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Bounty Hunter!

Updated on January 2, 2015

By: Wayne Brown

My buckskin mare prances proudly down through the town

People on sidewalks notice me and begin to gather around

That sorrel behind me carries the body of a hunted bounty

People whisper, he’s a hunter, here collectin’ from the county



They’d be right; I’m a bounty hunter by my stock and trade

Chasin’ outlaws, bringing in killers, there’s money to be made

It’s dangerous work that can get one killed on any given day

But I don’t mind a bit of danger and I really do like the pay



I tracked ol’ Jess Hardin over fifty miles on a desert trek

I was bound to get him too with a big reward for his neck

I caught him in CopperCanyon and he put up quite a fight

Finally got him from behind sneaking up on him that night



That sorry horse thief in Arizona sure did stretch his luck

He finally stole the wrong horse; one that was prone to buck

I found him on foot a running trying to make his get away

He put up a fight to end up dead and again I earned my pay



It don’t matter to me how they come in; dead or even alive

I’m a bounty hunter just makin’ my livin’, out here to survive

My gun is fast and my aim is deadly, I do not shoot to wing

So it’s best that you not do the crime if death is not your thing



Most lawmen don’t care for me, they don’t try to understand

I’m just tryin’ to make a living, just out there to get my man

Sittin’ up straight or across the saddle; it all pays the same

Don’t like the way I work? Then try your hand at the game



The reality of this kind of business is nice guys die real fast

The ones who try to bring them in alive never seem to last

I plan to keep right on a living, dying just ain’t my stead

So pardon me if I bring them back over the saddle dead



A bounty hunter’s reward is surely marked a bloody red

Some don’t want my money, turn away from trade instead

But you know as well as I that good folks need protecting

So what wrong with my work and the pay that I’m collecting?



If you run afoul of the law and a price on your head is set

Then I’ll soon be on your trail; on that fact you can bet

And if I do track you down, it’ll be your choice on that day

Whether you choose dead or alive, I can still collect my pay

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    • WillStarr profile image


      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I guess I missed this one! Good stuff Wayne!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Houa Lor....Yes, there was plenty of bounty being chased in that classic Clint Eastwood. I hope my poem is as good as the movie. LOL! Thanks for the read and the nice comments. WB

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      Houa Lor 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      I like this one a lot. I can hear the theme song of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," playing.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @BAD....better watch that outlaw music's addictive! Put on some Shaver! That'd be somethin' having the Dog read my poem to one of his captures! LOL, thanks man! WB

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      8 years ago

      Wayne you have listening to my old outlaw music as you know - everytime I hear bounty hunter I think of Dog the Bounty Hunter. Maybe you should send this to him get a little publicity :) Just a thought. Another great poem from Wayne Brown.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @TheManWithNoPants...Thanks much. This one was tougher in that the Bounty Hunter is both loved and despised in the same breath. I was hoping that I could capture that in verse. You help me believe that I did. Thanks so much for your great remarks! WB

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      8 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Awesome man. Excellent. I did two years in the fugitive recovery business as a kind of mid life crissis thing, after selling my business in construction. I'll send you a song I wrote, or maybe I'll post it. I just started reading you, and you are good my friend.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @valeriebelew...Thanks, I have read quite a bit about the Old West and the lifestyles. Bounty hunters were boderline criminals themselves moreso that heroes in most instances...they were both appreciated and despised. Thanks for the comment, Val! WB

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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Interesting hub, Wayne. You seem to have a keen interest in the old west, and what life was like during that time. This is probably pretty much how a bounty hunter would see things too. Good write. (:v

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444...Thanks for the read and comments. Glad you like this one! WB

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Ready: Fire, aim! Another chapter in your book!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ahorseback...We may have to do it considering our present mess in the country! Thanks for vote of confidence! WB

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      8 years ago

      When will we legalize vigilantees again, you gotta love em , I'll ride with you Wayne...

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @KFlippin...Glad you like it! I liked that wrap up too! WB

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      8 years ago from Amazon

      Really good one! Love the way you wrapped it up, and this line is potent: "So pardon me if I bring them back over the saddle dead."

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      8 years ago

      Been thinking of using my fancy knife to just slice his inner thigh to the femoral artery and watch after I hog tie him. LOL

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @bayoulady....I remember Paladin quite well...watched every Saturday night. He was more the "hired gun", a kind of surgical specialist who would help get rid of your problems..."Have Gun Will Travel - Wire Paladin" I did a poem called "Gunfighter" where I used his image as the photo. Thanks for the good words! WB

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      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I love your western poems! Do you remember(sorry..don't know your age)the show in the 60s called Pallidan? 'Twas a western about a bounty hunter. Plots were always full of suspense. This poem reminded me of that.

      UP,WAY UP!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus...I know about the one you are referring to CC. Stop by your friendly gun store and pick up a Winchester. The guy down at Ace Hardware will sell you the saw to cut down the stock! WB

      @saddlerider1...Next thing to being a buffalo skinner, I reckon, Ken...except them buffalo don't shoot back! WB

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      8 years ago

      My type of job, shoot first and ask questions later that is, if he still is alive to answer you. Also liked your choice of weapons, ease of use and fatal. I figure living back in that time, that occupation would have suited me just fine, living on the edge but getting paid handsomely for it:0)

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      8 years ago

      LOL a veritable Rooster Cogburn type. I wish I had that gun, someone here needs dealt with real quick like.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Thanks for spotting that it fixed. I always appreciate the extra eyes! Thanks for the great comments too! WB

      @breakfastpop...Glad you liked it Poppy...I'll try to keep them coming! WB

      @killerats...Thanks much for the visit and the comments. Come back to see us soon! WB

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      8 years ago from Cape town South Africa

      Very Good, I like what you have done

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      8 years ago

      Another fabulous poem that reads like a great tale. Awesome!

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      8 years ago

      Wayne, this is GOOD. I like the rhythm in it and the way the story is told. I can almost hear the deep voice, echoing through the canyon. Awesome job!

      p.s. typo "you no do the crime" probably meant "you not do"?


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