What do you See? May 28/2019 – The Unusual Gift


It was sitting outside the front door,

Just there, minding its own business

But alluring at the same time.

What made it even more mysterious was it wasn’t Christmas

It wasn’t my birthday

In fact, a gift of any kind was unusual.

My family had long given up on buying gifts for each other

We each had our own families, and they were hard work enough.

There was a card attached:

“Thinking of you at this time”.

Underneath was scribbled, “Sorry to be so tardy.”

The indecipherable signature did little

In shedding light on who it was from.

Inside was a small coffee mug on which was inscribed:

“Best Teacher Ever”.

I’d been retired for more than five years

The only clue was the small initial at the bottom


I smiled when I saw it, as I then knew

It was a student I’d been thinking of recently,

Who had been in the papers for all the wrong reasons.

Even so, she had thought of me.



Written for: https://helenevaillant.com/2019/05/28/what-do-you-see-may-28-2019/


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17 Responses to What do you See? May 28/2019 – The Unusual Gift

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Sweet, poignant story…

  2. Sadje says:

    This is a lovely story.

  3. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    A moving story Michael. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. tric says:

    Good story. Fact or fiction?

  5. Chris Hall says:

    You keep the intrigue going right up to the end. Very enjoyable.

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