The House Behind the House – A Poem

This poem was sent to me by my dad.  A little farm humor for your day.

One of my fondest memories
As I recall the days of yore
Was the little house, behind the house,
With the crescent o’er the door.

‘Twas the place to sit and ponder
With your head all bowed down low;
Knowing that you wouldn’t be there,
If you didn’t have to go.

Ours was a multi-holer, three,
With a size for everyone.
You left there feeling better,
After your job was done.

You had to make those frequent trips
In snow, rain, sleet or fog-
To that little house where you usually
Found the Sears-Roebuck catalog.

Oft times in dead of winter,
The seat was spread with snow.
T’was then with much reluctance,
To that little house you’d go.

With a swish you’d clear that wooden seat,
Bend low, with dreadful fear,
You’d shut your eyes and grit your teeth
As you settled on your rear.

I recall the day ol’ Granddad,
Who stayed with us one summer,
Made a trip out to that little house
Which proved to be a bummer.

‘Twas the same day that my dad had
Finished painting the kitchen green.
He’d just cleaned up the mess he’d made
With rags and gasoline.

He tossed the rags down in the hole,
Went on his usual way
Not knowing that by doing so,
He’d eventually rue the day.

Now Granddad had an urgent call,
I never will forget!
This trip he made to the little house
Stays in my memory yet.

He sat down on the wooden seat,
With both feet on the floor.
He filled his pipe and tapped it down,
And struck a match on the outhouse door.

He lit the pipe and sure enough,
It soon began to glow.
He slowly raised his rear a bit
And tossed the flaming match below.

The BLAST that followed, I am told,
Was heard for miles around,
And there was poor ol’ Granddad
Sprawled out there on the ground!

The smoldering pipe still in his mouth,
His eyes shut real tight,
The celebrated three-holer
Was blown clean out of sight!

We asked him what had happened,
What he said I’ll ne’er forget.
He said he thought it must have been
The pinto beans he et!

Next day we had a new one
Dad put it up with ease.
But this one had a door sign
That read “No Smoking, Please!”

Now that’s the story’s end, my friend,
Of memories long ago,
When we went to the house behind the house,
Because we had to go.

For those who never had to trot out in the cold… just give thanks!


The dandy outhouse at Bald Butte Ranch, built by brother-in-law, Wade.  We gladly use it.

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