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Four Year Cheers
Nick Balmforth


Feb. 29,
Two thousand and twelve.
A Leap Year so special to me
For off to Buckingham Palace I leapt
To receive my MBE*.

Prince Charles pinned it on,
We exchanged a few words,
He wanted to know what I’d done.
Shook hands, bowed my head,
Stepped backwards, well-bred,
Then walked off with what I had won.

T’was a memorable occasion,
Of that there’s no doubt,
But, alas, with no annual cheers
For, because of the date,
Celebrations must wait:
Yes, it’s bubbly now every four years!

© by Nick Balmforth.
Used with the author’s permission.


*An MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is part of the British Honours system that recognises and rewards outstanding public service.


Nick Balmforth is a retired safety inspector of children's indoor play centres. His primary published work has been in the field of safety standardization for the British and European indoor play industry and he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contributions in 2012. Nick is also a successful voice-over artist and, in addition to poetry, enjoys jazz. He lives in Staffordshire, England.



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Congratulations on your achievement! Catchy poem.
Posted 02/29/2024 12:46 PM
Wilda Morris:
Fun poem, and thank you for making the world safer for children!
Posted 02/29/2024 09:56 AM
A delight to read!
Posted 02/29/2024 08:56 AM
Larry Schug:
Enjoyable poem. I've already read it multiple times and it only 6:43 AM.
Posted 02/29/2024 07:42 AM
Brilliant , a rollicking rhyme.. with such a fabulous back story. Thankyou indeed for making our world safer for play and for this jolly , playful rhyme .
Posted 02/29/2024 07:19 AM

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