Boxcar Betty


Gypsy blood coursed through her veins.
With head held high, she owned her reins...
rambled, bound by no man's chains...
And Betty was her name.

A misnomer of the sweetest grace...
She wandered, thus, from place to place.
Boxcars were her ballroom chase
and where she earned her fame.

She wore no fear beneath her rags,
would have no part of shallow tags,
sang no song and waved no flags...
Yet, Betty was some dame.

She commanded grudge respect
With raven mane and eyes bedecked...
Entrancing all beyond suspect,
to play bewitching game.

With flash of eye and sway of hip
few words would cross her sensual lip
yet, all that found her fingertip
would char from Betty's flame.

She owned her world, would yield to none,
dined on tea and Sally Lunn,
challenged all, yet held no gun...
a gal that none could tame.

Ballads tell her wily tale...
of how, by storm, she took the rail,
in pursuit of her Holy Grail...
And none remained the same.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Nice work, I knew this lady but her name was Fifi Taft Rockefeller. I did a hub about her. Peace!! Tom

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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

Wow! Some woman she was! Remind me to run the other way!Great read No-Clue ...Kudos to you!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Well Justom, I must go dive into the web and find your hub and do some research...the research I did, did not mention her full name! Im off to chase a legend! Thanks!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Thank you, tumblin....Cheers to BCB!

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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Very nicely done. Solid, with a good rhythm.

I liked your wording, I can't really explain why, but it was a bit unusual and unique


P.S. "and betty was her name" made me think "and bingo was his name-o" haha

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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Very nice read,No_Clue....Thank you!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Thank you, BenWritings! Unusual and unique is great! That's always my goal! ...Thanks!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

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miss_jkim 5 years ago

Wow, can you say bad break up?

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

miss_jkim, I am unsure about your comment but I surely appreciate your visit here! Thank you!

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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

hats off to you again my friend, some lovely prose in here, especially liked a 'gal that none could tame', I had a friend just like that in senior school, best friend I ever had. X

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

I'm grinning from ear to ear, star! I am glad you like this, it was a fun little write, that began as a seed of an idea about a Gypsy poem...I did a little research into Gypsy culture and this happened!!! Not sure how that worked but, I was happy with the end results! lol...take care!

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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

hmm not a lady one would want to brawl with! she might just put a spell(curse) on you!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Nikkij, yes, I suspect she cast a spell or two in her day!

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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

I liked the flow of this piece , i voted up and awesome , i dont think i'd wanna make her mad great write thanks for sharing :)

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Again, thanks, jami! This one was a fun write that just kind of wrote itself!

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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I read it like a ballad, such a great rhyming and original story!

No_Clue 4 years ago

Max, your encouragement and enthusiasm are just inspirational to me! I appreciate you!

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