Miss Favour, or Dear rsmith@gmail.org

Hello Dearest, My name is Miss Favour,

and I am here to seek that lonely, great

and ideal man, myself a lovely single girl

who wants to be courted with and marry.

 

I was born a princess in my country,

but my beauty is not broken by those usual

tribal scars, and I am untouched so far,

despite of plenty evil.  I found your connect

 

and much admire of you in the Internet.

Now I write this truth, being hopeful

that you are the passionate and lovely

man I believe in and will choose to answer

 

to conduct conversation, being to enable

me for sending you pictures and more

informative of me.  I am most usually

a person of shyness about love and modest,

 

but you will discover from every snapshot

I import you my charmes that will be easy

to gaze upon with love.  If you are able

and can help me solve some minor matters

 

of expense, we can soon come together

face to face, and understand I am not a lady

who looks like coming from a country of war,

but promise you will respect and not deal

 

with me lightly, my darling, as I have full

smile and open soul, despite trials.  Honor

has much worth, but I have learned the honey

arts practiced in darkness from the worldly

 

women in my village.  You will not sorry.

I am longing to see return letter promptly,

as occasion is fleeting, heart is fragile.

I wish to anoint you with oil, my angel.

 

I send you my identity.  Send me yours,

as I wish to rescue you from most unhappy

exile of singleness.  I desire so to satisfy

and love you hard as you deserve forever.

 

Your blushful whisper bride, Miss Favour.

 

 

R. T. Smith’s most recent book is Outlaw Style: Poems. Two of his books, Trespasser and The Cardinal Heart, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His poetry and stories appear regularly in journals and magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, and The Kenyon Review. In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems will be out this summer and an interview with the poet will appear in Southern Quarterly this summer.

 

Issue #35 May 2014
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