Secondary School Poems

Rumbling, mumbling, bossy and bumbling;

Shouting, spouting, grimacing, grumbling;

    Fiddling, diddling, po-faced and middling::

    This is the character of Riddeling Siddeling.


Cross in the morning, fault-finding at noon.

He’s fractious at lunch-time and glares at the moon.

    Pettish and peevish and often quite rude;

    Dumpish, grumpish and in a bad mood.


He’s a gruesome, grizzling, griping old grump -

Like a bad-tempered bear with a very sore rump.

   Brooding and sullen, his face is austere;

   When they send him to Mars, we surely will cheer.


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* middling:  mediocre; run of the mill.  He was someone of no consequence to others, so he became ill-tempered etc.  Isn't it better for people to remember you as someone who stands out for what good you do and have done in the world?  Not him! I like to think that somewhere in my day, I've done something that is useful to others.  I hope my poems are useful to you.

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