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Living with Humble the Grumble

November 22, 2010

Humble was a grumble that lived beneath my soul

Constantly he was interrupted by the ruckus from above.

Often he would bang on the floor unseating me from my chair.

Often I’d turn red and wanted to pull out my hair!

But that grumble doesn’t do it for no reason at all

He’s just trying to live under a ruckus… that’s not small

Twice did he tap on my floor

Several times he did tell my friends he’d have no more!

But my soul is such fun to play in…

that after he tapped… I did begin again!

One friend did say to respect that grumble…

but I simply wanted to do as I pleased.

Until one day Humble had enough…

He packed his bags, his socks ,and grumbling stuff

and he went over to a gentle soul’s house to rest.

And when he did my soul sank.

I felt bad for him because it was my fault he was such a crank.

I bounced around and drove him crazy

I would have left too…

Everyone I know seemed to be mad….

for driving Humble the grumble out of his pad.

I went to find the peaceful soul

the one where Humble found rest.

I told him I was sorry and I just wanted to get that off my chest!

Humble looked and started to smile.

and the world seemed brighter for just a little while.

So when Humble came back home …I remembered that smile,

the one that made the world brighter for a little while.

and I took the time to get to know Humble better

and soon I found out that  grumble was much cooler than me.

He had more friends than there was water in the sea!

…and then I realized what had not occurred to me before.

Living with Humble means much, much more…

To be cool like Humble I learned to play quieter in my soul from day-to-day.

Only playing loudly once in a while…

Humble doesn’t mind…He’ll even come and watch!

…so long as I don’t take the  level up more than a notch…or two.

Because Humble lives life by a different view

He says “Give others a chance to shine because I already know how special

you are…you don’t have anything to prove…

I live under your soul…

so believe me…


25 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2010 2:07 pm

    a brilliant masterpiece! Splendid poem.

    • November 22, 2010 9:25 pm

      Thank you Trisha! I’m glad you liked it.

      • November 24, 2010 2:50 pm

        i love all your poems, your poems are really very beautiful. waiting for the next one.

        • November 24, 2010 4:35 pm

          I thank you for your kindness Trisha. I will write another as it comes out of mind naturally…but I will say that I don’t force these things because the quality would go down in my case. Peace be with you!

  2. November 23, 2010 5:08 am

    Wow, I really really loved this! Wonderful message it gives out. It made me think of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” (I mean similar rhyme scheme). Brilliant poem!

    • November 23, 2010 1:33 pm

      Poe is someone who crawls around the back of my mind reminding me of things that I do wrong or bad and the consequences there in! Thank you for the visit!

  3. November 23, 2010 5:12 am

    2z what a great parable! Enjoyed it.

    • November 23, 2010 1:29 pm

      Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s good to see you!

  4. Jingle permalink
    November 23, 2010 11:17 am

    keep soul searching..
    fantastic piece.
    Glad to see you shine.

    • November 23, 2010 1:27 pm

      This was inspired by Uncle Tree right before I gave my speech last Thursday. I desided it was something to think about for the kids.

      • November 24, 2010 2:06 am

        I am simply honored.
        Thank you, good sir!
        Loved it at first sight.

        I’m never done… 😉
        Your humble bugger, UT

        • November 24, 2010 3:28 am

          I thought you’d like that! 🙂
          You made some good points about being and living humble the other day and I thought I’d dedicate one of my children’s lessons in your honor… take care man. Smile you earned it!

  5. November 23, 2010 3:14 pm

    Terrific, wonderful…simply brilliant!
    And thanks for your nice comments!

    • November 23, 2010 5:24 pm

      I glad you liked it Kathe! thank you for visiting. Have a happy Thanks giving!

  6. November 24, 2010 4:28 am

    I was quickly surfing my blog when I clicked at your link.
    I feel honored to find my name in worth reading authors’ list.
    Thanks Stuart for this honor.
    It is time to attend my patients.
    I shall visit this poem again as it appears quite interesting.

    Dr Madan Goyal

  7. November 25, 2010 5:09 am

    This poem reminds me of living in an apartment. Those below think those above are jumping or bowling. Those above think those below are crazy and tap brooms to their ceiling to disturb them. And the ones on the side, not mentioned in your poem, play loud music and have parties night and day. In your poem you found a way for all of them to be happy together. It’s easy to make someone grumble, but impossible to make someone humble. Gotta learn that lesson all on their own.

    • November 25, 2010 2:11 pm

      I would agree Dan I meant the apartment building to be the whole of me. I compartmentalize my emotions a lot out of survival and…in this case I can’t explain it but I sometimes don’t have the same boundaries of others and it comes off as being arrogant, overbearing, or just flat out rude but people don’t understand my intentions… I merely pose as an example to bring them up to my level rather than me succumb to their quietness. This poem represents the problem I faced and the realization that I finally came to. My children have big personalities too so I felt this is something important…Uncle Tree sparked this thought right before I gave my speech at the state capital. take care!

  8. November 26, 2010 3:20 am

    It took me three focused readings before I could make what you exactly were trying to convey. Humble and grumble duplicated the person beneath your soul. Sometimes humble appeared, grumble other times.
    I think clarity in thought about us and others, relative space to all and an appropriate recipe that suits as many as possible would be the answer.
    One should be happy in whichever situation one is.
    It is a very well expressed thought. I really liked it.

    • November 26, 2010 6:15 am

      Thank you doc! you are right about being happy in what ever situation we are in…sometimes the situation makes us learn valuable lessons such as this one. I am honored by your visit my friend …peace be with you. 🙂

  9. November 27, 2010 11:57 am

    Did you draw the cartoon, 2zpoint?

    • November 27, 2010 12:14 pm

      Yes and signed the bottom right corner.

      • November 28, 2010 12:26 am


        • November 28, 2010 7:36 am

          Thank you I’m glad you liked it Bluebee! I haven’t drawn anything in many years but I did this because I had an image in my head that I thought would be cool for this project. It makes me happy to look at any way. Take care!

  10. December 3, 2010 1:32 pm

    Simply beautiful will be reading it to my kids this afternoon!!! I can’t wait to share it with them.

    • December 3, 2010 2:52 pm

      I am honored and delighted! I hope they enjoy it as much as Eli and Serena did. Eli related with the guy in the top picture and asked if we could build a ramp in the living room…too funny.

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