22nd June 1911

22nd June, and what a day it was:
Nineteen eleven, mid afternoon, (at one
and forty past the hour, more precise),
the clock on the Liver Building, done
already and installed, but never ticked
before, was started.
At the same time, in Westminster Abbey,
a king named George, picked up his sceptre
and was crowned.

So these twin beginnings were begun—
two histories measured in ticking seconds,
joined by fate and careful planning.
A king, a time piece—
one ruled our lives, the other ruled our state.

Here's to King George the Fifth, as we give a
glance at the clock on the top of the Liver.

By Juleigh Howard-Hobson