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The Queen is dead, Long Live the King -- Really?

Joshua Bond
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Poetry Contest

Your thoughts on 'Royalty'
Triggered by the Queen's death this week after 70 years on the throne, and be ye royalist or anti-royalist or couldn't-care-less, I'd like to hear your take on the royal household.

* New poem
* Less than 200 words
* No extreme content
* You've got 3 weeks
* I'll judge the winner

Joshua Bond
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Villanelle Nr.23 — Reviewing the Queen and Us

To the discordant witch we had to say no
a long time ago as the terminators proceeded  
without a hitch ’til the wee small hours and time to go
home where cold beds lay waiting for us and so  
all we had to do could have succeeded  
by shutting the rough sheds and saying no
sadly naïvety piqued the flow  
of consequences and firmly heeded
the lies spooked rickety minds ’til time to go
demonstrating that to keep the show  
on the road one keeps language fully seeded  
steeped in pageantry to test the plebs' grit to say no
to subjugation. They fail each time, a blow  
to connection with Source and hence much needed  
freedoms die — beyond the pail I’d say — it’s time to go
mad at being drawn into the mystique, though  
we all serve strange gods who must be weeded  
out with the discordant witch, grilled to say no  
then hitch the glitch to an old Roller when it’s time to go.
Written by Josh (Joshua Bond)
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The Hairie Queene

Speak Ill of the Dead Who Deserve It
"Every queen sits on a throne -- atop her hemorrhoids." -- the king of poets    
The pedigreed Queen Shih Tzu shining sits
upon her throne attended by court fools,
all privy chamberers arrayed in glitz  
who train Her Highness with the privy stools;
their business being to obey these rules
all privy hours of the day or night
should "Hairiana" crowned in privy jewels
command the stools to serve her appetite:
To be but not unblessed should "Good Shihtz" bite;
To be but not unpressed should "Sweet Shihtz" champ;
To be but not undressed should "Shihtzy" tight
but lewdly on the privy parts hard clamp;
To keep but ever stiff the upper lip
should sharply Shihtzy shihtzu-faced heads rip.
a dedication of Respect
the enlightened democracy --
if you know of any
a revolving helios sonnet spenserian/menippean satire
september, 2022 -- yet the only government worse than a monarchy
a democracy of the uninformed --  
excepting, of course, a theocracy like the United States of America
Written by Jordan (D.O.C.)
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So Charles takes over
Sad day all around.
Written by robert43041 (Viking)
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Joshua Bond
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Thank you Jordan and Robert for kicking off the comp.

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Not so much a wind of change, more a light breeze


there'll be new stamps
money too
and those of that persuasion
will hang king Charles
where the queen used to be

free Derry, will still be free

whatever that means
in this century


seems crystal clear
god spares no one
despite the song
and proclamations

a lesson learned
for those of us
who bend, bow
and make a fuss


I will not deny a slight sadness
at the news of her passing
she, of all the kings and queens
was a queen,

Mr Karswell
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The Firm

Presided over nature tamed
and kept within its ken.
A stone’s throw from Hyde Park,
a long approach, and barriers assumed
as much as planted in the ground.

And what was it she came to figurehead?
A ratfish nest of racial purity,
sexual perversion, egotistical
ravings of men in tailcoats,
and gussied blandishments of wives.
Written by Casted_Runes (Mr Karswell)
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Joshua Bond
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Thank you Lepp and Casted Runes for entering the comp - nicely done.

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Succession for inspection

They came to crowd beside the gates
half-mast the flag, it spelled the news
gripped the spirit with a gust
in disbelief. Her son would fill her shoes

The carpet with its corner up
where scandal hides
 one son that holds a stench non can mask
the cracks that hold but still divide

Stern faced the monarchy, must be preserved
and by gods hand, underpin the loss
the pomp of braid, its march incessant stirs
a pyramid of golden dross

Divorced by wealth, that birth has dealt
with common touch they stand aloof
but in that mint, an uncut diamond grew
and thro' the flames, proved she was fireproof

 The final gift she gave
an heir to bear the heavy crown
a river flows beside the Thames
subjects. believe that loyalty cannot be put down

 in that silent homage, shouts a want
 tsunami of regard other nations undertook
with jealousy, the theatre of pomp
 British royals garbed in black, just like a rook

 inwardly screamed and beat their chests
but that continuum will never rest
dark jokers' card will play its part
the anthem solemn for us Britton's we are blessed

 War and time have honed that chain
and Charles the third his passage was ordained
the house of Windsor ramparts, bastions so strong
oak like Nelson's fleet, ever sailing on


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the democracy  
in a monarchy  
how could  
another human  
be better by birth?  
while one strives  
just for survival  
yet another  
freeloader sits  
on the throne  
what's a freedom  
in a monarchy  
why can't  
a monarch  
chose love  
and be respected?  
comes with  
a price
Written by dejure (vick)
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All Hail the Conquering Heroes

white Rani
pale face
peering out
into the glare of a tropical sun

pretty face
framed by brown hair
looking at ill people
in a hospital named after her

they couldn't pronounce her name
so she was Lizabet
many brown girls
carry her name

some hated her people
for reasons best known to them
how dare they
white man, go home
leave us alone

her people left one day
hip hip hurrah
and all that rot
leaving puddles of disarray

pinky turned up to drink tea
from cracked bamboo joints
curtsies learnt
songs hummed
London Bridge....
flipped pages of history

longing faces
turned towards
the 'home' country
of castles and carriages
and everything within
wistful hearts long for queenly
hats shoes and gowns

Idiots ...its simmering hot here

thank you, ma'am
it was the birth of a new era
chaotic but necessary
and here we be

Farewell Queen
Long Live the King!
May you rule well
with all that she had.
Written by Grace (Idryad)
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Joshua Bond
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Thank you slipalong, dejure and Grace for your entries.

Tyrant of Words
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Royal Assholes

Ding dong, the Queen is dead
May she rest in peace, or penance

Too bad Princess Diana wasnt present
She got a raw deal
by some royal assholes

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Old Traditions in the Modern Era

I don’t know much about royalty or monarchy
I’ve never been a loyal subject to a king or a queen
Everything I’ve read about in the history books
Seemed so foreign to me (if you know what I mean)

I do understand about responsibility and duty
Of stoicism and endurance through difficult times
Now that this second Elizabethan age comes to an end
Many pays their respects waiting in endless lines

I have to say I do admire a strong resilient matriarch
The troubles and tribulations that mostly went unseen
Perhaps the strength and longevity attributed to this
Were the well wishes of “long live the queen”

But as I said, I don’t know much about monarchy
Customs seem rooted deep in the fabric in society
Some beliefs are embedded at the core of a people
And the queen always showed respect and propriety

I send my condolences to a family, to a nation
For a monarch in which the likes I’ve never seen
For old traditions kept in this new modern era
For in the memory of the living she’ll always be queen

Well, I think many of us are still sad about the Diana
Then again, we all move forward and can’t be stuck
He has some big shoes to fill and a legacy to build
But at his age, all I can say is...good luck Chuck
Written by wallyroo92
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Joshua Bond
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Thank you mysterious ldy and Wally for your entries  :))

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