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The Ballad Of 'Soapy' Smith

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The Ballad Of 'Soapy' Smith

Jefferson Randolph 'Soapy' Smith was the wiliest scoundrel in the west!
He was invited to leave numerous towns since he wasn't a welcome guest!
He swindled gullible dudes throughout the west endin' up in Colorado,
Where he earned the sobriquet 'Soapy' and where he found his El Dorado!

He'd set up a soap display on a Denver street and invite folks to gather 'round.
His spiel began: "Buy a bar for a dollar and inside money may be found!"
The rush was on and suckers fought to buy bars of soap, gamblin' on a win!
Cops were even called to the scene to maintain order and to quell the din!

Folks tore at wrappers and one feller hollered, "I got a hundred dollar bill!"
Little did the unsuspectin' boobs know that it was 'Soapy's' planted shill!
Dupes lost their dough and with a five-cent bar of soap they were stuck,
He pulled the scam time and again and that's how "Soapy's' name was struck!

'Soapy' pulled up stakes in Denver and migrated to other towns out west.
He was successful with the soap scam and was adept at hidin' aces in his vest!
He made his way to Creede where he established the Orleans Gamblers Saloon.
There, 'Soapy' was involved in nefarious affairs and left town none too soon!

The gold rush was on in the Yukon and he pined to go there ere it was too late.
He arrived in Skagway and later on in Juneau where he was to meet his fate.
'Soapy' met his end in a gunfight and his final words were, "My God, don't shoot!"
Thus ends the ballad of 'Soapy' Smith, that swindlin', cheatin', rotten galoot!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 6/26/2011 7:25:00 PM
    hmmm Sounds like he got his just desserts. A fine well thought out tale with great imagery my friend. Good job. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 6/22/2011 12:27:00 AM
    Hello, Robert. I enjoyed your poem. I am a great-grandson of Soapy Smith. I'd like to post your poem on my Soapy Smith blog (link below) Soapy was a poet himself. His poems and others written about him can be found in my book, ALIAS SOAPY SMITH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL. Those interested in learning more about the real Soapy Smith are welcome to visit my sites. Thank you. Jeff Smith website: blog:

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 8:36:00 PM
    Another great western saga, Sarge. LOL Very distinctive offering. Ralphie

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 6:48:00 PM
    I liked it a lot Bob! Keep em coming

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 1:57:00 PM
    this was so funny another to add to my favorites. a great write by the great one. thank you for commenting on Summers gone by.

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 11:27:00 AM
    Another great one for the annals of doom!

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 11:03:00 AM
    What a clever scam old "Soapy" had going on, Bob. I don't know how you come up with these witty accounts, but it sure is fun reading them. Love the way Soapy had one man claim to have found a hundred dollar bill. Outrageously funny, dear. I posted a new one last night too. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 10:50:00 AM
    A wonderful tale, which has the reader hanging on every word! Another excellent write from a master story-teller! Regards, Robert.

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 8:40:00 AM
    I like these story poems. Keep them coming. Mike

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 8:01:00 AM
    raucous and action-packed, robert.. enjoyed your historical jabs and anecdotes with laughing streaks... superb! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 5:10:00 AM
    another rousing tale Bob and told so brilliantly .. your poetry is absolutely entertaining to the max and the delightful tales are better each time u pen the next one..luv.. what a great way to begin my day of reading.. well my hour of reading at least.. still house hunting and so exhausting but exciting and kitten hunting for the 'purrfect' one..luv..