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Ralwus & Me: Ode to a Stormy Night

Updated on November 1, 2018

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

bragging on

your conquests of

lonely hearts."

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

negative charges.

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

negative nags.

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.


© Copyright WBrown2010 & Charlie Campbell 2010. All Rights Reserved.


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    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      10 years ago

      I hear ya! And I am at the same creek bank - Ha! I do admire your Conversations (although some of them give me the willies). You are talented - no doubt about it! You are a good man too! Thanks!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      10 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally....Charlie wrote half of this starting at "Go ahead and smoke that cigar..." As a writer, God has blessed me with ability to take on the persona of the character which I write about...thus my series, "Conversation Pieces". In a a way, I am a little bit of all of it like we all are when we really look at what makes us up. Some of us just bury parts of it better than others. I could smoke a cigar and drink brandy at a hanging and be comfortable with all sides of it. LOL! I guess that's just me. You hang in there...age will bring you to the same creek bank. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      10 years ago

      Not sure I understand any better . . . you are the cigar smokin' brandy drinkin' guy - right? And doesn't stretch the rope mean hanging?? OK to have some mystery surround you and your identity!! More intrigue!! Ha!!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      10 years ago from Texas

      @Freya Cesare...Actually Freya, Charlie and I were trying to be serious poets on this one...that was the big laugh! LOL! WB

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      10 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Just like we expected when Wayne Brown and Rawlus collaborated. Two thumb up! But somehow I missed the big laugh.

    • Jaggedfrost profile image


      10 years ago

      lol your welcome. I don't have to drink to understand and enjoy others enjoyment.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      10 years ago from Texas

      @gr82bme...We have done several...."My Little Knockemstiff Honey" well. We also had a number of pomes written with the other in example "Charlie Callin'" in my hubs. We do it from time to time and have fun with it! Thanks much. WB

      Jaggedfrost...CC & I both thank you for enjoying it! WB

    • Jaggedfrost profile image


      10 years ago

      What's to be said for faithful, monogamous men like me,

      I oft need brandy like the rest

      too many scruples though you see

      and it doesn't treat me like it should

      leaving me in a rut

      where any while can drench me good

      with the rain that falls on every man lol.

      It was a fun piece. I enjoyed it.

    • gr82bme profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Wayne, when I saw the title I knew I had to come check it out.

      Lol, Ithink you two did a good job on this one. Hope you do more together

      Maybe after CC teaches you you can teach me.

      How to smoke a cigar! LOL

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      10 years ago from Texas

      @attemptedhumour...Every now and then CC gets in a good mood and we will either write a poem together or write one about each other. He's teaching me the ropes cause i ain't nothin' but a lemonade stand poet...Charlie on the other hand is schooled in the art and a nuts like Poe! LOL! WB

    • attemptedhumour profile image


      10 years ago from Australia

      Hey i wouldn't like taking you two on in a tag team contest without another gifted hubpage hombre to hold my hand. You two should cuddle up on the porch and grow old together, well older then. Nice creative idea though, wish me and shinkicker had thought of it. Cheers

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Laura...CC and I probably don't have 50 lbs of wisdom between us. But we can more than compensate for that with all the bullshit that might be needed. We might even open up a "Bullshit Stand". Thanks! WB

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      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Haha! Charlie hasn't found that wheel, yet? LMAO!!! I suppose I'll have to read your fortunes just the same; I predict, when the two of you can't WOW us with wisdom, you can always baffle us with bullsh!t, Ha! Ha!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, need to give it a go with us sometimes! WB

      Laura...Bacchus and I have been buddies, even made wine together. Calliope sits in Charlie's lap but I can tell the way she looks at me that she has made up her mind about my poetic bone. When I saw Charlie he didn't no wheel with him either! WB

    • lalesu profile image


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Wayne and Charlie, you've made treaty with the gods of the atmosphere, and Bacchus and Calliope, as well!

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      11 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Gave it a thumb's up. Great collaboration.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      11 years ago from Texas

      By golly, might teach me this craft yet. Maybe then I can read some of it and understand it LOL! Thanks for doing it, I am honored! Great Fun! WB

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      11 years ago

      Well, you did it. I missed the fanfare. LOL We must do it again my friend. I quite enjoyed the visit. Love the comments you got so far. Wot fun!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      11 years ago from Texas

      We'll make it happen...probably post it on CC's site next time. Thanks Lorlie!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Mega1...wait until CC gets here...he'll take that as a compliment! Your comments made me LOL. My wife says the same thing but I don't laugh when she says it. I wonder what she's up to! We are a strange breed, from Mars, I hear! WB

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      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You two are a match made in poetic heaven! Love this and collaborate again, paleeeze.


    • mega1 profile image


      11 years ago

      I don't think I'll ever understand men! their fascination with whiskey and cigars, their need to feel strong ALL THE TIME, their seeming unawareness of what gossips they really are! but you gotta love em, and take care of em - they are preciously demented and so easy to manipulate it isn't even funny!


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