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THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF JESSIE JAMES

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THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF JESSIE JAMES

Jessie James was a fine young lad,
When he joined the Confederate troops.
He learned his craft as a shootist and spy,
While traveling with this group.

His commander was one Capt. William Quantrill,
A man with a checkered past;
And under this man he learned hit and run,
Leave your enemies standing aghast.

After his death in 1865,
Quantrill's celebrity stayed,
And Jessie and Frank used what they had learned,
And found guerrilla warfare paid.

They formed with their friends a wild outlaw band,
And looted the banks and trains.
It seemed to work out just as they planned.
To them it seemed quite a good game.

The money came easy and life was good,
And Jessie took him a wife;
Deciding to settle down for a while,
And lead a respectable life;

But two men were killed in a robbery gone bad,
And the governor wanted his life;
And one of his friends thought he'd turn him in,
And get paid and save himself strife.

Dead or Alive made no difference to him,
The reward would still be the same,
But Jessie was fast and his aim was true,
So it seemed to Bob Ford it was plain,

Jessie would have to be caught unawares,
If he would celebrity claim,
The honor, prestige, reward and glory,
As the man who shot Jessie James.

April the third, eighteen eighty-two,
Robert crept up on his friend,
Shot him in the back as a coward will do,
And that's how his story ends;

But Robert lived on in shame and disgrace,
As a low down, back stabbing coward,
Who betrayed his friend for money and fame,
On the day that he shot Thomas Howard.



"AND JESUS SAID UNTO PETER,'PUT UP AGAIN YOUR SWORD INTO IT'S PLACE FOR ALL THEY WHO TAKE THE SWORD SHALL PERISH BY THE SWORD."
                                                                                         Matthew 26:52



For Dana's History Contest



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  1. Date: 4/12/2012 7:41:00 PM
    you cant lose with jessy james.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 8:32:00 PM
    JUDY... CONGRATULATIONS ..ON YOUR WONDERFUL WIN~ Have yourself a very nice night ;-)*always..pd

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/3/2012 1:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much PD. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 3/1/2012 8:57:00 AM
    congrats Judy luv on a wonderful write and win for politidal contest.. thankxx for sharing this amazing piece and Scripture footnote.. so true luv.. so true..

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/1/2012 2:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Linda Marie. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 3/1/2012 5:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Dana'lynn's contest Judy. Love, Carol

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/1/2012 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Carol. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 3/1/2012 1:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win xx

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/1/2012 2:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Mandy. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 2/29/2012 9:36:00 PM
    Great little bit of history. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/1/2012 2:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Joyce. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/22/2012 11:50:00 AM
    Judy, here is the contest's name: Politically Educated. If you click on the contest, she says you can do history or geography as well!! I know I have some I could use already posted here, but doubt she will care for them! Nice seeing you here. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 9:21:00 AM
    It is entitled--Politically Educated...read the details..I really believe your poem is an outstanding entry. I am not gonna do any contests for a while. I want to just enjoy others work..I think PD is gonna twist my arm to join her Clerihew one and I feel obligated to enter that one...I will be looking out for your future successes. Love ya Judy! GWendolen

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 8:43:00 AM
    oh...the history contest...you must enter it in Dane Anne's history contest like Andrea said! go get em gal.

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/22/2012 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much but isn't thaty in the soup contests. I'm not a premium member so can't join if it is. Thasnks so much. Glad you like it. God \Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/22/2012 8:43:00 AM
    Gonna see if Bob Hinshaw has read this.....

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/22/2012 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Gwen. Glad you like it so much. God Bless, JB :)
  1. Date: 1/22/2012 8:42:00 AM
    As I started reading this I thot to myself...I wonder if PD has read this bc she is gonna love it!! I really love how you took the entire story and even put a higher significance to it..Not only is the poem awesome you are a great story teller! So happy I got to read this one this morning..Love, Gwendolen

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/22/2012 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Gwen. I'm really happy you like this so much. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/21/2012 3:04:00 PM
    This was a pleasant story of Jessie James. - oxox love Anne-Lise

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/22/2012 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much AnneLise. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/21/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Amazing story Judy and you tell it with such style! I have heard about him but never knew these details. So nice to read such an interesting post! Luv, Lizzie

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/21/2012 2:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Liz. It was a fun write. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/21/2012 2:05:00 PM
    I loved this informative piece, Judy. I must admit that I knew very little about JJ

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/22/2012 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Jack. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/20/2012 11:04:00 PM
    hey, Judy, you need to put this in the history contest going on. Come on, it's perfect for that!!!

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/21/2012 12:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Andrea. Glad you like it. Which contest is it? JB
  1. Date: 1/20/2012 9:30:00 PM
    When there is a point of nine on a craps table, I have heard so many shooters say "What killed Jesse James?" The reply would be "With a forty-five". That meant the shooter was looking for a four and a five on the dice. You have written this piece spectacularly well.

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/21/2012 12:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Robert. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/20/2012 5:24:00 PM
    Beautifully penned, enjoyed. Best of luck for the contest, bl

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/20/2012 7:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much bl. Glad you liked it. Gopd Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/20/2012 4:06:00 PM
    Enjoyed the read Judy..)

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/20/2012 7:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Joe. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/20/2012 3:56:00 PM
    Great one intstant classic !

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/20/2012 7:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Joeseph. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 1/20/2012 3:05:00 PM
    You got me from the first line,Judy! One of the best Quatrains I`ve ever read,thanks for sharing such a great write.And I appreciated very much your informative comment on my clarihew!

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 1/20/2012 8:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Arild. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
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