Do you remember last time what we took?
A crime DVD or that Middle East book?
We’ve given them flowers and the odd potted plant,
And that re-cycled candle that came from your aunt.
And didn’t we bring back some French confiture?
Perhaps that would do? Or the blackberry liqueur?
But hang on a moment, temper my zeal;
They brought that last time they came for a meal.
A cheese, I am certain, would go down quite well.
Unless they’re intent on a low LDL.
A box of good chocolates is fine to donate,
Except that I know they are watching their weight.
What can we take without causing disquiet
For people who live on a permanent diet?
Oh, for a gift that is not anodyne!
We’ll just have to take them a bottle of wine.
- by Robert Hanrott
My comment: It will be nice to have the problem once again! How often have you dined with friends recently?