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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: 1/13/2020 7:31:00 AM
Great story, Tom, I've always enjoyed a good cowboy scene. but I would hate to look like another person that looks like me that has done wrong. Eve
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/13/2020 8:22:00 AM
Thanks very much Eve, wrote a follow up to that story. Part deux. Tom
Date: 1/2/2020 2:50:00 PM
Wow; a nice take on a lucky break . . . : )
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Indiana Shaw
Date: 1/2/2020 6:40:00 PM
Yes; Tom, thank you and Happy New Year, to you and yours. Indiana . . . : )
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 1/2/2020 3:06:00 PM
Thank you Indiana, happy you enjoyed it. Happy New year to you. Tom
Date: 9/18/2019 9:55:00 AM
Nice story being told through poem!
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Date: 9/19/2019 1:58:00 AM
Thank you Sakshi, happy you enjoyed it, wrote another with same title with part Deux at the end. Tom
Date: 7/18/2019 6:19:00 AM
Reread this one, Tom! Love the story and its humor...he best be on his way.
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Date: 7/18/2019 6:30:00 AM
Thanks Kim, my love of western novels inspired me. I wrote a follow up with the same title and added part deux. Tom
Date: 3/31/2019 8:51:00 PM
Great story, Tom, congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 4/1/2019 6:34:00 AM
Thanks Eve, happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 3/31/2019 10:49:00 AM
Amusing story. Congrats on your placement!
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Date: 4/1/2019 6:33:00 AM
Thank you Juliet, glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 3/31/2019 8:53:00 AM
Enjoyed it, Tom. Good plot for a western movie.
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Date: 3/31/2019 9:38:00 AM
Thank you Jim, glad you liked it. I'm still waiting for the phone to ring lol. Tom.
Date: 3/30/2019 5:56:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved win, Tom! This is GREAT. Janice
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Date: 3/31/2019 12:25:00 AM
Thank you very much Janice, I'm pleased you liked it. Tom.
Date: 3/30/2019 2:59:00 PM
Tom, you can spin a good tale, and the sequel is great too! Congratulations on your win on Mile 27 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon Contest. Your support of my contest has contributed to its success, and for that I am very grateful. ~Mark
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Date: 3/30/2019 3:13:00 PM
Thank you very much Mark, happy you enjoyed both. Thanks for my placement and also for holding the marathon contest. Regards. Tom.
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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Tom Cunningham
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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Tom Cunningham
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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Tom Cunningham
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: 7/30/2018 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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Tom Cunningham
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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Tom Cunningham
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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Tom Cunningham
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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Tom Cunningham
Date: 7/26/2018 1:49:00 AM
Thanks Alexis, I didn't know that. Happy you enjoyed it. Tom
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