Writing

Hail and Farewell Southpark Toastmasters

The farewell toast speech I offered to the Southpark Toastmasters group in the form of a Glosa poem during my last Monday meeting with them at the end of August.  I’ll find another group, but this group was and is something special.

 

Through many seas have I traveled

leaving me only ancient customs to honour you

Take from my hands these sad gifts covered in tears

Now and forever, ave atque vale

— Gaius Valerius Catullus

Gifts of verse and rhyme are what I offer

to those who have offered me so much more

As I part for another adventure

on unknown shores

My ship’s horn has trumpeted

As the Toastmaster has gaveled

I will not forget the laughter

nor memories made

From the many speeches babbled

Through the many seas we’ve traveled

You have offered me a confidence boost

in addition to camaraderie

You have offered me a chance to learn

in addition to expressing —

my knowledge and myself

Something to look forward to

On a Monday afternoon

Week in and week out

There is nothing more for me to do

I’m left only with ancient customs to honour you

So, I raise this glass

and offer you a toast

boasting to all in Wholefoods

of Southpark Toastmasters

Of a group, I will dearly miss

I say Cheers

A group to learn and grow with

A group to share part of your soul with

I say Cheers

and take from my hands these sad gifts covered in tears

Words of wisdom in a final token of verse

before I take my leave from this dock

Continue to forge ahead

through the ums and ahs

Take on new roles and–

Expand your vocabulary

Go a little crazy with those Tabletopics

And be unrecognizably awesome

Should I return from down in Alabammy

Now and forever, ave atque vale

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