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Arizona Dust

Updated on October 6, 2014
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By: Wayne Brown

Once there was a small town with people, stores, and such

Not really much of a town but then we really didn’t need much

Here for many, many years; a place you could use and trust

One day it all just seemed to disappear in the Arizona dust



Had me a little homestead not too far outside that lil’ town

Married a sweetheart; raised a family, on that piece of ground

One day she up and disappeared like dreams of greed and lust

Now my family is lost and gone forever to that Arizona dust



Days on end without a drop of rain; God don’t seem to care

Crops are dying in this desert heat; no water anywhere

I put that seed in the ground and prayed to the one I trust

But nothing blooms without some rain in this Arizona dust



The scorpion and rattlesnake each claim a squatter’s right

To the piece of ground they occupy in this land of plight

Dangerous and deadly creatures but live with them you must

As they call this place their home here in the Arizona dust



Most folks gave up long ago and made their way other places

I’ve stayed on and fought the draught; the things a dreamer chases

The sun beats down day after day from the cloudless sky I’ve cussed

Yet I continue to search the sky and pray for rain in this Arizona dust



Some men give up while others hold on, not quite sure who is the fool

The struggle takes it toll on each one, Mother Nature will always rule

But standing here having given my all, there’s nothing left I can trust

My future and my past lie among the grains of sand in the Arizona dust



I guess I’ll pack up and move along like most have done before me

There’s nothing left here for me now and likely there never will be

Behind me will come others and they will see this vast land and lust

Then plow all their dreams against the hardships of the Arizona dust



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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @PADDYBOY60...Thank you! So glad you liked it. WB

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      PADDYBOY60 6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Wayne, Thank you for sharing a great poem.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You definitely did pull it off

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Mimi721wis...Thank you, I really appreciate the words of encouragement. I saw on the news last night that Phoenix was in the midst of a large dust storm...awesome sight! WB

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      Up, awesome, and beautiful. You a great poet.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Becky....Ha! That's great to hear...makes writing here at HP worth my time! My first twelve months I wrote 30 pieces each month but never entered the hub challenge. I have slowed down a bit but try to keep the quality high. WB

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Good, I can't do without my Wayne fix. Even if you are not as prolific as I would want you to be.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Becky...I talked about leaving when they made this last format change to a feed-centered system...I felt the old format was much better for the writer. I finally got over my mad and lots of friends asked me to stay so it was a done deal! LOL! I'll be around...Thanks WB

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Wayne, What's this, you might leave? Don't do that. I just found you. Someone is finding you. Don't leave us.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...Thanks so much for the read and the comment. I wanted to contrast the hardship of the land against the desires of man. Hope I pulled it off. WB

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      beautiful poem that I really enjoyed

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Marnan3...So glad you like the verse...sorry it created homesickness! LOL! Thanks much! WB

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      Marnan3 6 years ago from ~ Wherever My Heart Is ~

      WOW Beautiful! I miss AZ now.. :( Great work Wayne!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @quester.ltd...Thank you, I appreciate the encouragement! WB

      @blake4d...Still hanging in here, Blake...mainly because some good friends here asked me to stay on. I am very displeased with the new format. I think it shoved the writer to the back of the bus in trade for a social networking site. That is HubPages' choice to make but I think it is a mistake. I feel the previous configuration was far better and it at least allowed the writer to see his comments from others while on "mobile" connection...a feature which has disappeared with the new changes. WB

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      Blake Ford Hall 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      So you still around with us for a little bit WB. I know you were pretty pissed off the other week , dont feel bad, Google adsense canceled my account again. So I feel your pain brother. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      quester.ltd 6 years ago

      I.m agree with Dim - glad to have found you (through a comment on WillStarr)

      Thanks for the thought

      voted up and beautiful

      q

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Dim Flaxenwick...I am sorry you didn't find me sooner too! LOL! I am also glad that you finally did. I hope you enjoy the more than 400+ hubs that I have here. WB

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      l´m sorry l didn´t find you sooner on hubpages. l just can´t stp reading your hubs today.

      This one was so, so atmospheric. Brilliant.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...a nice glass of Little Penguin Chardonnay would hit the spot about now! LOL! WB

      @Motown2Chitown...glad I could find you a smile today! WB

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      Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

      Wayne, thanks for the praise. You made me smile, and I needed that today! :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is beautiful, you deserve a glass of wine, go for it.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @A.A.Zavala...Right on, mankind takes on some daunting tasks over time and sometimes he wins! But not this time! LOL! WB

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      I can actually taste the baked earth flying as dust in my mouth. A Wayne Brown original, paying homage to the people and they land they try to conquer.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Motown2Chitown...Hey, you're not a newbie...you're getting to be an oldie and a goodie! LOL! Ken asked me to hang on for a while and I will. I just wish folks who are given jobs would learn that sometimes doing your job is sticking with the status quo...change is not always for the best. But, you are right...nothing very good or bad ever last for very long. WB

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      Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

      Wayne, I know I'm a newbie, and frankly I'm not thrilled with the format change myself - however, give it some time. The big "they" may decide they don't like it either if it doesn't show the results they're hoping for. Nothing lasts forever. ;-)

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...I've taken down my top twenty hubs, Ken. I'll hang in there a bit for ya. I really don't see anything here that helps a new person to find their way to hubs...it's all about conversation and forums. The hubs seem to be relegated to the background. I will put things on hold for the time being but I really think they are making a mistake with this change. Thanks, Ken. WB

