Grumpy’s Bear

Grumpy’s Bear

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.

Grumpy’s Saloon

Grumpy’s Bear
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

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. After releasing his novel "The Keegan Trail" in early 2018 Kurt is currently working on his next novel "The Daunting" hoping to release in in August 2018.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Rocky Mountain" historical fiction series of 3 books that provide western adventure of the early days of the Rocky Mountain frontier and his newly released "Thoughts and Poetry of a Wandering Man" - the (Uniquely Colorado edition) are available in print and download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. After releasing his novel "The Keegan Trail" in early 2018 Kurt is currently working on his next novel "The Daunting" hoping to release in in August 2018.

4 thoughts on “Grumpy’s Bear

  • October 5, 2017 at 1:53 PM
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    How funny! Seems that ol’ bear just had a hankerin’ for a beer. Great poem, Kurt, with nice rhyming as always.

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    • October 6, 2017 at 2:27 PM
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      He was hankering for a beer Phyllis, but by golly someone had to calm him down…lol… thanks for stopping by

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  • October 6, 2017 at 12:38 AM
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    Love it Kurt! Thought he’d lap up the beer, but perhaps he’s not a Budweiser fan either. Great tale (half -truth) and a fun write my friend. Cheers!

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  • October 6, 2017 at 2:28 PM
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    Glad you enjoyed it Tony. I love tall tales and cowboy poetry. It is always fun to write and helps me forget the hustle and bustle of the day.

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