Fall 1962 • Vol. XXIV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1962 |

The Queen of Islandia Watches an American Football Game

to Malcolm Muggeridge The young and rather remarkable Queen of Islandia Stepped into the stadium almost unassisted. She called For a cushion or simple camp chair, whichever was handier, And if it had rained, she would certainly never have bawled. At what in fact followed, she was not in the least appalled. A photograph which was made that day conveys The collective demeanor of nearly intemperate amaze Of the stout aides who distanced her from the crowd, And who clearly thought, without saying it out loud, "What perfectly democratic condescension she displays!" Even as a child she showed astonishing perception: Her swift little pony she very early named Prancer— And bowled them all over by vowing she'd be a dancer! If she found one germ in the porridge, someone must answer. As for chess, her mind simply took another direction. When the two teams charged each other, she turned to say, "It is like the jousts of old." That is what she said, But it may be that just the

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