The Old Bayou


By: Wayne Brown

Spanish moss hangin’ from the Cypress trees

A hive a-swarm with thousands of bees

Swampy waters ebb at the banks fro and to

Morning breaks down on the old bayou

Dark water moccasin laying in the sun’s glow

Trying to get warmth before the sun sinks low

Dragon flies hovering over cattails in a row

Day moves ever forth on the old bayou

Mosquitoes buzz about in search of their needs

Tadpoles swim around the base of the reeds

Swamp birds call out in a haunting echo

Day in full bloom on the banks of the bayou

Egrets wade in the shallows searching for food

Sun rays break the tree tops shifting the mood

The green algae grows on the surface ever so slow

As the sunlight warms the waters of the old bayou

The gator comes out of hiding all ready to dine

On whatever unfortunate creature he may find

He slips into the dark waters ever so slow

To find his nourishment on the old bayou

Cajuns come round in their flatboats to fish

Crawfish and shrimp will make for a good dish

Work along the edges just paddling real slow

Man searching the waters of the old bayou

Moon’s glow bathes the limbs of Cypress trees

Creatures quietly head where no one sees

Darkness falls across the dark waters flow

Nighttime has come again to the old bayou

It’s a world all its own with its own ways of survival

Creatures are plentiful and there’s continuous revival

One must see for all the charms to really show

The world is alive down on the old bayou

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© 2011 Wayne Brown

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WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I loved my long ago days on the bayou.

Except for the skeeters.

And the gnats.

And the snakes.

And the gators.

Great Hub Wayne...voted up and beautiful!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...Yep, there's skeeters down there that have been known to just take their prey with got me missin' all that stuff now! Thanks Will! WB

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No_Clue 6 years ago

this has a musical flow to it that makes me think it should be put to music! After reading it, I felt like I had spent the entire day there, so rich and vivid were your verse. Well done!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@No_Clue....Thank you very much. I was in a poetry writing mood and whipped this one out in about ten minutes so I am glad that it caught your attention! Hope to see you around sometimes in the future! WB

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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Loved the photo and the lyrical imagery. The old bayou is beautiful at first glance, but alive with all the creatures you've so vividly brought to life in this poem. I voted this hub up, awesome and beautiful.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Happyboomernurse...Thank you so much...just an inspiration that came over me this afternoon. Glad I could create that imagery for you. Thanks so much for the good words and stop on by again sometimes! WB

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've never been to that part of the country but it always seems romantic.

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Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

Love the Old Bayou! Your last line in every stanza just keeps moving us along! This would be a great partner with Linda Rondstat's Blue Bayou.

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samiaali 6 years ago

This poem reads like a song! Your descriptions painted a beautiful picture in my mind. I have always felt that the Bayou is beautiful and mysterious. You brought that to life in your poem! Thank you WB! :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@dahoglund...It is a world very different from what most of us know and it is beautiful in its own natural way. I don't know that it is that inviting due to the many creatures who reside there...that's an individual choice! LOL! Thanks DA. WB

@Truckstop Sally...You read my mind girl, I came very close to using that exact song with this one...might still do it! Glad you liked it! WB

@samiaali...This one came to me very quickly and I really was not sure that it would have much usual I was wrong! LOL! Thanks for the good words. WB

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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

You can feel the humidity coming off of the poem. You can hear the mosquitos buzzing. Thank you for sharing.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@A.A. Zavala...Glad I could bring forth that imagery for you. Slap that skeeter, will ya! LOL! WB

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

You describe that old bayou, Wayne, as a thing of beauty but gators, snakes and skeeters will have to enjoy themselves without my company.

I ain't goin' there. No way, no how.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...You probably won't find me there either...just because I describe doesn't mean I'm homesick for it! WB

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ROMANCER OF LIFE 6 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

Very beautiful... Very descriptive too. I love it! Thanks for sharing.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Romancer Of Life....Thank you, it came together rather fast but seems to create the imagery that folks like. Glad you stopped by. Come and see us again! WB

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Beautiful and very buggy. Voted up and beautiful...

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop....Watch thems skeeters, Poppy...they'll take you down the swamp! LOL! WB

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

AW now,Wayne. Tis as if you onced lived the good life on the bayou,or at least had a fishing spot dere.Eat yore lil ole heart out ,Wayne. I can throw a rock into my bayou anytime day or night,or I can just dab on three cups of Avon 's Skin-So-Soft ,jump on a skeeter, and fly over that bayou,if I so have a mind to!Cuz this here be da bayoulady that twas readin'yore hub.Nuff said!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@bayoulady...dat's rat the way I lack it. If had one of dem bayou type places I could goes there ever three or twos week much as I pretty pleased. I sho nuff would lack dat, uh huh, I sho nuff would. LOL! WB

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