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A Single Shot

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John Yaws
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0 posted 12-07-1999 05:49 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Every time I pass the place-
He makes his bed tonight.
Teardrops well within my eyes,
And tend to blur my sight.

Four feet of dry south Texas clay-
A cover for his bed-
A stone with careless lies engraved-
Adornment at the head.

“Beloved father”? what a joke-
Genetic truth,... I guess- ..
“A friend to all who knew him”?
A falsehood at it’s best.

Yet comes to dearness to my heart-
There’ll never be another...
To ever take his place nor part,
He was my younger brother.

Wild and reckless in our youth,
I find it passing strange,
That I, the worst by far of two
Should be the one to change.

I was the one that people said-
“Would die a violent death”
I was the drifting outlaw type-
Who lived on borrowed breath.

But I grew up, as he grew old-
No longer were we close,
The things he loved, I learned to hate
The alcohol the most...

And then one Friday night he met-
The fate which lay in store...
A coward with a loaded gun...
Him, dead upon the floor..

Miss him? you don’t know the half-
I guess I always will-
You’d be surprised how many souls
A single shot can kill.

In memory of my brother Ronnie, murdered June 7, 1996. I still miss him.




[This message has been edited by Gunslinger (edited 12-08-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Munda
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1 posted 12-07-1999 06:23 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

It touched my soul, Gunslinger, and brought a tear to my eyes.
Mike
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2 posted 12-07-1999 06:42 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Well done.
Tara Simms
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3 posted 12-07-1999 10:35 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

There's so much feeling in this, Gunslinger.  Beautiful writing, as I've come to expect from you.  So much truth in the last stanza. God bless you.

 It matters not how strait the gate;
How charged with punishments the scroll;
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
--W.E. Henley


Balladeer
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4 posted 12-07-1999 11:22 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Those last two lines are worth the price of admission. Well written, gs. I wish there had been no reason to write it.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

Sally S.
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5 posted 12-07-1999 11:33 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

I'm really very sad your family endured something like this.  I could feel both your pain and anger in this one, slinger.
First__Knight
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6 posted 12-07-1999 11:52 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Very moving and mastered.  We gain virtues in this life that can be had no other way except enduring pain.  My heart you Gunslinger

 Share what you are for you are what you share

Marge Tindal
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7 posted 12-08-1999 12:00 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

My hat's off to you, Slinger.
Wonderful tribute to Ronnie.
You are some kinda' guy.
Thank you for allowing us to share
in this moving tribute.
Love ~*Marge*~



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Nan
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8 posted 12-08-1999 08:22 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is exceptional, GS.... I have to echo Balladeer on this one.  The last two lines are brilliant... and so sadly true...
hoot_owl_rn
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9 posted 12-08-1999 08:53 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I am sorry for your loss GS, but you told the story well. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into lifes tragdies in such a poetic manner
Fred Hobbs
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10 posted 12-08-1999 09:02 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Gunslinger,
An excellent tribute and an excellent poem!  You couldn't have done it better.
 
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