Grumpy’s Bear – I use to live near Grand Lake, Colorado which is about 9,000 feet in altitude and the gateway into Rocky Mountain National Park and some of the most remote wilderness areas in Colorado. Grumpy’s is a saloon on Main Street that I use to partake in a cold beverage from time to time. The beginning of this poem and tale is true and the rest maybe – not so true.
One summer night in Grumpy’s Saloon in Colorado – town of Grand Lake,
Nursing a couple of beers – when walked in a bear for goodness sake.
He appeared out of the darkness and strolled through an open back door,
Jake, Eddie and I were in disbelief and hoping there weren’t any more.
We were staring when Jake pointed and stuttered, “Do you see the damn bear?”
Slowly shaking my head – I gasped, “I am not blind Jake – I see him over there!”
Now Grand Lake is near timberline in the mountains with bears all around,
My buddies and I – never heard of a tale in a saloon – one had ever been found.
Now this here bear was one magnificent and powerful looking fellow,
For the moment it would seem he was just curious and very mellow.
Then he spied a beer on the other side of the bar and reached for the can,
Raising my eyebrows and a little disgusted – I was never a Budweiser fan.
With one colossal swipe – he split that can wide open and spilled all the beer,
He started to slap his huge paws on the bar – giving us something to fear.
With a valiant roar the 800 pound bear looked at me drinking my cold Coors lite,
Thinking now if that bear went for my Coors it was going to be one hell of a fight.
Jake and Eddie were terrified when Eddie muttered, “Hurry boys to the pickup!”
Dammit- Grumpy’s was our bar – “Stand your ground boys now is the time too – Cowboy Up!”
Thinking – there never was a horse that couldn’t be rode or a bear that couldn’t be beat,
Pointing at the bear, “You better settle your furry ass down and get lost or take a seat!”
That mammoth bears simple mind you could see the wheels and gears were spinning,
As Jake, Eddie and I with Coors lite in hands and now the 3 of us – all were grinning.
That bear now pondered and deciphered that the boys and I had grown a pair,
Out – the open back door whence he came – into the darkness went Grumpy’s Bear.
Kurt James © 2017
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