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Call My Name!

Updated on January 20, 2015
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By: Wayne Brown


For too long I cared little what was said or done

Life was being carefree; just having some fun

I cared only for myself totally without shame

Then came the day that they called my name


I left some hurt behind me on my trail of freedom

There were those who loved me but I didn’t see ‘em

My heart was wild; I still had a whole world to tame

Never dreamed of a time when they called my name


Bad things happen to others; luck is on my side

Good things came to me when I never tried

I liked it that way; always wanted it the same

Until the fateful day they finally called my name


Who cares what others think or what they do

Remember to thine own self always be true

I thought to think any other way was just lame

Then one day, they up and called my name


To be accountable, responsible; to pay the price

To respect all others; to be humble and to be nice

This is not how I was taught to play this old game

But it makes a difference when they call your name


The angles look different when the position is turned

I’m quickly reminded of all the bridges I’ve burned

The weight of the world; things don’t look the same

When your time comes and they call your name


Take the time while you still have a few chances

Look about and see how the other man dances

Examine your image and put it into a new frame

Be ready to answer when the Voice calls your name


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6 February 2013

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...In the time that we have been here writing on the Hub, Ken, I have come to a greater peace because I have had the opportunity to say what is inside me and has been there for a long while...sharing the fiber that makes up the man in a sense. I find that process to have a calming, satisfying quality leaving me with the feeling that I have left my words upon the world and taken some weight off my own shoulders. If I never make a dime in the writing game, I will have found a peace out of it all. When I do meet the Maker, I am sure he will have some tough questions for me to answer, but, at the same time, I also hope that he will say, "Good Job! You did what you could." Thanks much! ~WB

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      I agree with Genna East in the verse choice, it hit home with this poet as well. I know that my life has changed as I've grown older and the twilight is creeping nearer. I have special moments with my maker and cry out for forgiveness of this old soul. I hope I'm heard and some place in time is slotted for me. If not then to Hell I will be received, a beautiful poem my talented friend, I feel you've found peace. Keep writing, it expels brilliant words from your soul.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @SilentReed...I let that come as it would all revolving around the catch phrase. I am probably more the messenger than the example. Thanks much! ~WB

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      Looking out for #1 and practicing one-upmanship has always been the only game in town. It takes a life changing event to make one realize the higher values that make up our humanity. You really "called it" as you saw it, sincerely and straightforward. Enjoyed the poetry.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Vellur...We all have to pay attention, much more so as the sand dwindles in the upper portion of the hourglass. Thanks for the good words! ~WB

      @teaches12345...You speak very clearly and very truthfully on that perspective...no one knows. I have no idea but I believe that "how we treat each other" will play a large part in how we are judged when our names are called. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wayne, this is one your best posts yet! I enjoyed this tremendously and felt every word. Your encouragement to live life well while you have it is to wise. You never know when you name will be called. Voted up +++

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome!! Yes we have to take the time to look around and see. We live only once. Voted up.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Genna East...Thank you, Genna. I really did not have a plan on this one...just that phrase at the end of each verse which bounced around in my brain a few hours. When that happens I normally just write it down and things begin to take shape. That was the case this time. Glad you found emotion in the message. ~WB

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent poetry, Wayne., with a profound, vital message in simple words that hit hard with the punch of self-realization.

      I especially liked these lines:

      “Take the time while you still have a few chances

      Look about and see how the other man dances…”

      Voted up and more.

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      Talk N Share 4 years ago

      You don't have to just hope- you can know. See John 3:16-- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV) The rest of that chapter is good, too. I know there are some churches that teach you can be saved and then 'backslide', thus possibly not getting to Heaven, but I've read my Bible through several times and find that to not be true. Once you believe and ask Him to forgive past sins, make you His and help you through life, He does. The fact that you are promised a home with Him does not give you a license to sin, because God makes it clear all sin will be punished. So, dear Wayne- enjoy the life God has given you, avoid sin as best you can so you won't have to be punished, and look forward to your Heavenly future.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Talk N Share....I hope so! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

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      Talk N Share 4 years ago

      I've read these comments and they are all good. Wayne put his thoughts down well and it is touching. Yes, we will all answer for our life when our name is called. I'm ready, are you?

