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.
- Connie Bensley.
The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume Two.