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The guests have come and gone, now back to the old routine.
We showed them all the tourists spots, partook of local cuisine,
Put many miles on the old sedan and spent a ton of dough!
Sure was nice to see them come - better yet to see them go!

My bedtime is off kilter - they want to stay up and chew the fat.
Their visit even upset the routine of my dear inscrutable cat!
Spouse jolts me awake, nudging 'neath the table with her toe!
Sure was nice to see them come - better yet to see them go!

Surprise! Surprise!  They showed up with their miserable cur!
Consternation reigned when he saw the cat, causing quite a stir!
On the priceless Persian carpet, the mutt let his water freely flow!
Sure was nice to see them come - better yet to see them go!

Come time to pay for luncheon, we do the well-known shuffle,
As to who will pick up the tab sans causing a frightful ruffle!
Invariably, we end up sharing the total amount we owe!
Sure was nice to see them come - better yet to see them go!

Tho' this verse was written with considerable tongue in cheek,
I love having guests - as long as they say within a week,
Tho' some of my habitual modus operandi I must forego.
Sure is nice to have them come - better  yet to see them go!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 3/25/2013 3:04:00 PM
    Fortunately I found you and your poetry thanks to Ilene Bauer's recently excellent (and honorable I might add) poetic tribute to you. I can see why she admires you. Funny stuff and I'm sure I'll be back for more of your humorous outlook on life. Thanks for sharing my fellow vet. (I'm 20 years retired Navy now working in Egypt (long story how I ended up here). We'll save that for later...Cheers, Terry

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 1:36:00 PM
    Yes...good to see em come and good to see em go... and when I'm the guest I'm always just as ready to go to my own bed!!!

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 1:05:00 PM
    Enjoyed this humorous write very much Robert!Very nice poem.