Statue of ‘Edward The Peacemaker’ … Tiverton, Devon, England
The Royal Head held proudly high
Atop his sculpted pose;
Reminder of the man of peace
Slumbering on in sweet repose.
But now atop that regal head,
Displayed in pinkest glory,
A wayward bird has just alighted
And I am here to tell the story.
It started as a student prank,
Designed to seek attention
For term end rag week escapades,
Somewhat beyond my comprehension.
How to equate a royal crown
With a vivid pink flamingo,
Defeats my sense of decency,
I cannot grasp such student lingo.
Above the River Lowman here
It cries out to the town,
‘Just look at me, now can’t you see
My new pneumatic crown?’
Perhaps this king who loved a joke,
Despite this loss of pride,
Would now say to the passers by,
“Do not those larkish students chide,
For I was once a student too,
I laughed and loved a joke,
So I’ll be pleased if my new crown
Diverts the canny local folk.”
Note: This is a follow-up poem to ‘Ed-ingo #1’ published a few days ago . . . see: ‘Ed-ingo #1’
Edward VII (1841 – 1910) was the great grandfather of our present Queen, Elizabeth II. There are a number of statues of Edward VII around the British isles and Commonwealth Realms. This particular one can be found on a bridge over the River Lowman in Tiverton, East Devon. Edward was married to Alexandra of Denmark, but had many mistresses. He was acknowledged as ‘The Peacemaker’ for the considerable efforts he made to maintain world stability at a time when War seemed to be looming. The peace he had worked so hard to keep was eventually broken with the declaration of the First World War (1914-1918).