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A funny thing happened on the way to my hanging
Couldn't sleep the night before my head was banging
I was innocent of a crime that I did not commit
But they roughed me up and got me to admit.

The face on the wanted posters said it was me
Anyone seeing those posters would be inclined to agree
I was in a horse drawn prison wagon with bars down the side
Thinking to myself, it will be my last ever ride.

Heading for the gallows then onto Boot hill
To pay for shooting a bank teller that I didn't kill
Two miles from the town all hell did break loose
Unbeknownst to me I'd be dodging the noose.

For ten desperados' brought the wagon to stop
Then ordered the guards, their weapons they drop 
Some gang members got me out and they set me free
The gang leader approached and he looked just like me.

He said " in this life you look out for your own "
Then he told me something that I hadn't known
" We were Separated at birth and we had the same mother "
And that this mean desperado was in fact my twin brother .

 " We heard that you'd been framed for our crime spree
But you are my brother and that's why we've set you free.
The teller had died because he went for his gun
We grabbed all the money and went on the run ".

He gave me some money and said " start a new life "
Told me head south, settle down and find a good wife
There was so much I wanted to ask him and so much to say 
My brother said " some other time, best be on your way " .

Written on 4th July 2018.
For a funny thing happened on the way to...poetry contest, sponsored by Robert Haigh.




























