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Blind Justice

Updated on January 3, 2012

The posse rode out

at a quarter past dawn...

a legion of vengeance

and ornery brawn.

They were thirsty for blood

with a debt to collect,

their aim was revenge

and some home-spun respect.

It went without saying

that justice was due,

but the truth of the matter

not one had a clue.

The noose that awaited

was ready to swing

but Destiny is an

interminable thing,

and Karma is crafty

and patient and true...

They searched for a shadow,

Though, they knew not of who.

A crime was committed,

and blood had been shed,

but I am the one

they were after, instead.

Old Bartemus Jones laid

in wait, in the dark

and shot my poor Pa

right dead square in the heart.

He left me an orphan,

and he was to blame.

Though, I may be a child,

it was my debt to claim.

Bart said he would kill me if

I said one word,

but I knew in my heart

that his debt was deferred.

Pa said “The Good Book” says

"Thou shalt not kill"

but "an eye for an eye"

was the cost of Bart's bill.

So I took my Pa's knife

and I hid in the wood,

then I plunged that blade deep

to the hilt, where he stood.

I tossed that old knife

in the bottomless well,

and left Bart to die

in the spot where he fell.

I quick ran back home and

jumped into Pa's bed,

pulled up his blanket

right over my head

and that's where I fell

to a calm, dreamless sleep

cause, what old Bartemus sowed,

a mere child made him reap.

So the posse rode out

with real justice in mind,

but they were confused

and their justice was blind.

It was me they were after

but no one would guess.

I was nine at the time

and they call me Sweet Bess.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thank you, quester! I am pleased you like it!

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      great telling of the of the tale


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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Why, thank you very much, Max! Yeah, this is one of my personal favorites...

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      BeyondMax 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow! It's another surprise of a book today I read by you, Marsha! It is so intriguing and heart-stopping, breath-stealing story ever told in a poem...awe, I am amazed!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Thank you kindly, always! I am thrilled you like it!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Where have you been? I love this, a story in thyme. Excellent...

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thank you, MO, I am tickled you liked this piece!

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      That was Awesome,No_CLue! Really enjoyed that one! Kudos on this one,my friend!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

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

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Really great poem NC ~ as usual! Great "attention getter" writing. Glad to see you back!


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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thank you, mckbirdbks! I am tickled!

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      No_Clue that is as good a old west yarn in rhyme, that can be spun.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      WillStarr, Coming from you, the short story Master in these here parts, I am thrilled! Thank you, kind Sir!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Whoa! That was excellent! Really good stuff.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      attemptedhumour, I thank you, Sir! Due to some unexpected circumstances, my writing has slowed down to almost nothing in the past month. This one piece is the first in a while...I so appreciate your read and awesome comment which is very inspiring and encouraging. Take care.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Brilliant no clue, a rhyme, rhythm and content cocktail of the highest calibre. Cheers