Sunday’s Piece

“Dear John Lentell –
We are holding for ransom one irreplaceable imported (smuggled?) article. Do not contact either the C.I.D. or the local Fuzz. Your article will be returned to you unbroken if you comply with this stipulation. Place the following piece in the Rhodesia Herald –

‘For the cup of sun I stole
From the shelf beside the roll
I apologise most abjectly.’

All transactions will be carried out over a bottle of Manica. This is your one and only ultimatum – comply with it or your article will be brushed out. Peace.”

(Anonymous letter received – unstamped – 5c postage dud)

John Lentell
13th March, 1971