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Hicks in the Sticks

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Hicks in the Sticks

My mama always told me that
"Hicks in the sticks"
was a thing way back when.
Timeless as mortar and bricks.

But who woulda thought
that someday she'd marry one?
Bet she didn't say hick no more,
her name itself was now and pun.

I'd always be jealous of other kids
and their long and extravagant surnames.
Mine might as well a cough or a sneeze,
p'raps I'll change it if I ever come to fame!

Sure ain't no Guadalajara
or Lamoureux.
Truth be told It'd sound more interesting
to just call me Mr. So 'n' So.

If you look far enough down the family line
you'll find the spelling changes... they ditch the C-K-S.
Can you believe that my already minuscule name
used to be a whole two letters less?

It's a running joke at work that it sounds
more appealing to the opposite sex.
So if I run into someone I like I'll be like
"Call me Mr. Hicks... with an X".

But I guess I'm stuck with it
'til the day they put me in the ground.
I'll be a "Hicks in the sticks" to you if y' fancy.
What's all this fuss about a sound?



NOTE: I wanted to write something reminiscent of Jack Ellison's quirky humor.

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  1. Date: 5/30/2013 9:38:00 PM
    Timothy, wow! I can't believe I forgot to thank you for the nice and silly poem you entered in my contest. A late late late CONGRATULATIONS. Thank you for the smirks and smiles your poem gave me while reading it. Hope you can forgive me, it is not like me to stoop low and diss all who support me or my contest. Even if I get no response, everyone still matters, and I try my best... Love love LINDA...

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/30/2013 11:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Haha... no sweat Linda! I don't ever really expect to get high rating on the contests, I just have fun with them... it must be a pain to congratulate each and every contestant individually, though! Thanks for the message and kind comments :)
  1. Date: 5/26/2013 3:18:00 AM
    The Hick in the Sticks strikes again!...At least your first name isn't Rick...Congrats my friend - Tim

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/26/2013 8:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Tim... I knew one guy that was named John John Johnson... no joke!.... poor guy, what a cruel name...
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 7:40:00 PM
    Big heartfelt congrats on your fabulous win my dear friend! This is really great and funny! Thanks for sharing and the smiles! love/hugs, Leonora

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/23/2013 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Leonora! I had no idea of this so thanks for letting me know! :)
  1. Date: 5/15/2013 3:35:00 PM
    WOW! How did I miss this one??? ;) Hicks in the Sticks! HEE HEE! Lovely write...I'm not teasing! I must admit though, that Lamoureux for a poet...amazing! He's got it made.....and good you included that. Now...as for my last name....I got teased in high school in America...they tended to stop after the S...Um...Man ass...Feeling better now! GRRRRRR...Still makes me fume, but I just wanted to make you see..Hicks ain't bad. ;) I LOVE my maiden name...got a GREAT family! Be proud too, m' boy!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/15/2013 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Kids will try to find any excuse to make fun of somebody... sad. I don't hate my name by any means... I'm just saying it's one of the dullest names I can think of... lol! Lamoureux is really fancy sounding though... nothing wrong with that one!
    Celeste Avatar Jade Celeste
    Date: 5/15/2013 3:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    With love, Eileen MANASSIAN GHALI! :) <3
  1. Date: 5/15/2013 7:06:00 AM
    Ha ha, each name has it's challenges, I used to be called lambchops or Lamaramadingdong when the song came out. Sometimes simple is best. Enjoyed the poem and my name being added to the verse.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/15/2013 7:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    There where some that I wouldn't have complained if the wanted to eat me up.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/15/2013 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well your last name is really very interesting. Course french names usually ARE more fancy sounding... lamb chops, eh? At least lamb chops are good... MMM... :)
  1. Date: 5/15/2013 6:42:00 AM
    Haha...entertaining. At least Hicks isn't all that common...your last name could be Smith!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/15/2013 6:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I guess you're right! Smith is worse... (lol). Now if your name was JOHN as well... then that'd just be cruel.
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 8:44:00 PM
    You amaze me Timothy....so diversified.. and so young!...and your name is just fine.....I'm too embarrassed to tell you my maiden name....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/15/2013 7:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Can't go wrong with Mrs Jones. Didn't the make a movie about you? Mr and Mrs. Jones.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/14/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I try to change things up as much as I can... my goal is to be unpredictable... lol. I'm sure your maiden isn't THAT bad...
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 1:03:00 PM
    - Lots of funny name - but today you can choose a completely different than what you is born into. - Remember a girl named "Krakk" which means chair - Who will be named chair. :) - Thanks for the nice poem Timothy. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/14/2013 1:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well I must say that is kinda sad to be named after a chair! There is worse names I suppose. My friend told me about a guy he knew in high school with the last name Horseface... no joke!
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 10:34:00 AM
    Pssh, Hicks is cool. At least you can actually pronounce it easily, unlike mine! Haha! Good poem!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/14/2013 1:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How DO you pronounce your name btw? Would it be like Byool (rhyming with tool)...?
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 5:59:00 AM
    You did find a way to write a poem that comes close to Jack's hilarious humor! You have mastered the art of poking fun at yourself and making it quite funny! I like your surname, it's pretty cool in my book! So whether or not you change your surname you will still always be a Hicks deep in your heart, no matter what you may want to do! This is a comparative piece to Jack's witty humor, a very hilarious poem, Great Work!!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/14/2013 1:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Haha... The part about changing my last name is all in good fun... it's never something I'd actually do! It'd seem a bit disrespectful to my dad to do that... I'm glad you enjoyed my Ellison-esque poem... lol!
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 4:55:00 AM
    I think you've succeeded in the humour Mr so n so, personally I always wondered if you were perhaps prone to the hiccups lol. My best friend at school had the surname Poole, bet you can guess what we went through lol. Your turn to poke fun at my name. Take care, Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/14/2013 1:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Maybe I'll call it What's the Deal, Richard Seal? Lol... I feel sorry for your Poole friend!