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Mary's Son-of-a-Gun

Updated on July 16, 2015

The Introduction

In this life, sometimes surprising events happen. For instance, two likely incompatible paths may cross to the astonishment of all and sundry. What I’m I saying here? I mean to elaborate that the very people we sometimes write off, are the ones who get the best things in life, in terms of intimate relationships.

There have been instances where a poor man falls in love with a rich woman and vice versa, and the two paths end up crossing. The two different paths may not be associated with wealth and/or poverty. It could also be the natural characters found in two different people. It could be race-wise. Whichever form it takes, there is bound to be present, an evidence of supposed immiscible paths.

The poem below gives an instance of such paths that society often do not expect to cross. Their children also emerge with unique traits that gallop through miles of life.

Poem 1

1. Marie was young and got ill-married in a hurry,

She walked out in style like she had no bile in her guts,

So adoring was she, there was no doubt about that,

Respect she did accrue for a nature's attribute,

Little she knew what grew in belly shadows.


2. By and by time flies as ignorant Joe never expected,

He was to have a son to be born out of wedlock,

Would he shiver or stammer?

It is insane to take in thoughts,

A sorrowful music he must endure.


3. Joe was no little Joe but a Prickle-City Joe,

Respect he earned not by good will,

Rough riding was his style but did have an eye,

He had Marie, a prickle and balloon encounter,

Wonderful was born on Mount Miracle.


4. Hurray! said De Braille of Haystone City,

For a maternal nephew-to-be he exclaimed,

Time was up for him to smile alright,

A life to be born, an old to be replaced,

Pain he had for a son long gone, was soon to be lost.


5. It is time! it is time!!

Marie gasped for breadth for her own words,

Joe stood still like the wind was no more,

Cry oh little chap for into a world unknown you came,

The little rough rider is in; the son-of-a-gun is here.

The Discussion

Stanza 1

The writer begins by describing the woman involved (the first path). She is one made of good or appreciable character. She is adored and loved by everybody. She was in wedlock and did not seem so bothered by that. Despite the wedlock, people still maintained their respect and adoration for her. She is probably thankful about that.

From the final line in this stanza, the writer drops a hint of her not knowing the possibility of she being pregnant.

Stanza 2

In this stanza, the writer talks about the other party involved (the second path). He seems to be in a mess, perhaps so uncouth in his dealings. Regardless of his nature, he was to have a baby with someone of a good character.

Stanza 3

Despite the questionable character of the second path, the fact still remains that he has a feather in his cap as someway somehow he has managed to win the heart of someone none expected to fall for him. That is enough to earn for himself a level of respect although people respect him in his presence only because he is probably stronger and much of a bully than them. His attitude within that locality is what may be described as a gun attitude.

Stanza 4

The writer quickly switches scene and character in this stanza. Another person has been introduced into a scene. The writer indicates his background in relation to one of the primary characters. He coming from the maternal side of the child to be born implies he is related to Marie. He could be her brother or a cousin. This person was excited about the whole ordeal of child expectancy. The writer indicates the reason for this aside character’s excitement. It is great to have a new life replace an old and lost one.

Stanza 5

This is a scene of delivery. A new life is about to be born out of the crossing of the two different paths. There is intrigue and suspense written all over it. Even the toughest character has his moment of fear. Finally, this new life emerges and right from that very point, the writer refers to this new life as the son of a gun (in relation to his paternal side) because those unfriendly traits were already being depicted.

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