A LETTER TO THE UNDESERVING
Master Fickle Palehearted
c/- Your Ivory Tower
We write to express our disappointment
In the absence of your presence
At our recent high-profile event.
Your reservation was confirmed some months ago,
And others were turned away
Pleading no vacancies.
At the table your space was conspicuously empty
And the cause of loud silences
As the other guests pointedly didn’t ask where you were.
That we will not be making allowances
As no notice was given of your non-attendance.
We are sure your other engagement was pressing,
However we would remind you that a message is customary.
After much deliberation
On the matter
The board has decided
That future business is not precluded by this unfortunate event.
However, any prospective reservations
Must be accompanied
By a significant, non-refundable investment
And will be accepted only at the discretion of the management.
Repeated incidences of breach of faith
Will be treated sternly
And result in your barring from this establishment.
We have no wish to appear harsh,
However we are certain you understand
That we have a reputation to uphold,
And contraventions of our policies
Must be handled with a gravity
Befitting their critical nature.
We are therefore yours in apprehension,
© mjc 25 February 2016