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Date: 2/23/2019 5:52:00 PM
Hello Tom, I enjoyed this poem.A poem in a tale is great! Have a nice eveno=ing my friend.
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Date: 2/24/2019 2:12:00 AM
Thank you Darlene, glad you enjoyed it . Tom.
Date: 2/15/2019 9:37:00 AM
Wonderful poem; thoroughly enjoyed reading.
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Date: 2/15/2019 10:52:00 AM
Thank you Valerie, If you're interested I wrote a part two to this one. Tom.
Date: 11/30/2018 4:41:00 PM
Great story telling poem. These are my favorite kind. Well done. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Should be a movie. Graham Devenish
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Date: 11/30/2018 5:08:00 PM
Thanks very much Graham. Glad you enjoyed it, I wrote a follow up to it when a poet on here requested it part Deus, Regards. Tom.
Date: 11/6/2018 9:48:00 AM
Tom, You bring the Wild West back to life in your poem. I enjoyed it very much! -Richard
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Date: 11/6/2018 9:58:00 AM
Thank you very much Richard, glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 10/28/2018 1:05:00 PM
Hi Tom, I had to come read this again and it was just as good the second time around. You are a expectional story teller:-) Alexis
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Date: 10/28/2018 2:11:00 PM
Thanks Alexis, I grew up reading Louis Lamour western novels so that was a big help writing it. Tom.
Date: 10/27/2018 7:09:00 AM
Of course, when I read part two today, I ran back here and re-read part one. Where is part three,Tom? Please! You cannot leave us hanging. You could easily keep going. Right? I am ready for part 3.
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Date: 10/27/2018 7:59:00 AM
Thanks caren, I'll see what I can do. Tom.
Date: 10/26/2018 10:37:00 PM
I came to reread this one, off to part 2 now!!!!
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Date: 10/27/2018 1:09:00 AM
Thank you Arthur. Tom.
Date: 9/28/2018 2:24:00 AM
Tom, Just came across this one. Great story, great tempo. Love it. Check out my poem "Gallows", take care.
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Date: 9/28/2018 11:40:00 AM
Thank you Timothy, happy you enjoyed it. Going to check out gallows now. Tom
Date: 9/2/2018 9:47:00 AM
You are such a great story teller, Tom. What a great poem. I enjoyed reading it very much,~ Warren
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Date: 9/2/2018 9:48:00 AM
Thank you very much Warren, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/31/2018 12:07:00 PM
I had a blast reading this. It is fun, and the rhyme is great. Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing with us.
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Date: 7/31/2018 2:10:00 PM
Thank you for your comment LC, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/30/2018 9:13:00 AM
Very glad that I found this wonderful poem to read my friend! Truly creative and masterfully composed... A fav....
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Date: 7/30/2018 4:06:00 PM
Thank you very much Robert for your kind words, very much appreciated . Tom
Date: 7/30/2018 1:25:00 AM
G'day Tom … best to be on your way instead of hanging about - enjoyed your verse - Lindsay
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Date: 7/30/2018 1:36:00 AM
Haha, last seen over the border. Thanks Lindsay.
Date: 7/29/2018 4:51:00 PM
I enjoyed reading this wonderful poem Tom. Much creativity.. and the turn in the poem so well crafted. No wonder you climb the best poem list. Congrats!
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Date: 7/30/2018 1:35:00 AM
Thank you very much Vijay, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/28/2018 11:47:00 AM
Congrats on your win, Tom, I enjoyed this one. John
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Date: 7/28/2018 2:24:00 PM
Thank you John, Lin has requested a follow up so I'd better get my thinking cap on. Tom
Date: 7/28/2018 11:12:00 AM
Congrats Tom best new poem #3! You know I really liked this one. Glad to see it here at that rank!
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Date: 7/28/2018 2:20:00 PM
Thank you Haley, I didn't know until Alexis mentioned it, I was surprised. Tom
Date: 7/27/2018 5:09:00 PM
Hello Tom, This one is truly funny!! I'm very pleased to see it made the Best Poems List -- and so highly scored too!! And, deservedly so!! I always enjoy special humor as you've displayed in this rhyme. Keep writing and having fun!! Best Always, Gary
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Date: 7/28/2018 1:25:00 AM
Thank you very much Gary, I do love a bit of humour too, and sometimes it comes out in my poems. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 11:55:00 PM
Hi Tom, It's so good this well written write so high on The " New Best Poems" list. Congrats my friend:-) Alexis
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Date: 7/26/2018 1:49:00 AM
Thanks Alexis, I didn't know that. Happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/25/2018 4:59:00 PM
Back to congratulate you for your win. I think this is the funniest I've read... Enjoyed and read it to hubby too. :)
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Date: 7/25/2018 6:25:00 PM
Thank you very much Susan, glad that you both enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/24/2018 10:14:00 PM
Wow! Tom your amazing poem is completely captivating and was totally enjoyed. Superb story-telling with dynamic and dramatic imagery. Congratulations for your win! ~Susan
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Date: 7/24/2018 11:10:00 PM
Thank you very much Susan, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/24/2018 5:17:00 PM
back to congratulate but so surprised not placed higher. This the most interesting and dramatic and well written. really like unusual subjects - love always V
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Susan Gentry
Date: 7/25/2018 4:59:00 PM
I agree.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 7/24/2018 8:47:00 PM
Thanks Virginia, I find it's personal choice with sponsors, you might n/a with one , enter in another (same poem) and get a first We just have to accept judges decision is final I suppose. Tom
Date: 7/24/2018 2:52:00 PM
Applause applause, I had a great time reading this entertaining and imaginative poem! Unpredictable, dramatic and a showcase of your cleverness! All the best ... CayCay
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Date: 7/24/2018 4:26:00 PM
Thank you CayCay for your kind words , I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/24/2018 1:18:00 PM
Really clever enjoyed it!! Thanks!
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Date: 7/24/2018 1:51:00 PM
Thank you Linda, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/23/2018 6:33:00 PM
Congratulations Tom! Well deserved. I really enjoyed this poem and glad to see it placed in the contest.
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Date: 7/24/2018 1:39:00 PM
Thank you very much Hayley, some of the entries were hilarious. Tom
Date: 7/14/2018 1:58:00 AM
great story really enjoyed - nicely put together too.
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Date: 7/14/2018 2:27:00 AM
Thank you very much Virginia, happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 7/13/2018 11:33:00 PM
What a great read Tom! I really enjoyed this one. A fav! Good luck in the contest.
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Date: 7/14/2018 2:26:00 AM
Thank you very much Haley, glad you enjoyed it.Have a great weekend. Tom
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