New Poems by Sangharakshita

This section contains recent (1999-2002) poems, not
previously published in any media.


Queens Past and Present

Elizabeth Tudor
Was frequently ruder
Than queens are today.
She boxed courtiers' ears,
Swore roundly at peers
And had plenty to say
For herself in English, French, Latin, Greek, Spanish, and Italian.
She could ride a stallion
As well as a man,
And flutter a jewelled fan
With the best of the saucy, aristocratic girls
Who arranged her red curls...
What a pity
That in London's city
Our Sovereign Lady today
Should be so polite, well mannered, and grey!