23 December 2010

Season's greetings

My favorite kind of post: a simple copy-and-paste, this time from the Guardian's Saturday poem series. The verse below, by Connie Bensley, appeared in the Review section on 11 December 2010.

Mr and Mrs R and the Christmas Card List

    Shall I cross them off?

    It's twenty years since we last met.

    Of course Mr R and I once thought
    we were made for each other –

    Ah, that heart-stopping moment
    by the kitchen sink, when he took off

    his spectacles and fiercely kissed me.
    But all that lasted less than a week

    And what I recall more vividly
    Is Mrs R's good advice:

    Always plunge your lemons in hot water

    before you squeeze them.

    One more year perhaps.

    From The Twelve Poems of Christmas: Volume Two, selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy, published by Candlestick Press RRP £4.95

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