Peter Bloxsom

Wallis Simpson to Guy Trundle (undated)

by Christopher Hanson

I hope my letter finds you well, dear Guy.
Allow me to be honest — these few weeks
have meant the world, but this must be goodbye.
My destiny is set, for Edward seeks
to marry me, and abdicate the throne.
I could not tie you up with kingdoms, flags,
affairs of State. Your heart must not be blown
to ridicule on tawdry Fleet Street rags.
I pray your business thrives among the best;
and, Dearest Guy, keep dancing in that slow,
delinquent style. You told me, half in jest:
All women fall for you. Let it be so —

Dispense your charms and cast your sultry spell,
and let them fall as I, too briefly, fell.

Christopher Hanson lives in Australia with his wife and four-year-old daughter. He is a keen musician and poet, and works as a high school English teacher. His poems have appeared in such places as The Chimaera, The Shit Creek Review, The Loch Raven Review and The Barefoot Muse, as well as previously in 14 by 14.