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen at Pennsic is an apartment at Casa Bardicci. It was put together by a man named Gaston, who mundanely owns a Hollywood studio that designs props and sets and things. The two-story apartment was designed to be put up in a day with huge tolerance thresholds. Unfortunately, Gaston was tired and not paying attention when he set it up, and locked something into the wrong place. Consequently, he took a two-story tumble into the “canal” water, in the process getting his chest ripped open by a piece of jagged metal.

While the incident was horrible, I decided it needed to be commemorated. Ironically, this is probably one of the most courtly pieces I’ve ever written.

The Lady Bardicci
by Katherine Ashewode, “The Pocket Bard”
Pennsic 39 (2010)

I sing to you a lady fair
Whose looks once graced Bologna’s halls
But now the jewel of Venice balls
She captures ever noble stare

Her hair of gold is piled high
And gleaming in the candlelight
As capitals of Corinth’s height
Above a marble column lie

Her clothes of finest silk are made
And tailored with an expert touch
As frescoes from the painter’s brush
Promote a hall to highest grade

Within her eyes a fire burns
Her hands are clasped in holy prayer
But when she rises from the chair
Her slender foot for dancing yearns

A lady of such noble birth
Must be loved and courted well
So as a soft and chiming bell
Her laughter echoes in her mirth

Without such sweet and tender love
A man endangers limb and life
For in her breast are dangers rife
A dagger hidden, sheath in glove

If she perceives she’s treated ill
Her dagger to her hand will leap
And man will fall to endless sleep
As crimson falls from hip to gill

I sing to you a lady fair
A lover fickle, men will say
But still they cannot stay away
And follow her with hopeful stare



  1. Jester Benvolio said,

    December 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Wow! Have you sent a copy to Gaston? Worthy wordsmithing!

    • pocketbard said,

      December 25, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Gaston heard it performed at Pennsic, but I don’t have any contact information for him to send him a copy now. Do you have a means whereby I could get in touch with him?

  2. Jester b said,

    October 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm


    • pocketbard said,

      October 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm


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