‘Bye for now (bloggerel doggerel)

Cat looking forlorn beside a packed suitcase.

Ursula lurking beside the dreaded packed case. She knows what that means.

Six days from now I’m going to Seoul
as writer in residence on blogging sabbatical.
I’ll fly to Korea and live there for weeks.
I may lurk on the blog, I may take the odd peek
maybe drop the odd photo or make the odd squeak

but in essence my blog goes on holiday now
I’m taking a bow
while I change to a gracious and dignified self
and focus on writing that goes on a shelf
and join in a writers’ community
at the Seoul Art Space —Yeonhui.

Please notice the lack of my yackity yack.
I’ll miss you—will you miss me back?
I’ll be home in October and I’ll be on fire
I’ll be newly inspired

but meantime you know, I’ve just gotta pack
get my passport and stuff in my wee haversack
and tidy my flat
and top up the food for my stay-at-home cat—
so goodbye—cheerio—haere ra!

Audio version of this blog post

You won’t want to share this one: sometimes a bad poem is harder to write than a good one, and I succeeded here! It’s the thought that counts, I’m told.


28 thoughts on “‘Bye for now (bloggerel doggerel)

  1. cedar51 says:

    safe journey – i’ll try and catch up on missed blog posts – my trip away last week wasn;t for fun, but a kind of learning experience “when what happens when the GP says this isn’t going to be fixed with a pill…and sends you to hospital emergency dept”

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you travel safely and enjoy the experience. We’ll be here when you return.

  3. Have a safe trip and lots of wonderful experiences during your stay.

  4. Michelle says:

    Have a good time in Korea and I can’t wait to hear from you when you get back!

  5. Oh, yes, your absence will be notice – but we’ll be eager to hear all about your experiences when you get back! Enjoy with care!

  6. LA says:


  7. Safe travels! Your absence will be felt but it sounds like a great opportunity for you.

  8. You will be missed! Come back with more great ideas and have a wonderful adventure.

  9. Claudette says:

    Happy trip! Before you zip up the bag, check for the cat. 😀

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to hear about your experience in a writers’ community. Keep creative!

  11. A well earned break. Have fun. See you in October.

  12. Have a wonderful sabbatical!

  13. hilarymb says:

    Hi Rachel – sounds amazing … I’m sure you’ll have the most incredibly interesting time … and let us know all kinds of nitty gritty on life in Korea. What fun … just enjoy – and glad the cat will be fed – take care and I’ll be happy to have you back … cheers Hilary

  14. I’ll miss you back! I’m going to be in Berlin but family will be filling my world there. Not writing. But I’m sure to be writing even so. Maybe not blogging, I’ll have to see how easy / hard that becomes. Enjoy!!! Hear from you in October, rover.

  15. bone&silver says:

    ENJOY! What a treat for you… and my cat does exactly the same thing, without fail…


  17. Have a fantastic time! South Korea is such an interesting, warm, friendly place. My daughter spent a year there and I went for a two week long stay. You will love it!

  18. alison41 says:

    Travel safe and enjoy! Enjoy every moment. Can’t wait to hear about it on your return. Trust me, this reader will miss you. Now: on to the more important issue – your poor, abandoned Ursula … you had better scour the Korean pet shops for lavish placatory gifts otherwise the climate on your return will be glacial. I know whereof I speak. An offended feline companion requires major owner bribes.

  19. rhinophile says:

    I’ll miss you! Have fun!

  20. lifecameos says:

    Yes we will miss you blogging, but have a great time, it is an interesting country. Lots of them speak English, so you will be fine.

  21. joared says:

    May your trip be interesting, enjoyable, and safe. You will be missed here.

  22. Rainee says:

    Have a wonderful time 📝🖋🖊🌅🌷

  23. Yes, I will miss you! Have a great time in Seoul!

  24. rummuser says:

    Have a grand trip and time there.

  25. Osyth says:

    Bon voyage and enjoy the sojourn … I know you will bring great value, I wish you great value in return ☀️

  26. Safe travels and enjoy your visit!

  27. Safe travels.

  28. My warm thanks to every one of you who kindly left a comment here. You know why I didn’t reply, of course — but yes, I will have some wonderful experiences, enjoy my visit, stay safe, and bring back treats for Ursula the cat without expecting anything in return. As for sharing my experiences, well … I may just post photos with a word or two here, as if on Instagram. Or not post a single thing: I have no idea what lies ahead. Meantime, happy blogging, one and all!