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Morning to the Queen: A poem by Helen Monks

Helen Monks was Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham 2005-2006
As part of her role, Helen wrote this poem in celebration of the Queen's 80th birthday. Find out more about what it was like to be Young Poet Laureate from Helen's diary.


Morning to the Queen

The bright early sunshine spreads through the town.
Into the morning light;
The moon goes down.

The new mother awakens with the deepest of sighs,
She stretches her arms
And rubs her eyes.

The new born princess wriggles and kicks,
It is a fresh morning
In 1926.

The bright early sunshine spreads through the town.
Into the morning light;
The moon goes down.

Everyone up early; the entire nation,
All ready to watch
The Queen coronation.

The whole country watching on their brand new TV.
It is a fresh morning
In 1953.

The bright early sunshine spreads through the town.
Into the morning light;
The moon goes down.

Everyone wakes up to the Queen Jubilee,
To celebrate this famous
Anniversary.

The mother of four is wakened with a kiss.
It is a sweet morning;
In 1976.

The bright early sunshine spreads through the town,
Into the morning light;
The moon goes down.

The sun comes up to a world filled with song,
Celebrating a life time
That been so long.

We've watched her wake up and embrace each new day,
But today is the Queen's
80th Birthday.

We've watched her grow into who she become,
And just can't wait till
The next rise of the sun.

Helen Monks

You can read more of Helen's poems.


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