More to a Rube

More to a Rube

A Poem by barleygirl
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just found the word "rube" & it applies to me!

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Hoity-toities call me a rustic rube
slurpin’ on icy moonshine cubes
wee hours glued to my b**b tube
muddled mouth sticky with jujubes.

Hicks concocting the next whopper
freeing a crock jug of its stopper
dude growls by on an infirm chopper
an authentic gangster clodhopper.

Most hillbillies are defiant and proud
crankin’ their tunes way out loud
along about autumn a violet cloud
entices the bucolic bumpkin crowd.

For Ruffian Ruby we always clamor
sounding illiterate, we hoot and stammer
hayseeds tumble down cliffs, yammered
Big Sur Bud keeps us all hammered.

Grody hoedown carries on till new year
high on life, some wild critters appear
such a glut of bud, trim goes to deer
cunning coyote’s shyness disappears.

Gone to seed like an overripe gourd
may be a rube but I won’t be ignored
with my poetry you’ll never get bored
as long as it lasts, my harvest hoard.

© 2019 barleygirl


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Am I truly the first to review this new poem, Margie!? More rube, please. As for "sounding illiterate," I think not. What remarkable rhyme and alliteration, all without losing the reader in head-throbbing blur. Living in the country helps me relate to this one, especially after living in cities so many years. I'll take the "rube" lifestyle any day, and what you've created here might attract more to your "harvest hoard." :)

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Weeks Ago

Not too long ago, I read "Hillbilly Elegy" (book) & it always surprises me how most people think the.. read more



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Bet you could mend a fence with some two by fours sitting under the eaves. Us rubes have skills like that, not to mention our green thumbs.

Posted 1 Week Ago


a delightful delicious rant of a rube, never get bored with your poetry, fine fine,

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


You go Margie! Nothing wrong with getting down to socializing country-style - and there’s a little bit of hillbilly in everyone! Good music, good food, good drink and lots of cheer...and good poetry by none other than you, the Laureate Queen. You bring sunshine to whatever you touch. And You’re always a wickedly alliterative rhymer to boot! Your last verse rocks. We love you girl!


Posted 2 Weeks Ago


This is another piece for the book: "Barleygirl's Rollicking Romps" Entertaining, fun, creative, what's not to like? But more the point, I see this an embodiment of contemporary humor, jaunty in expression, but deeper in portrait. A good combination. And just like potato chips, ya can't eat just one. Good stuff, BG.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I'm not really quite as much of a hick as I portray in my writing, but I'm enuf of a hick to notice .. read more
This poem reminds me of when I was little and being surrounded by fields of green, which my dad grew out in the sticks. He did a little time later for cultivation, but supposedly he grew the best. At least that's what people tell me. Anyway, so much fun in this write, clever and joyous rhymes abound. Just dont go over board to the point where you're watching star trek next generation reruns for weeks on end.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I shut down my satellite TV back in the spring . . . no appetite for watching election fomenting for.. read more
Around these parts, we use the term redneck. I've never heard the word rube before, but now I've looked it up and I love it. It's got a playful ring to it.

I had a friend once say that all of us who have been labeled negatively by someone outside of our circle should embrace the label and take it back. I love that you've done that here. Let people say what they will, we are what we are and there's nothing wrong with that.

I did think of Steinbeck's farming folk. He always offered such depth in his portraits and reminded us that stereotypes are for those who don't take the time to truly look. Your poem just goes to show that you're having more fun, ha.

Your writings are always entertaining, Margie. If I ever need a laugh, I know just where to come. Thanks for being that wonderful you and sharing your smiles with all of us.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

This is such a great review, I might just go back to bed, crank the electric blanket, & cuddle with .. read more
Eilis

2 Weeks Ago

Ha ha, either way sounds like a good day there. Hugs coming back your way.
Fun, loving and good people. Hard working with some weird manners at times. This was so fun to read and as you lead, laughter we breed. You are lively and so accurate in your folklore telling. Jaw stopper and fun topper....

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Sami Khalil

2 Weeks Ago

Weird is good . Could be a sign of a hidden genius. You are one in your thinking and ways. You are w.. read more
barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I would rather be an outcast & unique, than to be among a crowd & conforming . . . but then YOU know.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Weeks Ago

Same here. I do know which is wonderful.
You may live in the sticks like one, but it’s hard to take the polish off that knob. You grew up and live a life that people may point to and say things like Rube, but from my line of site I see a talented, funny, shiny hillbilly of the best sort. Love how you can make light of just about anything. Really awesome!!!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

There were many years when I wouldn't have flaunted my being a country bumpkin, but finally I've gro.. read more
Oh my goodness! I just love the picture of that old lady dancing in the field. She's fabulous! Your harvest hoard is definitely not boring. Your writing style is so uniquely you, the feel of which is a romper room rally. I write to emote, you write for joy. This makes me think of the Twilight Zone episode, "Kick The Can."

"Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged - a dying place and a common children's game called kick-the-can, that will shortly become a refuge for a man who knows he will die in this world, if he doesn't escape into - The Twilight Zone. "

By the by, why are people suddenly reviewing without rating? I always do both, but it seems people are not doing the latter, which means you never show up on the top rated list.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Weeks Ago

Most of my Facebook friends are from around this area, since I went to high school about 30 miles aw.. read more

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