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Me Mudder Poem from Old Territorial Prison - Yuma, Arizona

Updated on September 4, 2016

Yuma prison main guard tower

Yuma prison main guard tower
Yuma prison main guard tower | Source

Gile Monster

Heloderma suspectum Gile Monster at Arizona Desert Museum
Heloderma suspectum Gile Monster at Arizona Desert Museum | Source

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Arizona

Poem titled "Me Mudder"

" When my prayers were early said

Who tucked me in my widdle bed

And spanked my ass till it was red?

Me Mudder

Who lifted me from my cozy cot

And set me on an ice cold pot

And made me pee if I could or not?

Me Mudder

And when the morning light had come

In my widdle crib I dribbled some

Who wiped my tiny little bum?

Me Mudder

Who did my hair so neatly part

And pressed me gently to her heart

And sometimes squeezed till I'd fart

Me Mudder"


"Who looked at me with eyebrows knit,

And neatly had a king size fit,

When in my Sunday clothes me shit?

Me Mudder.

When at night the bed did squeak,

Me raised me head to have a peek,

Who yelled at me to go to sleep?

Me Fadder."

Photo of my Grandparents

My maternal grandparents.
My maternal grandparents. | Source

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Yuma, Arizona and environs

Picking Winter Lettuce in Yuma, Arizona

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Yuma, Arizona

Discovered during my grandparent's travels...

This poem was discovered and carefully hand copied by my maternal grandfather who saw great humor in it while visiting the old territorial prison in Yuma, Arizona.

My grandparents often escaped the cold Wisconsin winters by traveling south. They had the time to leisurely explore the many southern states and check out the different sights and places of interest that crossed their path.

Yuma Territorial Prison State Park

One such location that they discovered on their sojourns is now a State Historical Park in Yuma, Arizona. It was the first prison in that part of the country and operated from 1876 to 1909. The three foot granite walls actually changed purpose during the years between 1910 to 1914 and became that area's high school. During the Great Depression it served to shelter homeless families.

After the old territorial prison no longer functioned as a useable building for housing prisoners, much of the materials used for construction were hauled off and utilized by the community of people residing there for other purposes. What remains to be seen today are the cells, the main gate and the guard towers.

This State Historic Park sits high up on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River. The Sonoran Desert surrounds this area and it is a hot and dry location.

At the time the prison was built, the land adjacent to it would have been inhospitable and because it was remote from other more settled locations, escapes were seldom. If escapees were found, they would then have a ball and chain attached to their leg to wipe out any further thoughts of doing such a thing. A few people were killed during escape attempts. 104 people are buried in that prison cemetery.

Overall, other than putting up with loss of freedom and having to withstand the extreme heat of the area, the prison experience there was actually rather humane for its time. Read some of the highlighted links for further information.

This poem so amused my grandfather that he memorized it and often recited it through the years to groups of family members and friends. Supposedly it was written by one of the inmates of the prison. (Author unknown).

I thought that I would share this bit of my family's history with you so that you can enjoy this bit of humor that we have thought amusing for many years.

Though my grandfather has long ago gone on to the next life, this hand-written bit of poetry that he copied down on a piece of paper has survived to entertain future generations of people who may never get to read the original in the old territorial Yuma prison.

2 Vintage postcards of the same motel in Yuma, Arizona

2 Vintage postcards of the same motel in Yuma, Arizona
2 Vintage postcards of the same motel in Yuma, Arizona | Source

Two vintage postcards

My grandparents when they traveled took a few photographs but they largely relied upon picking up postcards of places that they visited and in which they stayed while on vacation. Both of these vintage postcards above show the same lodging from different angles. On the back of both the same is written...

Coronado Motor Hotel

233 4th AVENUE - YUMA, ARIZONA - On U.S. 80

Recommended by Best Western Motels, AAA and Duncan Hines. Telephone 3-4453. Room phones. The Sunshine Capital of the United States.

Color Photo by Bob Van Luchene

Published by Petley Studios, Phoenix, Arizona

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© 2009 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Every time I am reminded of this poem often recited by my grandfather, it makes me smile. So thanks for your comment and votes. Smiling!!!

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Interesting information with a cute personal touch! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      This is a funny little poem. Nice to know that you enjoyed it. Yuma, Arizona is an interesting place that I have never seen in person although I have been to many other places in Arizona. That prison must have been something in its day! Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I don't know about the background, but enjoyed reading this cute little poem. The imagery and choice of expressions are wonderful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sadie14,

      That "Me Mudder" poem has obviously been passed around for many years now and people have had fun reciting it. Nice to know that your family also had fun with it. Thanks for your comment.

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