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Toe's Remains....repost for gunslinger

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0 posted 12-17-1999 08:42 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I walked around in Tombstone Cemetery late last year
Taking a gawk at all the stones of people buried there.
There were Joneses, Adamses, Johnsons, too, far as the eye could see
And then I spied one tombstone with the single letter "T".

"That's odd", I thought. Perhaps the rest of that name had been lost
Or, maybe, it is not a "T" but symbol of the cross.
That must be it! I smiled, but just before I turned to go
My eyes fell on another tombstone with the letter "O".

The next tombstone beside it had the single letter "E",
And, by this time, I was obsessed with curiosity!
Then "R", then "A", then "G" appeared. Now mystified was I.
I grabbed the arm of Gravedigger Bill as he was passing by.

"Hey, Bill", I said. "I see six graves - one letter on the stones.
Don't seem a right, respectful way to treat those poor folks' bones."
"No that ain't it", he said."Those bones belong to one man in the same,
Some foolish drifter passing through, uh, Toerag was his name."

"That silly fool rode into town - this really is absurd-
And challenged our dear Balladeer into a war of words.
He'd heard back home, across the sea, that Balladeer was best
And so he journeyed over here to put him to the test."

"They met at noon on Main Street with their pens and paper drawn,
For three long hours they fired their quips until the duel was done.
My sons and I dug all night long. I mean, we worked like slaves.
Balladeer cut him up so bad we had to use six graves!!"

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-17-1999 09:11 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

What a fight that must've been, but I'd have known you'd win.  Had to copy this great western for my husband to read. Really neat!!
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2 posted 12-17-1999 09:44 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I sure do hope he got a "Six Toe" salute... In reverance to his "Rag"......
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3 posted 12-17-1999 09:47 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I missed this one the first time! Hillarious! You guys are somethin' else!  


John Yaws
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4 posted 12-17-1999 09:59 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

there was a time I thought that I
Numbered with the best
To tote a quill, or sling a gun
Out here in the west...
I greatly fear, I soon saw clear
a faster pen than I
Had blown in with the tumbleweeds
To challenge is to die.
So ere I go, I'll drink to Toe
Then lift a glass of cheer,
To the fastest quill of all
The dauntless Balladeer.

[This message has been edited by Gunslinger (edited 12-17-1999).]
Mayme David
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5 posted 12-17-1999 10:44 PM       View Profile for Mayme David   Email Mayme David   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Mayme David

LOL Balladeer and Gunslinger. Such fun to read your poems of wit.  Now that we have Toerag buried is this all we'll hear?  Even though Gunslinger doesn't want to fight, on the sideline I really loved his cheer.

 Light hath power over darkness.
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6 posted 12-17-1999 10:45 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

LOL, poor Toe, just fell apart he couldn't take it...
I missed this one too I believe, glad you reposted it!
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7 posted 12-19-1999 12:54 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Yeah, that 'ol Balladeer is one fast tumbleweed - he just blows and blows and blows.....LOL   Oh....uh...I think I read that wrong....never mind!     (really liked this, glad I didn't miss it !)  Back to the top it goesssss!!!!

 - - - If I can just touch you once, then I feel I have accomplished what I am called to do...- - pFF

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