5 Apr





by L. Stewart Marsden


There are three young boys playing down in the court
of my apartment complex at this moment — right now;
and I’m looking to dump some water, or more,
to cool off their horrid energy somehow.

We’ve a standard of great impatience to uphold —
and to tolerate their play denigrates our ways
and sets us back — we, the wise old
curmudgeons who protect our life and the day.

From Scrooge to Potter to Oscar to Grinch
there’s a host of curmudgeonly grumps to protect,
and we’ll never give in, not even an inch
to vile little children who attempt to wreck

our curmudgeonly sanctums and places of solace
where grumpy and crotchety curmudgeons remain
and thrive in a life of bereftness and callous,
where our lack of humanness we hopefully sustain.

So, you three little urchins, you loud little boys
who tear about, wear about my court with your laughs
who hoop, whoop and holler with your loud little toys,
be gone! and be quiet! I say with a blast

of curmudgeonly anger and ire and spite
so you’ll empty my courtyard and never return
and I reap peace and quite that hopefully might
last more than a moment, and you, perhaps learn

that the value of grumps and curmudgeonly men
is something that you and your foolish young sort
may possibly, finally, hopefully begin
to grasp, and never return again to my court!


Copyright © by Lawrence S. Marsden, 5 April, 2014

2 Responses to “Curmudgeoning”

  1. Damyanti April 6, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    Hi, you signed up for the A to Z April Challenge. We’ll be removing non participant blogs from the A to Z Challenge signup list, as a courtesy to those who are posting regularly– please let us know if you’re participating.

    Cohost, A to Z 2014

    • skipmars April 6, 2014 at 7:56 am #

      Well, I can’t figure out how to do some of the things technically. So I guess I will have to pass.

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