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Updated on December 13, 2011

By: Wayne Brown

Rain drops on a tin roof; a stormy night

Hummingbirds hovering in their flight

Whip-Poor-Will’s call and the Robin’s sing

These are some of my favorite things

Land stretching as far as the eye can see

Sandy beach; the sun beaming down on me

The full yellow moon with a halo ring

These are some of my favorite things

A child’s laughter in a game of hide and seek

The sound of the first word a baby speaks

A Steam locomotive as it huffs and puffs

This is some of my favorite stuff

The creak of the saddle on a horseback ride

The feel of the warmth on a cold day inside

A starched white shirt with pearl button cuffs

This is some of my favorite stuff

The rooster’s crow at the break of dawn

The fear in the dark on a night alone

The bright distant stars suspended above

These are some of the things I love

The smell of honeysuckle on the damp air

The piercing eyes of a Hoot Owl’s stare

A hammock in the trees; an afternoon’s leisure

These are but a few of the things I treasure

A warm kiss and hug from the girl I love

A full moon transiting the night sky above

A glass of Penguin on a summer’s night

These are some things that bring me delight

An old friend’s smile and a firm handshake

The worn wooden handles of a hoe or rake

The harmonious voices of a little church choir

These are things I’ve come to admire

Breakfast cooking on a wood-fired stove

The still ,glassy waters of a river’s cove

Laughing eyes and a pretty girl’s smile

These are things that make life worthwhile

Fresh washed clothes hung out on the line

A fireplace burning sweet-gum and pine

Music played in melodic measure

These are a few things that give me pleasure

A flag a-flyin’ high up in the breeze

Fireworks exploding above the tops of trees

The National Anthem sung by a patriotic crowd

These are the things that make me proud

Little things that we see along the way

Some last for seconds; others last the day

Bringing us smiles, laughter, sadness, strife

Such is the montage that is called this life

©Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved.



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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @mathira...Thank you. We should all know what we like and dislike. WB

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      6 years ago from chennai

      Good poem and very expressive too.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...Thanks Colin and kudos to you as well for all the inspiration you generate. You make poetry writing actually appear easy with the fluid line you generate and your knack for incorporating reality into the ridiculous...a very difficult thing to do You have that "thing" like comedians have..."timing" which allows you to deliver just the right line in just the right place. You are probably the most unique yet down to earth poet that I know and I treasure that connection. Best wishes to you for the coming year as star continues to rise! WB

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      6 years ago

      .....well some of the very things which give me pleasure here at the HUB are your words, camaraderie, your support, and knowing you as a friend and esteemed colleague - thank you for coming into my life here at the Hub and giving me and so many others here so much inspiration and great reading material from the prolific and insightful writer that you are - I sincerely hope your holidays were happy, safe and warm and I send you warm wishes for health and happiness in the coming year of 2012 and if you look towards my Facebook page you will see this hub posted proudly with a direct link back here .... lake erie time ontario canada 10:38am

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Houa Lor...Thank you!

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      Houa Lor 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      WOW!!!! Amazing work!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @QudsiaP1...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it. WB

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      6 years ago

      Beautifully done!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Thanks much, I never really know how the reader will react...cowboys have taste too! LOL! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      WB - Creak of the saddle and starched white shirt -- powerful cowboy trademarks. Not sure if The Pengiun qualifies for the same cowboy image. Maybe a shot of somethin' more powerful. Not many hubs I can "click" every button -- but you did it on this one. Love it!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Movie Master...You know what they say about birds of a feather...Thanks much! WB

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Like Martie, I found I could echo almost the entire poem, absolutely lovely, thank you and voted up.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @anndavis25...Seems I am on a similar wave length with many of my readers. Good deal! Thanks much. WB

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I have thought those very things, myself...Aren't we lucky?

      And I love Tom Hall.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @vasantha T k....Thank you, so glad you liked it. WB

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      vasantha T k 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      liked your poem .best wishes

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...Thank you! WB

      @Ruchira...I think it is important that we do that so that we really know ourselves and our values along the line. One can only be happier with such awareness. WB

      @Enlydia Listener...No greater compliment to a writer than to gain notice from a reader who normally would not notice...that is the goal! Thanks much! WB

      @GClark...Noticing the things around you that bring a sense of pleasure and comfort are what "smelling the flowers" is really all about. We cannot appreciat our life until we know these things. WB

      @drbj...I could not find a better person to share such likes with, Doc. We's like peas and carrots! LOL! WB

      @Hyphenbird...You and join the club Doc (above) and I have quickly formed! Thanks much! WB

      @MartieCoetser...So glad you enjoyed it, Martie. This is one that I enjoyed writing a lot. WB

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Wayne, I wanted to echo one or two of yours, but then it became clear I will have to echo your entire poem. So all I'm going to say is: Reading Wayne Brown's hubs is something that gives me pleasure ;)

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We share many of the same loves Wayne. I hope others do also. This is lovely.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      What a coincidence, Wayne. Many of your favorite things are my favorite things. And you said it all so well.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Wayne - Loved your poem - you are truly multi-faceted! Thanks for sharing. Your poem really said it all about what is important in life. We need to practice an attitude of gratitude on a daily basis. “For each new morning with its light,For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends,For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      wow, I usually don't read poetry...but this caught my eye...maybe because the song that has been going through my head is from the Sound of Music, it's about Favorite Things...and how you use the memory of favorite things to pick up your day.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Am glad you could identify the things that you love, treasure, pleasure, makes life worthwhile to live for. Beautifully described indeed.

      your hubs always have a meaning to ponder on...voted way up, Wayne!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Loved your poem it's great.


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