Selection poem concluded.

But she felt she ought to meet them all

‘Though the whole idea began to pall.

The fifth brought a rich embroidered gown

Again the princess turned him down.

The sixth and seventh tried flattery

One with a portrait, one poetry.

The eighth was nice, but much too young

By now this was no longer fun.

But then, the ninth, as he bent down

Offered her a glittering crown.

“I’d like to make you my dear queen”

He said. She answered with a frown

“I thank you for your present, and

Your trust in me to rule your land.

There’s someone else I need to see

And then I’ll know if I am free.”

His smile was warm as he came in

She knew at once that he would win.

He knelt before her to propose

And handed her a single rose.


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I am a retired schoolteacher now writing novels in Worthing. After eight locally based relationship novels I have now written a children's story which could be considered a pastiche of Beverley Nichol's works which I loved as a child and still remember fondly. " Penny Down the Drain" may remind folk of " Alice in Wonderland " or " Narnia." but it is set in the 21st century. Our two sons are similarly creative as one is a journalist and the other an actor. When there is no pandemic I am the publicity secretary for Worthing Friendship Centre and listen to live music , folk and jazz.

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