By: Wayne Brown


Old clock ticks toward the noon

Gunfighter in the street awaits

He’s come to call my hand

He’s come to meet his fate

Shootout! High Noon!



Spin the cylinder of my old pistol

Load six bullets in the round

Cock it once; check the action

Strap the holster, tie it down

Shootout! High Noon!



Right hand steady as a rock

Many pistols felt its palm

Flex my fingers, work my wrist

Stay focused, maintain my calm

Shootout! High Noon!



Stand up straight and set my hat

Oh how the time is flying

Don’t want to keep a man waiting

Who’s come up here for dieing

Shootout! High Noon!



Boot spurs jingling with each step

As I walk into the street

The town clock is nearing high noon

The time that we will meet

Shootout! High Noon!



The moment is here, time is nigh

Once again I face the death

My challenger wants to kill me

Watch me take my last breath

Shootout! High Noon!



His hand begins a short journey

He is making the first move

Blazing pistol, hot lead flying

His speed he wants to prove

Shootout! High Noon!



His hand is fast; his gun is pulled

His quick shot soars off lame

I watch him crumble in the street

Death from my deadly aim

Shootout! High Noon



He’s just one; there will be more

Their coming I no longer dread

Their corpses fill graves on boot hill

Another fast gun-hand dead

Shootout! High Noon!



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SilverGenes 6 years ago

This is so good! And you even have Paladin here for it! LOVE IT!

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Pachuca213 6 years ago

Great story telling here of those notoriously famous western shootouts!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@SilverGenes...remember Paladin huh? I remember watching him every Saturday night right after Gun Smoke! Thanks for the read and the kind words! WB

@Pachuca213...thanks for stopping by. It was time for a good old western shoot 'em up I thought. Thanks for your read and your comments. WB

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I love westerns and my all time hero is John Wayne, I have seen so many of his western movies, two of my favorites were True Grit and The Shootist the last movie he made before passing away with throat cancer. RIP my hero John Wayne.

Yes Paladin, Gunsmoke, Bonanza..also three of my favorites this poem was brilliant Wayne and fit in just great with your cowboy persona. Bravo..Yippy Yi Oh Kyee.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Glad you liked it Ken. Yes...I am a fan of "The Duke" as well...he is fun to watch. This was a fun poem for me. Thank you for reading it and providing kind words! WB

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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Wayne, this was absolutely wonderful. I love watching the old westerns. The gunfight at noon in the middle of main street, that was classic television.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


I loved old Westerns. The only decent Western movie I've seen since 1990 is Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven".

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Tom...I like 'em too. I can go for a Jimmy Stewart like "Winchester 73" any time. I love Eastwood's line in "Unforgive"..."When you kill a man you take everything he has and everything he's gonna have.." Thanks for the read, Tom. WB

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Love this Wayne. I voted it up!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Poppy...I thought that pic of Paladin would get me some points! WB

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K J Page 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Liked this!! Paladin was a hero -

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

KJ...Yes, he was and a high living San Franciscan with much class and charm! WB

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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

Great poetic imagery capturing the classic old-west gunfight as portrayed by Hollywood.

Though I grew up without TV, I saw many of the old westerns in re-runs when my kids were little. Bonanza and Kung Fu were my particular faves--I liked them becase they AVOIDED gunplay whenever possible. ;-) Yes, I'm the odd-gal-out. ;-)

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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

Very cool Poetry Wayne. You kept me wanting to find out what is going on in this guys head.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Kowality...glad you enjoyed. I'll try to keep you guessing LOL! WB

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