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Excuses, Excuses


Every time I think of the word “excuses”, it is this poem  (Excuses, Excuses by Gareth Owen) that comes to mind!

However, the excuses I mean to give, for my prolonged absence from each of your blogs, will, I hope, be better received :D!

I just went through the list of posts, from the recent past, and the recentest (LOL, how I love inventing words.. a blogger’s literary license! ) serious piece of writing must be the book (non) reviews I had done, and a bit of versiful  ( 😀 ) thinking…








To re-word, with a heart full of gratitude to Gareth Owen who wrote the Original, here is my

“Excuses, Excuses”  😛

Late again, lady?
My blog’s been waiting for you
What’s the excuse this time?

Not my fault, folks!

Whose fault is it then?

My back, folks, it kinda gave up!

OH! What did it do?

It started popping discs, folks!!

CRIPES! Seriously?

Seriously  all right folks!

That’s a repeat of the excuse last year this time too!
And this, when we have so many lovely posts to share!!!

I know, dear folks. It’s very upsetting, truly it is!

How many discs did pop out this time?

None all that bad, folks,
Just sounds more dramatic when I say it that way!! 😛
But well, it is pretty bad! (Still is, a wee bit!)

None? We’re confused! But we’ll take your word on it!

What about recently, girl?
Where’ve you been?
We heard you were back in December!
And it’s February now! *frowns in place*

You missed some awesome posts
Fresh from a thought oven of the
Choicest Bloggers Minds!

That was another thing, folks!
You see, I had a wedding to attend!

For two whole months?

Well of course, folks. It was my son’s! 😀
I couldn’t just go to it.
I had to plan it first! 😀

Oh. Ok then, but that got done a while ago, right?
Two weeks on from that aren’t we?
So what’s the excuse now?

Uh. Oh. You’ve been keeping track of the FB pics, I see!
Then you would have read my latest one?
I work in a school, you see,
And there was this Annual Day Programme, just yesterday!
And there was this programme, Prabudhdha Bharatam..
And there were nearly 250 plus children we managed to get on stage
And there was-

Alright, alright… we get the picture (we’ll have to see it too, soon, I guess!)
Till then, we have very little choice, we suppose
Except perhaps to excuse you, or just not wait for you!

Oh please, oh please, I’d like to say
How wonderful you’ve all been, always…
And till the next time
My back troubles (not anytime soon, definitely :D)
Or I have a wedding to plan (another 25 years,min. :P)
Or another Annual Day to help put up (uh-oh..another year)

Do please, pretty please, excuse me 🙂

You will, won’t you?

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Do read the original poem by Gareth Owen, from the link posted, or else, if you’re rushed, here it is:

Excuses, Excuses

Late again, Blenkinsop?
What’s the excuse this time?
Not my fault, sir.
Whose fault is it then?
Grandma’s.What did she do?
She died,sir.
She’s seriously dead all right,sir.
That makes four grandmothers this term
And all on PE days, Blenkinsop.
I know. It’s very upsetting, sir.
How many grandmothers have you got, Blenkinsop?
Grandmothers, sir? None, sir.
All dead, sir.
And what about yesterday, Blenkinsop?
What about yesterday,sir?
You missed math.
That was the dentist, sir.
The dentist died?
No,sir. My teeth, sir.
You missed the test, Blenkinsop.
I’d been looking forward to it too, sir.
Right, line up for PE.
Can’t, sir.
No such word as can’t. Why can’t you?
No kit, sir.
Where is it?
Home, sir.
What’s it doing at home?
Not ironed,sir.
Couldn’t you iron it?
Can’t do it, sir.
Why not?
Bad hand,sir.
Who usually does it?
Grandma, sir.
Why couldn’t she do it?
Dead, sir.

Gareth Owen



Thank you very very much for being here, even when I have been absent. And do give me a bit more time to start afresh with my reading and appreciating of your blogs!
God Bless.

2 February, 2012

Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

23 thoughts on “Excuses, Excuses

  1. It would have been better if you had brought chocolates with you.. 😛

    Anyway hope the back gets better now.. Get loads of pampering done.


