ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Poems & Poetry

An Eye For An Eye ~ The Ballad of Old Charlie

Updated on April 30, 2011

An Eye For An Eye

Old Charlie rose at half past two
with a debt to pay, long overdue.
An eye for an eye was how he played,
and the time had come that the debt was paid.

It was a year ago, today, she died...
and his bitter tears had long since dried.
Retribution was, at long last, due...
as old Charlie rose at half past two.

He saw her face in the starry sky
and he heard her voice in the soft wind's sigh...
He felt her touch in his fondest dreams,
but was haunted by her final screams.

They took her life and her virtue too...
washed it down with a pint of brew,
Lit the house with an old barn torch,
Then, laughed and spit on the old wood porch.

Now the day had come for this hell to end...
The justice due time refused to mend.
He had had his fill and the debt was due...
So old Charlie rose at half past two.

He donned his gun in the dead of night.
Knew he would win this, his final fight.
He had played it out a thousand times
to collect his due on the Beachem's crimes.

Gossip had it, brothers, Bart and Dred,
were camped out down by the river bed...
That's where they would now pay in spades
to float face down in the river glades.

Now Charlie did what he aimed to do...
he shot them both, for his aim was true.
Tossed Bart and Dred into the drink,
then, sat down on a log to think...

Tears rolled down old Charlie's face,
as he said a prayer for forgiving grace.
He put the barrel up to his head,
and that's how Charlie left his stead.

Old Charlie'd rose at half past two
with a debt to pay, long overdue.
An eye for an eye was how he played,
but he could not face her till the debt was paid.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Awwww shucks, Max! Thanks and thanks again!

    • BeyondMax profile image

      BeyondMax 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      That was so captivating, my heart skipped a bit or two! What a masterful storytelling, Marsha, that's just unreal real! Awesome, the best!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Thank you, tillsontitan! I appreciate your visit and comment!

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 7 years ago from New York

      Love your writing style!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      ahorseback, I've always thought I was born in the wrong era, and belonged back there in the This didn't start out as a Western, but took on a mind of its own, and wandered back there...much to my pleasant surprise! I could sure see them Beachem brothers floating in the glades...rotten apples, them boys! Thank you, Sir, for your visit! Always a pleasure!

    • ahorseback profile image

      ahorseback 7 years ago

      A western poem , now there's a true poetry form.....

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Wayne, coming from you, that is most excellent praise. I am tickled! Thank you, Sir!

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Excellent, absolutely excellent...a great story in verse. thanks for sharing. WB

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Thank you, Fossillady, to be honest, I didn't expect the ending either! And I will see old Clint and love Westerns too!

    • Fossillady profile image

      Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I didn't expect the ending! I like how you told a tale of the old days in a poem! You would probably like the movie "Unforgiven" with Clint Eastwood. It's his best by far.

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Thank you, Janet! I appreciate your read and comments, as always!

    • tumblintumblweed profile image

      tumblintumblweed 7 years ago

      Awesome piece,my friend...wouldn't expect anything less!

      Kudos to you!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Again, Spirit Whisperer, thank you! This one kind of wrote itself...I appreciate you! Hugs!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Ruby H Rose, Thank you! I appreciate your time to read this little piece and your sweet comment!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      mentoru2wealth, this poem was a bit outside of my normal realm of writing, started out with that first line running over and over in my head for a couple of days....I had no idea where it would lead, but when I finally committed that first line to paper, it seemed to head to its own conclusion!

      It is weird how that happens sometimes. I appreciate your visit and comment!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile image

      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      A very moving story. Thank you.

    • Ruby H Rose profile image

      Maree Michael Martin 7 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Wow, great style, great ballad

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Docmo, I so appreciate your awesome comment! Thank you!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      bb, thank you! You always give such great comments, it makes writing a joy. I appreciate you! Hugs!

    • No_Clue profile image

      No_Clue 7 years ago

      mckbirdbks, thank you, kindly! I appreciate your visit and great comment!

    • Docmo profile image

      Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

      This is a haunting and beautiful ballad - full of rich detail of a tragic avenging angel - loved reading it.. very well done!

    • bbnix profile image

      bbnix 7 years ago from Southern California

      Truth and honor, in today's harried world, seem much like empty lost words that float and lay slaughtered.

      So a quiet resolve is how I evolve, for my life I do assert a justice dessert.

      Just as Charlie, so dear, who's love was so clear, I'll protect with great assertion, but God help those who harm a hair of my love's devotion...

      Big hugs and light kisses..

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Wow. Great style and imagery.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)