Thursday, September 8, 2022

After 70 Years 7 Months as the Second Longest Serving Monarch in History, Queen Elizabeth II Has Died---RIP


There will always be an England although on its possessions the Sun now sets
But there may never be another Queen Elizabeth to her subjects great regret
Thrust into the royal spotlight at age 10 when her uncle to marry Wallis Simpson abdicated from the throne
Next in line after her father who was a heavy smoker in whom the seeds of lung cancer and coronary thrombosis would be sown
Plucked from a tree house in Kenya on February 6, 1952 on a Commonwealth Tour
To learn the king had died from a heart attack in health known to be very poor
She was coronated on June 2, 1953
The first time a coronation viewed by millions was shown on TV
She promised she would rule always placing the nation first and her needs behind
When one thinks of what a queen should be for 70 years and 7 months she is the first who comes to mind
Not a message of decline or what the nation had lost
But one of hope for the future regardless of achieving it cost
One of the greatest disappointments in this poet’s and then Trustee of Stanford’s life in 1983
Was that I was not one of the members of the Stanford Board to attend her March 3rd  luncheon with some Stanford students, faculty, officials and Trustees
Admired by Prime Ministers, global leaders, and her subjects around the Earth
A lifetime of grace, stability, and reason who clearly as the Queen proved her worth
Prince Charles now King at some 2 years older than her reign has some huge shoes to fill
One hopes that he and Camilla have taken massive notes on what it takes so they will
The English cousins envying the actions of her as Queen wish them the best
And that they are able to pass the their most important in a lifetime test

© September 8, 2022 The Alaskanpoet

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