You said you were leaving
You told me goodbye
We threw a big party
We had a good cry
We talked about texting
The emails we’d type
Facebook and Twitter
Long sessions on Skype
But now you come round
You tell me things changed
A bug in the system
A plan rearranged
A change of location
Some urgent phone calls
And it looks like you’re staying
Around after all
And though I should take this
With thunderous applause
It produces no more
Than a long awkward pause
As I questioned how
I would ever go on
I was quite getting used to
A world with you gone
Now also I wonder
If I would lack tact
If I asked you to give me
My goodbye gifts back
Or asked compensation
For the food and drink
I brought to the party
Or ask what you think
About me attempting
To act on prospects
To apply for your job
Or to ask out your ex
But I guess dearest friend
What I’d most like to know
If there isn’t some other place
You’d like to go
60 thoughts on “Bon Voyage Faux Pas”
This was an awesome read, Marissa. I love how fluently your poems go. A logical and soft sequence and everything in an “easy language”. My compliment.
Thank you Erika!
Rather bitter/sweet – like it! To a certain extent it reminds me of my middle son who paid for his trip to Eastern Europe somewhere for his mates stag weekend on the booze etc only to find out the marriage had been cancelled yet the ‘friend’ insisted they all attend the stag weekend regardless!
Well, that may just be the opposite of what’s portrayed here…making the best of an awkward situation. Lots of rebounding to be done, I would imagine.
Very true! For some obscure reason my brain hurts this evening!
Is that a new thing?
It really hurts! Two weeks ago I did a massive yawn and have suffered ever since – indeed my whole head hurts – not that a woman would understand the pain us chaps suffer.
It was all a ruse!
An interesting take on it, Id’ say!
And that just about sums up Life Ironies, when you think something is going to happen a certain way, and then it does not. I would say be bold and ask for those gifts back! LOL Great poem, Marissa. You are Wonder Woman!!! Love, Amy ❤
Thanks so much Amy! Ask for them back you think?? Well that would certainly be the death knell of the friendship!
Hehehehehehe Ya think?
Oooooh, yes that would be awkward. I recall a bridal shower that was held, and then the wedding cancelled. I have no idea what happened to those gifts. BTW, an award is awaiting.
No worries if you choose not to join in. Just a little shout out for your blog!
Oh yes, that is my name over there! Thanks so much for the nomination. Now a bridal shower and no wedding, that’s even more awkward. Wouldn’t dare ask for those gifts back…although I would be tempted.
Yeah, sometimes it’s best letting them keep the presents. 😀 Yes, that’s your name! It’s time to join the Brotherhood!
Oh boy, does that mean I’m a brother.
Well, I’m a sister! lol
Marissa this was such a great play of words! ! Wow
And here I am popping up here randomly without invitation, after disappearing from blog land, to find your poem the first on my feed. Hopefully it isn’t a faux pas. Happy summer!
Well welcome back Sparrow…even if it is only for a brief into blog land. Hope you and the Space Monkey Twins are doing well!
But he has such a cute face
Evil I tell you!
I’m wondering if he didn’t sort of steer you a certain direction when you were purchasing those good-bye gifts…could’ve been a total setup from the getgo!
You’re not the first to have said that. I promise it was unintentional on my part!
Oops. Guess I should read all the comments before I comment!
Oh, not at all. With all the blogs to keep on top of, who has time to read everyone’s comments as well? Just sometimes interesting what stays with people.
Just to give you a little support here Marissa, you should not have to ask for the gifts back. They should be offered!!!! That was a dirty trick just to get some goods.
I got your back buddy!
You think? You know, I’m getting a lot of sympathy here. Guess no one really cares that I was evilly thinking of trying to take over her life as soon as she turned her back!
Well, to be fair to YOU, if she was gone from it, it was no longer her life. 🙂
Yeah, how come people get to keep gifts when they back out of their plans? We did our part.
I think we should make it a thing…like let’s start putting it in etiquette books and stuff. Do you know anyone who writes those?
Nope but I agree.
This one cracked me up. I know it has elements of sadness in it, but asking the ex out and wanting your gifts back, hilarious, Marissa!!
Thanks so much! Well, I just hate it when someone makes a big deal out of going away, or doing anything really, and then they just back out. This is actually based on something that happened this weekend.
Seriously awkward! I laughed out loud at the part about applying for their job and asking out their ex 😀
Yes – I think I might be a wee miffed!
A wee bit miffed if you were me…or the friend. You know, this poem is based on a real life situation!!
Oops – I wasn’t very clear in my comment … I actually meant for you of course! 🙂
Should I think it’s funny that it’s based on a real life situation? I think I would be seriously miffed.
I kind of changed a lot of it around. Really, when these things happen in real life, all you can do is laugh. I assure you, it was nothing to lose sleep over!
You mean you weren’t actually planning to move on the ex? Lol… Good to know. Fun poem – thanks for sharing it.
No, if you knew what the circumstances actually were, you would know how absurd that would be. I’d explain but, believe me, the poem is much more amusing.
I’m afraid I have been guilty of being disappointed when someone’s plane was canceled, then I had their company for ” a while” longer, ha!
Then you know how I feel. Always good to have a kindred spirit!
See ya, don’t wanna be ya. Good one, Marissa. 🙂
My mother taught me to never “wear out my welcome”. I think never wear out your Bon voyage applies here too. The train’s pulling out of the station. Get to steppin’!
Yes, I definitely think once you say good bye you should go SOMEWHERE!! Same idea for sure Kim!
Thank you Patricia!
This one is so damn funny! I think you need to start a side business creating and selling greeting cards with some of these! 🙂
OH yeah, this would be a good one! Thanks!
This happened with one of our friends recently, and the big joke was that all of us asked her to return the gift..or sign a contract saying she wouldn’t come back for a certain period, after which the gift would be hers. LoL😆😆 Lovely post
How funny. I wrote this about a real life event but there was no party or gifts. I just kind of exaggerated the idea of how a big fuss was being made and then she ended up not leaving after all. It’s funny to think that these things actually do happen.
Very funny Marissa! Ask for the presents back and the ex too! 🙂
Not a bad idea. You know, I was thinking of capitalizing on this one by writing something about all these bands who do farewells tours like 8,000 times. Maybe….if I don’t end up with something to similar.