Queen Elizabeth II - 1926-2022


Today we say goodbye to our late, dear queen. A truly wonderful woman who will forever be in our hearts. Sleep well Elizabeth. 


Floral Tribute


Evening will come, however determined the late afternoon,


Limes and oaks in their last green flush, pearled in September mist.


I have conjured a lily to light these hours, a token of thanks,


Zones and auras of soft glare framing the brilliant globes.


A promise made and kept for life – that was your gift –


Because of which, here is a gift in return, glovewort to some,


Each shining bonnet guarded by stern lance-like leaves.


The country loaded its whole self into your slender hands,


Hands that can rest, now, relieved of a century’s weight.


Evening has come. Rain on the black lochs and dark Munros.


Lily of the Valley, a namesake almost, a favourite flower


Interlaced with your famous bouquets, the restrained


Zeal and forceful grace of its lanterns, each inflorescence


A silent bell disguising a singular voice. A blurred new day


Breaks uncrowned on remote peaks and public parks, and


Everything turns on these luminous petals and deep roots,


This lily that thrives between spire and tree, whose brightness


Holds and glows beyond the life and border of its bloom.



Poet laureate