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31 July, 2005

A Not Unlikely Reply to "Letter of Resignation..."

We are in receipt of your letter dated…
and are constrained to note
that you adopt a tone unbefitting
a subordinate – and we quote…
While we’ve no objection to your quitting,
please be informed that approval’s awaited.

We cannot but observe - and we could cite -
that you speak most insultingly of those
who, you must know, are your superiors.
The tenor of your communication shows
your contempt or, what’s more serious,
seems to suggest a deliberate slight.

You’ve called our beloved CEO a sod,
a word we’ve carefully looked up and find
is short for sodomite: a grave imputation
not just unwarranted, but unkind
in view of his well earned reputation
as a family man, and a man of God.

As for the comic army you mention,
please be informed that we’re outraged.
The idea is monstrous, you seem to imply
that we’re jokers ossified and aged:
a bunch of geriatrics who refuse to die,
and who’d be better off with a pension!

Your insolence merits disciplinary action.
However, we’re compelled to take a lenient view
(oddly, you have friends in our higher ranks
who have good things to say about you,
and it’s to them you owe your thanks),
and dismiss it as a minor infraction.

You’ve been trouble, say what you will, but
the fates and a few have been indulgent:
you’ve got by on your language and brains
(the one useless and the other redundant),
and forever have caused us posterior pains.
And by the way, who on earth is Gilbert?

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3 Comments:

Blogger the still dancer said...

very redolent of ezekiel, and oddly enough, vikram seth. More acerbic than either though.

31 July, 2005 14:10  
Blogger livinghigh said...

The We Love Gilbert Club has already dashed off a note of righteous indignation to ure former employers! ;-)

31 July, 2005 18:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like this one even better than the unlikely letter of resignation. Classy writing as always.

03 August, 2005 00:15  

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