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Cardisa...There ya go, I am all for that! Thanks much! WB

      @The Frog Prince...Not sure I can promise you that, Jim...maybe wear a helmet, huh? LOL! WB

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Hi Wayne I'm glad you slept on it for 24 hrs. I have decided to fly with it for now, it really isn't all that bad amigo. As you will see many more people will get to view your hubs, sure everything is together on the Home Page. Comments, Forums, questions etc. but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Already I am getting people viewing my stuff who have never commented before. So give it some time, they are simply getting everyone involved here to view everybody's writes. We can pick and choose what/who we want to read here and comment on any questions or forums topics immediately or choose to do neither. Hang in there pal, I don't want to lose a talented writer like you on here. Take a deep breath...lol

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Ken R. Abell....Thanks, Ken...love the hat, man! That one has been rattling around in my mind for a couple of months...finally pulled it together. Thanks for the support on the format change...really disappointing! WB

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      Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, Wayne. Voted up & beautiful.

      Now that I'm here in northwestern New Mexico for six months, it meant even more to me. I always enjoy your neat turns of phrase -- "Some men give up while others hold on, not quite sure who is the fool. . .The struggle takes it toll on each one, Mother Nature will always rule. . ."

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Just stay off the wine Buddy! LMAO

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Wayne, at least the Arizona dust is good for something...You wrote a poem about it!lol.

      Nice piece!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...I noticed that you have been very low profile...hope the change was not too terribly bad. I am real disappointed with all the changes here...day by day this site gets further from being a writer's site and more of a social network like Facebook. WB

      @blake4d...Glad you liked it Blake! WB

      @alta5656...Thank you...I appreciate the read and the comment. WB

      @The Frog Prince....Thanks FP...this one has been itching to get out of my head for a while...finally figured it out. WB

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Motown2Chitown...Wow, so glad I could affect that inspiration in you. I wish they had that button too! Thanks for those kind words! WB

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wonderful music Wayne, makes your writing more vivid.

      Visiting an old Ghost Town is a marvelous experience. Indeed Mother Nature over time will reclaim the hopes and dreams of some.

      3 Stars!

      The Frog

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      Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

      You know, Wayne, for so much of your poetry, I always wish there was a "Tragically beautiful" button. But, alas, I must settle for just beautiful and know the tragedy in my heart alone. This is amazing. Tragically beautiful and a reminder of the hardships that so many western Americans have endured in the history of our country to make this such an amazing nation from sea to shining sea!

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      Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      beautiful..

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      Blake Ford Hall 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I am from Arizona WB. This rocks. Thank you,

      Keep on Hubbing

      Blake4d

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      Great poem as always Wayne, sorry haven't been around much but I had a drastic unexpected life change lately but I am gonna try to be on here more often. Missed ya. Cheers.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Wayne. Stay tuned for another one!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Hypenbird...Aw I just make it all up! LOL! So glad you liked this one and the flute! WB

      @WillStarr...Thank you and congrats on that podcast story! WB

      @Truckstop Sally...I know what happened...one by one each Jumano went for water until no one came back! It was further to the well than they knew. As Sam Kenison once said...."It's the desert! You can't live in it! There's no water!" LOL! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      We've had so little rain where I live -- I can really relate. I think we are 14" behind the yearly average. Of course the good news is - no mosquitoes. You know when you study Native Americans, you learn so much about them depending on their environment. The Caddos settled in East Texas - good soil, rain -- became farmers. Karankawa settled on the Gulf Coast - fisherman. Apache on the plains - hunters. Jumano settled in desert-like conditions in W Texas, and they vanished. No one really knows what happened to them.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great work , Wayne! Up and beautiful.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      A great poem beautifully written. It conveys the pain , weariness and even joy this man has found in a land determined to expel him.

      You write so well Wayne. AND I got to hear flute music. Life is good.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @drbj....Easy on that water, Doc...we gotta make it last! LOL! WB

      @breakfastpop...Glad to see you back...not the same when you're not around. Thanks much! WB

      @Pamela99...Thank you. This was has been gnawing at me a few days then finally it emerged. Glad you liked it! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I agree with the other comments that you could feel the struggle and feel the dust and this is just a beautiful poem.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Beautifully done. I could feel the heat, dust and sadness. Up and beautiful and awesome too!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      This was something else, Wayne. So dusty and realistic it made me thirsty enough to drink two whole cold bottles of ... water.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...Thanks so much. I was due a nature poem as such! WB

      @Old Poolman...Thanks, Mike, glad you liked it! WB

      @samiaali....So glad you enjoyed it. WB

      @daydreamer13...Mother Nature will have her way...kind of spoiled in that sense. Thanks much. WB

      @marellen...Thank you. I tend to agree...hard to fight the old gal...Mother Nature that is! LOL! WB

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Very nice poem Wayne. I agree with daydreamer...Mother Nature does rule.

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Mother Nature will always rule! Very true! I really enjoyed everything about this hub! Bravo!!

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      samiaali 6 years ago

      This is a great poem WB! Very heartfelt! :)

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      WB - This was a beautiful read, I enjoyed it immensely.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wayne....AWESOME! as usual.

      Very heartfelt....up and awesome!