Holding a Grudge
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    “Holding a Grudge,” Friend, Nov. 2006, 13

    Holding a Grudge

    A grudge is a terrible nuisance to hold,

    Untidy, and heavy, and usually cold.

    The big clumsy thing starts to weigh more and more,

    Till holding it’s all you can do. What a bore!

    Its weight makes you grimace, your tired lips mumble.

    Your eyes start to cross, and your weary feet stumble.

    So for goodness’ sake, find something better to grip—

    Like a bat for a ball game, or a map for a trip.

    A friend’s hand is great. A kite string is fun.

    Grab a bike, a good book, a broom—just pick one.

    Hold a puppy, a paintbrush, a thick piece of fudge—

    Almost anything’s nicer to hold than a grudge!

    Illustration by Mark Robison