As always, how grand last year’s end sounded –

like a century’s, a millennium’s!

Number’s arbitrary significance.


Nothing will change, only the detail.

Cats will stalk robins, gardeners chase cats

and the bird will be flown whatever.


Whether in hunger or joy,  song or silence,

the same heaven above us, wishful or real,

accept, please, my gift of continuing love.






  1. #1 by roze albina ches - February 10th, 2013 at 14:23

    I enjoyed your poem A Modest Proposal. I think it’s simply beautiful. I love your collection and will read more of your work.


  2. #2 by (theinkywriter) - February 16th, 2013 at 09:01

    I really enjoyed this and love the last line.

  3. #3 by John Huddart - February 22nd, 2013 at 15:41

    Best collection yet – and a nice turning on its head of the Swiftian title in a modest proposal. This manages to be both a personal love poem, an acceptance of life’s nastinesses and a celebration of friendship. how does he do it?

  4. #4 by John Chapman - February 26th, 2013 at 11:59

    Love, which has many facets, does indeed “make the world go round”.

  5. #5 by Tricia Durdey - February 27th, 2013 at 12:39

    Oh, I loved this poem, David – the simplicity, truth and directness of it. One to remember. Thanks.

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