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Dead Woman's Ditch

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Dead Woman's Ditch

Young Johnny Walford was a handsome man
He possessed a keen intelligent mind
Yet the life he desperately desired
In the end poor Johnny would never find

Lack of education, coal dusted hands
His heart was set on the Miller's daughter
Sadly one night he strayed with Jane Shorney
Made his life into the stuff of fodder

He was forced to marry against his will
Jane Shorney was now carrying his child
He could not bare the thought of forever
Her screeching voice, made him insanely wild

It was but three weeks into his marriage
Our young Johnny couldn't take anymore
He clubbed her on the head and slit her throat 
This was more than they had both bargained for 

He took her body, threw it in a ditch
Then he tried to cover it with dirt
In her hand she clutched a piece of fabric
She had foresight to hold onto his shirt

Her body found there with a hue and a cry
Johnny was dragged in chains through the streets
Hanged on the gibbet for passers by
It is said that a year later they would meet

She haunts both ditch and gibbet to this day
Her banshee voice screeches berating him
Poor Johnny would prefer to be in heel
Her words feel like being torn limb from limb




A Shadowlam production. Great topic for a poem Shadow thanks
for inviting me to write this one with you.


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  1. Date: 2/24/2014 7:19:00 PM
    Narsty goins orn in darkest Zumerzet ooo arrr, (local accent) lol. Enjoyed the story, well done both you. No new poem Rick so I came digging up old bodies haha. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/24/2014 8:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your comment is most entertaining my friend. Thanks for digging this one up.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 11:57:00 AM
    There's much to be said about a bit of dark irony. I've never seen the word 'gibbet' used in a poem. Very interesting. You and Shadow merged an excellent partnership with this one. I'll be chuckling to mysel for a while. Banshee nagging. Hahaha :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/27/2014 12:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    The banshee line is attibuted to my friend Shadow. So glad we could entertain.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 10:58:00 AM
    Excellent write RL! You had me enthralled!...smile ...Poor Johnny, having to listen to that "Bit*hes Banshee Sh*t for eternity!-Hahahahaha-LMAO! Great Write...Love it! Robert

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/27/2014 12:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That would truly be hell!
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 8:04:00 AM
    You and Shadow tell a wonderful story together. Loved it.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/25/2014 6:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Monterey its fun writing with Rick Shadow x smile hug
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/24/2014 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning Monterey, I have missed you. How are things in your world?
  1. Date: 1/23/2014 6:45:00 AM
    Richard, This is a very very good poem. I enjoyed every part of it.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/25/2014 6:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Roger much appreciated Shadow x smile hug
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/23/2014 7:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Roger, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 11:07:00 PM
    You guys always come up with such interesting stuff. Well done!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/24/2014 5:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Bindu Rick is fun to write with
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/23/2014 7:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Bindu, the credit for this idea goes to Shafow.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 9:55:00 PM
    Good lord this was awesome! Crazy atmosphere. You both are like the Sonny & Cher of Poetry Soup.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/24/2014 5:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lmao Drake I am no Cher glad you liked it Shadow x smile hug
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/23/2014 7:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha, ha, have you given any thought to the poem I started for us?
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 9:27:00 PM
    hey is this for that one contest grab a partner. how COOL this is. It puts me in mind of the murder investigation stories I have grown addicted too on tv lately. On the ID channel. It has been inspiring a few dark things in me lately. again, I have to say. this is SO COOL.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/23/2014 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No it was Shadow's inspiration and she invited me to write about a 200 year old Ghost story.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 8:36:00 PM
    This a great read. I would love if it would continue with the hauntings. Tim

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/24/2014 5:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    that can be arranged lol Somerset abounds with them Shadow x smile hug
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/22/2014 9:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Interesting thought.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 7:23:00 PM
    hate to say it but it's the same old story. just different names.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 1/24/2014 5:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    this is a true story about real people and both the giblet and ditch are still there John. The ditch called dead woman's ditch is a linear earthwork visible from space Shadow
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 4:18:00 PM
    Hi Rick an interesting subject the ditch is still there where she was buried. last stanza last line change heel to hell lol. ty for joining me in penning this Shadow x smile hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/22/2014 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure Shadow
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 3:47:00 PM
    a well-told tale - love the ending!

  1. Date: 1/22/2014 3:46:00 PM
    a well-told tale - love the ending!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/22/2014 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks ilene
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 2:18:00 PM
    Interesting poem you penned up there. Kept me reading . I haven't posted any new poems as of late :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/22/2014 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Let me know when you do Debbie. Thanks for reading and commenting.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 10:30:00 AM
    Please check the pronoun in third line of 4th stanza.....missing an r there

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/22/2014 10:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oops, thanks for catching it. Hugs Rick.