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The Traveler and Long Tom (Tale 23)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 03-29-2000 03:43 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

The clash o’ steel, an’ labored breath-
The stench o’ fear, the smell o’ death-
For wha’, I ask ye? Land an’ fame?
Or in defense o’ some fair name?
Nay, lad, ‘tis for the feel o’ gold…
So ‘ard to get, then ‘ard to hold.
Wha’ called we Scots to foreign fields-
To pay our way, wi’ steel, cold steel.
I mind the time we fought in France-
Them froggies sure could skip an’ dance
An epee, I believe it’s called-
Or rapier? They be toys all!
They’s somethin’ ‘bout a claymore’s swing-
A hefty blade…ah, ‘ear ‘er sing!
An’ just the thing to cut through mail-
I’ve never known ‘er once to fail.
I mind the time, Long Tom an’ me…
Were in a glade, a fixin’ tea-
A score o’ troops should ‘appen by-
I looks at Tom, an’ catched ‘is eye…
“Why, Tom, Old sport.. a lovely day-
for men o’ war to sport an’ play!
“E said, “Too right”! an’ drew ‘is blade..
An’ in amongst ‘em we did wade.
Surprised was they? Why, I should smile!
Their archers arrows all flew wild…
They tried to stand, bu’ not fer long!
They could na stand our claymore’s song.
Ah, Tom! ‘e were a fightin’ man!
An’ never slow to lend a hand…
I ‘eard ‘im laugh, an’ seen ‘im cry…
An’ ‘eld ‘is ‘ead an’ watched ‘im die.
I’ve seen ‘em come, an’ watched ‘em go-
As age an’ blade di’ lay ‘em low-
Ah, in the East it’s growin’ pale…
I guess I’ll end me Traveler’s Tale.




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Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 03-29-2000 08:14 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Another tale that sounds like music. Perfect meter every time. You fill the mind with pictures that captivate
Liz
JamesMichael
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2 posted 03-29-2000 04:54 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

An interesting story gunslinger..so tell me did long tom die when all those arrows flew or did he duck just like you?  James
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3 posted 03-29-2000 05:03 PM       View Profile for CherylLynnMckee   Email CherylLynnMckee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CherylLynnMckee

Wow..great poem..perfectly rhymed.

 
Mike
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4 posted 03-29-2000 06:48 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

*Applause*
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Entertaining and captivating, as always!

Denise
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What a traveler's tale it was! Flowed very nicely, but then again all your stuff does  
 
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