Pride Season: The Unsent Letter – Man In An Orange Shirt

A most heartfelt letter written, but never sent. The tender letter from Thomas to his lover Michael, written in around 1957. Taken from the brilliant ‘Man In An Orange Shirt’, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful yet tragic love stories I’ve ever seen on TV and encapsulates an era of forbidden love. A love that dare not speak (or write) it’s name for fear of imprisonment. It would be another decade before the law on prohibiting homosexual relationships would be repealed, at least in the United Kingdom.

“The love I feel for you runs through me like grain through wood.”

Think about that for a minute.

If you haven’t seen the BBC adaptation of Man In An Orange Shirt, it’s available on BBC iPlayer for the next couple of weeks.

The Unsent Letter:

My Darling Thomas,

I'm at work. Nobody knows I'm writing to you here. They think I’m drafting a long and stupefying memorandum about incremental shifts in the price of Welsh coal since the end of the war for the ladies in the typing pool to type up later.

You refuse my visits so you're probably tearing up my letters too but there's nothing else I can do but keep trying. It's beyond my control, do you see?

All those months ago, when I had nothing to lose really, I wrote to you in my head but was too cowardly to set more than lies upon paper. And now I find I no longer care. The love I feel for you runs through me like grain through wood. I love you, Thomas. Your face, your voice, your touch, enter my mind at the least opportune moments and I find I have no power to withstand them. No desire to.

I want us to be together as we were in the cottage. Only for ever, not just a weekend. I want it to go on so long that it feels normal. I think of you constantly. Your face, your breath on my neck at night. I want to do all the ordinary, un-bedroomy things we never got around to doing. Making toast. Raking leaves. Sitting in silence.

I love you, Thomas.
I’ve always loved you.
I see that now.
Tell me I'm not too late.

Michael

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2/2: Not a very good photo, but… Noooo! My strange addiction continues to escalate! This time, I got the full Yankee Candle #RelaxingRituals range! Actually feel less guilty about these particular beauties 🙂

#candle #candles #Yankee #USA #America #deerfield #orlakiely #wrappingpaper #box #votives #votive #votivecandles #waxtarts #addict #gay #instagay #notafairy #samplers #popularpic #retro #vintage #70s #yankeecandleaddict #addict #mystrangeaddiction (at Yankee Candle Village)

½: Not a very good photo, but… Noooo! My strange addiction continues to escalate! This time, I got the full Yankee Candle #RelaxingRituals range! Actually feel less guilty about these particular beauties 🙂

#candle #candles #Yankee #USA #America #deerfield #orlakiely #wrappingpaper #box #votives #votive #votivecandles #waxtarts #addict #gay #instagay #notafairy #samplers #popularpic #retro #vintage #70s #yankeecandleaddict #addict #mystrangeaddiction (at Yankee Candle Village)

I’ve been a little naughty tonight. I’ve been tea-total for about 3 years, but tonight I made my classic hot toddy – 4 parts boiling water, 2 parts ginger wine, 1 part honey bourbon, a teaspoon of demerara sugar, a tablespoon of lemon, and a tablespoon of honey. Looovely! Feeling very cosy now 🙂

#winter #warm #cosy #whiskey #bourbon #honeybourbon #jackdaniels #toddy #ginger #gingerwine #lemon #honey #hot #vintage #retro #popularpic #instagay #aden #lgbt #gay #thislife #family #home #wales (at River Cottage)

No. 3. Last one. Shame on me! My #YankeeCandle obsession is getting WAY out of hand. No, wait a minute… it IS out of hand already. I wish I could say this was the lot, but…… 😦 Like my homemade box? Specially made for the votives; covered with 2 layers of Orla Kiely retro wrapping paper 🙂 #candle #candles #Yankee #USA #America #deerfield #orlakiely #wrappingpaper #box #votives #votive #votivecandles #waxtarts #addict #gay #instagay #notafairy #samplers #popularpic #retro #vintage #70s #yankeecandleaddict (at River Cottage)

My #YankeeCandle obsession is getting WAY out of hand. No, wait a minute… it IS out of hand already. I wish I could say this was the lot, but…… 😦 Like my homemade box? Specially made for the votives; covered with 2 layers of Orla Kiely retro wrapping paper 🙂

#candle #candles #Yankee #USA #America #deerfield #orlakiely #wrappingpaper #box #votives #votive #votivecandles #waxtarts #addict #gay #instagay #notafairy #samplers #popularpic #retro #vintage #70s (at River Cottage)

I (wish I could) get my kicks on Route 66… me.
#route66 #usa #america #americana #albumart #albumcover #vintage #retro #lomo #holga #layersonlayers #layers #texas #design #designer #selfie #instagay #lgbt #gay #singlegay #singleguy #flag #starsandstripes #redwhiteandblue #holga #hollywood #overtherainbow #dreambig #dreammore (at Route 66 Amarillo Texas)

I (wish I could) get my kicks on Route 66… me.

#route66 #usa #america #americana #albumart #albumcover #vintage #retro #lomo #holga #layersonlayers #layers #texas #design #designer #selfie #instagay #lgbt #gay #singlegay #singleguy #flag #starsandstripes #redwhiteandblue #holga #hollywood #overtherainbow #dreambig #dreammore (at Route 66 Amarillo Texas)