In Lieu of Gifts. A poem by Sara L. Uckelman

Dress up in your best suit, or
Your finest jewels and gown.

Have a fancy drink, whether
Beer or bourbon or tea.

Bake or eat some tasty cake,
With either option I’m down.

Make some bread, or name
A sourdough starter after me

Read a book, take a bath,
Snuggle a cat in the sun for hours.

Then go for a walk and when you see
All the pretty flowers,

Send a picture of them to me.


I am an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of language at Durham University. My short stories have appeared in numerous SFF anthologies and journals. This poem was written on my birthday, celebrated while the UK was in lockdown. More info here.

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