Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is the still, quiet centre of fast moving Australia.
The Queen has been our centre for sixty years, sixty good years for Australia. And the whole of Australia, except for one small territory, voted to keep Elizabeth II as our Sovereign.
We keep our Sovereign, as our Sovereign keeps us, as we reach back to the depth of our spoken culture.
Our connection to our deep spoken culture is of course invisible to those who have only known a literate culture. The literate are deaf to our spoken culture. But for 200,000 years we lived in our spoken culture; and it is only in the last 100 years that we have lived in a literate culture.
Why, there are important members of Central who think the illiterate, that is, those of a spoken culture, are stupid.
But it is the spoken culture that has given us poetry, the poetry of the spoken word.
But as I have perservered in introducing poetry to Central over my last almost 10,000 posts, I have met the most spiteful resistance by the literate.
For poetry does not write 'on topic'. Only literate prose writes 'on topic'.
And note: the Literate Police are constantly forcing us to write 'on topic'.
But still, Spring is in the air. We have lived through the Arab Spring, and how we long for the Spring of Typology Central.
Elizabeth II has kept hope alive; and now we have the means, the electronic media, to breathe new life into our spoken culture.
Long live the Queen on Her Diamond Jubilee.