Tuesday, 7 May 2019

On The Birth Of Prince What’s-His-Name

before Carol Ann Duffy 

Receive this boy-child, world, 
to pursue him about the pages 
of the tabloids and glossies that were 
his granny’s premature end.
Under the sign of the Express,
and Nicholas Witchell of the BBC, we conspire
for him a life of turning up to declare
things that would’ve opened or closed anyway
open or closed. We beseech the gathered 
spirits of Fanny Craddock, 
Lord Denning, and Sir Patrick Moore
that he exhibit no more 
fascist sympathies than absolutely necessary,
and no more casual hatred of the Irish
than the late Princess Margaret. 
Oh ghosts of Edmund Burke
and Lady Jane Birdwood we beg
you allow the mob disturb not one follicle
on this particular head; and ensure he’s never led
down to the basement by Bolsheviks,
even in the unlikely event of a Labour government
that actually keeps its promises.
We ask God, as Michael Heseltine and 
Julia Hartley Brewer understand him,
to arrange for this child a life 
of tennis, polo
and knowing as little as possible.

© Kevin Higgins

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Kevin Higgins 

Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the National University of Ireland - Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway AdvertiserHe has published five collections of poetry. His next poetry collection, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, will be published by Salmon Poetry in June 2019.