Connie Bensley

Sometimes it’s Better to Give than to Receive

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I can see your teeth clench with rage

at the gift I have pressed on you,

which manoeuvres you

into the role of grateful recipient

of my unctuously offered, expensively wrapped

and poisonously unwelcome offering.

It’s hard to say if you are smiling or snarling

as you turn to extol the wrapping paper.