Mama Talk


By: Wayne Brown

Mama always had some funny little sayings

Things that beg a question and give ya a little boost

Rollin’off the tongue like words a-playin’

Ya know them chickens gonna  come home  to roost?



Mama would get mad and shout them out at will

Like she was tellin’ tales or spinning a big yarn

Close that door you’re runnin’ up my electric bill

Were you born and raised in an old farmer’s barn?



Mama would tell us go out and cut me a switch

But we were feelin feisty bettin’ on our luck

I’m fixin’ to make your little butts twitch

When I’m through, your butt won’t hold shuck!



Mama pushed us to be all we could possibly be

To study hard and get all our shinin’ and buffin’

Don’t say ‘can’t, don’t say ‘can’t to me

Because ‘Can’t’ never could do nothin’!



Mama didn’t like us hangin’ out with the crowd

She said our friendships needed some repeal

The crowd around us was just rowdy and loud

Couldn’t pour pee out of a boot; instructions on the heel!



Mama said better leave all those bad habits alone

For if we did them the public would soon loathe

Said it would make nothin’ of us but skin and bone

How drugs make ya’ stupid; how smokin’ stunts ya’growth!



Mama said we’d all be grown up ourselves one fine day

She said our carefree youthful days would be through

She said we’d likely have our own high price to pay

When the kids that you birthed turn out just like you!



Mama said to dream big for life is all an adventure

She wanted us to grow up true, honest, and unbent

Said get a good education; prepare well for the future

Said I just might grow up to be the President!




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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Nice Wayne! I remember ALOT of those sayings from growing up :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rkhyclak...thanks bekka. That's my daughter and granddaughter in the pic! Mama said a lot of stuff and I should have written it all down! WB

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Love this poem, Wayne. My mama told my sister and me to calm down before somebody lost an eye!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Bpop....That's a good one Poppy...must have set your mind to wondering just who it was that was going to lose the eye! WB

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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Nice poem. you have a lovely daughter and grandbaby.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Lisa! WB

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


Mama always said "I hope you grow up and have a brat just like you." This was my favorite.

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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

Mama always knows best. Another outstanding poem!

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ralwus 6 years ago

My mom was 100% right about me. She knew I was rotten and always would be. Hey you cowboy, you're sure writin' sum poetry dude. Now yer a poet! I need sum sleep. See ya later pard. Don't squat with yer spurs on.

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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Very nice poem, I love Mamas:)

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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

The perfect country poem. Seriously, I liked it; it has character, and we all love mama. Hey, did you know Charlie's got a poem about you on his site. Musta just wrote it. Guess, that's what ya get for writing one about him. LOL. Check it out. (:v

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Endearing ! Your mama sounds like mine! She would get exasperated with me because I seemed to pick up some of Daddy's faults that she wasn't too fond of, and she would say I was just like Daddy, "The acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree." ( I liked it, I wanted to be just like Daddy. Turned out like my mama ,though.)

Here's another..." They treat him just like a little red headed step-child".For some reason, that one made me giggle.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tom Whitworth...I'll bet your mom saw into the future quite well, Tom!

@A.A.Zavala...AA,you are correct. All mamas must go to the same school at some point and time! Thanks for your nice words! WB

@bayoulady...mama says I am the kid that is most like her. She said I turned out best! (LOL) WB

@valeriebelew...Now there's a new concept "The Perfect Country (&Western)Poem". We might have to mix in some David Allan Coe and Billy Joe Shaver to pull it off! WB

@ralwus...Charlie, I heard your mom dropped you off at the park and left town! LOL! WB

@geegee77...Thank you. Keep encouraging me and I'll just keep doing this! WB

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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Timeless wisdom from Mama. Good stuff. Thank you.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Ken R Abell...No wonder we say that mama knows best, Ken! WB

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ralwus 6 years ago

I did have foster parents for a time. They run me off too. I am most fortunate that my wife is more understanding, but she isn't too bright.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Thanks to the wisdom and guidance of our moms, many of us many not have turned out as good as we did. RIP momma you brought me up well. peace

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

And she let you grow up to be a cowboy! Mamas rock!

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