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The Traveler Revisited (Tale17)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 03-24-2000 11:55 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

From Russian steppes to Africa-
I’ve plied me bloody trade.
An’ few an’ far between, the friends-
I guess tha’ I ‘ave made.

The blade’s me tool, me toil, my friend..
An’ oft she’s saved me life.
I love ‘er well, I must confess-
Like some lads love their wife.

I ‘ad a ‘ome, I swear I did-
Among the ‘ighland ‘eath...
An’ yet I ‘ad a yearn to roam,
Me Da’, ‘e did bequeath.

When I were scarce more than a lad-
I offed to see the world-
An’ oft I’ve stood in battle grim,
Whilst pipes aroun’ me skirled.

Ah, gi’ me pipes.. ‘tis rarely fine...
To ‘ear them bye an’ bye...
Their shriek an’ skirl, to enemies-
Mought be the banshee’s cry!

I’ve loved me lassies, fought me wars...
An’ ‘eard the widows wail...
An’ of I am, to fight again-
Thus goes the Traveler’s Tale.


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Meadowmuse
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1 posted 03-24-2000 12:56 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger, when I read your work, I often think of William Blake's "Hear the Voice of the Bard."

"Hear the voice of the Bard !
Who present, past, and future sees;
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word,
That walked among the ancient trees,"

Your verse, once again, is superb. Naturally, I am inclined to favor the Celtic brogue, but even were I not, 'twould be a charming piece of work you're offering.

~ Claire  
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2 posted 03-24-2000 07:50 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I could revisit these tales forever! They are wonderful!  

Denise
 
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