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The Pickle Jar


“Daddy please I need you

I’m just a little kid.

I want a pickle sandwich

but I cannot move this lid.”

I puff my chest with macho pride

I know I won’t be beat.

I’ll take this challenge in my stride

I’m the strongest on my street.

I take the jar between my hands

and feel my muscles tighten.

It disobeys all my commands

It really is quite frightening.

I feel the sweat upon my brow

don’t make me look a fool

I’ll take you too my man shed

in there I’ll find a tool.

I put the lid into the vice

and grip tight on the jar

I try and try to twist it off

nice try but no cigar.

My wife and son are laughing

I do not get the joke.

I am feeling like a failure

My macho prides been broke.

We were tired of your bragging

to bring you down a peg or two.

We opened up the pickle jar

and stuck the lid back on with glue.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 24, 2020:


I shared this one here.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 27, 2020:

thanks Laurie

Laurie S Novak from Michigan on April 26, 2020:

Too cute! They got the last laugh. LOL I like it.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on February 15, 2020:

Thanks Brenda.

I will check your facebook pages. You can include some on your page if you want

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 14, 2020:


This one is so cute. I can picture his struggle. Love the ending.

You may post poetry in my new group if you would like


Sparklecity Poetry Group

Also I might want to include some on a page called Poets with a Voice.

Let me know if that is okay.



Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on December 29, 2019:

Only if you are a STRONG independent women :) Thanks for the visit and a happy new year to you

Suzie from Carson City on December 29, 2019:

Uh-Oh Charlie......I live alone. Does this mean I can never buy a jar of pickles??! "Happy New Year!!"

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on December 28, 2019:

Thanks John. The idea for this one came into my head when I was opening a jar for my daughter at Christmas dinner.

I have also used the "I must have loosened it" line :)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2019:

This is hilarious. It is the man’s job to get that lid off the jar at all costs. I can’t ever remember my dad being unable to in fact. I, however, have had to resort to other means at times other than bare hands and brute force. Sometimes after struggling for ten minutes i hand it back to my wife and it opens, “Oh, I must have loosened it,” I say.

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