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A June Night in Rotgut Saloon

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A June Night in Rotgut Saloon

A June Night in Rotgut Saloon

In walked Lefty Red behind him lay many dead
into this old dusty town his tired horse had tread
Well known his draw was quick as lightning 
his stare deadly cold and so very frightening

Stranger where is the nearest watering hole
getting drunk and riled up is my goal
Ahead 120 paces is our old Rotgut saloon
enter there and you'll get your wish soon

Lefty Red , cold, bitter and as hard as granite
entered and saw a scene like he had planned it
Crowd was loud, rowdy as hell and so very drunk
beer and whiskey flowing , an odor foully stunk

Give me a beer and two shots of your best redeye
send over that sweet blonde philly that I spy
Barkeep did exactly as he was very sternly told
That philly's man was none other than Billy Cold

Billy Cold that had 7 carved notches on his gun
even once cut a man slowly to death just for fun
The stare sent a hard and well understood reply
want this har' woman , get her , jest you try

Lefty Red knocked down whiskey shots and his beer
spun around to show a fastdraw rig , he had no fear
Billy wasted not a second to make his best play
drawed his 45 to make that insulting Lefty Red pay

As his hammer was so very quickly cocked back
his ears heard a loud booming pistol crack
A huge hole suddenly tore open in his chest
a mistake, for Lefty Red was always the very best

Body was calmly , swiftly and carefully taken away
nothing new, this was like just about any other day
Lefty told the piano man to shut up and play a tune
time for the pretty saloon girl and getting drunk soon

Townfolks remember so very well that hot June day
Lefty Red had tested Billy Cold and made him pay
Forty-five slug and justice had caught up with that man
as Lefty Red had for seven, long searching years planned


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  1. Date: 7/11/2014 8:16:00 AM
    WOW. Really enjoyd this... You really brought it to life! This contest is turning out wonderful poems and really sparking imaginations... Loved yours!

    Lindley Avatar Robert Lindley
    Date: 7/12/2014 12:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my friend.. I really enjoyed the challenge of writing for this contest!!
  1. Date: 7/9/2014 4:56:00 PM
    Hi Robert this is a great story you have painted here with your words. I would say that this one could win any contest. There is always someone better than you so the story goes, how true this is, excellent write, my friend....peter

    Lindley Avatar Robert Lindley
    Date: 7/9/2014 9:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my friend. Life always present choices and true enough always somebody better than you. The future sees to that..