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That's What Makes You a Grouch: a Poem

Updated on October 16, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

When you can't hardly wait for a chance to oppose

with an arsenal ready to spill poison around

or every poem sounds to you like a boring prose

you need a cold shower to put you back on the ground

---for you are a grouch.

When everyone around is having fun

and you spoil it in every which way you can

or you see only clouds ignoring the sun

don't wonder why no one is your fan

---because you are a grouch.

When you keep complaining while others cheer

finding something wrong with babies and saints

or complicate matters that are simple and clear

and portray this world in only dark paints

---you must be a grouch.

When excitement is high on the dancing floor

and you just hang around, yawn and slouch

I've got to say what I missed before:

make yourself appointment for a shrink's couch

---for you are a grouch.


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    • Carolyn M Fields profile image

      Carolyn Fields 3 months ago from the USA

      Would it be bad if I printed this out, and gave it to a few people anonymously? Loved it!

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I've made my appointment to see the shrink, Val. Thanks for letting me know the signs of becoming a grouch. I'll get in first. Good poem..brought a smile...I mean frown.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---Yes, you have reformed. Now, well...maybe with some traces of it left, LOL---just a friendly tease.

      Thank you for the praise, my friend.

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      I think we've all known a few of those, the perpetually grouchy. One day I woke up and realized that life has kicked me in the butt so many times in a few short years that I was turning into one. I vowed never to do that, so I hope I've reformed. Funny poem, but true. You do a good job.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      Louise---Yes, we all act according to the whole emotional repertoire of being human. But I call a "grouch" someone who is chronically locked emotionally in that dark disposition.

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      Louise Powles 3 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I think we can all be a grouch sometimes. I try to stay mostly positive in life though. =)