Poetry

Graeme Hetherington: Two Poems

The King’s Friend (for Edward VIII)   It is my task as friend to say “Stay true to her and abdicate, Don’t be the traitor-king they want!   My need to look up to a god‑ Like human on this earth is strong, My expectations high and not   To be denied.” And when he chose For love I cheered and loudly cried “The worst is dead long live the best!”   Graeme Hetherington   Secrecy (for Lindsay Gordon Skeggs-Hetherington)   My father’s need for secrecy Emerged when he, descended from Folk rumoured to be “convict-born” Because they’d fetched up…

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