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An Ode to a Queen ©

The day the Queen Elisabeth sank in Hong Kong harbour

Jane Baxter
Dorset, England

Elisabeth Elisabeth
the grandest of them all
so Royal and so Regal
so stately and so tall
Born in John Brown's shipyard
on the banks of bonnie Clyde
She was the grandest ship that ever did
Set sail on any tide
I think the old Cunarder Queen
Her heart it broke with shame
To think that they would banish her
And even change her name
Elisabeth Elisabeth
Men spoke of her with pride
For there was no other like her
In all this world so wide
Ask the men who built her
And helped to give her birth
And each of them will tell you
She was the grandest ship on earth
There will be men in John Brown's yard
And each his own will weep
To know the grandest Queen of all
Is finally asleep
But she will never be forgotten
Not the grandest of them all
So Royal and so Regal
So stately and so tall
Born in John Brown's shipyard
On the banks of bonnie Clyde
She was the grandest ship that ever did
Set sail on any tide
Sleep long sleep deep
And sleep the sleep
That the good ships sleep

Footnote:
I lay no claim to this poem. All I did was rearrange the words of five men who were on the bus that I conducted that day. I watched five grown men cry and each said the above words. All I did was set them in the right order. If any of them are still alive - I looked at men with different eyes that day and I was proud of you all.


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