Hangman’s Noose

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Hangman’s Noose
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As whirlwinds blow across the plains,

And earth’s pounded by torrid rains,

As lightning flashes blinding light,

And thunder rolls through dark of night,

On he rides, in full fleeting flight.

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Fearing hangman’s noose.

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‘Twas murder in cheap gambling den

That caused this instant flight just when,

He feels law posse on his tail,

And so he braves the pounding hail,

Upon this wet and treach’rous trail

Fearing hangman’s noose.

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He should have grabbed that poker pot

After that cheating Sharp was shot.

Now he’s feeling empty handed,

As an outlaw, he’s been branded,

Soon to be both broke and stranded.

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Fearing hangman’s noose.

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This hombre knows, there’s just one chance,

To run and hide from circumstance.

He thinks it’s safer “Down Below”,

Since out of here he has to go,

So now he’s off to Mexico.

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Fearing hangman’s noose.

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But Fate’s fortunes were not as planned,

Caught him crossing the Rio Grande.

Despite his poignant mercy plea

They hung him from the nearest tree.

Now there’s no longer need to be…

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Fearing hangman’s noose.

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Author Notes

Not a good day in the old West


This poem has 8 syllable count and aabbb rhyme scheme, with repeating refrain.


Lynching was often the case in the Old West when a posse caught their criminal. Swift Justice (hopefully).

Posse – a group, deputized by the lawman to chase criminals. Card Sharp, or Sharp, was a professional gambler. Frequently accused of cheating. Branded here means “named as”, or “identified as”.

Hombre is a Spanish word for bad man, in this case a murderer.

“Down Below”: people in the USA often referred to Mexico as “Down Below”, in those days.

Rio Grande is the river that separates the US from Mexico.

 


This artwork is from Yahoo Images.

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