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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.