God save our gracious Queen
I’ve no quarrel with that,
but as a national anthem
it falls a little flat.
The tune is banal
and the words are not much better.
Send her victorious
happy and glorious
makes me think of bloody war
and grieving tears – I’d rather
an anthem of love and respect.
Her principal role as protector
of ethos and style,
gives us pride in our nation
Crown and sceptre are all very well,
but the way we live is more important.
Help for the helpless,
a hand up for the fallen,
somewhere to live in dignity for all
with scope for ingenuity
to pursue unabated our glorious history.
at dVerse Poet’s Pub, a recent prompt was to look at our National Anthem and perhaps re-write, or write a new one. In a very busy week, I missed the window for that one, but yesterday’s prompt works just as well: to use an excess of modifiers, which goes against the grain with most writers, me included, so I haven’t followed the prompt to the letter!