(Low)wayman

by Ben Pickard   Sep 2, 2019


"Now hang on man, that's half the share, that we agreed that day!
So pay your dues and do it now or watch me walk away."

(I must confess, I promised more, but we were scoundrels, all,
And I the sort to save a man so I could watch him fall).

"Be still, good chap, let's talk as men and settle this dispute.
I am your friend, and honour-bound - don't paint me as a brute."

(He tarried then, but for a while, suspecting I spoke truth -
But I'm the sort, if truth be told, who's rotten to the roots).

"Am I to understand," he said, "that you will give me half?"
(And it was all that I could do to deconstruct a laugh).

Now at this point, I felt an itch, and reached toward my gun,
But it was eve - he held the east - quite blinded by the sun.

"'tis true that I have been unfair and understand your gripe,
So let's sit down and settle this before the day is night."

----

Some background now for I have lived a shady sort of life:
I had it all - a job and friends, three children and a wife.
I drank too much, left on the gas, the house went up in flames;
A broken home, a shattered man are all that now remains.
So you can judge but what I have is murder, guns and gold -
I'll play my hand, so help me God, you'll never see me fold.

----

By sitting down to sort it through, he made his final bed:
My gun came out, he never saw, and I blew off his head.

--

Ben Pickard 2019

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  • 1 week ago

    by Star

    Every type of poetry you write is good in its own way!! Congratulations Ben :)

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thank you, STAR - lovely of you to say so.

  • 1 week ago

    by Michael

    Well done Ben :)

  • 1 week ago

    by Truth Bringer

    congratulations

  • 1 week ago

    by Dreamofolwin

    Your poetry does it eveytime.... leaves a smile on the face with the tale you have told that totally captivates! ! :D

    Love this one ..... BRAVOO Ben!! ;)

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thank you, Olwin. Hope you're keeping well.

  • 1 week ago

    by Daniel

    I love this! I read it in nick cave’s voice for some reason. A very well told story, and a very solid rhyme scheme.

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - brilliant band, Daniel. Thanks, good man.

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