Is it now time to stand tall
And abandon the royal bowing and scraping?
If nothing else think of the money
You will be saving?
The cost of sixteen royals
Equals thirteen thousand nurses
Without putting us in the red
Hospitals we all dread
But that being said,
Who would you choose Prince Andrew
Or a nurse to tend your daughter’s sick bed?
Is there too much publicity around
Another baby royal who hatches?
God bless the Eton bound child,
But could our kids’ schools do with the monarchy
Paying its taxes?
Your forebearers stood firm
Against the Nazi trooper storm,
Did not Edward whisper treasonous words
In Hitler’s ear
To keep his hope of appeasement warm?
But never mind, Nazi affiliation
Is all in the past,
But did not Prince Harry
Don a swastika armband
At a posh ball for a blast?
Ask a British Jew
How they would feel,
If all the above were true?
If these questions of royal racism
Are historic and
Written by republicans to startle,
Why don’t we clear up the matter by
Asking Meghan Markle?
The young royals are less formal
And give us plebs an occasional public hug,
But will they invite us round to the palace
For a brew in our chipped jubilee mug?
Ah but American tourists
Love our pomp and ceremony,
But can they go home to a republic,
Whilst we live in a toy town democracy
Good Queen Elizabeth served well
But now her blue blood is dead,
Is it time for a more equal future
Which is republican and red?
Other poems by David McKinstry, appear in this issue