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Updated on March 28, 2013

By: Wayne Brown

I stared out at that cornfield; a voice I thought I heard

Perhaps it’s the rustling of the corn or singing of a bird

Either way, the words make me think and leave me numb

Saying very clearly to me, “if you build it, he will come

They were husband and wife, a well-known double-team

Running throughout the country and living out their dream

They rose from the little people; up from poverty’s ranks

Calling themselves Bonnie & Clyde saying, “we rob banks

Shark! Shark! Was the cry from the ocean’s depths of blue

It was a massive Great White; man has only seen such a few

And when it attacked and left its damages there afloat

All who hunted it could say was, ‘you gonna need a bigger boat!”

The Marine Private was dead; killed in the night by an unknown few

The Navy Prosecutor had a hunch who had ordered this deed to do

And when he put the Colonel on the stand and demanded his proof

All the Colonel could do was scream “you can’t handle the truth

In a bar in Casablanca, swirling fans fight the sweltering heat

It was a dark out of the way place; a joint where lovers meet

Remembering their love, he turned to the piano man for a try

Making his request, “Play it again, Sam….play ‘As Time Goes By’

His name was Norman Bates and he ran the Bates Motel

A strange sort of guy who’d been far better off in a jail

An when anyone inquired whether he had a significant other

He always answered the same, “A boy’s best friend is his mother

He was simply a jack-of-all-trades with skills too numerous to list

He was very skilled with a gun, knife, sword or just his bare fist

He left all his women breathless unable to utter a mere word

And at the bar he always ordered Martinis….”Shaken, not stirred”

He wanted to dance the last dance with Frances, his new love

The hotel owner sent him away; giving him the leave-here-shove

Johnny came back to face Frances’ daddy and claim back his honor

Holding out his hand to her he said, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner

Rick Blaine held the papers to flee the Nazi onslaught

But then an old flame and her Czech lover were caught

In the end he freed the lovers; remaining as he did

He put his love on the plane with "Here's looking at you, kid"

A secret agent man they called "Agent Double OO7"

Fighting crime and loving women made in Heaven

And when folks asked for the name of this lucky one

He always replied confidently, "Bond, James Bond"

The long Civil War had raged and ravaged the riches of the south

Those who once had were no more; not a morsel for their mouth

When Scarlett pleaded with Rhett about her terrible, terrible jam

Rhett had one thing to say, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

A felon in a southern prison; they called him “Cool Hand Luke"

He'd done it all even sucking down fifty boiled eggs only to puke

And when he would not conform no matter the guards’ cruel probate

The rigid warden said, “What we have here is failure to communicate

He was a San Francisco cop who never played by any other’s rules

He faced off with worthless criminals; shooting down the fools

Harry Callahan wielded a Magnum .44 in a very business-like way

Saying the same thing to everyone, “Go ahead; make my day!”

The doctor could read your mind and tell you of events of your past

A violent man who ate human flesh; a mood of fear he could cast

He boasted of torturing a man; a testy census taker he would be

The doctor then ”ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti

His name was Forrest and he was never totally right in the head

But he had a way about him with all the things that he said

He said mama told him that life was unsure; the outcome on a bet

Like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get

(C) Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

25 March 2013


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      Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas

      @Doc...Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! ~ WB

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      Doc 2 years ago

      The extiprese shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Genna East....Wow, you must have read my mind. I actually toyed with that very line from the Godfather but found it just a little long for the verse thus tossed it in the end. Glad you had fun with this one and thanks for the good words. ~WB

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      Genna East 4 years ago

      Wow, Wayne! This is a fascinating recount of famous lines that reflect the mood or the sociological impact and impressions of the people in that world. My favorite is Strother Martin’s (and Paul Newman’s) “failure to communicate,” that has been parodied countless times for over four decades. (I can’t think of one that I would add to this list…well, maybe, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." But we’d need to apply the same trick Brando used and put cotton in our mouths to make it sound realistic.) Excellent work, Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Eiddwen...Thanks very much, Eddy! ~WB

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and I vote up.


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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Ghost32...Good to see you, Fred. I like that line as well but it won't fly in Washington. Nothing that has been done there can ever be undone according to those in power on both sides of the aisle. This was a fun write. Thanks for the good words. ~WB

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      Awesome. I'm a huge fan of the "I wish I had WRITTEN that" sort of line, so I pretty much had to appreciate these entires on the Wall of Fame.

      One of my faves, by Rand Al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, in The Wheel of Time fantasy series:

      "Whatever is done can be undone."

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...That's not it...I'll look for a link on YouTube and send the clip to you via email. Thanks. ~WB

      @wayne barrett...Hey, in this world, one must be multi-talented to get noticed! LOL! Thanks much, Wayne. ~WB

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      A great writer and a movie buff! You shared some of my favorites here. Great job, Wayne!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Well, Willie did say "my doctor tells me I should slow it down, but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors. Let's have another round." Is this the one?

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop....Age does take its toll but I still bet you can remember that one line that Willie Nelson delivered! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      You wish you said it and I wish I could remember them! Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...Yeah and I also intentionally left out the Willie Nelson line from the cowboy movie in which he said something about a hot waitress, a trailer hitch ball, and a bottle of of my all time favorites! LOL! Thanks, Jim. ~WB

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      The one I like, not here though, is, "Which way did he go George?" Makes me think of the doings on Capitol Hill there days:)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. That leaves me to say I am awed by this it's fantastic. What a journey. Here's looking at you kid as time goes by..... Passing this on.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Creative, fun ... excellent ... absolutely love this, Wayne!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Very clever and creative. It must have taken quite a bit of research.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a wonderfully creative piece of art, Wayne. Great, great job.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      You certainly covered a lot of territory with this interesting stansis. I enjoyed reading this hub, and I like many of the quotes. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn", is one of my favorites. They were all good however.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...The movies may offer a path to where we have come in this day...lots of madness out there. Thanks,Don! ~WB

      @torrilynn...I had this idea about familiar movie quotes and thought that a poem woven about them might be fun...and it was! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

      @drbj...I was actually tempted to use both Bond and Bogart twice....Bond with "Bond, James Bond" and Bogart (also out of Casablanca) with "Here's lookin' at you, kid". All the better huh?? Maybe I'll find a way to add them. Thanks, Doc! ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Very creative stanzas, Wayne, and fascinating movies all. My favorites were the Bond films and Casablanca. Thanks for the memories - wish I'd said that. :)

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Wayne,

      thanks for sharing these quotes with myself and others.

      I really did learn alot.

      thanks and voted up

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Wayne, rather a chilling theme. Reflects the madness of the world that responds by wanting to pass laws to outlaw guns, instead of outlawing outlaws. sharing.