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The Windsors

by Mickey 

Posted: 21 November 2012
Word Count: 158
Summary: I entered this in a Daily Mail competition to mark the Silver Jubilee. They emailed that it had been accepted but, as soon as I had told everyone, I got a second email saying they’d changed their mind!

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When old King George the Fifth was dead
his heir apparent, Edward, said
“I’ve met a Yankee socialite
who keeps me happy every night.
Being King is overrated”
And then he promptly abdicated

Ed’s brother and his young wife Lizzie
were thrown into a frightful tizzy.
They wanted life as it had been
and not to be the King and Queen.
A quiet life spent at Clarence House
or Sandringham, out shooting grouse
now seemed an empty aspiration.

They had a duty to the nation
but took to it like ducks to water.
A fine example for their daughter
who’s carried on in similar vein
throughout her long illustrious reign
with faithful husband there for her
the doughty Duke of Edinburgh

But on her diamond jubilee
a thought has just occurred to me
Does she think what might have been
if she had not been made the Queen
by uncle Edward’s wayward ways
in those unsettled pre-war days?

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James Graham at 14:40 on 22 November 2012  Report this post
It's a pleasure to read, even for an old republican like me. I wonder if the Mail thought it was disrespectful? I don't - the 'Ed' and Lizzie' are quite affectionate. Your rhymes are just about perfect - it's easy writing a poem like this to get stuck and just force something awkward into the line to make the rhyme. The only slightly iffy one is 'for her/ Edinburgh' - but Byron has some that are even more eccentric!

You could leave out the word 'spent' in the second stanza. 'A quiet life at Clarence House' has the perfect four beats that the rest of the poem has.


Mickey at 15:18 on 22 November 2012  Report this post
Thank you for reading and commenting James. I’m sure you’re right about the Mail’s perceived disrespect – not the Ed and Lizzie though, more the implied nocturnal shenanigans between Uncle Edward and Mrs S. I imagine the team reading the submissions found it amusing but were leaned upon from above to retain the dignity of the competition

Dave Morehouse at 13:47 on 23 November 2012  Report this post
Mickey. I found this amusing at first read. As a musician, when I read end-of-line rhyme I tend to fall into a sing-song rhythm that pulls me away from the poem. The rhymes here are written so well they don't detract from the poem in any way. That is difficult to do and you pull it off smashingly here. The Daily Mail readers missed out on a beauty. Agreed with James regarding the word "spent" in the second stanza. Thanks for sharing this one. Dave

Mickey at 14:30 on 23 November 2012  Report this post
Thanks Dave. I know what you both mean about the word 'spent' but each time I read this I naturally say the two preceding words 'quiet life' as a two sylable phrase rather than the longer drawn out 'qui - et' which I agree fits equally (or better) but which seems to slow the pace down a bit. Incidentally, as a musician, I'd be interested in your thoughts on the couple of song lyrics I posted years ago but nobody looked at!

Dave Morehouse at 14:32 on 23 November 2012  Report this post
I'd be interested in your thoughts on the couple of song lyrics I posted years ago but nobody looked at!

I've only been at WW since February. Do you have a link to them? Dave

Mickey at 15:39 on 23 November 2012  Report this post
Dave. That sounds far too technical for me! I'm not quite sure how this site works but can't you just go to my page and open up any piece? The one I wanted feedback on was called 'Living in Dreams' Thanks mate

TessaF at 18:51 on 23 November 2012  Report this post
Hi there Mickey

I think this is a lovely, quirky little poem and I agree that the rhymes are just about perfect but I really like that you've rhymed 'her' with 'Edinburgh' - it made me smile.

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