THE QUEEN’S COFFIN & COAT
September 19, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
...by April Ryan
Coat of Arms draped,
Royal Standard flag.
Lions with a harp emblem.
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."
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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