POETRY is an art form many of us struggled to impress our teachers with at school.
But one Thame resident has created such a vibrant verse that even Her Majesty the Queen was moved to send special thanks after he sent her it.
Eric Gladwin posted his poem to Buckingham Palace to mark the Diamond Jubilee, and though he might have expected some acknowledgement, the large illustrated card depicting Her Majesty through the years was a great surprise.
He said: “I didn’t think I would have a card like that because she must receive a tremendous amount of communications.”
Mr Gladwin, 94, who has been writing poetry since 1962, said he was inspired by a scene of the Queen receiving violets from children and wanted to tackle the issue of people who scorn the Royal Family for being born into a supposedly easy lifestyle, which he says is not the case.
Mr Gladwin said: “Some people get so jealous of the Royal Family and the fact they have a good income.
“The point I make in my poem is she is not really free and has to conform to all of the challenges of being in the Royal Family.
“We are lucky to have this family in this country.”