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On Such a Night As This (repost)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 01-14-2000 01:22 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

Ah, lass, and Ďtis a brutal night-
Too bad for man or beast.
Iíd like a flagon of your best-
And bite to eat at least....
No beds? It matters not at all-
Iíll sleep on yonder floor-
And wií me naked blade to hand-
Iíll gladly guard yon door.
Who am I? Names donít count a wit
Itís what I am that counts
And what I do that pays me way-
And settles me accounts.
A soldier! Aye, all that and more!
A Scotsman if ye please!
Iíve marched to battle to the pipes-
While English took their ease.
How old? Now lass, I canna say-
I guess I dinna recall.
When I first came the bloody moon-
Was very .very small.
Me, sword ye say? Itís different...
I guess it is at that,
Here near the hiltítis slender-
Where Scottish swords are fat.
And shorter, too: than average.
By near a foot I guess..
But in the heat of battle-
The short sword is the best.
Rufo used to tell us.....
Hmm, whereíd I get that name..
I donít recall the rascalís face,
And thats a bloominí shame.
I watched as Rome was burning-
I know tis hard to bílieve-
For centuries haí passed twixt then
And this, so stormy eve...
A, soldier lass, I swear Ďtis so.
Upon me very life
By salt, by fire, the bansheeís cry;
And by me Khyber knife.
Whatís that? Yeíd have me move along?
On such a night as this?
Iím daft ye say? Iíve done gone on?
Ah, yeíre mistaken , Miss...
Well, lass, Iíll brave the elements
No roof for me poor head....
If not for soldiers such as I
Yeíd all long since be dead.
I marched wií Ceasarís legions
And fought in the Crusades,
Anímany donneybrooks between
Which memory evades.
Aye, leave I will, and curse the place
And curse you pretty Miss,
To turn a traveler from your door
On such a night as this. .


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Denise
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1 posted 01-14-2000 01:56 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

...and even better the second time around! Wow! This is one great poem, Gunslinger! Loved it!

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~


Bbuzz
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2 posted 01-14-2000 02:55 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

I did not see it the first time, but VERY GLAD I saw it now. HOW WONDERFUL! I was THERE! Thank You, Bev
Meadowmuse
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3 posted 01-14-2000 09:52 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse


Gunslinger, Gunslinger
come tell me a tale...
be't soldiers an' cyclamen,
field thistle an' ale
red days blawn wi' battle
Cauld nights in th' sheugh,
Warm ingle-lowe's craw frae the trail.

(...sorry, I couldn't resist) Oh, this piece is a treasure, indeed, and I thank you for the gifting!

Dear LadyClaire

Rus Bowden
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since 01-13-2000
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4 posted 01-14-2000 10:05 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Gunslinger,

Oh this is a fine poem.  Love your language, your speaker, and the rhyming tale.  So good!

Rus
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5 posted 04-16-2005 04:48 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

good read

I've had nights like that
 
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