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The Dance Hall Girl

I'm standing here in limbo as 

I see him wander in.

That no townsman has warned him

is truly a mortal sin.

 

He slides up to the bar and 

takes a curious look around.

He orders a shot of whiskey.

No one else has made a sound.



The barman just ignores him 

as he has the others here,

and keeps on mopping up the bar

as I try to wipe a tear.



I still have strong emotions

with no way to express them.

I don't know about the others.

They all look like wooden chess men.



When that dying gunman hexed us

with that evil, malevolent curse,

he didn't doom us all to death's call

but with something even worse.



He said we'd stay almost forever,

exactly as we were right then,

until some day, some one would free us.

But he didn't tell us when.



I'm a dance hall girl who hasn't danced

for lo these many years.

I just stay as frightened as I was then

as I try to wipe my tears.



I see the stranger stiffen

as he searches for some cash.

He'll reach for it forever.

The spell has hit him in a flash.



So I know he's not the one

who can break the wicked spell.

We'll keep doing what we're doing,

but I guess its just as well.



For the only one who'll walk out

of this doomed saloon alive,

is the hombre who can break the spell

that keeps us in this dive.



When the spell has been broken 

we will all be turned to dust,

and be blown to Earth's corners

with the wind's first heavy gust.





















For town of rottgutt contest.
























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  1. Date: 7/29/2014 12:20:00 AM

    Joyce, this story and poetical form is just outstanding.. I loved it!!
  1. Date: 7/28/2014 4:34:00 PM

    Wow! that is great!! Gave me the chills, what a terrific piece of the story, I hope it tops the winners list!!!

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