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.