Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Alma Mater

Yesterday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II addressed both Houses of Parliament here in London to mark her Diamond Jubilee just as she did during her Silver and Golden Jubilee years. She has already begun touring the UK; no mean feat at the age of 85 years nor for Prince Philip who is 90.

Now, as anyone who knows me is aware, I am no die-hard royalist, but one by default as I hate the idea of the UK becoming a a republic. However, I have always been a great admirer of Her Majesty The Queen. In this, her Diamond Jubilee year, it seems appropriate to repeat this poem that first appeared on the blog in 2010 and subsequently in my collection that same year.

Photo: from the Internet


Epitome of majesty,
walk-about among us she goes,
smiling thoughtfully

She sees what she will see
though just what, no one knows;
epitome of majesty

Watching over a family,
keeping politicians on their toes,
smiling thoughtfully

Mindful of a public duty,
regardless of any stones it throws;
epitome of majesty

Heard said, admiringly,
of private selves to some she shows,
smiling thoughtfully

Alma Mater to set us free
if but briefly from the world’s woes;
epitome of majesty,
smiling thoughtfully

[From: On The Battlefields Of Love by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2010]

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