BOOT HILL

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By: Wayne Brown


It is a quiet old spot just a ways out from town

And you seldom see hardly a soul there around

For all that is up there on that barren, old hill

Are those dirty skunks whose ways got 'em killed


There’s old Todd Crane, a full-time drunk at his best

Got a hot .44 lead slug right through his leather vest

And over yonder is the famous outlaw, Farley Granger

Died face-down in a shootout with a Texas Ranger


Under that old lone oak tree lies old,sorry Bill Cobb

He was bad to rob trains; both him and his mob

And right beside him is the one and only Curly Brown

Everyone remembers the day when he came into town


That old worn, wood marker by the narrow entrance gate

Is for a Texas gunslinger by the name of Aubrey Slate

He was a fast one and a downright mean and ornery lot

But in the end, he was not the one with the winning shot


Sam Jenkins has a marker that stands out there alone

It’s the only one up here that is made from cut stone

Seems his family cared enough to bury him right

After he got himself killed in a barroom gunfight


There’s that killer-for-hire named Slim Twilley

Came to town riding a pretty,little sorrel philly

He got himself shot dead and never left of course

But rumor has it his killer is still ridin’ that horse


That one in the corner; that sir, is "The Amos Black"

A card-shark and a deck he could truly stack

But he got caught while not playing it straight

His last hand, a full-house, those Aces and Eights


There’s some bad ones there but none will hurt you

And there is not a one with any redeeming virtue

But we planted them there and they remain there still

Them low down skunks we buried upon ol’ Boot Hill


(c)Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved

21 March 2012

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Wayne this was so good! A great tribute to the rough necks buried on boot hill.

Sunnie


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Wayne you are such a great and excellent writer. I enjoy reading each word. Thanks

I always find each one so interesting.

Donna


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Amazing work! Do you have a book published?


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

A great poem, enjoyed the ode to these varmints. lol


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

Is that who is buried on boot hill? Just outlaws and otherwise bad people?

I have only been to one Boot Hill and that was in Dodge KS. and it was a tourist sight. I was so disappointed.

Loved this poem Wayne,

Maureen


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Sunnie Day...Trying to find an area of the old west that I have not had a poem about...finally came up with Boot Hill! Thanks much, Sunnie! WB

@The Frog Princess...Aw Gee, Donna...you give me too much credit. I am totally humbled by your words. When I find a subject that I like, the words come easy and I don't play with them much as I really want the message to get through. Some folks write very complex poetry...for me, it is about telling as story in verse. I love the challenge of word selection to fit the parameter yet still remain true to the story...a great exercise for any writer! I truly appreciate you kind words! WB


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading. A tribute for the bad ones!! Nicely done.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

There were a lot of interesting characters passing through Boot Hill. I enjoyed the sing-song read and the phrases of the west. Well done.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I had to read this for several reasons, including the fact that you write so well and cuss so nicely in verse! :)

Nicely done mate and always a pleasure to read your work. Thanks for sharing Boot Hill Wayne... had to smile as I once spent a week fishing at Lake Foot... and believe me the fishing was deader Farley Granger! Take care.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This was another poem that met your high standards of quality and I enjoyed it very much. The story told of the outlaws of the old west make for a very interesting topic. Rated awesome.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Phoebe Pike...Thank you! No, I do not have anything published in bookform. I looked into it a bit and seem to find more folks in the business of making money of the possibility than anything else. I explored self-publishing as well but have not yet done anything. I have enough poems to probably do a couple of small books by subject...ie...The Old West. Thanks for the good words! WB

@Becky Katz...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it! WB

@My Minds Eye53..In the less romantic aspects of the reality of the old west, there were probably more vagrants and paupers there than famous gunmen in most cases. Most families had their own place so Boot Hill was more like the place they buried those without family. Thanks much for the good words! WB

@Vellur...Thank you for the read and the comment! WB

@teaches12345...It was a very interesting time in our history and has been romanticized in many ways over time. I think it was a time for many that just being alive another day was a miracle. Thanks much! WB

@Pearldiver...Thank you for the read and the great comments! WB

@Pamela99...Thanks so much Pam. So glad you enjoyed it. WB


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

An interesting history lesson for a Brit! Good reading and the style is laid-back befitting those who are laid to rest. What does 'ornery' (4th verse) mean? As I say, I'm a Brit so apologies for having to ask, though I'm very interested in languages and dialects etc. Voted up, interesting & beautiful.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I bet there is a great hub story on each one of those intriguing charactors...This was very good and I loved it!

