The Grouchy Old Man

This is a true story. It happened in the summer of 1998 when Sherry and I lived in Pflugerville. It was a dawning of the ages, I suspect. I hope it brings a smile to your face; it does mine, every time I read it. I’m posting it for The Purple Treehouse Blog’s Funny Bunny Friday.

The Grouchy Old Man


Was not long ago this happenin’ happent

On a Saturday as I best recall

Out the window I saw some kids in a tree

And thought, what if they should fall


Stepped out the front door and in a gruff tone

Said, you kids get outta that tree

Their eyes got all bugged & they fell like ripe fruit

Then ran off as fast as could be


They ran down that street lickety split

Like the devil himself had roared

I chuckled and watched ‘em high tailin’

And then thought to myself, oh Lord


The wife had come out to check on the fuss

And saw the kids as they fled the scene

She saw the strange grin I had on my face

And said, dear are you being mean


Well, alas, my dear, seems I’ve finally done it

She asked, what is that, my sweet

I replied with a sigh, I’ve gone and become

That grouchy old man down the street

Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn                       


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    Too funny!!

  2. There aren’t too many tree in Brooklyn so I truly never climbed a tree.
    But, moved to the subrubs for my kids and gave them lots to climb.
    This eminds me of them but they were allowed. No falls, no bumps, not bruises.
    Cute and humorous tale.

    • Thanks, Isadora! I can’t imagine not having trees. I grew up in a desert town, but we had trees in the yards.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. terri0729 said

    Charles, I love it! I wrote one telling a story too but Mark didn’t seem to think it was the right approach so I did the monkeys instead, lol. Love the new background too. Blessings, Terri

  4. Gigi Ann said

    Reminded me of Cartoon Dennis the Menace, and his grouchy old neighbor, Mr. Wilson. Fun poem.

    • Haha! I never thought of that, Gigi! But you are right; it has Dennis the Menace written all over it!
      Thanks for the visit and cmment!

  5. Miss Kitten said

    Hey, Mister Wilson!

    I suppose it’s inevitable that one day we all reach a “Get off my lawn!” stage of life.

    Here’s mine. Not quite as wholesome as yours. 🙂

    • I was actually just playing with them, but they didn’t think it was funny. I can still see them high-tailing down the street.
      Thanks for the visit and comments!

  6. unbeatable humor,
    lovely poem,

    after a while, you may have a collection of poetry in humor…


    • Thanks! I probably already have a pretty good collection.
      I appreciate your visit and comments!

  7. zongrik said

    nothing like a good pun

  8. Elizabeth said

    That was delightful! There’s one in every neighborhood. Great poem, Charles!


    • But, Elizabeth! I never thought it would be me!
      Thanks for the visit and comments!

  9. Rinkly Rimes said

    I hope you won’t be hurt if I say that I think you could do wit some plastic surgery on your nose! That’s probably what scared the kids!

    • Oh, the pain! You have hurt me to the core! I have often thought about simply having the darn thing removed!
      Thanks for the visit and comments!

  10. Such a funny poem. I loved the use of rhyme.

  11. lol! Nice entry! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. blitzken said

    Haha, it happens when you least expect it. ;o)

  13. Thanks for the treat …see you next time.

  14. Jo Bryant said

    great use of rhyme 🙂

  15. edpilolla said

    this is just perfect, tight, commercial even. really, really entertaining and fun. thank you:)

  16. This is so funny and the more I come to your blog the more I fall in love with it thank you so much

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