  2. Be the Saas you can me (MIL) I mean… get back rubs done by the DIL ! :mgreen: ha ha ha !!! *evil* sounds fun doesn’t it ?! 😛 😛

    Hope your back recovers well now that you have backrubwali in home ! 😛 😛 and yes.. we did follow all the pics on FB 😀 😀 Congratulations on the new member in the house 😀 The advantage of sons ! 😛 *ducksthechappal* 😛 😛


    • LOL, Hitchy, trust you to tell it as it is 🙂
      But the DIL s aren’t with me to exploit their goodness. 😀
      So I get to work on it, on me own 🙂
      Thank you for the wishes (and for taking a look at the pics 😛 )!

      If the DILs do get to it, I’ll join them in the chappal throwing 😛 😛


  3. Happy to see and read you again!! 🙂

    Welcome back yet again, Usha! Looking forward to read you and the usual banter sooon!!!

    Your comeback was very well written, in a true comeback style 😀 salute to Gareth Owen and hello to Blenkinsop!! 😀


    • Thank you David! Good to have you here too! I’m sure both Gareth Owen and Blenkinsop also return your good wishes 🙂

      I’ve yet to drop by at your place. Going by the other comment on an earlier post, I do have lots to look forward to!

      Thanks again, and God Bless!


  4. Well, well… I understand the excuses are genuine (ahem..), and funny too! Hope your discs are not giving you any more trouble. 🙂 Welcome back, once again, dear Usha. 😀

    I remember doing a skit for the assembly based on the Excuses poem. And you have created and equally humorous one.


    • Ahem! Thank you for that vote of confidence, Bindu! The discs are slightly troubled after the session at the Annual Day and the week that preceeded it, and I’ve promised to behave, so perhaps they will give me a little less trouble 🙂

      Oh wow! You did a skit on the poem? Must have been such fun, for the kids esp 🙂
      And thank you for the kind words too, for the write!


  5. I am going through something similar, it seems that’s one thing that successfully manages to keep us from blogging!


    • Oh Oh! IHM do take care that it does not get you really down. They say rest, followed by supervised exercise is best, when the problem first surfaces.
      I’ve become a sort of encyclopaedia on it, for both modern medicine and ayurveda treatments 🙂 I’ve got a post waiting, to share details about the really good place I went to for my treatment in Oct-Nov last year!
      And IHM, thank you for being here! You are so right- such a condition effectively curtails blogging 😦 I know! Been there too many times now!


  6. Good to see you back Usha. And you are magnanimously excused 😉 Better be punctual henceforth 😛 😀 😀


  7. I have seen the wedding pictures! God bless your family!

    We have got an MBBS doctor here. He has done a yoga course with Yogacharya Krishnamacharya. He yoga therapy. My niece went through slip disc a few years back. The doctors had asked her to undergo surgery and asked her to take bed rest until then. Then we came across this doctor and he saw all the x-rays and said that he will cure her and he did with some asanas. She too is a teacher and she never got any back pain afterwards. You must be having somebody…yoga expert over there too. If you don’t you can contact this doctor, Dr.Krishna Raman. You have to take his appt. first. He has always got a long queue. If you want to know more details, ask me, Usha. I am here to help you.


    • Thanks so very much Sandhya, for the kinds words, blessings, and the concern and assistance you promise.
      Recently, over the months of September to December I had sessions with a physiotherapist, modern medicine, followed by an inpatient treatment at an Ayurveda Facility. (will be blogging in detail on that)
      The Ayurveda treatment has helped enormously.
      As far as yoga is concerned, I have benefitted much from it, though I tend to be lax about the practise that I ought to do, on a regular basis.
      Combined with all of this is the tendency to over-strain, physically, the moment there is a sense of well-being- driving long distances, sitting for too long at the computer, lifting stuff that I should not be. I know the theory very well, about taking care of the back to ensure there is no relapse, but sadly am fickle about the follow up and the practical aspects.
      I’m working on being sincere about that as well!

      Thank you so very much for all that you have offered too, Sandhya! God bless!


  8. Well OK, you are definitely excused 😉 Usha, please try blogging from your phone or something mobile.. makes it so much easier 🙂 And do feel better soon…


  9. oh i loved you poem more and the word recentest has to be accepted ot else i will protest..hey it is the year of protest, i can !!!
    have been absent myself but that was because i was kidnapped by vampires who accidently dropped me into the nest of giant bloodsucking mosquitoes, i have come back and will post the whole story…


  10. Oh I didnt know about this poem!! great one both the original and your version!


  11. Blenkinsop reminded me of a bucket
    Belonging to one Henry of Nantucket
    Disc-popping excuses
    And Folks’ accuses
    Will be forgotten if you listen to this racket:

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