BUCKET ON HIS HEAD

I N S P I R A T I O N


This actually occurred at Herston Holt steam railway station just outside Swanage. We had walked down from the campsite and, having just missed a train, had to wait for 45 minutes for the next one. The not quite two year old "Mr Grizzle" was in his push chair. To this day, when he takes a notion, he still waddles around with a bucket on his head. You can hear the track on Soundcloud.


Bucket On His Head

He was never one to shy away from trouble.

From an early age he’d take life by the throat.

He was never one for cuddles and he didn’t like to fuss,

And he’d always let you know if you were getting on his goat.

Every hour was action packed until a day was done.

“It could be just his teeth” is what they said.

Everywhere he went he used to grizzle,

Until his granddad put a bucket on his head.

 

He always likes an element of danger.

Risk is simply outside his domain.

He’ll always find a way to turn a situation round,

Even when it means that he is up against the grain.

Sometimes he’ll throw a wobbly, that is just the way it is,

Especially when its time to go to bed.

Everywhere he went he used to grizzle,

Until his granddad put a bucket on his head.

 

He wears it in the garden and it helps to keep him dry.

He wears it in the house and up the street.

We never need a naughty step to mend his little ways.

When he’s verging on a tantrum, then it really works a treat.

It doesn’t seem to pose much of a problem.

At least that is until he’s needing fed.

Everywhere he went he used to grizzle,

Until his granddad put a bucket on his head.

 

It never fills him with a sense of trauma.

In fact it always makes him want to smile.

When you lift the bucket, you will find his little face.

You can even leave it on for quite a while.

These days we only know him by his little legs and arms,

Though they could belong to someone else instead.

Everywhere he went he used to grizzle,

Until his granddad put a bucket on his head.

 

Paul J Openshaw (September 2011)

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