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As the Angels Prayed

Updated on September 13, 2015

Life is rarely fair

and things happen

that destroy the faith

that tear lovers apart

raised in a tiny village

on the Mexican border

there was never anything

to capture the heart

and often when she prayed

she prayed to have the strength

to break loose from her fate

to find the passion of love

to live life never thinking of yesterday

her wish came true

the day three cowboys rode into town

then were looking for some bandits

that went robbing and slaughtering

across the land

as soon as she saw

the handsome dark cowboy

upon his horse

her heart knew he was the one

he fell for the pretty lady

just as hard

but he was there to do a job

and romance could only hinder

but the bandits

were still miles away

and it would be at least a week

before they would come riding in

while his pals played cards

and entertained the saloon women

he began courting the lady

with rose red lips

hair as black as the night

and dark eyes that blazed with fiery light

oh, they warned her

all those who wished her well

but she was lost in the throes of passion

lost in a world she had rarely known

the cowboy thought he’d found heaven

where before there was only darkness

no thought of having to fight

no thought of the job to be done

the nights blazed with passion

both sated only by the morning light

like orphans swept up by a storm

they were lost in the world

that they had found

the other cowboys warned him

told him that the bandits were approaching

the storm clouds gathered overhead

and as lightning flashed

it seemed as though

the angels in heaven

had begun to pray

lost in the love he had found

he though the only way out

was to take his love

to take her and ride away

to some safe haven

to not stay and wait for the fight

but then the telegram came

and it appeared that it was him

the one that the bandits feared the most

it was him that they wanted to kill

to rid them of the power

that he held over them

the other cowboys told him

that he must stand and fight

but before the bandits came

he and his love had taken flight

in the town they all saw it

the heavens flashed and rumbled

surely the angels were praying harder

before the lovers could get through the valley

up above upon the hill

the bandits appeared

the day seemed to become as dark as night

and the bandits raced into the valley

she clung to him but he flung her aside

behind the rocks to hide

he was but only one man

and when the shooting began

she could see nothing but smoke

as the heavens opened wide

and the rains came down

the smoke cleared

and four bandits stood around the body

she no longer cared

if she lived or died

and rushed forward to her lover’s side

they watched as she clung to him

and with his dying breath swore of his love

the heavens flashed lightning

thunder crashed

the angels had never prayed harder

then as she fell over him

overcome with grief

there was another shot

and nothing more was left to do

the bandits rode out of the valley

and the angels took the lovers home



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      WillStarr 21 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well done! It's the verse version of a western story, which just happens to my own favorite genre as a writer!

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Wow! What a story, Rasma! I could see each scene playing out like a well choreographed movie. In the end death was the only thing that could keep the lovers together for eternity.

      Really enjoyed Willie and Ray telling the story in their own words.

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      I was spellbound! What a powerful story. Well done indeed.


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      Linda Bilyeu 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautifully written. I felt so many emotions...

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      CMCastro 21 months ago

      Such a beautiful poem! Good angels are present everywhere. It takes a special person to find them.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Will. I too love horses and cowboys and the stories from the West.

      Thank you Shauna. Willie and Ray and the muses inspired.

      Thank you Ann.

      Thank you Linda.

      Thank you Christine.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Reminds me of a good western movie. Loved it!

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      ocfireflies 21 months ago from North Carolina

      I agree. It reminded me of a good 'ol western movie. Nicely done.


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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Beautiful poem and right setting, too, Gypsy. Lots of Love.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Ruby.

      Thank you Kim.

      Thank you Manatita. Love to you to.

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      Patricia Scott 21 months ago from sunny Florida

      O, my. What a gift it must be to be able to weave a story of such passion into the lines of a poem...I could feel the passion from beginning to end....The praying Angels no doubt wept.

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      Please know that Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Patricia. May angels be there to watch over you.

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      Audrey Selig 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I have never read a Western story in a poem that played out so well. You could follow the story well. I am not a fan of Western lore but did enjoy this particular piece. It is very visual and that is the ultimate goal in our our writing. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Audrey

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Audrey. Glad you enjoyed my Western tale. It was Willie's song that inspired.

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