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A LETTER TO THE UNDESERVING

To:
Master Fickle Palehearted
c/- Your Ivory Tower
 
Dear Sir,
 
We write to express our disappointment
In the absence of your presence
At our recent high-profile event.
Your reservation was confirmed some months ago,
And others were turned away
Pleading no vacancies.
At the table your space was conspicuously empty
And the cause of loud silences
As the other guests pointedly didn’t ask where you were.
 
Policy dictates
That we will not be making allowances
As no notice was given of your non-attendance.
We are sure your other engagement was pressing,
However we would remind you that a message is customary.
 
After much deliberation
On the matter
The board has decided
That future business is not precluded by this unfortunate event.
However, any prospective reservations
Must be accompanied
By a significant, non-refundable investment
And will be accepted only at the discretion of the management.
Furthermore,
Repeated incidences of breach of faith
Will be treated sternly
And result in your barring from this establishment.
 
We have no wish to appear harsh,
However we are certain you understand
That we have a reputation to uphold,
And contraventions of our policies
Must be handled with a gravity
Befitting their critical nature.
 
We are therefore yours in apprehension,
 
Sincerely,
 
The Management
 
 

© mjc 25 February 2016

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Daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, friend, public servant; self-confessed hermit, confirmed cat person, sporadic baker, irreformable yarncrafter, voracious reader; occasional wit, voluble shower vocalist, frequent sacrifice on the altar of brain-to-mouth filter fails, random shit-slinger, unrepentant purveyor of puns and dad jokes, writer and poet.

I have always lived by the theory that no matter what you do for a living - if you are compelled to write, if you wake up in the night to scrawl the contents of your dreams on a notebook beside the bed, if no event in your life seems complete without you recording it, if you are drawn to comment upon the world - then you are a writer.

These are my words.