I'm a sucker for anything from the old west and this was brilliantly done and a whole lot of fun.

Chris


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love this poem. Doctors, lawyers, cowpokes, gunslingers and all of us eventually end up at Boot Hill. You are very creative Wayne and write a mighty fine poem.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@annart...That term was one used in the old west to frequently describe a person with a determination and stubborn streak. So glad you had fun and enjoyed this one. I always enjoy the international interaction and trade on cultures. WB

@CMerritt...Thanks so much, Chris. That is an idea...write the story behind each headstone....hmmmm. Thank you!WB

@Hypenbird...Thank you. You know I am just a lemonade stand poet who will soon be regulated by the FDA I am sure! LOL! So glad you liked it and had fun with it. WB


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Are you talking about Congress and the administration?


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...That would certainly be a fitting place for most of them! LOL! Thanks, Poppy! WB


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up! This is a real nice one reminds me of all those Westerns and gun fights. Great video!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Thanks for the info on 'ornery' - I'll remember that one and maybe use it myself sometime! I love finding out about others' words, including our dialects here, of which there are many. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayno - Your Texan is shining through on this one. We need to get together soon at the usual watering hole.

Good job.

The Frog


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Gypsy Rose Lee...Thanks so much. I was inspired by the video. I had heard the song and the theme album Johnny Cash did years ago...want to do something in that spirit. WB

@annart...Good for you! Thamks much! Oh, I watch a British television series called "Wheeler Dealers" and they are always using an English term that I have grown partial to...."crackin'" One of the guys will say, "that's a crackin' good job you've done there, Ed". Fun stuff.WB

@The Frog Prince...Yeah my Texas butt hangs out at times! We'll be there Friday night in eightish range if you care to join us. Thanks much. WB


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - I had to come back buddy. You won't believe what happened. I ran over to Boot Hill real quick like and you won't believe what I saw. So I took a pick and ran back to my keyboard. Check it out.

http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv178/TheFrogPr...

The Frog


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Prince...Don't you know that was why the voter turn out for the Republican nomination was so low in Illinois...the Republicans don't have a clue how to register the dead and that makes up much of the vote in that state I am told...at least the democrat vote! You're too funny, Frog! WB


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Thanks Wayne. Most liberals don't find me too funny and I still wonder why. Speaking of funny. Wait til you see the Hub I'm going to hit the button on in the morning. I did get creative so to speak.

TFP


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Exceptional again, Wayne -- your poetry is straightforward, readable and makes sense -- in contrast to the "the world floated by on bat wings and left me sitting on the porch" with nine million $25 words and not a true thought among 'em. Loved this one! Best/Sis


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Angela Blair...Part of my committment to poetry was to always be understood...I have worked to keep that perspective as you note. One thing that I have found true if you approach the subject with the same passion as story writing...it's not about the word you don't know, it is how you use the ones that you do know. That is what is important and the reader knows it. Thanks much for your comments! WB


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Sorry to hear, Wayne, about ole Farley Granger. Musta been his grandson or such who was that handsome actor. Enjoyed your funny poem - not so funny, of course, for the individuals mentioned.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...hopefully we did not offend anyone but I will be glad to fix it if we did. Sorry to beat on one of your heroes! WB


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Lol..why does all this sound so sexy to me? haha..(city girls luv country boys...(who wrote that?)AND bad boys toooo...


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@ImKarn23...You are too funny! LOL! A sexy boot hill! Thanks much! WB


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Great history , told in a beautiful poetic form.

This has to be one of my favourites plus the Johnny Cash song at the end.....perfect.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxenwick...One of the things that was still "undone" in my poetry of the old west. Now I have to find something else! LOL! Thanks much! WB


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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

Great piece of writing. Thank you. Vote up!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@one2get2no...Thanks so much. So glad you liked it. WB


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Another great scribe by a great writer. You have done a splendid job here Wayne and Boothill will always be much easier to remember after reading this splendid tribute to those skunks buried there.


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

Wayne, I forgot about this the other day, but my sister does genealogy and she has traced part of our family back to Jesse James. But I know he wasn't buried in a boot hill. I have a postcard of his mother standing by his grave.

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