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The Duel

Twenty steps,
Turn and shoot,
Nerves steeled,
With many a toot,

Pistol loaded,
As am I
Why do I seem,
So eager to die?

That fiend I face,
I must prevail,
So back to the bar,
To enjoy more ale

On step nineteen,
I start to turn,
Is anyone counting?
Then I learn...

One step ahead,
Was my prey,
For he had turned
On step eighteen,
The distance between us
He had seen

To outcheat a cheater,
And his aim was true,
His bullet ripped
Through my flesh,
As it was designed to do

With my last breath I saw
Under swirling sky
This was the day,
I was to die.

Copyright © tom bell

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  1. Date: 5/28/2009 10:05:00 PM
    work of art.. sorry for my typo. but since it's here, I'll add the 'S' and say it's a brilliant work of SmartS too. Maybe a couple. ;)

  1. Date: 5/28/2009 10:04:00 PM
    this is a magnificent write Tom. very well done and wow, such a powerful 'ending'. maybe that's why JB always said "On the One". ;) brilliant work of mart my friend.