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Me Mudder Poem from Old Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona
This poem which is portrayed below 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.
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?
Who lifted me from my cozy cot
And set me on an ice cold pot
And made me pee if I could or not?
And when the morning light had come
In my widdle crib I dribbled some
Who wiped my tiny little bum?
Who did my hair so neatly part
And pressed me gently to her heart
And sometimes squeezed till I'd fart
"Who looked at me with eyebrows knit,
And neatly had a king size fit,
When in my Sunday clothes me shit?
When at night the bed did squeak,
Me raised me head to have a peek,
Who yelled at me to go to sleep?
Have you ever read or heard this poem previous to reading this?
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 usable 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.
Yuma desert - Shows racing vehicles
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. Because it was remote from other more settled locations escapes from the prison 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.
Is the Yuma prison haunted?
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 about some of the famous prisoners as well as movies filmed there on location.
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 handwritten 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.
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 below show the same lodging from different angles. On the back of both the same thing 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
Agricultural products can be grown in the desert if there is enough availability of water. You can see how lettuce is harvested in the Yuma area by watching the video below.
If you are visiting the old territorial prison in Yuma you might also be interested in taking a river tour. The video below shows what refreshing fun there is to be had. You will also see more local landscapes from this part of the country.
Would you like to visit this old territorial prison in Yuma, Arizona?
© 2009 Peggy Woods