One by one leave


The party has started
Mingling among guests
A drink in hand
Talking and laughing
Giving one’s opinion
Listening quietly
Light conversation
Serious debates
A feeling of contentment
But something is amiss
One by one leave
Is there an art to mingling?

Excusing themselves
Until none remains
Left alone, uncomfortable
To wander the room aimlessly
Someone calls – come over
Relieved to be included
Joining in, having fun again
But not relaxed
A repeat is happening
Someone excuses himself
One by one leave
Is there a proper etiquette?

To watch each face intently
Is there a sign?
To begin to bore others
What is the problem?
To stay too long
Making others edgy
A voice that booms
Getting others annoyed
To laugh loudly
A cause of embarrassment
One by one leave
Not be labeled a party-pooper

By C.E. Pereira


Author: cepcarol

I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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