VERA RICH'S LAST POEM - "BELATED GREETINGS"

13.01.10




Entitled "Belated Greetings", the poem below is regarded as Vera Rich's final farewell poem seemingly written shortly before she died on 20 December.  (Note the reference to "five days to Christmas...")

This greeting comes to you, alas,
Far far too late for Christmas Day,
But great disaster came to pass:
I caught the ’flu — or anyway
Some bug — the Doctor did not say
Just what it was had caused the bout,
Though he proclaimed without delay:
«There is a lot of it about».

Five days to Christmas, I got up
And hoped (in vain) my cards to write!
But troubles flowed into my cup,
And deadlines came at me, full-flight,
I had to type, both day and night
On every crisis, threat and doubt
That pours on festive joy its blight
(There is a lot ot it about!).

All done at last! I raise a toast:
Good luck to you from head to shoes,
May New Year bring what you wish most,
Good fortune pour from flowing cruse.
Let’s meet and drink some festive booze:
Wine, whisky, champagne, port or stout,
Rum, vodka, gin — whate’er you choose:
There is a lot of it about.

ENVOI

Friend, at this season of good-will,
I raise with Tiny Tim my shout:
«God’s blessing on us all!» For still
There is, praise be, a lot about!



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