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.