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An Untold Tale of the west

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 12-16-1999 09:57 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

The trail is long and dusty
That leads to Mexico-
You’re looking at a rider
Who really ought to know.
I wore it out a dozen years
While working shady dealings
‘Twixt running guns to Villa
And cattle we were stealin’.
Fort Stockton, south
Two hundred miles
They carved right out of hell
Without a drop of water
Or shade that I could tell.
Apache lance to split your spine
Comanche’s lift your hair-
And everything; bite, sticks, or stings
You’re apt to find out there.
Me and Robert Caylor-
We called him Pecos Bob-
Were running from the Rangers
We’d pulled a holdup job.
My hoss went lame at Horsehead
We started riding double
It wasn’t long until we knew-
That we were in real trouble.
The dust a half a day behind
Really didn’t matter
Them mirror flashes to the West-
Apaches as we gathered...
A man don’t know what real fear means
Till he sees Apache leavin’s
For then the hardest hearted cuss
Will find himself a’grievin’
We done our best, I’ll give us that
And Bob he never wavered-
And even when they lit the fires
His courage never quavered-
What happened? well, you fool! We died.
There in the trackless waste...
And slew a heathen honor guard
To sanctify the place.
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Mike
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since 06-19-99
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1 posted 12-16-1999 10:41 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Well done.  Enjoyed.
Nan
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since 05-20-99
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA


2 posted 12-16-1999 10:46 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You do have a way of keeping the flavor of the old west alive.... Nice one GS....
 
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