Outpouring of love outside the gates of Hillsborough Castle here in Northern Island, on September 9, 2011. Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022.

A Humble Tribute

A Humble Tribute

Safe in the arms of Jesus
Dwells our good Queen Bess
For your steadfastness and caring
We could not have loved you less

We knew this day would come to pass
Though sudden it did come
These tears we shed between us
Have left us feeling glum

For you were such a figurehead
The world had never seen
A comfort and a surety
That nothing could demean

A matriarchal figure
Who’s bearing held within
A great love for these islands
Not just for kith and kin

So with the Royal Family
We grieve both one and all
For the kindest Monarch ever
That did our hearts enthral

We take comfort in the knowledge
And it should be widely known
That your faith has surely taken you
Neath heavens highest throne

Our prayers are now with others
And though our tears may wring
As a nation we now stand and say
God Save The King!

David Davidson
09 September 2022

I’m a 74 year old retired engineer who lives in County Down N. Ireland. I’m now a widower since 2018. I have two children and three grandchildren who all live in the same area. My poetry experience started when I realised I had a knack for amusing rhyming verses regarding people in the office etc. I was then in demand for retirement poems and wedding receptions. I was raised in a Christian home and came to faith at a young age. Like a lot of young folk I was tempted by worldly things. Although during this time I never forgot my commitment and prayed for forgiveness and read my bible when I could. During my wife’s long illness I determined to commit myself fully once more and I started to attend church services again. I have recently attempted to try and write poems that could help others in their faith although I’m far from prolific. My style is still simplistic and generally rhyming.