Poems of the Week

Never Say Di

by Nora Jay

“The Crown Season 4: Princess Diana is Finally Here”
The New York Times

How peaceful they were, those Diana-less years,
When Britons seemed done with collapsing in tears!
How calm were those decades—it seems almost scary—
When hearing “Princess,” little girls would think “Fairy”;
The name of “Diana” had stopped raising sparks,
And “Spencer” again was united with “Marks.”
Now—thanks to the soapy but sulphurous Crown
Once more the poor People’s Princess must go down:
The nation returns to those fantasized scenes,
And argues how much of the blame is the Queen’s;
We watch and recharge that vicarious pain,
Till angry red tear ducts are gushing again.