Jesus and Mama


By: Wayne Brown

Just a head strong kid in my growing up

Listened to likes of no one; a stubborn pup

That stubbornness would never let me see

That Jesus and Mama always loved me

A gravel road to a winding two-lane highway

Thumb in the wind to get a ride goin’ my way

Strong, harsh words screamed out as I flee

Never caring that Jesus and Mama loved me

Mama said she’d leave a light on the window sill

Said if I came back it would be God’s will

Told me that one day I would wake up and see

Just how much Mama and Jesus really love me

I hit the town, kicked the lights; I was on a roll

The devil was in my heart; he owned my soul

I cared about nothing; just wanted to be free

No clue how much Jesus and Mama loved me

Spending my money like it grew on tree limbs

Taking on water faster that I could swim

A third time under and I still could not see

How much Jesus and Mama always loved me

Some really fast women; they came and went

Before they left they spent my last red cent

And as broke as I was, I still refused to see

How much Jesus and Mama always loved me

Soon the bottle became my one and only friend

I went down bad roads and came by up again

Sleeping in alleys cause I had no where to be

Even though Jesus and Mama always loved me

I hit hark rock bottom; I fell there head first

As bad as life was it got worse and worse

I looked for redemption but still didn’t see

That Jesus and Mama had always love me

A cold ol’ back alley; a voice from the dark

Told me to go to the church by the park

I walked into the chapel and fell upon a knee

Realizing Jesus and Mama indeed did love me

Here on the gravel road nursing my foolish pride

Lamp is still on in the window; Mama’s inside

God found my heart and let the blind see

How much Jesus and Mama always love me

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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Jesus and mamas love is always a constant, always there no matter what. Thank you for the thought and beautiful poem.

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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

ha ha your poem sounds like a song.

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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

which means it's very good!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very nice Wayne!

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Yes, the love of Mama and Jesus is steady as a rock. Wayne, you're the best at this!!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@A.A. Zavala...Ever so true, ever so true! Thanks much! WB

@HattieMattieMae...I'll try to sing it next time, thanks for the good words! WB

@WillStarr...Thanks Will, had to scratch my poetic itch! WB

@Fay Paxton...Well, I so glad you think so but I have to differ as there are so many fine examples of poets here...I am just a lemonade stand poet! Thanks much! WB

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Wow! This is a beautiful poem! Unconditional love -- reserved for sons (and some pets). I can imagine you singing and strumming this one. Got that great 4th line thing going again. Love the song. New to me. Did you realize the line: Never been a husband, but I've had a lotta wives hold me . . . connects back to your recent hussy poem? Lordy!!

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dtchosen 5 years ago from Dumaguete City, Philippines

Awesome!! I have to control myself or else tears would flow like river.. Tnx:)

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

All the breakfastpoppers love you too!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Awesome with the pen as usual. I'm becoming accustomed to it Wayne. Jesus will always love you. He died for our sins. Your mother will always love you because she brought you into this world. I never lost sight of the fact that she could also take me out! Wowser to you Wayne. Keep onj strokin and pokin.

The Frog

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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Great poem, Wayne. It ought to be a song--maybe it already is. If so, I think I could hear Merle Haggard's world-weary voice wrapped around the lyrics.

Thanks for sharing this here.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...Could that have been a Freudian slip on my part revealing the interconnections of my personality?....Naaaaaa, Don't think so,Doc! LOL! Thanks much! WB

@mentoru2wealth...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it! WB

@dtchosen...I love when I can inspire an emotional's the perfect compliment! Thanks much! WB

@breakfastpop...And I love my breakfastpoppers too! Thanks! WB

@The Frog Prince...You wield a pretty mean pen there yourself. After reading your article about "Change" this morning, I am very impressed. It was extremely well done. You write with a very fluid, conversational flow that is easy on the reader and gets keen and to the point. Loved it! WB

@Ken R. Abell...Yes, Ken I guess you'll just have to sing along with Confederate Railroad on their version until I am discovered...could be a while! LOL! Thanks much! WB

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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Beautiful, Wayne :)

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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Beautiful Wayne, am sitting here with a lump in my throat, Mama's always love their boys no matter how bad. Wish my son would learn who his friends really are. Bless you for writing this one my friend.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Sometimes one has to hit the ground real hard before realizing that Somebody really loves him/her. Saddening poem, Wayne, reminding me of my own revolts.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This poem set to music, Wayne, would set the whole Ole Opry House on fire! It has it all - rhythm, beat and lyrics.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I really like this poem as sometimes, just like you wrote life pushes you down on your knees until you finally look up and that is when you realize that Jesus always loved you all along. It is a joyful moment like no others. Most moms always love their children no matter what. Excellent poem! Love your outlook on life revealed in your words. :-)

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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Voted up. Everything else has been said.