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @PegCole17....Thank you...glad you enjoyed it. ~WB

      @Talk N Share...Thank you very much! ~WB

      @fpherj48...In some ways it is all but the blink of an eye in the span of time, Paula. It is the moment...the defining moment as to not only who we are but what we have been and the time has run out to change it. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow, Wayne...Very profound. A perfect poem to wake us and shake us......before it's too late. One moment here, and in the next....we hear our name. Here's to always being ready....Peace, Wayne...UP++

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      Talk N Share 4 years ago

      Very nice, Wayne.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Realizing our mortality is an eye opening thing. Once we reach a certain age and start losing friends and loved ones we begin to notice that life is incredibly short. What a great poem. Understandable and meaningful. Loved it and the Van Morrison song too.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Angela Blair...Thank you! Glad you liked it! ~WB

      @breakfastpop...You are too kind, Poppy! ~WB

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Very, very elegant -- and wise -- Wayne. Enjoyed this one very, very much! Best/Sis

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Wayne, you are a sage and you're not old!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop....I've decided to become a sage in my old age, Poppy! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Thanks for this very wise advice in the form of some awesome poetry. Voted up!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Kathleen Cochran...Thank you! ~WB

      @lrc7815....Thanks much, Linda. Glad you enjoyed it. ~WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee....Thank you. I appreciate the good words and the share. ~WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Fantastic. A great reminder that time doesn't and will never stand still. We just have to go with the flow. Loved this and passing it on.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wayne, I love this poem. It contains the secret that many of us do not get until we are older and the pages have turned. Wonderful!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thus endeth the lesson. Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @tsadjatko....I'll keep it under my hat. Didn't you know that everyone was named "Brown" at one time. If you ever made a mistake, you had to change your name...that's how the others came about! LOL! My "Browns" are out of Miss., Georgia, and North Carolina. Thanks much! ~WB

      @wayne barrett: Thanks much. I appreciate the good words! ~WB

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very nice piece. Thumbs up.

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      TSAD 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Excellent ! Awesome ! poem for sure

      Kinda makes you "think" a little bit more

      About livin a life that is full of shame

      Psssst, hey, listen, don't tell anyone my name.

      Wayne awesome poem, are we related? (my mother's maiden name is Brown) :-)

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @suzzycue...Amen to that comment! Time seems to just melt away as we age. Back in my early years, a year was an eternity it seemed. I guess we were so anxious to grow up that time just stood still. Not so anymore. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good poem Wayne. It really makes you think that if you haven't lived by now do it. The time to call your name comes faster than we think. We should know when we are young how time flies when we get older.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Vickiw....I don't know if I have had a trigger but I have had pretty much a lifelong awareness in this area. I am actually writing counter to my own personality in most ways. Thanks much! ~WB

      @dribj...Thanks much, Doc...so glad you liked it! ~WB

      @LA Elsen...Thank you! Glad I could create that imagery for you. ~WB

      @LaThing...Glad you liked it and so glad I could inspire such a moment for you. ~WB

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Very powerful poem, and thought provoking! Very few of us give any thought to that moment which is promised ...... something that no one can escape. Wonderfully written. Thanks for sharing.....

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      LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This poem blew me away. Some really powerful stuff. Very inspired.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You really touched me with this one, Wayne. Profound, poetical and beautiful all rolled up into one. Thank you for this pleasure.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Wayne, it usually takes some trigger event before you come to the realisation expressed in your poem. Glad you were inspired enough to write it, and it is interesting to see what you did with it.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Faith Reaper....Thank you. I had that phrase, "Call My Name" stuck in my brain this morning...just had to do something with it. Glad you enjoyed it. ~WB

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Wayne, this is exceptional poetry here! Really great message in this piece no doubt. Love the Van Morrison too.

      Voted up +++ + and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper