Lilibet Your Duty is Done

A tribute

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Forgive my familiarity; you waved at me personally twice

Born a princess, not destined to be Queen
you stepped into your role with grace,
humility and service you always showed
putting others at ease, you smiled, twinkle-eyed

Young woman in the Forces, you sacrificed
the camaraderie of the barracks for the palace
but snuck out on VE day evening to feel the joy
with the crowds of happy, dancing, people

You took the weight of the crown knowing you had trust
in your Prince who was your rock, confidante
a born leader, he then walked two steps behind
We saw the glances, whispers and the laughter

You changed with the times, softening, twinkling
winning hearts, never wrong-footed, wise and wiser
I think you died of a broken heart, am I right?
Your Prince had died, your rock was gone

Lilibet, you are free of service now, go fly
to the God you loved, the man who knew you
duty is done, so graciously, with common touch
No one will match you, irreplaceable Queen

By Chrisssie Morris Brady

I've read poetry since I was nine and have written creatively since I was fourteen (probably long before that). After writing book reviews and social comment, I decided I wanted to write poetry. I have no formal training, but I surround myself with poets and their writing. I am honing my craft.
I have two published collections which I don't feel good about, but have been published by and other publications. I live on the south coast of England with my daughter. I am seriously ill.

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