Here are a couple of birthday gifts I received in recent years from friends. The first is a mesostic I received from Dan Albertson for my sixty-seventh birthday:
For Harvey Sollberger, 10 May 2005
|H andicraft with an earnest patina
A rrestingly skewered aboard freightless vessels
R ecite, ingress toward flora-striped pastures
V ictors of sensuous lethargy
E levation downscaled – formidable slopes linger
Y on the centrifugal presence
The second is also a birthday gift from 2005, and came from Karen and Roger Reynolds:
TO OUR FRIEND HARVEY
THERE ONCE WAS A MAESTRO WHO – PITIFULLY -
'THOUGH BACK HOME HE'S STILL DREAMING GIDDILY.
IN YOUTH, HE ACQUIRED A FLUTE,
HE'S SO SKILLED WITH HARMONICS,
THAT HIS LISTENERS ARE RENDERED MUTE.
HE IS FAMOUS FOR HIS SUBSTANTIVE LETTERS,
IN HIS INTRICATE SCRIPT,
PARADOXICALLY, FRIENDS BECOME DEBTORS.
AND AS IF ALL THIS WEREN'T ENOUGH -
HIS DEFT WIT AND WAYS WIN OUR LUF.
- KAREN AND ROGER
Gifts like these make me look forward – paradoxically – to birthdays.