You have to live with things for a long time

to know if they’re any good. Like letting wine

age, I suppose. Or as Dr Johnson said

 

about books – a classic is simply what’s read

by a great many people over a great many years.

Well, we’ve made it thus far, so much longer than

 

either managed with anyone else, in our lost youth.

If opened, can the reader put us down?

If poured out in deep glasses, do we have

 

bouquet and body? Does the connoisseur

savour us slowly, letting our happiness

enchant his taste buds – before he spits it out?




Published in Snakeskin 256, December 2018