SAY IT IN VERSE

SAY IT IN VERSE

The verses that follow were written for friends and colleagues.

The following verses were written specifically for a person and are quite personal, but you are welcome to adapt these and use them for your own use FREE.


MY CURRENT BOSS OF 9 YEARS, VERY WELL RESPECTED
HE'D HAD A BAD YEAR, YET STILL TOOK US OUT FOR A SLAP UP MEAL.

AMS's LAW

You are the Gaffer, the Boss, the Man.

The one we strive to do all we can.

You say jump, we say (no way) how high.

Hardly ever (well rarely) asking why.

We don’t (very often) verbally disapprove,

when the goalposts suddenly move.

Sometimes they’re here, sometimes they’re there

sometimes we can’t find them . . . ANY BLOODY WHERE.

We think you always (sometimes, nearly always) know, WHAT’S BEST.

You put us daily to the test.

We feel the pain, sorry we meant the strain,

because you sometimes (very often) complain.

We see it in your face each day,

the laughter lines fading away.

Good job that you’re not losing hair

But the thick dark locks ARE turning fair.

But rest assured

We know the score

We know it as A M S ’s Law !

But from all of us – to you this year

In an attempt to bring some cheer

in almost seeing this bad year out

and thanking you for taking us out,

a couple of bottles for you to enjoy,

and to smile on those that you employ.


A LOVABLE EX-COLLEAGUE WHO PLEADED USLESS MOST OF THE TIME WHICH GENERALLY RESULTED IN MOST THINGS BEING DONE FOR HIM. QUESTIONING YOUR SANITY

So………….. we hear your leaving, off to pastures new!

Not sure if we’re sad or glad after all you’ve put us through.

The coffee expectations, Elly points out, “the filing too!”

The running here and there for lunch. All these things for you.

Not quite sure how you carried it off, had us all running here and there.

But however well you managed it, you won’t get that just anywhere

So we hope you know what you doing as your walking out the door.

As in your new adventures the service will be poor.

You’ll have fetch your coffee, go out to get brunch & lunch

You’ll have to keep up with the filing, (or give it to Jane) we have a hunch.

So in all the above we figure, you’ll miss us more than we’ll miss you

So we should be saying thank you as you leave for pastures new.

But cast aside the jesting we do wish you all the best, mate

But do not pop in for lunch or coffee, unless you bring the CAKE !


AN EX-COLLEAGUE LEFT ONE COMPANY UNDER A TWO YEAR AGREEMENT TO WORK FOR ANOTHER CLOSE LINKED COMPANY.WHAT HE LACKED IN HEIGHT HE MADE UP FOR IN OTHER WAYS.

FROM GREEN TO BLUE

Just in case you did not know

Mr. Fred Jones just has to go

Leaving us for pastures new

Turning slowly from green to blue

He’ll be gone soon to G.R.S.

What is he thinking? Thinks he knows best.

He’ll fit in well - as a GRS man

With him being an Arsenal fan

A funny set up happening there

Things do seem a little queer

No, no not Fred he’s so not that way

But the company has had the final say

Two years he has in this position

But will he make a full transission?

We ‘ll miss the charm and we’ll miss the cheek

He is not what you might call meek.

What he lacks in height he makes up in other ways

He’ll fight his corner and have the final say

The lads will miss him watching their back

Our little Jack Russell, never afraid to attack

So we say with love and not being rude

We’ll quite miss the little man attitude

We wish you luck and we wish you well

The south without him . . um.. time will tell!

THE STORY SO FAR. . .

Set the scene, We’re at Lafarge

Aggregate company, French, Very large

Couple o’mill employees worldwide

And yet, little office set in Herts countryside

A few local (geographic based) oddballs in Lafarge employ

A diverse band of employees it is to, not being coy

Most of them in seniority for some part of the business

I meant in position, but there are those to remain nameless !

Anyway a Commercial Lady and a Production Gent

Meet at senior meetings. NO INTENT.

Some time passes, in love they fall

As news of engagement filters to all

As time goes on, no announcements are made

We would like to ask, but are a little afraid

We ask out of interest, We like a good bash

But the couple in question did not want to be rash

But at last, We all cry, a long time in coming

Bets were on, a book was running!

A little on the QT, it’s what was requested

But Harry and Jane are soon to be wedded ! !

All the best, Good luck, With love and best wishes

Have a great day, (for you Harry, that’s after the speeches!)

Take in all you can, a day for your pleasure

A day for building those memories to treasure.


