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2012 Poetry Theme Challenges

#11 A Royal Celebration



Here in the UK the Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60 years on the throne. Some people are celebrating with her, others are not. So the challenge is to celebrate something of national pride in poetry – or anti-national pride if you wish.

Happy Quilling!

Jemmy
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A Little Imagination



Maryse Achong

Indian Arrival Day

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Jubilee
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Maryse Achong

In Celebration of Indian Arrival Day (May 30th)

"Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day." Sanskrit Proverb

They came from India to this new land of hope
They left their motherland with their hearts full of hope.

They crossed the Kala Pani with fear in their hearts,
Yet through it all they were sustained by their hope.

They arrived on a boat called the Fatel Razack
Though the journey was long they never lost hope.

Both Hindus and Muslims came bringing their cultures,
Though different they shared the common bond of their hope.

Today we wear their clothing and relish their food
Celebrate their coming which was borne out of hope.

Welcome again my Indian brothers and sisters,
You’ve shown us that once there is life there is hope.



Note; - Kala Pani - Black Water

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Jem Farmer

Jubilee

It all seems a long time ago,
These memories of long ago,
Of children running to and fro.

The laden tables on the street,
A party time on our street,
For kids like us it was a treat.

The Pistols sang 'God Save the Queen'
Even punk rock toasted the Queen,
Seems like a dream that might have been.

Those days now are so far away,
Now I watch thoughts from far away,
As we party again today.

As sparkles of glass mix with wine
To my Queen a toast in white wine
May the future be blessed divine!



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Sixty Years

Lilibet, Queen of our nation,
In vibrant beauty her reign begun
One February morn of African sun
Lilibet, Queen of our nation

In vibrant beauty her reign begun
Returning home to England in black,
An era of change, of endless flack,
In vibrant beauty her reign begun

Returning home to England in black,
Her sense of duty holding her strong,
Did she know she’d reign so long?
Returning home to England in black.

Her sense of duty holding her strong,
Lilibet, Queen of our nation,
She's answered without hesitation
Her sense of duty holding her strong.

Lilibet, Queen of our nation
In vibrant beauty her reign begun,
A jubilee recalling all she has done,
Lilibet, Queen of our nation.



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