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