One wonders if the Queen would care to be seen wandering the wonders of a London scene.
Dressed as a stranger, flirting with danger outside of the comforts of pastel green
Hats shoes bags and other such garnish like security detail, protecting as varnish,
Scanning over heads of the masses, assessing for assailants, assaults and clashes,
Keeping an eye out for wayward fascists and any such crisis
That might just be a travesty for Her Majesty.
The Queen may well dream to be unseen, leaving her gates and hitting The Mall.
Not Westfield White City, but a far more pretty thoroughfare of red white and blue.
Grand and clean and laced with green, she keeps off the grass of St James Park;
Just the same for the rich and the famous as for those playing games and
The mums with their prams, the bums with their drams and the poms with their Pimms, as
Bankers on blankets are trading on tablets all in the warmth of a bright June day.
At Whitehall a parade of taxis and buses, a crawling river of black and red,
Purposeful striding while nobody fusses over the tomb of the unknown dead.
A wreath bequeathed blood red at its foot, reflecting in glass of the PM’s jag
As it corners the street and scatters the press on its way to his Number 10 pad.
Protesters holler and scream and roar, axe the tax, stop the war, we don’t want this anymore;
Media play out what happened before, and what it will take to make this law.
So to Parliament down near Westminster Station, where such things are put to the nation
Where bells chime in New Year elation and funerals pass in mournful cremation.
To the abbey where princes wed, the good and great are remembered for dead, and, in a moment of hope and dread, one is crowned upon one’s head.
Right now though it’s quiet and still, save for footsteps echoing the hall
Of those from afar who have diligently come, to remember the passing of Pippa’s bum.
Outside the pigeons scatter like petals, as girls from Korea strike a pose
In front of Big Ben their visit captured, in front of landmarks that everyone knows.
The Queen may be seen in some of these snaps, traversing the road to Westminster Bridge,
Ahoy the river, the murky lifeblood, the heart and soul of this great city which
Unites and divides across north and south, from distant suburbs to mud river mouth,
Winding and binding and snaking and making
Sometimes giving and always taking.
The Queen would proceed onto South Bank, a people’s playground and a melee of sound,
Her eyes would eye the London eye, neck-tilting high, far off the ground.
Every next step she’ll get distracted, by modern day fools, musicians and clowns
Dressed as a dalek, break dancing to beat box, magnets drawing the global crowds.
Other people mill along rows of books, set out on tables under the bridge
Leafing through pages from sages for ages, engrossed in the words, unlikely to flinch
At skateboarding noises which echo off concrete, graffiti is daubed iconic as art;
Not to one’s taste but one must accept it, for one can’t be seen to be an old fart.
Going with the flow it’s on to the Globe, a place to be (or not) as it’s said,
Perhaps a play of William Shakespeare, though doesn’t the monarch always end dead?
Thus the wisdom of cabbies remembered, their sage knowledge helps one decide
To cross the river back to the north bank, safe from reminders of dark regicide.
One opened this bridge which swayed and wobbled, back when Harry was still a boy
But now its sleekness is stable and able to glide one across in absolute joy,
Like a white tractor beam from a domed spaceship, pulling one over to the north side;
Do not resist, do not desist, in fact I insist you come for the ride,
For against this dirt Victoriana, rises the most splendid sight of them all:
This is the sight of glorious London, this is the site of Saint Paul’s.
One can take or leave these gherkins and shards, glass and mirrors for cruel money japes,
For nothing eclipses the heart of the city than that grand dome and the glow it makes
Even on a day that’s made of murk, when brown meets grey and the weather’s a fright,
The shining beacon of St Paul’s continues to throw a ghostly white light
As if there may be a god somehow present, lighting the way for the souls of all men,
Or perchance a skilful creation, a temple to science, a product of Wren.
And while thinking about engineering, it’s time one was veering to the tube,
Haphazardly tunnelling, trickily funnelling, like a tight squeeze in need of some lube.
One doesn’t frequently do it this way, it’s common and dirty and full of the masses
But there’s something enticing about running like mice in a labyrinth world of deep and dark passage,
For ten minutes worth of bumping and shaking, making one take in the means and the purpose
Of people commuting, of getting around, of finding the air once more at the Circus
Here should one have need for a treat, join the slow trudge, on Oxford Street
For Topshop and Gap and a pub in between, soak up the wares of the big brand machine;
But look upwards, above the first level, away from the devil where one can revel
In the detail and the sculpted crescent of the present and wholly pleasant
Elegant facade of Regent Street.
Piccadilly beckons and then Trafalgar, great landmarks flow on this monopoly board,
Pigeons and Nelson and lights somewhat vulgar, another statue stands of some other fat lord.
Closer to home now, one senses an end, to the meander through this magnificent place,
It’s hard to describe the awe and the wonder, the sense of what’s special, the look on one’s face
As one goes unseen just like the Queen, treading around, breathing it all
All that one knows, is as the song goes, don’t stop me now, I’m having a ball.