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Long outstayed his welcome
The clock could not keep up
As tired tried with bloodshot eyes
To act like long was a surprise

And yawning feigned attraction
As long had missed his bus
Old never mind was being kind
Like this was all some grand design

But long was getting longer
He'd made a friend of stretched
Who made so much from such small things
That it left us all a-wondering

Stretch said “Hi” to comfy
Who poured just one last drink
But long was getting quite pie-eyed
And he had shots stacked on one side

You know I must be going
Then made his presence known
But long had gone and got Pete Tong
And he had welcomed on and on

On and on were at it
With seamless streams of sound
As long morphed into longest
We all dabbled with dishonest

It's not like we were lying
As we'd only stretched the truth
We introduced excuses
But he proved to be useless

Long outstayed his welcome
We welcomed in the dawn
And then we all met boring
Who soon had us all snoring.

About this poem

It's about people who outstay their welcome, completely oblivious to body language and subtle hints from their hosts.

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Written on December 27, 2021

Submitted by on December 29, 2021

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Axbb xcxx xxxd xxee dxxx xxff dxxc Axdd
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 975
Words 195
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Ray Eden

I have been writing poetry, prose and lyrics since my teens, and I'll be 63 in January. I live on The Isle of Sheppey in Kent, UK. more…

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