“The Spoiler” © Lindsey Morrison Grant


The Royal Family

The institution headed by the Queen

Has had its ups and downs. But now’s the worst

Elizabeth the Second’s ever seen—

Republicans down Coors to slake their thirst!

Once Oprah’s show had aired on CBS,

You sensed it could be fatal to the Crown,

Alleging hurtful royal ugliness:

Lies, heartlessness, and allergy to brown! …

France gloats: we hate to say we told you so!

And Russia crows: A hundred years too late!

Meg’s interview, with Harry held in tow,

Is tell-all, making vultures salivate! …

Let’s all Keep Calm. The monarch has not gone—

You know she’ll just drink tea and Carry On!


Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, the Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review and The Satirist. His limericks have appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail.

Self-identifying as a neurodiverse, two-spirit, elder storyteller, Lindsey Morrison Grant attributes success and survival, if not salvation, to a superlative support system, mindfulness practice, and daily creative expression in words, sounds, and images.