FARM DAYS

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By: Wayne Brown

 

The frying bacon and eggs catches your nose

As you stare at the ceiling and wiggle your toes

Time to raise up to the early morning’s charm

And see what’s cookin’ down on the farm

 

Grandma’s house is always a fun place to go

Flour to her elbows makin’ biscuits out of dough

There’s always pies, cakes, and cookies to delight

Makes your mouth water as you relish each bite

 

Rain on an old tin roof has such a special sound

Like tapping a drum as the drops come tumbling down

And the nights are really dark not a light is in sight

But the stars that light the sky are such a true delight

 

There’s cows in the meadow; the barn is full of hay

The rooster crows at sunrise, welcoming the new day

Grandpa in his overalls headed out to farm his crops

Grandma making cakes with thick icing on the tops

 

Climbing in the barn loft and rolling in the golden hay

There’s a mother hen with baby chicks making their way

Newborn calves bounce and play; ducks waddle all about

Maybe we’ll go to the pond later on and try to catch a trout

 

Climbing trees and jumping ditches, what a carefree time

The farm is like an amusement park yet there is no line

It’s about a perfect place for growing boys to enjoy the sun

Playing with all the animals while having tons of fun

 

Grandma’s in the henhouse picking up the fresh eggs

We boys are in the loft rafters hanging by our legs

The day is coming to an end, the sun is lowering down

Grandpa’s headin’ to the house; finished plowing ground

 

Suppertime is over and it’s time for our dessert treat

Homemade cake and ice cream, the two can’t be beat

Ice cream atop a cake made with Grandma’s hand

Just big-eyed little boys thinking it’s so grand

 

A summer’s visit to the farm; what a special thing

See all the animals, hear the little birdies sing

Exploring all the day; adventures, food, and fun

Young boys running wild and soaking up the sun

 

 

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Wayne,

That was perfect. What a vision I had in my head... very charming and real. Great poem!

I could almost hear Henry Gibson narrating this through Wilbur's voice... where's Charlotte?


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CheyenneAutumn 6 years ago

I love this Wayne! It took me back to my summer stays on my grandparents ranch. Such a wonderfilled time for me. Thank you so much for restoring my memories!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@The Suburban Poet...Thanks much. My brother and I did some time on my grandpa's farm in the summer and some of that was reflected here...unfortunately, mischief was mostly our friend! LOL! WB

@CheyenneAutumn...I never cease to be amazed at how many common experiences people share in their lives...so different and so much alike down to the smells, the sounds, and the little memories. Glad I could bring some of that back for you! WB


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Wayne,

You ever think maybe every thing Granny baked tasted so good 'cause of the little green specks in the brownies...and biscuits, and gravy and...

Jim Stafford wanted me to ask.

CP


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tnderhrt23 6 years ago

What a lovely scene you painted with words! I could almost smell the hay! I love the farm! Great job!


ralwus 6 years ago

I am shocked WB, really shocked! You never even invited me. ;)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Your words bring up such warm and comforting memories, Wayne! Thanks for the trip back in time.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Christopher Price...Yo Chris! I was wondering how that song I chose tied it...you gave me the magic my friend. Now I know what Grandma's cooking was all about! LOL! WB

@tnderhrt23...Thank you! I am so glad that I could paint such a vivid picture for you...a great compliment for me! WB

@ralwus...Charlie, you are so damn so that you weren't even born back then! LOL! WB

@lorlie6...Don't you just love it when we all have the same good memories...that's America! WB


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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Great hub! That video is a hoot! :)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@GojiJuiceGoodness...Yeah, I thought ol' Jim Stafford would add some fun to the farm! Thanks much! WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Yup I sure enjoyed running through the barnyard chasing Mary Lou for a kiss. I was chewing on a weed until she taught me how to smoke it through the old corn cob pipe. And then we both ended up naked on the windmill and later following all the little animals around the farm. Yup I sure loved that sack of weed and then all the great eats grandma had cooking in the kitchen. Yes sireeee


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...Sounds like you were the guy in the song! LOL! Fun down on the farm! WB


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Wayne, You sparked precious memories. Gramma's house was a wonderful place on a farm in my youth. Thanks for a beautiful poem.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99...I did not appreciate so much then but it is so wonderful how the memories of little things linger right down to the warmth of the kitchen, the aroma of the good things cooking, and the flour that seemed to be everywhere. Those were some happy days in my Grandmother's life...mine too, looking back! WB


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Sounds like the grandparents I wish I'd had and never met....you have such a great gift with poetry, Wayne! Love the picture and the video.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

2akirchner...Those grandparents I didn't appreciate enough until they were gone for me. But I do have some memories. Thanks for the nice words, Audrey. You can do it with poetry too. Just write what is resting in your heart right there next to just before you cry...it works well. WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Love this hub. Makes me so glad spring and summer are here! Nothing like a mother hen/chicks and cows/calves. Did you and your brother churn any butter, milk the cows, and/or crank the ice cream? I often prepare breakfast for dinner -- such fun eating pancakes/waffles and bacon at night. Is it OK to include KJ or the Penguin or maybe Bloody Marys would be better. Ha!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...I was reminded of my visits to my grandfather's farm when I wrote this one. We were a handful, my brother and I...remember he tried to kill the old man with a ball of biscuit dough! LOL! Looking back on it though, it was a great life experience. BTW, researching those rules was not an inconvenience at all but I will say HubPages does not make it easy to be aware of the rules. They keep them hidden. Thanks, Amy! WB P.S. - KJ or the Little Penguin go good with anything! LOL! Bloody Marys and pancakes may be a bit testy! LOL!....a joke...Penguin goes into a bar and says to the bartender, "Have you seen me father?" The bartender replies, "I dunno, what does he look like!" LOL! WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Ha! Maybe mimosas and eggs benedict! or something with tequlia and migas! I'm game. I have a crazy birthday party to work tomorrow, and I am the writing "entertainment" . . and then I'll be ready for some libations!! I forgot to mention fireflies. What a great memory, and I only saw them at my grandparents -- in the country. I'm finally working on the invention hub (inspired by your sliced bread one). Hope you are off tomorrow and have a long weekend to enjoy!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...mimosas sound good! Working tomorrow but earning a floater for later. WB

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