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September 19, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
One of the Queen's coats
One of the Queen's coats

...by April Ryan


Coat of Arms draped,
Royal Standard flag.
Lions with a harp emblem.
Top—Imperial Crown.
Oak coffin lined in lead.

Seattle, March 7, 1983,
Westin Hotel coat check.
I was assigned to guard
The Queen’s Coat. Told,
"Never look in her pockets."

Seeing pictures of the Queen
in her Royal Coats, I still wonder,
what was in her pockets?

Lie in state, Queen Elizabeth,
Westminster Hall is busy.

April Ryan, who briefly met one of the Queen’s coats, is a writer and poet, much published on Sharing Stories and in Poetry Corner.

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