Queen Elizabeth ll – a life well lived and a small tribute

It’s impossible to put into words the deep sense of loss we have for our dearly beloved monarch, Queen Elizabeth ll, and how impactful her death is worldwide, especially for us as her nation and citizens.

She has been such a stable, constant presence in our lives over decades and a huge part of our nation’s heritage. The Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer revealed the great reverence and love most of us have for our monarch.

How do you sum up such an amazing life and reign? I’m not sure. But in this slightly clumsily written acrostic poem I’ve tried my best to honour the Queen’s memory and convey my impressions of her character and reign as we seek to adjust and mourn her death.

In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Humble of spirit and of heart
Energetic, sporty, stalwart
Radiant with inner beauty 

Meticulous in her duty
Attentive to her responsibilities 
Joyous despite the formalities 
Exemplary in behaviour 
Secure in faith in her Saviour
Thoughtful with politicians 
Yielding to adverse conditions 

Qualified by God and man
Uniting vast continents
Erudite in her governing ways
Essential in holding sway 
National treasure in our land

Eminent and elegantly dressed
Longsuffering during life’s duress
Inspiring to others
Zealous on our behalf
A woman of substance and faith
Bright, courageous and brave
Enduring for many long years
Trustworthy, deserving of our cheers
Hospitable to friends and strangers 
© joylenton