A photo of Prince Philip. ‘A Tribute to Prince Philip’ by Paul A. Freeman The Society April 24, 2021 Culture, Humor, Poetry 6 Comments . The gaffe-prone Duke of Edinburgh has died, who asked if native Aussies still chucked spears and told some Brits they’d end up slitty-eyed for living in Beijing too many years. Yet what a gap this man of action filled. In World War Two he rode the cruel seas, then Queen’s companion ‘Phil the Greek’ was billed for seven decades, toiling without ease. In cricket and in yachting he excelled, an Albert-and-a-half until he left; this carriage-driving, polo player held the youth in awe—our nation stands bereft. A controversial figure now and then, Prince Philip was a stalwart man of men. . . Paul A. Freeman is the author of Rumours of Ophir, a crime novel which was taught in Zimbabwean high schools and has been translated into German. In addition to having two novels, a children’s book and an 18,000-word narrative poem (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers!) commercially published, Paul is the author of hundreds of published short stories, poems and articles. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Margaret Coats April 24, 2021 This seems the kind of tribute the gaffe-prone prince would like! I’m glad you include the carriage driving; I consider it his most attractive activity–except maybe outdoor cooking at royal family picnics. Although he did live two and a half times as long as Prince Albert, your poem gives him a fair shake! Reply Paul Freeman April 24, 2021 Thank you, Margaret. That carriage-driving looks like one of the most dangerous past times going. The carriages constantly seemed to be about to overturn, spilling out the participants. No wonder the Queen always looked so pensive when she was spectating. Reply Allegra Silberstein April 24, 2021 Thank you for that lovely tribute ! Reply Paul Freeman April 25, 2021 I’m glad you enjoyed it, Allegra. Reply Jeff Eardley April 25, 2021 Nice one Paul. I enjoyed this. He was certainly a character and we are still talking about him. A friend of mine met him once. The conversation was…… “And what do you do?” “I am a consultant sir” “So, a first-class ticket on the gravy train then?” Kind of sums him up. Reply Paul Freeman April 25, 2021 Thanks, Jeff. And that’s a brilliant anecdote. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.