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Traveler's Tale Number 10

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John Yaws
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Texas


0 posted 01-15-2000 04:27 AM       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, lad, if ye would be so kind-
To lend a mon yer ear...
There’s tales of things beyond yer ken
Methinks ye’d like to hear.
O leprechauns an’ fairy folk-
O witches in the dark-
An’ Tam O’Shanter an’ his mare-
Their brush wi’ Cuttysark!
Ah, yes, and more..I mought wou’ tell
For but a dram o’ ale-
I’d even lay me blade aside,
An’ spin a traveler’s tale.
English? they’re a craven lot!
An’ Spaniard’s? They’re mere dogs
Wi’ no more taste fer fire an’ steel...
Than yonder bloody Frogs!
But gi’ a Scot a cause, an’ Faith!
He’ll fight until his death-
An’ slay an escort into hell...
An’ laugh wi’ his last breath!
The pipes? aye, lad...they’ll do the trick
To set the heart aflame...
And cause a Scot to lift ‘is blade-
In Wallace’ sainted name...
I’ve marched to them a thousand times
And died beneath their skirl-
When flames an’ banners, smoke and death
Abou’ me head did whirl..
What’s that ye say? How old am I?
Ah, lad, I ha’ no age...
For I were old so long before
There were a printed page.
I fought the Tartars on the steppes
The Turks, the Arabs too-
An’ shed me blood to purchase life
For lubbers such as you...
Ah, one more glass, a bit more gab-
Ere long me ship does sail-
To bear me off to one more war-
So goes the Traveler’s Tale.


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poetry_kills
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since 12-04-1999
Posts 552
new orleans


1 posted 01-15-2000 04:31 AM       View Profile for poetry_kills   Email poetry_kills   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit poetry_kills's Home Page   View IP for poetry_kills

i like this one... it's almost disturbingly realistic in the storyteller's exaggeration and bravado... i also think the brogue was written well... in a manner that can be understood and translated by a prissy englishman like myself  

sincerely,

 **jerome the boy whose brain got left out in the rain and nobody bothered to dry it off when they put it back in
merely_a_jester
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since 01-14-2000
Posts 68
Arkansas... that's all you get


2 posted 01-15-2000 04:40 AM       View Profile for merely_a_jester   Email merely_a_jester   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for merely_a_jester

the way the language/conversation is presented is wonderful in the way it provokes imagery of the boastful tale teller
i quite enjoyed it

merely_a_jester
Nan
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA


3 posted 01-15-2000 10:24 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Cheers, GS...
Bbuzz
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since 12-17-1999
Posts 76
Washinton State


4 posted 01-15-2000 10:26 AM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

As usual! You're THE best.
Meadowmuse
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since 12-27-1999
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5 posted 01-15-2000 10:49 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger, how did I miss this magic??
It's amazin', the tales you spin...

Dear LadyClaire


 
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