No Gift Outright

The original – The Gift Outright, has troubled me for some time; so, following Hugh MacDiarmids rebuttal of Housman’s Epitaph of an army of Mercenaries’ I offer the following; with the proviso that Frost was writing for his time. And it’s well worth googling the reading he gave at JFK’s inauguration in 1962. I will also try an article on

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The Novice

I wrote this – my first poem, in 1995. At the time I was living in a Benedictine monastery, as the lay guest master; this being after eight years as a Buddhist monk. Some of the subject matter is autobiographical, I found my life’s soul mate while living there; but it also evokes a young novice in the older times.

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