Cardisa 5 years ago

Wayne, what can I say?! That really touched me. B-e-a-u-t-i-ful!!

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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Well this is just about the sweetest thing I've read in a long, long time. Now I have to start following you like I shoulda been doing all along!!!

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Now gimme a hub from "Time Off for Bad Behavior" and I'm yours forever! :) Love it, love it, love it. Met these guys once at a festival. Amazingly nice guys. Southern gentlemen down to the very last one of them. This was great, Wayne, as usual.

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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Short and very nice poem, nothing more to say Wayne. Keep up the good work you are doing. Voted UP and rated BEAUTIFUL

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You are so talented WB. I would have been drawn to the 'wicked you' sounds like:-). I have always been a rotten influence! LOL Tex!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@rkhyclak...Thanks much, Bekka! WB

@thebluestar...This one probably hit home a bit for you. You just keep believin' in that boy and loving him...he'll get! WB

@MartieCoetser...Wow! Hard to believe that you were a handful Martie...bad girl! LOL! WB

@drbj...Well, I know if Waylon were still alive and he were standing on that stage and saw me out in the audience, he'd probably say, "Come on up here and sing one Hoss!" I just might do it too! Thanks much! WB

@Pamela99...There's probably a few folks around who would say that I just put the story of their life to verse. Thanks Pam. WB

@mckbirdbks...Thanks so much! WB

@Cardisa...So,so glad that you enjoyed it! WB

@Poohgranma...You better get on over here and be my fan while we still have some chairs! Thank You! WB

@Motown2Chitown...Look around, you might get surprised! WB

@speedbird....Thank you...I like them not to be overly long but get the message across. Thanks for the good words. WB

@Realhousewife...Aw shucks, maam, I was just foolin' around with some words and came up with this one. Thanks you. Actually, I hope it doesn't disappoint you but mama always said I was the "good child". LOL! WB

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh that is so sweet - and my mama always said I was the bad one:-)! Haha!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

BTW, I am a Capricorn born on the 23rd but close enough to the cusp that my corners are rounded! Hmmm...and all this time I only thouht the bad girls were named Kelly! Go figure! LOL! WB

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You Devil - you know they all are Kelly's:-). When I was about 2 my family nick named me Killer Kelly!! I'm serious! So I think it was a matter of the self fulfilled prophecy. They made me who I am. ROAR! LOL WB! You SO make me laugh - I love that Tex!

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

You know, Wayne, it wouldn't surprise me a bit. I'm starting to think from you're writing that you have more in common with Stan than just talent. He's really, really REAL - and so are you. Both, it seems to me, totally genuine. That's what makes you both so good. That said, we all occasionally need a little "time off for bad behavior." Maybe this brazen hussy hub was a little of yours! :P

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...Just doin' my job, maam! LOL! Thanks. WB

@Motown2Chitown...Stan was one of my first fans and the one person who encouraged me to stay when I was about ready to give him. His humor is great and he has a serious writing side that works well too when he wants to use it. He is also a good songwriter and a guitarist. I think he is extremely talented so any comparison of me to Stan is just a very high compliment to me. Thanks much! WB

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Quite welcome. It is, in fact, a very sincere compliment. I think very highly of the both of you as writers. :)

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Motown2Chitown...Don't let him find might go to his head and then he would start doing some serious writing and run me out of town! LOL! WB

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

I never pay Stan any compliments. ;) He's already built his panty throwing fan

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You're both too funny and so right! I requested silk Stan Fletcher panties hoping I could throw them at you WB! At the hussy convention! LOL wouldn't that freak you out if you were on stage and Stan Fletcher's mug was on my back porch swing? HA HA!

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

LMAO, RH! On your back porch swing would be one thing - on Wayne's face after you throw them at him is quite another. HAHAHAHA!!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Omg! Mot own you crack me right up!!! I love you:-)!

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I agree with all those who said these words could be set to a song, I heard it when I read these beautiful words. I remember when my mama use to sing me to sleep holding her cross in her hand she wore around her neck and always ended her song with a prayer to her beloved son.

I guess the man watched over me sending me his angel, so I thank my mama for all those prayers she said over her sleeping boy. This was beautiful Wayne, thank you for sharing a piece of your mama's heart.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...The song by Confederate Railroad had always inspired thoughts on this subject for I finally acted on them. Glad you liked can't say enough good things about mama! WB

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