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A Simple Man

Updated on April 20, 2014

By: Wayne Brown


A simple man born to earth, naked of the womb

No past yet behind, all his future looms

Fate cast in Heaven lights his life way

Casts his lot in time until his dying day


If I were a carpenter, my house built on high

So I could watch the world go by

The view would be a rare one seen by few

If I were a carpenter, that’s what I’d do


If I were a farmer, my fields growing so serene

Ripe with crops all full-bloom and green

The world I’d feed with what I grew

If I were a farmer, that’s what I’d do


If I were a blacksmith, my hammer loudly rings

Bending the steel I heat into beautiful things

I heat, twist, and hammer the metal ever true

If I were a blacksmith, that’s what I’d do


If I were a teacher, my students would all know

From where they came and the true facts of so

I would teach them history so straight and true

If I were a teacher, that’s what I’d do


If I were a doctor, a surgeon’s hand to work

Saving lives and healing all the hurt

Stopping the pain that others might go through

If I were a doctor, that’s what I’d do


If I were an astronaut, my rocket ship would roar

Up through the stars to the steps at Heaven’s door

Slipping earth’s bonds; touching God’s Hand too

If I were an astronaut, that’s what I’d do


But I am just a simple man, riches or talents none

Placed upon this earth to ever labor in the sun

Offering only my fantasies of an imaginary span

For all that I could be, I am just a simple man



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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Thank you for all that "big headness"! LOL! The ditch continues to grow. I like the song, not crazy about the imagery, but I think the message in the images is that the world has come to what it is today over the span of time on the back of the simple man and that same simple man is forced to live with what he has created. That's probably not what mama had in mind when she was handing out her advice but that is what it came to in the end. As for the verse, I tried to look at it through several sets of eyes of the simple tradesman and those who have reached the limits of space...all work of the simple man. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Oh Mr. Brown! I love the format of this poem. Nothing simple about you. Simply talented, simply awesome, simply wonderful!! Is your head getting too big for your hat? Ha!! No really, your history lessons, political information, conversation pieces, slices of the old west, navigation adventures, and so much more . . . that ditch just gets wider and wider. This might just be my favorite!! If I were a . . . that's what I'd do.

      I love the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, but the images . . . seems a disconnect . . . guess I need to think about it all some more.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @lalesu...Ain't I the motivational speaker! LOL! Life is short and we all need to think about it from that perspective. Most of us are far more capable than we ever show. Our legacy awaits......WB

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Wayne Brown, for reminding me in the most glorious way that I should never stop building, growing, teaching, and hopes of landing among the stars one day. ~ Laura

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @maven101....Glad you liked it Larry. It has quickly become one of the favorites in my barn. I think all of us dream and aspire to be more than we are even when we achieve greater heights. It's the nature of humanity. I do appreciate the vote and the kind words. WB

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...Voted up, way up..! I love the mellifluous flow and the minor chord of " If I were a simple man "...

      Considering the values of being simple one has to consider Love, Peace, and Charity as foremost in a simple man's demeanor...You are all of these, my friend...Thank you for this thoughtfully melodic poem...Larry

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...Aw shucks maam! I'm glad ya think so! LOL! Glad you liked the poem too! WB

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Oh Wayne what a lovely poem but you my dear are anything but a simple man. Cheers.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @akirchner...Thanks much Audrey...I shame as a simple man! They say it takes ten pounds of common sense to carry one pound of knowledge. That's the reason simple men and women excel! Thanks for the good words! WB

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Wayne, very beautiful - and I believe that being simple is the way to go in all things. Truly if you get down to it, it just means that you are the common man and that you thereby have loads of common sense. That is not a bad thing, especially in these troubled times! I like to think of myself as a simple woman - not a simpleton and please let me point that out!

      Voted up - and as usual your poetry is wonderful!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Amen Brother Ken, Amen...well said my friend and thank you for the kind words of praise! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      What a wonderful poem, you are excelling in your craft with every new hub you post. Congratulations I am one of your many loyal followers:0)

      A simple man I be

      from the past to

      share so simply

      The things of

      men who toil in


      In gratitude

      and honesty for

      simple is not

      easy to simply

      be the best that

      we can be

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @poetvix...I got lucky! LOL! Thanks for the good words. I have always been a thinker. I operate on the premise that if I cannot understand, then I need to get it to a state in which I can understand and explain it to myself. Basically two plus two equals four and if things don't add up we need to take a closer look. WB

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The rhythm and flow here are as fluid as water. You did good!

      While you may call yourself a simple man, and I for one really appreciate the straightforward way in which you present things, your Hubs reflect some very deep thoughts.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @CYBERSUPE...Thanks man! I appreciate the good words. Be proud! WB

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Wayne, what an awesome Hub. Yes, we are all born as simple humans. I for one am very proud of that fact.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth....I do humbly wear the moniker proudly Tom. One could be a lot less than a simple man. WB

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      This world is made up of simple people putting one foot in front of the other every day so be proud!!!!!!!!!!!