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Stranger in the Night (Tale 27)

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John Yaws
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0 posted 04-11-2000 07:36 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

The night was dark and stormy-
The inn was locked and barred.
The rain on pane was beating…
The wind a blowin’ hard.
A knock came near the midnight…
The keeper struck a light…
And wondered as he grumbled-
Who traveled late at night.
And when the door was opened-
Within the candles gleam…
A Traveler, wet and weary-
And road-worn could be seen.
“A piece o’ silver for the night-
A bite to eat an’ bed.
Or even yonder corner…
Just a place to rest me head.
I’m leavin’ wi’ the dawnin’-
I’ve many miles to go…
There’ll be a fight at Bannockburn
As if ye didna know.
I’ll make me stan’ wi’ Robert-
‘im o’ the ‘ouse o’ Bruce…
An’ ‘elp ‘im win a victory…
A pox upon a truce!
I’m recent from the Orient-
Afore that….Moorish Spain.
I studied in Cordoba…
An’ plan to, once again..
Ye ken Constantinople?
Ah, wha’ a bonnie place-
Them Arabs in their silks an’ such
Wi’ veils to ‘ide girls face.
An’ coffee! Ye don’t ken it-
They make it there in cakes,
Yet sometimes in a liquid draught-
‘ow rarely fine it tastes.
An’ books! Ye’d scarce believe it!
From every land an’ clime-
An Faith! What I could tell ye…
If I but ‘ad the time.
But here! Do take the silver…
An’ when the dawn is pale…
I’ve miles and leagues to cover”.
Thus goes the Traveler’s tale.

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Mike
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since 06-19-99
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1 posted 04-11-2000 09:11 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Ye not be fightin' the Moor who fought along with Barnabas?

Well done, look forward to the next tale.  Think I have caught most of them.
poetFemmeFatale
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since 07-25-99
Posts 2961
Arkansas


2 posted 04-11-2000 09:13 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

What an interesting tale you spin!  I see I need to go back and read all the "before" entries!  I'll admit though, even with me being the hillbilly I am, I had a hard time reading with the "travelers" accent!  ROFL...I kind of had to stumble through those parts!  hehe  I sounded like I was choking on something!  LOL  Great read sir!
Danny Holloway
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3 posted 04-12-2000 10:40 AM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Well written gunslinger!

 A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.

 
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