Royal Flush


Cut organza
Cut the crepe
Keep the stanza
In good shape

Cut Diana
Cut the Ferg
Furl the banner
And Battenberg

Sophie's pearl!
Edward smitten!
Now an earl
Without a Witan!

Hardy, Kiss-me
Wessex son
Now dismiss me
Poem done

[June 1999]

From the book Labour Pangs

The new poet laureate, Andrew Motion, produced his first poem.