Get Your Premium Membership

Will Shepard

The day Will Shepard shot my dog His barn burned to the soil; The flames licked at the Autumn sky, The smoke as black as oil. I dropped the torch onto the earth, And felt the whole world turn, I stood and watched Will Shepard’s barn, I stood and watched it burn. The day Will Shepard shot my dog I set his horses free, They galloped over grass and sand, They galloped to the sea; I dropped my whip onto the floor And thoughts turned to my gun I stood and watched Will Shepard’s herd, I stood and watched them run. The day Will Shepard shot my dog I put him in the ground, My bullets found his heart and brain, He fell without a sound; And as his lifeblood ebbed away And light fled from his eyes, I stood and watched Will Shepard leave, I stood and watched him die. And now I sit here in my cell And through the bars I spy The carpenter with wood and nails, Who builds my gallows high; My vengeance has been satisfied As far as I can see, For that old dog Will Shepard shot Meant all the world to me.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2006

Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 7/24/2015 10:35:00 AM
Well shucks did the right's hoping you'll keep on writin...Peter
Login to Reply