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Updated on March 5, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Remember the man from Knockemstiff?

The poetry that he wrote

He could write of the beauty of a butterfly

Or a sharp blade slicing your throat

He was eccentric; sexy, a bit crusty; all heart

His poetry was his muse

Once you found his fabric of woven words

It was hard to turn them loose

Inspiration was never his intended way

His poetry was his relief

You could take it any way you liked

Was certainly his belief

He tired of all the rules; violation of terms

His poetry meant what it mentioned

He would not be shaped by their dislikes

Art has its intentions

So Charlie packed it up and went his way

His poetic spirit obtuse

And now we no longer hear his voice

Or the inspiration of his muse

There’s a void here in Hubville

Where CC’s poetry did shine

His loyal followers so miss his wordplay

Searching the words of each line

Those who follow verse miss his presence here

His poetic flowing rift

Few will ever forget the wondrous verses

Of the man from Knockemstiff

We miss ya, Charlie.

©Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @pennyofheaven...Yes, Charlie Campbell (aka Ralwus & C.C.Writer) was certainly one of a kind. I am sure he is still writing but no longer on Hub. He did leave me a note above under one of his alias names. Great to hear from him. Thanks for your kind words. WB

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      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Aww sounds like I missed an awesome opportunity to read from a knockemstiff poet!! Nevertheless your tribute was awesome and absolutely enjoyed it!


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus...Long time since I wrote that address around here...feels good! Thanks so much for stopping in CC. Lots of us been worried about you and wondering what you were up to. I am still hanging in but not many poems with midgets in them lately...I'll have to give that some thought! Let us know where you are hanging out and we'll come visit ya and read a bit. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @chanroth...He wrote much of his stuff under the moniker "ralwus" but he also went by CC and CC Writer. Thanks for up! WB

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      7 years ago

      ummm, i feel like a rotten worm in the big apple, but then, i am rotten to the core. i have a go-up an' it's full of pee, so watch out for me. any midget wimmen 'round Wayne? haha good to see ya ole pal and thanks. 2 sent me, or dragged me here by my . . . we won't get into that. love ya brotherman

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      7 years ago from California, USA

      I never heard of this poet before. But it is really nice poem you written of him. :) Vote up!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Great to hear from you Alexandra. I saw Charlie about for a while on FB but I don't see him now. I hope he is doing okay and still writing as well. Thanks for your kind words. WB

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      7 years ago

      Wayne, I enjoyed reading your tribute to Charlie. It's not the same around here without him, that's for sure. I'm with Poohgranma totally when it comes to acknowledging Charlie's talent. Thank goodness for FB and thank YOU for this very cool poem!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Poohgranma...Yes, CC was a fixture here for so long and I still miss his presence and his fun. If you see him around FB...give him my regards. WB

      @J.S. Matthew...No, Charlie has not departed that I know J.S. He just departed HubPages. He was around on a few other sites for a while but it has been months since I have seen him. He did have some health issues that gnawed at him occasionally so I don't know if he is still writing. WB

      @Fiddleman..Thank you, he helped me a lot when I was getting started here. WB

      @QudsiaP1...Perhaps you will one of these days...He might just surprise us all and come back. What a treat! WB

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      7 years ago

      I wish I had a chance to read his work, none the less, this was a beautiful tribute. :)

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      7 years ago

      Nice tribute to a friend not soon forgotten, God bless you Rawlwus wherever you are and thank you Wayne, he no doubt would be proud.

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      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am sad to hear this. Ralwus mentioned in a comment that he had cancer. Is it true that he's gone? I will miss his prose and the way he said things. He is greatly missed. I never knew his name was Charlie. I don't know what else to say?


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      7 years ago from On the edge

      Ow! That stung to read that a couple of people have never had the immense pleasure of reading Charlie's work. I guess they will have to wait for his book, which by the way, is a done deal. HP might not have been able to publish all that he wrote but we were privileged to read many chapters right here. It is one of the greatest books ever written and we get our copies signed!

      Wayne, you did a fine job here of speaking of Ralwus. We are still reading his work on FB and his other hiding places and are so happy to be able to connect to him on a personal level as well. I'm sure he'll be honored when he gets word of this tribute.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...If you look at all the folks who use to follow Charlie and realize that most of them are not here see his impact. When he left, a lot of others left with him. Thanks Frogman! WB

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Great tribute. I can't write it but I do enjoy reading it. You have the knack to my friend.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444...No regrets but I do miss ol' Charlie's presence and his poetry. But your remarks are on the money! WB

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great tribute! Your "sensitivity" is showing. Life presents "opportunities." We get to decide what to do with them. Perhaps others have/are hearing a different drum beat... and dancing to their own music and fulfilling their destinies...

      One pattern does not fit all! I miss "old shoes!" Changes are not bad or good: it is up to us to decide what to do. Apparently, others have changed/focussed your life and you have added to their influences...

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Cardisa...Thank you. You would have enjoyed Charlie's work. He could really write some deep stuff when he was focused. WB

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Never heard of this Poet but you did a good job portraying him.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Becky...Yes, format changes drove many away. Sometimes things just need to stay as they are but when people are given a job to do something...they do and it is not always for the best. In the case of Charlie, it was all the rules. He wanted to say what he wanted to say in his poems and they would not bend. He finally gave up and moved on. By reading his poetry, I became interested in something I had ignored all my life. He was my inspiration to write poetry. Not to say that is any great accomplishment on my part...hey, that may be the reason he left! LOL! WB

      @Truckstop Sally...You would have loved Charlie Campbell, Amy. He charmed all the girls and wrote naughty little sex poems that made them giggle when the read it...they couldn't get enough of him. He also talked of his green parrot and his purple lizard who were always clsoe at hand. I wrote several poems about him and he wrote a few about me as we bantered back and forth good naturedly. Those were some special times here on the hub. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      It is always interesting to come across Ralwus' comments on some really great "older" hubs (yours and saddlerider's too). Just today -- I read the banter between you too on Waco Bluffs. And Dirty Lil Charlie, Leroys, and others . . . what a fun-loving guy. Like Becky, sorry I missed him. Is he writing somewhere else?

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      7 years ago

      I understand missing an extraordinary writer although I missed this one. I have seen a couple leave even in the short time I have been reading.

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      7 years ago

      A kind tribute to a poet missed indeed here at the hubs, he had the gift, the talent, the creative genius to make you laugh, cry and spit all at the same time. He stood tall and walked with his big stick and took no shyt from anyone who tried to crush his verse.

      CC shared his twists with us and I for one miss the man. I know he had his hangups, but heck my soul is just as twisted as his, yet I understood the man and could feel his passion and burning desire to get across his vision.

      CC wherever you are my friend, I wish you well and you have the greatest respect from the Saddlerider. Thank you Wayne for sharing this tribute to our Amigo, may he be at peace with his life and writing still. Rated UP for a man who was at the top of his game. Peace my friends.


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