Ralwus & Me: Ode to a Stormy Night
By: Ralwus & Wayne Brown
My good friend Charlie Campbell, a.k.a. “CC” a.k.a. “ralwus” and I talked about poetry writing on the hub. You might remember that I was so in awe of his ability that I wrote “ralwus writings” in honor of his ability as a poet. Well, Charlie’s get a little soft in his years and actually said that he would write a poem with me. So, while things on HubPages have been running normally along, Charlie and I have been collaborating behind the scenes. We finally came up with this one. If you are a ralwus fan, you will easily find the point where CC entered the picture. I get lucky on some stuff but poetry ain’t one of ‘em. Anyway, I am really honored and grateful that Charlie would write with me even if it is just for fun. He even let me publish it…what does that tell you? Enjoy! Thank you CC!! P.S. - Cosette, that first line is for you!
It was a dark and stormy night
A patio sittin', cigar smokin', brandy sippin' sort of night
The claps of thunder, the sheets of lightning, the blasting wind
Driven torrents of rain played music inside my head
Painting momentary madness on it's palette of the sky
The brandy flows warm down my gullet
The sweetness of the cigar plays at my nostrils
Chaos is all around
Yet I bask in peaceful solitude
Long since making treaty with the gods of the atmosphere
My love sleeps safely on the sofa
Long since bored with my idle talk
I tease at the cigar
Marvel as lightnings dances in the heavens
Nothing left to do but recount my past loves
Go ahead and smoke that cigar
and tell me more of
those old nags you
wore out while
your filly of love
If my loving mother
could see me now
sittin' here with a cowpoke
like you, I’m sure
she would say:
"Charlie, I always said
you'd come to no damn good . . .
and there you are
sitting on that deck
with that cowboy
your conquests of
That brandy is pretty good stuff,
my friend., but the godddamn lightning
is screwin' 'round with my defibrillator
and gives me flashes
of legs straight up. must be the
When in high school all the girls
said I was too negative,
now I am positive, but
I never wanted to
love or marry those kind.
and i now find them all
All these years later
I’m so glad i didn't make love to them
or marry them.
they're embittered and so sad.
Maybe because they were
positive so early on that
it all just wore out for
I think I’ll have another brandy now
Wayne. it's your turn,
what was that you said
about Lucille? fast filly, huh?
you Texian boys sure know how
to stretch a rope.
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