BURYIN' FRED HIGGINS

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By: Wayne Brown

Word came late last night, ol’ Fred Higgins is unexpectedly dead
The picture of health, young for his age, that was what they said
It just goes to show you that it don’t matter nothing under the sun
When you time comes, that’s all she wrote, color this life done!



Fred was a health nut some say, all his life he was a strict vegetarian
When he died, he had some years on him, he was an octogenarian
So I suppose all that healthy livin’ attitude must have been of benefit
Otherwise he might have been a lot younger when the old ticker quit



The family has all been notified of Fred’s untimely, unwanted demise
But even though he was in his eighties, to some it will be a surprise
I guess they thought ol’ Fred would just go on living forever and a day
But Fred’s done fooled them all, he checked out just yesterday



The funeral will be a big one; Fred's friends are scattered about
They'll all be here in their Sunday best just to see Fred out
The eulogy will be read, some will speak; the choir will sing praise
Then we'll wheel Fred out to the cemetery to rest eternal days



We’ll bury Fred in the Fall as the leaves just begin to turn
We’ll pass a long, cold winter before the sun starts to burn
Then out on Fred’s grave, beautiful flowers we begin to see
Remembrances of Fred placed by friends like you and me



Sooner or later we'll all see Fred, where ever he may await
The time will come for all of us to step up and meet our fate
Then out to cemetery we will go to find our place of diggins'
They'll drop us in and bury us just like they did Fred Higgins.



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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Wayne, good old Roger, in my next life I believe I'll skate with him right down the middle of a Buffalo heard, perhaps, old Fred and you will join us, just laughing along between the large beasts, I can hear the laughter now as we coast down the path. I voted this up across the board as you once again, have written an ode to be enjoyed by all, 50


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne,

There's no escaping death and, taxes for each and every one of us. We'll all be like Fred, dead, and gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Butch45 6 years ago

Early Retirement some days it sounds not to bad


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@50Caliber....Dang Me, Dusty...I like ol' Roger Miller. He was one funny and talented dude who died way too early in life. There no telling what he would have created if he had lived on. But like Fred, he checked out! WB

@Tom Whitworth...Obama will continue to make that his policy Tom. It's the only thing that he does not plan to reform. Well, check that...his government run healthcare may be the cause of some of us checking out a little earlier than planned. WB

@Butch45...It may be the only effective retirement method under the current administration, Butch. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon! WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Two great videos and good old Roger Miller was great. I use to listen to a lot of his whacky funny songs. He had the knack to put a smile on yer face as you slung or plucked along to his tunes.

Yup checking out time to Hotel California will catch up to all of us some day at an appointed sec, minute or hour of some forgotten day. We will have our last ride but at least it will be in style in that Black Limo with the curtains closed to keep the sunlight out of our eyes.

Then our cheap or expensive box will be lowered to the cold cold ground and there we shall lay for eternity our carcass that is, not our spirit, that left us on impact and we soared with the eagles to places unknown to await our destiny and rebirth.

Thanks for the reminder of mortality Wayne, I tip my hat to you and ride off into the sunset date unknown:0))


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1....Funny how stuff like this comes to me. I don't know Fred Higgins but something told me to write about his death. So I did. I guess Fred is a good reminder to make the most of life while we can. Thanks for the good words, Ken. WB


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Wayne.

I knew ole Fred. Didn't know he was dead.

Thanks for writing this so well; do you think he went to h...?

P.S. Your ode is so lyrical I can well imagine Roger Miller singing it.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...I'm pretty sure that is where he went! LOL! Thanks for the good comments...it would be great if Roger could sing it! WB


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Wayne, you did this one extremely fluent. I was almost half before I noticed the rhyme, and even onwards I found no deliberate doggerel. Very-very well done! I loved the narrative rhythm.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@MartieCoetser...Thank you so much. I started this one about a week ago. The title came to mind first. I was just sitting here at the computer and I had the thought, "Buryin' Fred Higgins". Sounded good, so I wrote it. Glad you liked it! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

Forget that. I'm livin' forever dude! that ground looks might cold with that wee bit o' snow. Did you know the feller?


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ralwus...Don't even know anybody by the name Charlie. The title just came to me out of the blue a few days ago and I figured that I would just write about it. Don't worry about that snow, you and I will be warmed by the flames! LOL! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

Not going there either. LOL Cool how ya found the headstone.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ralwus...Yeah, maybe ol' Fred was reaching out to me from the grave considering that I already had the poem written when i started looking for the headstone. Even the age fit the verse...go figger! WB


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Wow, Wayne! You had written this before you even had the headstone? Weird is an understatement! Nicely done :)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SilverGenes...Yes, I was really lucky that Fred Higgins had actually lived! WB


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Whereever it may be that I wind up, may there be plenty of beer there. Of course...we all know the old maxim, "If there' ain't no beer in heaven..."

Does that mean, get used to WARM beer? :)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Springboard...I subscribe to the "Bocephus Philosphy"...if heaven ain't a lot like Dixie, I don't want to go! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

I forgot to say that reading this brought to mind old Henry 'enry Higgins 'iggins. Remember him 'im?


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ralwus...something about it seems vaguely familiar...is it Dr. Suess? I think it is by God! LOL! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

LOL My Fair Lady.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ralwus...I'll take Broadway shows for $100, CC! LOL!


ralwus 6 years ago

Hahahaha yes.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I think you two guys have been drinking to much scotch. Henry Higgins played by Rex Harrison. Dr Seuss?? lol by George I think she's got it...:0))) cheers.


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Phyllis Doyle 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Guess ol' Fred sent you a message to put his story in writing. Great poem, Wayne. Roger Miller was one of my all time favorites. I first saw him in a little place in San Jose when I was newly married and only about 22. He was not well known at the time but we fell in love with him and followed his career.

Love your poem!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

So what I think I'm hearing here is that Dr. Suess was ripping off My Fair Lady?


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Phyllis Doyle....Wooo, that might be. Ol' Fred might be trying to get the last word from the grave. Roger Miller was talented beyond the scope that most of ever knew. What a shame that he was not with us longer. That seems to be the case with so much of the talent we see in the world! Thanks for the read and the good words! WB


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I feel like Fred was a good friend of mine. I shall miss him, that's for sure.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Fred had friends far and wide. There's probably still time to send flowers! LOL! WB


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Wayne, We all sooner or later wind up like Fred. If you outlive others, you ent up with a small funeral. H


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Harvey Stelman...you're so right Harvey. I better go for a pre-paid just in case! WB

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