. For My Queen Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor April 21, 1926 - September 8, 2022 My symbol of nobility, stability and grace, Who reigned yet never ruled---she was my constant caring face On TV screen, on stamps, in scenes of history’s changing view. She slipped away this solemn day---her time to bid adieu. The only monarch I have loved, the only queen I’ve known (This stalwart soul my heart embraced as family of my own) Has left the throne for greater realms beyond the fuss and fray. She’s left me with a wealth of wondrous memories at play. So on this day, I’d like to say---dear Lilibet, goodbye. My one and only gracious Queen, please hear my grateful cry--- You shone with poise and dignity and honour and respect In times when truth had lost its way and hope was all but wrecked… By those who never saw the light in eyes that blazed as bright As anthems sung in notes that rose like Windsor swans in flight. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.