>Did I invite you? big tent poetry #31 enough


Plenty is
quite like too many
Tables full
of dirty
silverware left over from
uninvited quests
Who spilt wine
on my Aztec rug
is fleeting
My normally calm self – blown
Hors d’oeuvres hit the wall
people fill my life,
with my heart’s
lurid fears
I must say, I’ve had enough
Could you all, please leave

59 responses to “>Did I invite you? big tent poetry #31 enough

  1. >Love it, Pamela! I know exactly how you feel: as a guest one has the power to leave, but as host, politeness prevents us from kicking them out. Except, that is, for an old friend of mine who appeared in a roomful of rollicking guests wearing her nightie at 3 am, saying "I've fed you, watered you, and amused you. Now it's my turn" and with that she grabbed her husband and took him up to bed!

  2. >Viv,I love that story, good for your friend.We have had a few parties here and though people here are very well-mannered, well-educated they are so used to being catered to, so they can be quite obnoxious. Not all of them mind you, but there are a few. And the men seem to be the worst.Has something to do with being coddled as children.Pamela

  3. >Viv, great story!Pamela, I suspect this will resonate with anyone who ever hosted a party. Wonderful expression of 'enough'.

  4. >Tilly,It is a great story, isn't it. Thanks so much.Pamela

  5. >Great poem! You painted the scene perfectly. I found myself smiling at the narrator's composure, and the polite way of saying, Get out! Nice work.

  6. >This is wonderful, Pamela. Enough truly IS enough@ We have had guests too who have hung around a bit too long. Even though I sit and yawn and yawn, they just don't take the hint. LOL. I have heard of people starting to turn off the lights. I love Viv's story.

  7. >You've captured that exasperated feeling that takes over when people overstay their visit. The narrator shows such outward patience!

  8. >I still haven't figured out the shadorma.Next party, start passing around cleaning supplies and trash bags when it is time to wind up.

  9. >Thanks nan and it can hard to keep one's composure sometimes. ;)Pamela

  10. >Mary,Yawning, saying your tired, etc … sometimes falls on deaf ears. Or maybe it is a language barrier 😉 I loved Viv's story, too.Pamela

  11. >Linda, Yes, it is all about patience. Thanks.Pamela

  12. >Barb,I played around with all week. The problem I found was keeping the flow with the 3/5/3/3/7/5syllable count. Good suggestion they would be aghast if I handed some of them cleaning supplies. I doubt that many people I know here know how to clean. Most of them have had live in maids all their life.Pamela

  13. >Having lived through the 60's 70's and 80's with some very partying people, I can say I totally identify with the hostess here. There were times I actually went out and slept in the car. And I won't even mention when I lived next door to the fraternity! Enjoyed it, and didn't pay attention to the syllable count because you had to. 😉

  14. >hedgewitch well those must of been wild times. I remember high school days when the parents were gone, well we did have a wild time. But now that I am all grown up, things have changed. If you know what I mean. ;)Pamela

  15. >Gotta love the holidays… funny ending there!

  16. >Yes, the party season which around here is the "drop in" season. What do we do push people out the door & still be polite about it?

  17. >I've seen those 'enoughs' and they ARE. 🙂 Delightfully penned!

  18. >Eric,The holidays here become much worse. It can all be very funny.Pamela

  19. >Marian,I would never push anyone out the door. I don't live in the USA.Pamela

  20. >Susan,I think we all have. Thanks.Pamela

  21. >This was a wonderful poem, Pamela. I can remember many parties where people didn't pick up on cues that it was time to leave. Your poem surely captures what it feels like in that kind of situation!

  22. >Enjoyed your poem Pamela. The post-party clean-up is a tormenting thought while guests still linger. Year end, and soon enough.

  23. >I liked all the full words ending the first few lines. Added to the tension nicely!

  24. >Diane they are everywhere. This form is new to meI saw a few people use it during PAD and thought I would give it a try. It is restricted and hard to keep a flow going. Thanks.Pamelabtw I have never thrown a plate against the wall, lol

  25. >Irene,It can be and will I am sure be happening again this year. I am glad you enjoyed it:)Pamela

  26. >Deb thanks and I think the form did it as well. Pamela

  27. >good one pam…..do not know if i would be soooo polite….thanks for sharing your words again

  28. >Hate cliches but…"been there, done that."I'm not familiar with the form but it flows nicely.

  29. >Pamela, this made me smile. I have a hunch that writing this one was therapeutic! I like that poetry can be helpful that way. Not familiar with the form and am off to look it up now…

  30. >A fun way of expressing a common frustration.I liked the line "Hors d'oeuvres hit the wall".

  31. >Nice story in nice words, I love the end!

  32. >Greetings! How r u?You are invited to join our potluck week 13 at Jingle Poetry : http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/Write a poem fitting our week 13 theme (Dreams, Visions, Reveries), post it, and link in to our potluck, you are also allowed to link in unrelated poems. we are open Sunday, 8pm, American central time.We have had so much fun having you last week. I cannot wait seeing you on coming Monday again.Let me know if you have questions.Have A Weekend As Graceful As Your Writing!xoxox

  33. >Pamela this is awesome…for anyone that has hosted a party…they can truly relate…hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  34. >How perfectly honest, lovely!

  35. >Well Wayne I think it is best to be polite.Nice to see you.Pamela

  36. >Victoria not an easy form to work with and get a good flow.Pamela

  37. >Yes, Robin fairly therapeutic.:)Pamela

  38. >Cara, like I told Diane I have never thrown a plate or any dishware against a wall. But the thought is delightful.Pamela

  39. >scentofmyheart,See you over there and thanks for the invite.Pamela

  40. >Thanks Gautami and I enjoyed this prompt.Pamela

  41. >Carrie thanks and you do the same.Pamela

  42. >Brenda, best to be that way, as opposed to the alternative. Thanks.Pamela

  43. >i love this: "too many / Tables full / of dirty / silverware"

  44. >Thanks Carolee I had a good time writing this.Pamela

  45. >Oh, my… what a mess. I would be shooing everyone out, too! Thanks for the laugh = )

  46. >Ah yes, the point when the party stops being fun. (Take it from me, it's even worse when you didn't really want to host things in the first place.)

  47. >Laura,Hosting parties can be fun, but there comes a time when they can be tedious. Glad you got a laugh.Pamela

  48. >Elizabeth,So true, my husband seems to initiate many of these get togethers. Though I have to really take care of most things clean-up, etc …Pamela

  49. >WOO HOO! That's telling them…I love the irritation that comes through perfectly…

  50. >Cynthia,It can be quite irritating at time. Thanks.Pamela

  51. >lols..there's always one guest who refuses to leave even if u keep dropping hints n sometimes outright ignoring them…good poem:)

  52. >hoiden there is one in every crowd, lol.thanks.Pamela

  53. >Great work- leaving now 🙂

  54. >Dulce you can stay for awhile. :)Pamela

  55. >sb, me too!:)Pamela

  56. >love it pamela!!! "..calm self blown.." it's always much nicer to be a guest than the hostess…

  57. >I love being a guest ms pie :)Pamela

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