Sorry I Couldn’t Come Out

29 Feb

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~Vince Lombardi

Sorry I Couldn’t Come Out

Every now and then I try
To throw a social meet
An opportunity for folks
To encounter and greet

Interesting new  people
And make their circle grow
I feel it is my duty since
I’ve seen most efforts slow

I’ve seen a lot of people who
Say that they are too “busy”
To set aside an hour or two
Because they’re in a tizzy

Over all their duties that
They think take up much more
Time than they have in the day
So I engage the chore

Of throwing parties, meet-ups and
Other social events
But most are not well attended
Because one thing prevents:

“Sorry I could not come out”
Is what I always hear
Apology that I consider
Somewhat insincere

“Sorry I could not come out”
Is said by many who
Don’t respond for days or weeks
When asked “You coming too?”

“Sorry I could not come out”
Gets sent after the fact
Wouldn’t it make more sense to
Reply, respond, react

Before event is history
To take a moment and
Say that you won’t make it ‘cause
You’ve got something else planned?

Let’s be honest, we all know
That most, including us
Sometimes fluff off events ‘cause
They seem like too much fuss

We may not have something else planned
But just don’t “feel like it”
And since we don’t want feelings hurt
We’re too scared to admit

The real reason we won’t attend
The reason we aren’t there
But when apology comes after
It shows we don’t care

It doesn’t take an hour or
A day or week to write
“I will not make it but I hope
You all have fun despite”

So when you are invited by
A person who is trying
To bring people together and
Stop socialness from dying

Recognize where we are headed
Cocooning in our homes
Sitting silently before TVs
Like withered gnomes

Appreciate the effort and
The sentiment and make
An effort to engage and from
Solitude have a break

And if you cannot attend then
At least have decency
To not wait ‘till it’s obvious
To all that you weren’t free

“Sorry I could not come out”
To me is a bit late
When you can’t attend, it’s best
To not hold off and wait

No matter how “busy” you are
There’s always a minute
To say you’ll be there or you won’t
Either way, just commit

                                     ~Miro

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14 Responses to “Sorry I Couldn’t Come Out”

  1. Cat Forsley February 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I LIKE THIS A LOT ——– I DON’T THINK THERE IS SUCH A THING AS “TOO BUSY ”
    THIS POEM REMINDS ME OF YOUR “THE EXCEPTIONISTS” SORRY IF SPELLED WRONG !
    EFFORT AND TIME AND PERSISTENCE THAT SOMEONE GIVES TO SOMEONE ELSE – IN ALL RESPECTS – SHOULD NOT BE —– SORRY – TOO BUSY TO ATTEND – SHOW UP – RESPOND –
    WE MAKE TIME IN LIFE – TO INTERACT – MAKING TIME IS A LOVELY IDEA …:)
    GREAT WRITE MIRO ——-
    U ARE ALWAYS SO MOTIVATIONAL 🙂
    ALL THE BEST – XX C

    • Miro February 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Thanks Cat. Always amazing to me how some lie to others and themselves by trying to convince everyone that they’re too “busy” to take 15 seconds to respond to a very simple request. It’s a major reason why when the word “busy” is said, all I hear is “lazy.”
      Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

      • Cat Forsley March 1, 2012 at 10:32 am #

        VERY MUCH SO ——–
        IN THIS WORLD OF INTERNET ——- I SO BELIEVE WE HAVE DECREASED OUR ATTENTION SPAN —– FOR REAL – ONE ON ONE COMMUNICATION ———REAL LIFE / VIRTUAL LIFE ——- I DIDN’T HAVE A COMPUTER TIL 2007 —- I THINK I WAS HAPPIER BACK THEN !!! LOL ….
        THIS IS A VERY GOOD SUBJECT YOU WROTE ABOUT MIRO ——- A ESSAY IN A POEM —— -THAT’S WHY I VERY MUCH GRAVITATE TO YOUR WORDS – BECAUSE THEY MAKE ME WANT TO RESPOND – YOU ENCAPSULATE A WHOLE THEME INTO A POEM – AND THAT’S REALLY BRILLIANT —– THAT’S A LESSON ….

        HOW WE RESPOND AS HUMAN BEINGS – TO ONE ANOTHER —— I THINK IS A HUGE TOPIC THAT NEEDS TO BE EXPLORED FURTHER ——-
        TOO “BUSY ” – WHATEVER ——-
        THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO RESPOND OR ENGAGE IN WHAT DRAWS US IN ……….
        THANKS FOR THE GRACE AND LESSONS YOU TEACH EVERYDAY —— 🙂
        I JUST SAW YOU HAVE A NEW POST ON SILENCE —— ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TOPICS —– SHHHHH 🙂 LOL 🙂
        HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY 🙂
        CAT 🙂

  2. poeticjourney February 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Such beautiful poem, I know I have so much catching up to do on your blog! I do hope all is well on your end! God Bless 🙂

    • Miro February 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

      Thank you kindly. All is wonderful, just as I choose it to be, every moment, ever day. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  3. aussieian2011 February 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    A great inspirational writing
    Aussie Ian aka Emu

    • Miro February 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Thanks Ian! Hopefully it inspires a few more RSVP’s. 🙂
      Peace & grace,
      ~Miro

  4. Julie Catherine February 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Well said, Miro – it’s just a matter of courtesy to respond to an invitation, whether you plan to attend or not, in a timely fashion. After all, someone has thought enough of you to send you an invitation – why would you treat them any less? Sadly, many people do not think this way; unless of course, it’s happening to them. Great poem, and another that gives the reader much to ponder, thank you. ~ Julie

  5. Deb February 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Excellent poem, Miro!
    Hugs xx

  6. lscotthoughts March 1, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Another great message, Miro! I think I said before that “too busy” makes no sense, at all. We’re never too busy; we just need to take the time~Blessings! 🙂

  7. Christy March 1, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Yes we should let people know if we are not going to attend, it is good manners. Agreed! I like the way you composed this into a poem Miro.

  8. granbee March 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Yes,Miro, the considerate warrior always R.S.V.Ps BEFORE hand, preferably by the date indicated by the host/hostess! Warrior on for respect and consideration, dear Miro!

  9. willofheart March 3, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I agree with this piece, this is absolutely true, for me there is no such word as too busy coz there is always a way if the person wants to…

  10. Kristin Barton Cuthriell March 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I agree. When you take the time to organize an event and extend an invitation, the least your guest list can do is to reply one way or another. I would rather get a reply that is a maybe than no reply at all. (Unless I need exact head count) – You are not alone.

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