Friday, 26 July 2013

A Royal Baby

Can you wash a royal baby
Asked the midwife testing with her elbow
Or is he born already spotless
As radiant as a rainbow

Can you really hold a royal baby
Asked the young mother with the child that clings
Or do angels keep him tightly clenched
Beneath their powerful wings

Can you really bless a royal baby
Asked the bishop wearing a golden ring
Or has he been newly anointed
Predestined to be a king

Can you really guard a royal baby
Asked the sentry outside the palace gate
Or will he soon escape from my charge
And fail to co-operate

Can you really love a royal baby
Asked the princess clutching a christening cup
Now that he’s married will he mature
Or will he never grow up.

© David Subacchi

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David Subacchi was born in Wales of Italian roots. His English language collection ‘First Cut’ was published by Cestrian Press in 2012. He won the Ceredigion Museum Poetry Prize in 2013.