Poems of the Week

A Wealth of Difference

by Steven Urquhart Bell

“Secrets of longevity from the royal household”
—Scotland on Sunday

Don’t think I’ll live as long as good Queen Liz.
I’m unemployed and poor; she’s rich as hell.
Her life has sparkle; mine has lost its fizz.

In one way, though, our circumstances gel:
She draws her money from the Civil List,
And I’m a scrounger off the State as well.