Royal Yacht Britannia‘Britannia’ by Jane Blanchard The Society August 29, 2017 Culture, Poetry 5 Comments As times turned hard and harder yet, The Queen grew apprehensive— Relentless tides of change had made One luxury expensive. Reluctantly, she let her yacht Retire to Edinburgh— It was refitted for a tour Both riveting and thorough. The spaces where the crew once stayed Provide much satisfaction— The ones reserved for royalty Surpass them in attraction. All those who want to get on board Are charged the going rate— Pounds sterling must be spent to see How Windsors lived in state. A native Virginian, Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her second collection, Tides & Currents, like her first, Unloosed, is available from Kelsay Books. Related Post ‘On Reading Ginsburg’s “Howl”’ and Other Poetry ... On Reading Ginsburg’s “Howl” Once, I possessed an open mind, Which I assure you was my own. I used it to read Ginsberg’s “Howl” Well, I do... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 5 Responses Joe Tessitore August 29, 2017 Dear Jane, Congratulations! Yours is an excellent poem and is very well-written. Its subject matter is a welcome relief from the ideological poems we’ve been seeing lately, including my own. Joe T. Reply Sally Cook August 29, 2017 Joe, I too like Jane’s calm and crisp indictment of royalty. But is that not just as ideological in it’s way? Reply Joe Tessitore August 29, 2017 No, I really don’t believe that it is. If I’m reading this correctly, this is the Queen recognizing that the times have changed and responding – by selling the yacht – accordingly. Ideologues give nothing. They make no concessions. It is, for them, the idea at all costs. A true ideologue would never have sold the yacht. Father Richard Libby August 29, 2017 It’s nice and light, and the rhyme and meter are handled well. It makes for an easy and enjoyable read. Reply J. Simon Harris August 30, 2017 I really like this poem. I like that you’ve used a relatively small concession (the Queen giving up her yacht) to sum up the whole social shift from monarchy to democracy. What was once reserved for royalty, is now for sale to the people. The jaunty rhythm and light rhymes are a perfect fit. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.