The Dinner Gift, two short verses*

 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?

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