Frisian Women


Until 1890, all Frisian women wore

a crown of gold on their heads.

 

If you were Frisian male and swore

to marry, you had to melt all

your wealth into a crown.

 

No crown of gold: no wife, 

no children, no family, no life.

 

If you touched someone's wife, 

you were stealing the golden crown.

 

The woman was princess, queen, wife, 

gold, money, crown.

 

The practice stopped 

when Frisian women went bald at thirty.

 

The crown of gold was replaced 

with an elaborate lace cap.