A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE LEFT AN OFFICE/SALES ENVIRONMENT TO BE A POLICEMAN!

There was a young man called Dan

Who after a year of exams

Joined the police

To help keep the peace

That’s a career at this place down the pan

So he leaves the company way behind

After 6 years, he just ups and resigns!

For a life on the beat

Round the houses and streets

Some people are that way inclined!

So it’s bye to the laptop and wheels

For a bike, no more parking ordeals

A complete change of suit

Vest and Helmet to boot

And all that policing reveals !

We know we have helped in small part

For criminal minds are an art

There’s many around

Not all underground

Most of them in Dig and Cart

So love and best wishes are sent

Go give 100%

Keep in touch and enjoy

Stay in employ

And soon you’ll be making Sergeant. x


WRITTEN FOR A VERY DEAR SERBIAN FRIEND WHO WENT BACK HOME AFTER 10 YEARS IN ENGLAND.

FAREWELL

The day has come, the time is nigh,

for our dear friend Ljuba to up and fly.

Back to Belgrade, back to his roots,

back home to his family and custom made suits!

A job is waiting for him to start:

the office and super car, he will look the part

First a holiday with family, away in Greece,

to switch off and get some peace.

Then off to Oz, business class,

to do some real and proper work, at last!

A laptop, you’ll carry as part of the guise,

loaded with LMA Manager, we’ll not be surprised

The cursing and swearing, the language so blue,

he’ll deny it of course, but believe us..it’s true.

We’ll miss the affectionate heavy handed taps

that come from nowhere across shoulders and backs.

We’ll miss the opinions and dominating voice,

always sure to get feedback, of that there’s no choice.

A wind up merchant like no other we’ve known,

give back what you get or else be sky blown.

The Boss, lump, lubes affectionately called.

A Male Chauvinist Pig, but don’t be fooled.

For deep down there is a heart of gold

always meaning the best, or so we are told.

He’s a Vampire; we’re sure, garlic he does not like,

sleeps like a baby in the day, but awake all the night.

So at home, we‘re sure you’ll party lots

Kalemegdan Citadel, the Boat Clubs, Exile and Blaywatch.

To name maybe some of his favourite meets

as summer in Belgrade the town never sleeps.

Do the ladies need warning ? Do you know I not sure!

What do they do when your knocking at the door ?

The weekend house beckons, it’s somewhere to stay,

we will all come to visit . . . . come what may

So don’t miss us all too much, don’t cry and don’t pine,

we will all miss you but we will be just fine.

So farewell, goodbye, adieus, zbogom

Sre’cno and sve najbolje for all there’s to come

We hope that you settle and enjoy your career,

Vidimo se uskoro, you old bugger year after year.


A LOVELY YOUNG MAN WHOM I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH FOR ONLY 18 MONTHS HAS DECIDED TO DISCOVER THE PLEASURES OF AUSTRALIA.
Bennie, I can’t believe you’re leaving!

Going off to pastures new.

Decided that you’ve had enough

after all we’ve put you though!

The Lafarge journey has had you

here, there and everywhere.

You’ve done a bit of most there is to do

and shown a bit of flare.

High hopes were had for you, young man

working through the Lafarge ranks.

What do we get for our investment?

Nowt! But a word of thanks!

We just knew that you were capable

of going pretty far.

But really we didn’t mean

you going to Australia!?

To work within the quarrying industry

down under is your plan.

We may be lucky, should you return

You could be our colleague once again!

Keep in touch through Facebook

Some emails would be great.

We’re not just losing a colleague-

we’re also losing a mate.

But on a much more serious note

We so wish you well in all you do

So Bon Voyage, Good Luck

and Cheerio th' noo .


The company I work for has merged with another large company. This has sadly resulted in number of redundancies, some of them thankfully voluntary. Following are a few Goodbye and Good Luck versus written for people whom I shall miss greatly.


END OF AN ERA (in more ways than one!) ____________________

It’s the end of an era

and we don’t mean the merging.

This news is much bigger than

“Lafarge” and “Tarmac” converging!

Dyfrig is leaving us!!!!

Oh what shall we do?

(Can’t say as we blame him-

after all he’s been through!)

Ok . . . I say leaving . . .

Not strictly the truth.

Merely semi-retirement

while he still has some youth.

While things are a’ changing

It’s a good time to depart

At least then we can’t blame you

If things fall apart!

As our CEO we got to know you

your messages were always clear.

Communicated with strength and meaning

and ALWAYS, always sincere.

Your presence when at Panshanger

has always been easy.

As unlike others we could mention . . .

you did at least make your own tea!

