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Ballad of a fighting man

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Ballad of a fighting man

Ballad of a fighting man

I’d rode along that dusty trail
For five long days, and more
That sun had beaten down on me
I was a thirsty man for sure
I entered me, Rotgut Saloon
And strolled up to the bar
I said “Bartender give me whiskey
For I have travelled far”

Folk were crowded round that bar
All drinking thirstily
They all looked wary, and afraid. 
They had in them no glee
I needed me, some conversation
So I’m looking all around
And then this voice it growls at me
A cold, and fearsome sound.

I looked into this pilgrims face
I don’t like what I see
Two glaring eyes as cold as steel
They pierced right into me 
I knew this guy meant me no good
He’d never be my friend
That if I did not act real soon
It would surely be my end.

His voice said ‘Draw you mangy dog’
And he went for his gun
His hand it moved like lightning
I knew I’d be the one
To die, unless I moved real quick
My hand was fast as light
Two shots rang out like they were one
And that did end the fight.

I saw his body lying there
It laid still on the floor
Although his draw was lightning quick
 My speed was even more
So Winston Kelly lived no more
While a wound was all I had
Although I was the Victor then
I really felt quite sad.

This man died, oh lord what for?
What a crazy world I lived in
I swore that I’d not fight again
A new life I’d begin
I hung my shooter up forever
And I became a preacher
And, of the ways of our good Lord
I did become a teacher.

11 July 2014 1725hrs.



Written for Jerry's contest 'A town called 'Rotgut'

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  1. Date: 8/14/2014 9:29:00 PM
    Hmmm, enjoyed your #1 story Peter. Makes one miss John Wayne. Good Day Pilgram. :)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/15/2014 5:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Robert your comments are always appreciated, my friend.....Peter
  1. Date: 8/12/2014 9:57:00 AM
    Excellent stuff, well done on your win Peter.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/12/2014 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Kaye, I really appreciate your kind words....Peter
  1. Date: 8/11/2014 3:04:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/11/2014 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Debbie, for your kind words....peter
  1. Date: 8/11/2014 3:23:00 AM
    Exclusively beautiful Peter,, sorry to hv missed earlier,, congrats on huge win!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/11/2014 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Doc, your kind comments are always appreciated, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 8/11/2014 2:58:00 AM
    - Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place, dear Peter !!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/11/2014 3:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Anne-Lise, I always appreciate your kind words, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 9:55:00 PM
    Don't know how I missed this gem Peter...congrats my friend

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/11/2014 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Tim, always your kind comments are appreciated....peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 8:25:00 PM
    Peter, what a cowboy story, straight out of a western flick but I liked the ending- killing is no good for anyone. Congrats for the top win, my friend.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/11/2014 3:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Mohan, it was the only ending I could write, I hate violence too. Thank you for your kind comments, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 4:15:00 PM
    Outstanding write, Peter. Just like a John Wayne movie! Congrats on your well deserved win. Ralph

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/11/2014 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Ralph, I really appreciate your kind words, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 3:36:00 PM
    A great story and a great turn around. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Joyce, I really appreciate your kind comments....peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 2:53:00 PM
    Very good, Peter; someone could take all these entries and write a book. Congratulations.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Faye I really appreciate your kind words....Peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 2:13:00 PM
    Back again to congratulate you on this great one!!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Robert, so nice of you, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 1:23:00 PM
    I'm so glad to hear that this gun-slinger learned to put down his gun, and do something worthy with his life! Well done, and an honor to share this spot with such a thoughtful poem!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Suzette You honour me, with these kind words. I appreciate this, my friend....peter
    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Carrie, and congratulation to you To, I have always admired the way you write, so it is an honour for me too to share with you....Peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 12:16:00 PM
    Brilliant! FAVing it. Congrats on your 1st place win with this very realistic and moving ballad, Peter. Regards, Su

    Duggan Avatar Vera Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Suzette Peter said he is sorry he put his answer to your comment on Carrie's site, take care.........Vera.........
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 11:54:00 AM
    Wonderful Story! Grats on your win! You are awesome :)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Cas your kind comments always inspire me to write, I appreciate this, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 11:50:00 AM
    A marvelous write which i enjoyed reading tonight. Congratulations on your top win my dear friend Peter! Hugs and cheers! love lots, Leonora

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Leonora, I really appreciate your very kind comments. My friend.....Peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 10:46:00 AM
    Well done, congrats on your win.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for your kind words, Dave. They are appreciated....peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 10:21:00 AM
    I enjoyed the story, congrats on the win, Peter

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Doc...peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 10:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win. A great story told.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so very much Carol, I appreciate your kind comments....peter
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 9:40:00 AM
    am so pleased to see you reach the top with this fabulous write Peter - congratulations! Hugs Jan xxx

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Jan, you are always so very kind to me with your comments....peter
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 4:06:00 PM
    Anger leads to regret, to avoid a fight does more good than harm, nice one peter, Richard

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/10/2014 3:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much my dear friend Richard. I agree with you entirely....Peter
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