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Good Morning, Bugbear

Updated on October 2, 2011

It is rare that you will find me sitting down to write poetry. For one thing, if you ask me, poems are very difficult things to write. In a poem there is so limited space. Often times I have quipped that it seems to me far easier to write a novel than to write a poem. I'd even venture to guess that the writing of War and Peace may have been easier to write than all of the many poetic lyrics of William Shakespeare. Perhaps Rudyard Kipling might have said if he had been asked the question, that he had expended much more effort and time in the writing of his poetry than he ever did writing many of his much longer works.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Still, when one day my sister posted her status on her Facebook page about her newborn son, it immediately caught my attention. For whatever it was worth it struck a chord in my imagination. She wrote simply, "I love when C.J. wakes up talking and babbling to himself!" and even added one of those sideways smiley emoticons alongside it.

Her status made me wonder; what in the world could it be that little CJ, lying there awake in his crib, might be babbling and talking to himself about? What would he be saying if we could hear the words?

The following poem is what came to my mind.

As I awaken in my crib,

I think a bit glib

If I could get out of this thing

Life would truly be SWING!

I could run to and fro

There'd be no ONE to say no,

I'd have oodles of fun

For I'd be on the run

There'd be toys galore

That I'd spread on the floor

Oh, the shelves I'd clean out

It would be so FAR-OUT

There'd be things in the cupboards, all to explore

Cans to toss and bags to pour

And all the while

I'd sport a grin and a smile

Won't Mommy and Daddy have a big surprise

To see ME, out of my crib when THEY arise

In amazement they will see me and stare

And ask in wonder, "How in the world did you get THERE?"

I'd just giggle and laugh

At my adventurous jaunt and riffraff

At me they could NOT get mad,

Oh, they'd be SO had

For they'd just think I was cute, and they'd snap my pic

And they'd post on Facebook my neat little trick

But for now I can only pretend

Imagine and wonder, 'cause in the end

I'm still here in my crib, I've gone nowhere

And in comes Mommy, with narry a clue

Of the thoughts I've had of things to do

"Well, good morning, bugbear, and howdy to you."

If nothing else, it was fun to write and fun to share. Now back to my regular politics. But I do hope you liked it.


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    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Habee, yes. But it's best to not let that cat out of the bag. :)

      Maita, thanks, and thanks for stopping by for a read.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      lovely and cute, Maita

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      You have a softer side?? lol. Cute, sweet poem!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      She did. And best not to let my softer side show too much. ;)

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Springboard - a great effort and your sister I bet loved it. Good to get a break from politics I reckon every now and then :)

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'll certainly have to. :)

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Aw how sweet. Hope you show it to Bugbear in the years to come

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sunflower, most poems do seem that way. Poems tend to be more intellectual, if I can say that, and are usually rather deep.

      Carolina, thanks.

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love this.. very cute!!

    • sunflowerbucky profile image


      8 years ago from Small Town, USA

      cute! I think the hard thing with poems is that you are really putting yourself out on a limb, because they are usually so personal. Very cute!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Pamela, every once in a blue moon. :)

      Tantrum, I bet if he could get out of that crib, this is exactly what he would do. :)

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      8 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      I can believe a little baby ruminating all those thoughts ! Cute ! It made me smile ! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Springborad, I didn't know you wrote any poetry and that poem was adorable. I enjoyed your hub.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Katie, thanks so much for the kind words and thoughtful encouragement. If I do write any more prose, I will certainly share it here. :) Incidentally, the name James in my family (as it probably is in many families actually) is pretty common. My grandfather was James, as is my father. And my real name is James as well...though all three of us prefer "Jim."

      Tom and Tammy, thanks. It was a lot of fun to write actually. Glad you both enjoyed it.

      Gus, hell. That's about all even I think about. ;)

      lol Jess, yeah. I'm not sure those things would be in his mind at all at this stage, and probably not for a few years to come. Very glad you liked the poem. :)

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      8 years ago

      Wow.. couldn't help but comment on what Ralwus said,

      "You did a great job of it but when I was that young all I dreamed of was more titty and some way of getting to those little girls and pinching their bottoms."

      Um... he's 22 months and eww gross! :)

      Love it James!! Gotta print this one for sure! :)

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Springboard - That is one talented kid who can think of so many fun things at so young an age. Most kids in cribs think of sleep, food, and peeing, but not all that much more.

      Gus ;-)

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago

      That was really good...Tammy

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Nice enjoyable poem about C. J.'s imagination. I found it enjoyable.

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Aw James is one of my favorite names... What a delightful twist to your complex and intellectual mind dear Springboard, you may find yourself to be writing poetry more and more with such magic about your wits...I especially appreciate your description of poetry as compared to novel and the likes of War and Peace, your so right a winding word of story lets so much out over time and yet poetry your sort of on the line of the firing squad... Love this wonderful speak for Bugbear. :)

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Dreamreachout, will do. The talk of the Lebanese intrigued my sister and my brother-in-law, so we're going to have to look one up for their next visit up this way. Glad you enjoyed the poem. :)

      Kaltopsyd, yes, I tried to make it as rhytmic as I could. Hopefully I succeeded.

      Hello, always a pleasure. Thanks. :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I enjoyed reading it and it made me smile. So it can't be bad.

    • kaltopsyd profile image


      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      That was just great! I think it'll make a good song too. I sort of "rapped" it to myself as I read it. lol. Good Hub.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful work away from your normal stuff!! Kudos!!

      Let me know when you have that Lebanese stuff!! ;)

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Curtis James. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      It was also fun to read. Curious, what names does C.J. stand for?

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      LOL. :) And your poems are far from crap. Great to see you Ralwus.

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      8 years ago

      Real cute. Poems aren't really that hard, well, not my crap anyway. You did a great job of it but when I was that young all I dreamed of was more titty and some way of getting to those little girls and pinching their bottoms.


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