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Below is the poem entitled THE HANGING TREE which was written by poet Tom Zart. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The hanging tree the hanging tree, 
A great big cottonwood that waits for me.
Just out of town by Old Boot Hill 
Where they’ll take my body and a grave they’ll fill

Now, I don't know, but I was told,
They’ll use a slow horse and a rope that's old. 
Lord, have mercy on a sinner's soul; 
To end up in heaven was always my goal.

It's true; I’ve stole a horse or two,
Even after pledging to you.
I've drank to much and loved to many
Became plain stupid and spent every penny.
Come first light I’ll greet my fate 
For the hangman and I have a early date.
I'll mumble and stumble then hold my breath
As I pray for God's grace after my death.


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