You also printed, faxed and copied and with lessons you earnt,

gold stars for your training , as scanning you learnt!

When you were in your office -

you were quiet as a mouse.

But we knew when the blinds were open -

Dyfrig was in da house!

Retirement is a time

For making the most of being alive

For you and Mrs James to live some dreams out

When a new lease of life can thrive

A time to do all those things,

that you always wanted to.

A special time for both of you -

A time long overdue.

So from all of us here at Panshanger

Our best wishes we sincerely send

as it says in the well known proverb,

“All good things must come to an end!”


THIS ONE FROM ALL OF US . . .

As you leave us on this day

We had to find some words to say

So after a thought we decided thus

You deserve the best, you deserve a fuss.

So! Elly, you managed 20 years!

Working hard: blood, sweat and tears.

We know you've given us your best-

many times been put to the test.

Not only a colleague, but a very dear friend.

We hope this isn't going to be the end.

You be sorely missed of that there's no doubt

There were so many things we’d come to you about.

Your ears and shoulders can now have a rest

As resident Agony Aunt, you were put to the test.

In fact you could probably write a book, quite large

With all the goings on here at Lafarge!

You leave us some memories, that’s so true

For years we’ll be telling tales of you,

The party girl who likes a drink or two

If there’s to be Xmas parties, we’re sure going to miss you!

Always cheery, always a smile.

You’ve kept a great sense of humour all the while.

Well you’ve done more than your quota and you've played it well.

It’s still unfortunate that we must say farewell.

Please don’t cry or protest too loud-

as you can't come back it's not allowed.


AND THIS ONE FROM ME . . .

Without a doubt those who stay

Will remember you in a lovely way

You’ll leave a legacy, that’s for sure . . .

For being good fun and never a bore.

So when I’m thinking of you after you’ve gone

I am not sure what image will be most strong-

Will you be down the garden, tending the land

wearing gardening gloves and glass in hand?

Or working out down the gym-

keeping yourself healthy, fit and trim?

Or out somewhere doing more shopping-

perusing the shops until fit for dropping?

But as you’re quite a party girl on the quiet

always up for a dance on your liquid diet.

I’ve got you this to raise a smile

I thought it fitting, to fit your style

So when you pour yourself a drink, or three . . .

occasionally stop and think of me.


Ode to Val . . . . . .

As another one leaves us, on this day

Again we find some words to say . . . .

Val, you’ve been here for a bloody long while

Greeting all our visitors, with a professional smile

Receptionist duties covers ALOT of things

An’ not just answering the phone when it rings!

Health and Safety, PPE

Site Inductions for new employee

“Slow down”, “hold on” and “reverse park please!”

Getting salt down when forecast predicts freeze.

Is there a First Aider about?

Enough Fire Wardens to get us all out?

Booking rooms, setting up meets;

The ordering and laying out of eats.

The Stationary and supplies never ran low.

“You can’t go in the Comms Room, NO!”

There’s more to the list, the list sure ain’t small

And we can’t get our head round you going . . . At all 

You’ll be sorely missed, of that’s there’s no doubt.

Somehow in all of this mess you found a way out.

Your health is important and we hope that this works

Not working full time, we hope has its perks!

We wish you Good Luck but this isn’t goodbye-

We’ll be seeing you soon, so no need to cry.

You’ll be popping in to see us and you’ll have a brew:

a chat and a catch up with a colleague or two.

A big Thank You is sent on behalf of us here

Do keep in touch and DO NOT DISAPPEAR!


DEBORAH’S FAREWELL

Deborah, you are escaping today!

And as usual, we have something to say.

There was no doubt, it was an absolute must

This is DEBORAH LEITH – you deserve a great fuss.

So you’ve been working here around 18 years?

You’ve worked very hard: blood, sweat and tears.

We all know you've given us your absolute best-

Many, many times been put to the test.

Green and White you’ve always been

Lafarge Aggregates South. What a team!

Be honest now and tell us true-

Was it Lafarge or PPO that did it for you?

The way we see it and if mistaken do tell

Your commitment swayed more to PPO than it did LAL!

We won’t yet know just how much we’ll miss you,

There are so many little things that you would just do.

And it is true, as we all know too well,

Its’ always the little things that make the big things work swell.

It is with great sadness that we say our farewell

(As another adds to the depletion of PPO personnel)

Deborah – enjoy your adventures and find your’ me time.

Enjoy some freedom while you’re still in your prime.

A massive Thank You for always working so hard

and well done for playing your special trump card.