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The Badlands

The Badlands Can you see what they’re lookin’ at or Hear what they say? Maybe they’re stoppin’ to take time to pray. Could they know the ending is near? Fate may have brought them a measure of fear. We’ve followed them far and seen what they’ve done – And now we see them, here on the run. They don’t want to give up - It don’t seem likely they will. And the scene here around us Brings an ominous chill. They’ve rode these badlands Much longer than we - And they can observe things We never see. I can’t help but wonder what history will see, When this scene is painted by pure destiny. What if we hunted them as long as we did? Then, we became hunted by Butch and The Kid? Author’s Note: Based on the painting “Cowboys in the Badlands” By Thomas Eakins and entered in PSoup contest sponsored by Isaiah Zerbist 9/16/14


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  1. Date: 9/29/2014 7:42:00 PM

    Even before I read the last line, Butch Cassidy and the Kid came to painted this amazing picture so well !! Great job!
  1. Date: 9/28/2014 5:33:00 PM

    This is a masterpiece! I love it:) Best wishes:)
  1. Date: 9/25/2014 3:36:00 PM

    Jake Congrats on a well written rhymed piece. To me, the format makes it a challenge. When I think of rhymes I juxtapose it with uniformity, probably inappropriately. I have never used this format before so that's the reason for my Hey, praying doesn't hurt anyone, even in the Badlands. Good effort Jake. Thomas
  1. Date: 9/18/2014 12:27:00 PM

    one awesome adventure spiced with your images, john... very interesting.. huggs
  1. Date: 9/16/2014 9:59:00 AM

    Enjoyed the write on the adventure and culture of the cowboys, John