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'Tween the Ditches

Updated on August 24, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Where’s the end of the rope?

I need to tie myself a knot

Looks like I’ll just have to cope

Just tryin’ to keep what I got

Is my back against the wall?

Or is there some wiggle room?

Can I avoid a death-defying fall?

Or must I concede the doom?

Where is the end of the line?

That’s where you hit the wall

I’m afraid we’re in a bit of bind

I hope I can survive the fall

Is that jig of a dance really up at last?

Or will the music continue to play?

Will the future look just like the past?

Who is the one who can say?

When will the fat lady begin to sing,

Signaling the end of the show?

Is everything over for one last fling

Who among us can really know?

Is the end really within our sight?

Are we near to finishing the race?

Do we still have a dog in the fight?

Or we all just takin’ up space?

Is it time to fish or just cut bait?

Have we ran slam out of luck?

Do we suffer at the hand of fate

Or can one last deal be struck?

Ain’t this one fine kettle of fish?

Smelling a bit rotten to me

Looks like we won’t get our wish

Seems they’ve run us right up a tree

Yes, this is a fine old howdy-doo

A regular cheap pair of bad shoes

That’s left us with nothing that’s new

Except these ol’ government blues

Is this some kind of slippery slope

That’s leads to a quick trip to the ground?

Are we just fools who found enough rope

To keep us hanging ‘round town?

Looks like one monkey can stop the show

If he pulls on all of the right switches

Looks like the good times will be no mo’

Nothing left but to keep it ‘tween the ditches

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WannaB Writer...Too funny! Thanks so much! WB

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I think it makes too much sense to be nonsense. Voted up and interesting.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Thanks, Ken...had a lotsa fun with this one and love ol' Roger too! WB

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      7 years ago

      I love cliches, my life has been surrounded by em. Let me tell ya pardner, I've also had plenty of fun keeping my wheels tween those ditches. Fun scribe Wayne and Roger is a classic with his great tunes.

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      7 years ago

      Southern-fried we could deal with and truly appreciate!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @homesteadbound...Thank you! Cliches are like grouds...if you work 'em they'll die! LOL! WB

      femmelflashpoint...Nah! I could never pull it off like George...mine would be the "southern-fried version"! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago


      I'm not sure I could take you singing like G. Costagnza and his Yankee accent. That would totally unravel your image. ;)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      What a wonderful job of stringing all those sayings together ... and making it a really fun read. Great hub. Voting across and up!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Phyllis Doyle...Well Thank you...I just saw that you had posted a poem as such but had no idea that it involved me....I must run over and see...get myself a laugh. Thanks so much for the kind words. I so appreciate the fact that my poems can entertain you. WB

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      7 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Aha ha - so true. BTW, I wrote a poem about you and Saddle. 'Just Call Me Calamity'. Hope you are not offended. I just could not 'hep myself'. You two are just there waiting for a poem to be written about.

      I love your poetry, Wayne! You always lift my spirit.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Thanks, kinda of fun thing to do in verse. WB

      @Happyboomernurse...Thanks you. I tried to have fun with it! WB

      @femmelflashpoint...Careful, I'll sing it! I will! It makes me feel like George Costangza when I talk like that! LOL! WB

      @Poohgranma...I have to be silly more often...I like the attention. Thank you! WB

      @Phyllis Doyle...We just can't rid ourselves of those pesky cliches'. Thanks Phyllis. WB

      @MartieCoetser...Thank you, thank you very much as Elvis might say! WB

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Impressive! Voted up and indeed impressive.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      7 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Excellent way of bringing all those old cliche's into one pot of soup! Great job, Wayne. I love it!!!

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      7 years ago from On the edge

      So cleverly put together! Loved it!

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      7 years ago

      Cowboy Brown,

      I didn't even realize how many of these little sayings there were until I read this. I loved it! In fact, I realized I was keeping tempo with some boot-tapping while I read it, lol.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Came here on recommendation of Truckstop Sally and am glad I did. It was a fun read and I liked the picture. Voted up across the board.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      WB -- Lots of great one-liners. Thinking I should dust off my idiom resources and get to work again! Amy

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Yeah, I'm jut glad to be on the topside of the dirt for one more day. LOL! WB

      @Becky Katz...Guess I just got lucky...I kinda went with it as it came to me once I got started. WB

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      Becky Katz 

      7 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      This is funny and awesome, how you strung all those cliches together.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Makes me laugh because when we were young and driving - when a person left a party or such - they would shout "see ya, keep it between the ditches" lol. Or keep the shiny side up....I hope we can all keep the shiny side up!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...Love ol' Roger myself...he had a perfect ear as one can tell when he yodels or harmonizes with the music like in the start of Chug-A-Lug....whoop, whoop, whoop! LOL! WB

      @RealHousewife...Thank you. This one started coming to me last Friday and I let it cure over the weekend. WB

      @drbj...Thanks Doc, I thought it was pretty bublelicious myself! LOL! WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      The way you strung these cliches together, Wayne, was pluperfect. Bravo!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love your poetry cowboy:) lol. Tis a fine kettle of fish!

      Loved this...just while I was taking a work break....I haven't heard that song in so long! Great video! LOL

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Too true. I keep hoping for better times. Maybe they will come.I loved Roger Miller, another talent who died too young

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @My Minds Eye53...Thank you. Cliches are well-worn but they do seem to have purpose especially when we blend them together. WB

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      My Minds Eye53 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      A different way to put something so familiar. Nicely done.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Frank Atanacio....Thank you so much...glad you had fun with it! WB

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      you know--I loved it! freakin awesome


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