A poem to mark the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla by winners of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition: Amaal Fawzi, Maulika Pandey, Madeleine Wood, Ethan Charles Mufuma and Esther Mungalaba.
The years slip gently through our fingers like silk,
But unfurl to reveal a beautiful blazing tapestry.
Past and future gild the valleys and the hills
As the sun crowns a horizon woven with legacy.
Time can erode away the temporary,
Time can pass you by if you stay still,
But time has no power over memory –
Time cannot change how hope can feel.
To the future we look,
A new King, a new Queen,
For them, for us.
Together a future will be built.
As the new dawn arises,
High hopes prevail,
Bright lights illuminate,
Our eyes glitter with dreams,
To a world that gleams.
In you, communities' dreams are revealed
Dreams to gain fame
Dreams to be firm
Communities live as one
The spirit of voluntarism
That uplifts broken souls to hope
Down to earth you bend
To help nations stand
You design the umbrella
Under which we serve others
Serving without tagging a price.
At the nexus of past and future, this moment stands
A chance to shape the world with our hands
A community steeped in history
A history shaped in community
In majesty, in honour, in inspiration, in responsibility
Ours is a tale of courage, a legacy of ability.
Find out more about The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition and how to enter this year's competition.