Titled, But Unbridled: A-Z verses from vintage visages

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom marked her 90th birthday on the 21st of April this year. (The Queen’s Official Birthday celebration takes place later in the spring.) The following lines were somewhat inspired by a vintage photograph of Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret, taken when they were young ladies in a costumed event.

Titled, But Unbridled
A Rhyming Reel on a Royal Ideal

There is only one bridge that leads in and out
Of ev’ry predicament, sole single route.
As terror or trial brings tempers to try,
She’ll dodge disappointment, new trail to set by.

“We trudge with no grudge, and we beat the beasts back
That trespass the pathways the people must track.
And though to entitlement we may be born,
We fear not such privilege treats us to scorn.

 “Intrepid, we rise and select our best togs.
We follow our principles, not demagogues.
Decorum may dictate the stroll we select;
We have to be more than the people expect.”

I cannot imagine the pressure unseen
To keep up the posture of princess or queen,
For she must be anything but Philistine.
c2016 by Linda Ann Nickerson

This poem was posted for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), as well as these prompts:

Continue on: First line
Daily Post: “disappointment”
Meme Express: “terror” and “trial”
Saturday’s Critters: any animals
Sepia Saturday: Young Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret photo
Simply Snickers: "try,” “trail” and “treat”

Public domain photo –
 vintage image

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  1. Hello, Wonderful poem and post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. A fine poem to be sure - and oh so true!

  3. What a wonderful collaboration idea.
    My posture could never be that good, at least not longer than a few minutes.
    Happy writing!

  4. Very interesting post. We don't see much poetry here. Love the title in particular.

  5. Beautiful poem to honor Queen Elizabeth.