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silverhenge

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PostSubject: What shocked Gerald's wife   February 3rd 2011, 9:09 pm

I said to Gerald 'Next year in the garden
I'll plant begonias to improve the view',
Said he 'My dear, you're tireless'
Then we heard on the wireless
The abdication of the King was due.

Of course there'd been a lot of rumours floating
Around yet this news caught us on the quick,
He must have found some solace
With that gold-digger Wallis,
I bet the royal family felt sick.

There's something rather nice about tradition,
I know I may be labelled as a snob
But going with a yankee
For secret hanky panky
Is not part of the heir's official job.

The eighth Edward in line won't be remembered
For anything exept the sordid fun
That went beyond platonic,
I poured a gin and tonic
To ease the shock of what he'd gone and done.

It's not just him to blame, it's Mrs Simpson;
Those divorced types are happy to belong
With any man who's loaded,
His Majesty corroded
Because that silly strumpet came along.

I also knew the rags would have a field day,
They love aristocratic pantomimes,
It filled our local Herald
The paper bought by Gerald
And both the Daily Mirror and The Times.

Soon Edward's brother George succeeds the scoundrel,
He seems unsure but has a crown to don,
They say he's got a stutter,
The whole thing is an utter
Disaster, but we'll have to soldier on.


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PostSubject: Re: What shocked Gerald's wife   February 5th 2011, 10:34 am

Oh yes I love this wonderful poem, the conversational style, the matter of factness in the face of world events I think another good last line (though in no way criticising your gem) would be

Soon Edward's brother George succeeds the scoundrel,
He seems unsure but has a crown to don,
They say he's got a stutter,
The whole thing is an utter
Disaster, better put the kettle on.


Exalt from Foggy





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PostSubject: Re: What shocked Gerald's wife   February 5th 2011, 4:38 pm

Thanks Foggy Very Happy I wish I'd thought of your ending now! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: What shocked Gerald's wife   February 5th 2011, 6:38 pm

what a wonderful way to tell the story of the King who gave it all away.. I could be wrong, but I have never read anywhere that he regretted it.. Loved the way it is so casually written.

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PostSubject: Re: What shocked Gerald's wife   February 6th 2011, 12:49 am

I love this silverhenge, the conversational style is perfect. I remember my Nan telling me the story of Edward and Mrs Simpson, or 'that woman', as she referred to her, and this brilliant poem made me chuckle at the memory.

Wonderful stuff silverhenge, so cleverly written and so funny too.

Thanks for sharing, ptp x

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PostSubject: Re: What shocked Gerald's wife   February 6th 2011, 5:46 pm

As always, your flawless rhyme and storytelling manner brings a smile to my face. *exalt*


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