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Lord what I'd give to go back in time.
Meet historical legends Wyatt Earp,
 Or Jessie James, let them leap off 
The written page, and live again.
Rough riders, shooting the colt 45,
Learning swiftness by the draw.
Badges brethren, gather up,
The madman’s posse,
Gun powders equalizers,
 In there bloody hands.
Wanted men, flee to,
 Parts unknown,
Horse thieves, and 
Cattle rustlers,
Trying to evade the long,
 Arm of the law.
 Fate decides whom lives,
 And dies.
It makes no difference,
 Innocent or guilty.
After all it is life’s truest rule,
An eye for an eye, blood shed,
To give the devil his vengeance,
Behold survival of fittest,
Heavens gates, are made from,
Twisted metal.
The hangman's tree stands ready,
Hollow nooses swing in,
 Destiny’s winds,
To bid found ado unto evil men.
Strong limbs bare heavy weight,
A scaled balance of ropes,
 Tenuous strength.
Blind lady liberty turns,
 Her gaze away.
At histories hesitation towards,
Real justice's justification.
Hard men ride ahead, 
Leaving behind
Legends tin stars, 
Amongst trail dust,
Behold the old west breath's,
Between books binding,  
And words harsh black ink.
Hardened steel vs. freedoms,


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  1. Date: 10/17/2014 3:00:00 PM
    really brings me back to when i was younger cherl excellent pen as always god bless dear friend beautiful piece

  1. Date: 4/27/2014 2:10:00 AM
    Hello Cheryl,... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. Goodnight poet friend <3 =LINDA

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 9:29:00 PM
    You and me both Cherl, you did it to me again... I know this one's on my favorite list again... I have a very heavy obsession for my wild west heartthrob.. Jesse James.. The legend held in every story good/bad... I don't wish to know the way, when it comes to destiny's wind.. I don't mind walking in the shadows, they left behind, when printed down in harsh black ink... Impressive... luv~Linda

  1. Date: 1/1/2014 12:21:00 AM
    Cherl What a wonderful and creative write. An entertaining and descriptive story of the old west and the cowboys that lived it. Nice job Thanks for the great comment on my Pure and White poem.

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
    If not for books, i'd be not entertained lol... I do like what your write brought to mind Cheryl they were all just trying to fight for something they felt well deserved, I enjoyed your write, XOXO P.D.

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 12:01:00 PM
    Hi Cheryl this is a great topic and you have chosen very good words, for me there are still not enough words per line, apart from that it is very good...David