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Ridin' Posse

Updated on September 3, 2015

By: Wayne Brown

The bank’s been robbed ! The bank’s been robbed! Was all we heard at first

We was in the Wild Flower Saloon trying to wash the trail dust out of our thirst

Sheriff came over and said he was raising a posse; need at least ten good men

He told each one of us to step forward, then he recited the words to swear us in

There’s four outlaws that we chase; they ride hell-bent-for leather for the hive

The Sheriff’s says he wants to avoid gunplay, wants to bring ‘em all in alive

Me, I ain’t much to care for trouble, but I don’t run when it comes my way

Alive or dead, it pays the same, so it don’t matter to me at the end of the day

The trail is still fresh and these boys are ridin’ their horses in the ground

They can’t hold out much longer without rest, we’re bound to run ‘em down

All that money from the bank won’t buy whiskey, women or keep you fed

If that posse catches and you put up a fight, you could just wind up dead

We top the ridge and see their horses drinkin’ down in a stream by the oaks

One of them has got the money dividing it ‘tween these robbin’ cowpokes

They spot us quickly and take up their arms before we call for surrender

They shoot first with their rifles, we got a fight, it’s gonna be a real bender

I slide off the side of my horse and grabs my ol’ Henry off of the saddle

The bullets are whizzing about off the rocks, and rifles are starting to rattle

I run for some rocks to gain some cover, aim the Henry at one of the pokes

The outlaw he falls dead on the ground before my barrel starts to smoke

One down and three more to go, it’s a one-sided fight at the best

The damned fools are beat and they know it but still resist an arrest

I aim with my Henry and another goes down, leaving two now to fight

Looks like they’ll be across their saddle when we ride back in tonight

The Sheriff fires and another one falls, the last one has thrown in his hand

We start to move down to him but as we do, he fires his rifle once again

I drop to one knee and bring the Henry to bear dead center into his chest

Now he falls down stone-cold dead and lays on the ground with the rest

The posse rides back into town with four outlaws dead tied to their horse

We got our men, dealt out the justice, and retrieved all the money of course

Now it’s time to disband this posse and get back to our business at hand

A posse can use a good drink when they come back from killin’ a man

So if you outlaws got trouble on your mind and think it’s a bank you’ll bust

If you try it with ours it could be your last, you could wind up in the dust

But if you’re hard-headed and do not believe, just try it and you will see

We’ll be on your trail and ridin’ hard, the Sheriff and his ten-man posse

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...My first thought was to try to catch the excitement of the posse but I also had to tell the story that justified the posse so it all had to come together at once to fit the space. I never really thought much about the longer sentences...just tried to stay with the rhyme and tell the story in a logicl manner while keeping the excitement level. I hope I pulled that off! LOL! Thanks much! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      WB - This was quite a ride! What an honor to get a glimpse of your posse. Technically . . . it must have been quite a challenge to write such long lines AND still produce a rhyme. Your talent goes on and on and on . . .

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @geegee77...Glad you liked it. Seems there are a lot of old west fans! WoHa!...that could be good for me! Thanks for the read and the comments. WB

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      8 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      I loved it, awsome hub i love reading about western stuff, thumbs up as usual:) ge

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...Glad you like it. We need a posse now to head up to Washington I think! Get a rope! LOL WB

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Way cool WB. Its awesome how they would gather up a posse to get the bad guys in the good ole western days. Great job. Cheers.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...God Bless You Sir! Yes, I am quite familiar with Fredrick Remington and your comparison blows me away. I can say that I do have certain visualization that at times fit some of his still art creations. Of course, anyone could coach the Cowboys...come on down! I will have to follow up again on Remington and see what ideas it gives me for more western work. I joked today that I had to get some new ideas or start writing about the local telegraph office in these western towns. You are one great fan that just keeps me working to be better and I sure appreciate it, not sure I can live up to it, but I really do appreciate it! Best Regards! WB

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      god bless my favorite cowboy - what a lovely man you are - you make the ladies' heart flutter - and you can coach the DALLAS COWBOYS - move over Tom Landry!

      homework assigment: are you aware of the paintings/sculptures by Frederic Remington - much of you writing reminds me of a Remington painting - and that is of the highest praise indeed!

      Too bad I couldn't afford it - or I would have bought Trigger for you at that auction last week!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Thank you, I would love a book! Seriously! LOL! I am working on one western for my sister but my ADD keeps me off the task...maybe one day! WB

      @Breakfastpop...Thanks much're one of the reason that I write. I know you will be there to enjoy it! WB

      @Pamela99...Glad I could conjure up some memories for you Pamela. Hope you are feeling better and moving along with your recovery as well! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a great hub. I've spent a lot of time watching cowboy movies and your hubs make me smile at remembering all those good times.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      You are amazing. I love everything you write, I really do.

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      8 years ago

      You really bring things alive - I can see the book now. Seriously!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @GojiJuiceGoodness...That's what I hope to accomplish...make a historical and a visual connection at the same time! Thanks for the read and the comments. WB

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      8 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Nice! Reading your hubs kind of makes me think of John Wayne movies...and interesting biographies I read in history class as a kid.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Ken R. Abell...glad I could get your juices going Ken. There's nothin' like a good cowboy story and you will cook one up I'll bet! Thanks for your kind words. WB

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      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, Wayne. Now I'm going to have a cowboy story cooking in my head all day. :>) I really enjoy the rhyme, rhythm & storytelling of your poetry.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas glad that I can accomplish that for you with these poems. Maybe some good will come of them! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! WB

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      8 years ago

      There is a little town in the panhandle of Texas where I am related to everyone there. I grew up in Amarillo, not far from Miama. We would go to my grandparents every time we had a holiday. I have missed cow calling for college for the past 2 years. In that town, the old west is not long gone. I miss my family. And these poems bring me home. Thank you.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...I certainly would not have wanted a posse on my tale back in those days. I have long been a fan of the Rifleman...watched that series and the reruns a lot. I think that was a modified loop Winchester he was shooting. Steve McQueen used the same model in a cut down version for his show..."The Rebel"...about the bounty hunter who wore a Winchester as a side-arm. Nothin' wrong with a Winchester either old son! WB

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations pardner you blew me away with your ole Henry on this one. I love those kind of gun fights, the bad guys getting gunned down for being so greedy and selfish with their guns. They always think they can outdraw a posse, and sometimes they do, but not this one.

      Hey Wayne, got an idea for ya. Go to utube and grab a video of The Rifelman..Chuck there was a lawman who had full command of his Henry to:0)) Great Hub I rate this UP big time.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth....just tryin' to show a bit of urgency on their part, Tom! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      He** bent for leather, great hub!!!!!!!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @rasenstars1...I am starting to get the idea that you might like western poetry! LOL WB

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      8 years ago


    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @bibi16...Glad you liked it! Come visit again soon! WB

    • bibi16 profile image


      8 years ago from Phoenix Arizona

      Wow, love it. Very cool. BB16


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