By: Wayne Brown

The gauntlet has been thrown down, I must write of the lowly brick

To tell the truth I’ve thought little of it, hardly a single lick

But the time has come to extrapolate the wonder of this baked loam

I’ll try to write about it within the confines of this poem


The brick has long served all the world and did it extremely well

The third little pig in a house of brick told the wolf to go to hell

And as much as that wolf huffed and puffed, and tried to blow it down

That home stood up around that pig and not one brick hit the ground


Of course, who could forget our little Dorothy out in Munchkin Land

Who needed to see the Wizard of Oz to get back home again

Those little folks just point a direction so the seed was sowed

All she had to do was ‘follow the Yellow Brick Road!’


The brick emerged from the baked mud, the Mexicans call adobe

It became a staple of building product here in the land of the free

It shows up on neighborhood houses up and down our streets

For an added touch on buildings, its beauty cannot be beat


The brick has character founded in strength and also in versatility

It can build a house, create a fence, shape an oven or cover a city

Bricks can be functional when used together or one all by itself

Use them to build a path and use one as décor upon a shelf


Good bricks have holes in them to allow the mortar to flow about

This allows it to form a bond and to make the creation stout

Mortar and bricks go hand in hand just like those peas n’ carrots

If there is a job to be done, you can bet they’ll always share it


So, as you look about your town and admire all the beauty fair

Don’t over look the lowly brick for its contributions there

For all it has given us, why we should dance a little jig

Without it, Dorothy couldn’t get home, and what of that third pig?


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Too funny Wayne. Loved it.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Judicastro...thank you. He asked for it and here it is! LOL! WB

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

I got to the third little pig and laughed so hard I couldn't see for tears! Then when I regained some composure, I managed the rest and it's the best Sunday entertainment yet! Pink Floyd was just an added bonus and Murphy - well, I hope he has a well deserved rest! Awesome job! :)

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Someone may say your one brick short of a load, but leave it to Wayne Brown to take up the challenge with his creative genius:0) I hope you made that brick lover happy that you accepted there offer to do and Ode to a Brick, I must say you made Dorothy and one little piggy very happy. Pink Floyd one of my all time favorite groups, I am happy that you added them and the last one with the Irish lad was so funny he sure had poor luck, certainly not the luck of the Irish for him.

My use for bricks were tossing them through the glass windows of old vacated buildings when I was a kid, we loved to see and hear the glass break. Rocks and slingshots did the job to:0) Oh to be a kid again. I rate this Up Wayne, you had me laughing.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

It's quite a trick and maybe sick

To write a poem about a brick.

But don't despair and tear your hair

You did it well and won the dare.

You're the man, Wayne.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SilverGenes...Glad you are so easily entertained...I thought that pig would do it! What better spokesperson could there be for brick sales than the third little pig. 'hi, I am the third little pig here to ask what do you have on your home for protection?' I must be losing my mind, I have written poems about the kitchen sink and a brick all in one week! LOL! Thanks for the good words! WB

@saddlerider1...you have to be one brick shy to write poems about kitchen sinks and bricks! Just ask the third pig! Somehow I figured that was what you used bricks for, Ken. I wonder what CC does with them? LOL! WB

@drbj....great verse and a fitting tribute to my poem on bricks. I shall not despair! Thanks bj! WB

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I knew you could do it. And you rose to the challenge with great style. I wish I could write as good as you.

Keep on hubbing!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

eovery....just for you my friend! Thanks for the good words and I am glad you liked it. Bricks are very difficult to write about! You can write as good as me, just let your imagination go! LOL! WB

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


I may be called dense, and thick,

But I enjoyed your verse about a brick!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

What great entertainment! This was so funny. Thanks.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tom Whitworth...what can you do Tom? I only write about the stuff that seems like a good idea...glad you liked it! WB

@Pamela99...Glad you had fun with it. I never envisioned Dorothy or the Three Pigs when I had the notion to write about the brick...they just suddenly came to mind. WB

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TimBryce 6 years ago

Wayne -

Somehow, the joke "Did you brick him?" comes to mind. Good read.

All the Best,


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sheila b. 6 years ago

It's obvious you were having fun while writing, and as much fun for the reader.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tim Bryce....Oh man! How could I forget the efficient use of the brick or might I say bricks in getting a camel to take on water! Good one Tim! WB

@sheila b....Thanks much. It was fun especially playing around with that pig! WB

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Wayne, a great and funny note for me to end today's reading spree upon, garnered up votes, thanks for the laugh, Dusty

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@50 Caliber....thanks for the good words, 50. The idea for this poem just hit me like a ton of bricks! LOL! WB

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona


Pretty slick, this ode to brick,

The verse had me agrin...

These hallowed lumps, hurled by mugwumps,

Insure a Tea Party win...

Thanks for the share...Thumbs up...Larry

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@maven101...Hey, Larry! If I had known you and couple of others could come up with this stuff on bricks, I would have subcontracted the work! LOL! Nice verse and thanks for the thumbs! WB

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Very funny and a great poem to boot :)And for some reason I keep finding myself late to these comment parties...

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rkhyclak...bekka, you probably have the same issue that I do. My favorites that I follow nevers shows that some people on the list have new postings. I have to go to my "Hubbers You Follow" on the account page to see what is new on most of them. Glad you liked it...bricks can be great subjects I suppose! LOL! WB

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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Wayne, you are genius! This is really creative and funny too!

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Good really good, love the whole brick, makes me wanna go out and build myself a brick house... love the songs, the pig pic in the intro is great. I love pigs :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@katiem2...Thanks so much. I have never been challenged to write a poem about bricks so this was a first for me! LOL! Thanks for the read and the good comments! WB

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