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Updated on May 31, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Big Ol’ Muddy winds its way down your western flank

A broad expanse of water rolling between high banks

It’s a big ol’ river full of currents and all kinds of haunts

Working its way down to the Gulf any way that it wants

Rolling hills of green; brown pine needles on the ground

Tall green pine trees dot the horizon for miles all around

Kudzu vine grows and consume all things that it touches

Its leaves are hanging all about in large verdant bunches

The sweet smell of honey-suckle wafts on the summer wind

Blackberry-laden thickets grow its succulent fruit once again

Little Hummingbirds fly about from flower to beautiful flower

Summer’s green corn awaits the coming of an evening shower

Fall’s white cotton crop is coming up on stalks so leafy green

The rows so long and straight mark a true farmer’s preen

The corn, hay, and the soybeans growing in fields all around

The ever present signs of the many farmers to this ground

Rivers, creeks, and ponds full of bass, bream, and catfish

Each and every one a fine addition to any southern dish

Fried chicken, creamy hominy grits and brown tomato gravy

Add up to some fine southern food, fattening; ever so savory

The one and only home of the music called delta blues

The first home of Elvis and his famous blue-suede shoes

So many of them are famous, that is ever so very true

I dare not name them all but let’s just dare listing a few

Jimmy Buffett, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, and Bo Didley

Morgan Freeman, Walter Payton, and Oprah Winfrey

William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty

All and more came out of Mississippi, or so they tell me

A familiar aroma of White Magnolia fills the southern air

Reminding one of a land and time ever so dear and rare

A friendly handshake; a smile; an extended helping hand

Are easily found in this dear, deep southern country land

There are so many wonderful things and so much to see

Each conjuring up some old yesterday or a faint memory

Though time has passed and I have roamed far and near

A magnolia journey tells me; part of me will always be here

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

25 May 2012


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @annart...I really wish I had the time to explore it...especially the delta blues, etc. I feel the same way about Texas but it is so immense one can never feel that they have seen it all. Thanks much for the good words. WB

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Sounds wonderful and makes me want to go there! I love magnolias too; my friends joke that I bought a magnolia tree and the house happened to come with it. Mississippi's definitely on my travelling wish list now. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...So glad you enjoyed it, Will! WB

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      BTW, Wayne, this is superb!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Hypenbird...I appreciate it more now that I no longer live there. I think we have to leave sometimes to rid ourselves of familiarity blindness. Thanks much for the great comment and the read. WB

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Wayne, I have been there and you "conjured" it perfectly. I could smell the magnolias and that river. One never forgets it once the experience has been enjoyed. Thanks for sparking the memories.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Movie Master...Thank you very much! WB

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fabulous poem Wayne, loved it!

      Voting up/awesome

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Headed over to your place right now to find some of the poetry I have missed...sorry about that. Glad you gave it a go! WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Southern cooking alway makes me hungry! LOL! So glad you had fun with this one. Thanks much! WB

      @Vincent Moore...Thank you! It was many years into my life before I was able to venture forth and witness the "Big Muddy"...what an awesome site it was. The first time I crossed it, the bridge was so narrow that the sides showed polished steel from where the tires had rubbed against it as vehicles struggled to pass. Just crossing the bridge was a big adventure. At Vicksburg, both bridges still stand...the new and the old as the old one still has the railroad trestle on it. I would love to have the time to go back there and enjoy things like the old city of Natchez and its plantations along with getting a good dose of delta blues in my bones. Life offers so much and there is so little time to take it all in. You know the feeling....thanks so very much, my friend! WB

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      A beautiful scribe Wayne, it always feels great to go back to our roots. I remember in my trucking days driving through your birth state and enjoying the scenery. The smell of magnolias and the great eats. I bet you spent some of your boyhood dreaming along the great Mississippi and closing your eyes to see the great boats that churned along with all their wares. Great videos to Wayne, your a class act.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Love the smell of magnolias. Thanks for this wonderful southern journey. The food part made me hungry. Loved this from beginning to end. Great video.

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I've written a few, Wayne:

      The Cabin by the Lake- A Poem

      No Harm Done - A poem

      Goodbye Tomorrow

      The Reunion - A Poem

      If I Could - A Valentine Poem

      Desert Dreams

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Thank you sir...let's get you writing some poetry...I think you would be good at it. WB

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Another super work. Up and awesome!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48...Eric was born in Biloxi in 1956, Julia followed in Atlanta GA in 1967...guess the parents moved around. Maybe I can be on "Oprah"! LOL! WB

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well...I DO know every single one of these people.....except I need to ask...Eric Roberts as in the actor/brother of Julia? If so, wouldn't she also be from Mississippi? I'm familiar with all the names in your poem as well, I only meant that I had no idea what State they all belong to.....except for Oprah...she often spoke of being from Mississippi.

      Key word in your last sentences...."YET!" You ARE here on HP and will be elsewhere any day now!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48...I have been an "adopted" Texan for many, many years now and it is very much a home to me but each time I go back to visit my family in Mississippi, I feel my roots there and know they will always exist. I got the inspiration for this poem as I was driving on my return trip back to Texas. As I passed through Vicksburg, just before coming to the river, I noticed the Magnolia trees growing on each side of the highway. It all just happened from that single moment. Thanks for the good words and marks! There are many, many more from Mississippi who are famous...those are just the ones that ryhme! LOL! Try Ray Gunn (NFL kicker from my alma mater...USM), Brett Farve, James Earl Jones (actor), Gerald McRaney (actor), Diane Ladd (actress), Mary Ann Mobley (actress), Eric Roberts (actor), Virginia Brown (Weather Channel Reporter/Metrologist), Tom Lester (actor - hired hand on Green Acres, now deceased), Sela Ward (actress), Britney Spears (singer), Jim Henson (inventor of Muppets), Dana Andrews (actor), and of course there is me but I am not famous...yet! LOL! WB

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wayne...How nice to learn some very interesting facts about Mississippi in such an artful way. The list of famous persons sort of surprised me. I think the only one I actually knew of was Oprah....HA!! Just look at her now! One of the THE most successful, wealthiest women in the nation. Is that crazy or what? Can we all scream out, "Only in America?" For sure!

      Another wonderful read from you, Wayne. And to think, a few months ago, I was cruising right on past Poetry! I love this place called HubPages. UP ++

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @cruelkindness...I love that delta blues as a pig loves slop. It gets all over ya...all in ya and starts an itch that just always needs scratchin'! LOL! Thanks much for the good words! WB

      @writer20...Maybe I can improve on their tourism numbers a bit! Glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem, I enjoyed so much and the video has made Mississippi inviting.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      6 years ago from an angle view.

      Love the sound from the Mississippi winds. My fave would have to be Muddy Water's blown from the Ol'Muddy winds.

      Great Poem!

      Enjoyed the nice rhythm.

      Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)


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