While You Were In We Thought You Were Out


One thing in life
That I find quite frustrating
Is when I have to spend time
Endlessly waiting

For something or someone
That is due to arrive
At an unspecified time
Between 8 and 5

That’s quite a large window
And it makes me feel stressed
To spend a whole working day
Under house arrest

It’s hard to endure
Is it mandatory
To spend so many hours
In such purgatory?

And what is much worse
You can always depend
That the time of delivery
Will be nearer the end

But you can’t take the chance
That it won’t come at the start
So you have stay in
And wait in good heart

Hopeful that today’s wait
Won’t be quite as long
But after several hours
You’ll know you were wrong

And once the delivery
Window has expired
And you’ve wasted a day
And you’re bored and tired

Only then you’ll discover
That you dropped your guard
For at some point today
Was posted a card

That claims that delivery
Was attempted that day
Despite all evidence
Suggesting that there’s no way

That anyone bothered
To ring the doorbell
Or even to knock
So how in the Hell

Did they post that card
Without you being aware?
And why did they do it?
Do they simply not care

That you’ve wasted a day
For a package unreceived
And now all you feel
Is wronged and deceived?

And so after waiting
You’re forced to wait more
But now the delivery
Won’t be brought to the door

After twenty-four hours
It’ll have to be collected
Which is beyond irritating
And you feel quite dejected

Because if delivery windows
Must be so imprecise
At the end of it all
A parcel would be nice


  7 comments for “While You Were In We Thought You Were Out

  1. February 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Haha I love this… Guess who’s waiting on a delivery as we speak!? I wrote poetry this week as well! You must have infected me….

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      I saw the poem, it was very good, so more than happy to be cited as an influence! Hope the delivery didn’t take all day to arrive!


  2. February 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    We had this happen recently. Plumbers came to unblock a sink, knocked, and then promptly left before anyone could get to the door. Thankfully they were back within an hour – and we weren’t billed for that time, either.

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    • February 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      I wish I could find plumbers that came back!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Suze
    February 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    amazing that you so completely captured the angst of waiting innumerable hours for someone or something to arrive!

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Well, I had time on my hands…


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