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The Gambling Man

Updated on March 15, 2012

The eyes say it all

Bang, your dead.
Bang, your dead. | Source

He shot him dead.

He was only a gambling man

with a gaze of moulton steel

His sport was a hand that

any man

would be proud to deal

She was a country girl

with eyes as black as coal

Yet the bond between them

reached their very souls

His gun was coveted by his belt

For his protection, as he knew

No words of wisdom rationalised

his instincts hard to misconstrue

Her beauty was more than skin

her eyes full of fear

For she knew her daddy dear

was no more welcome here

The little town of Buffalo

had seen so much more

Than a sad and lonely gambling man

trying to even up the score

Her name was Millie Anne

Old Tom Halliday was her beau

He cared for her so deeply

but her father he did not know

The gambling man was oh so deep

he cherished his child with greed

Old Tom he had no chance

when the bullet hit him at speed

The gambling man let out a laugh

so harsh and full of pride

He had saved his daughters hand

for she would be no bride

The town’s folk stared on in shock

as the gun shot ringed the air

Millie Anne shot Old Toms gun

With such arrogance and flare

Her father lay in the dust

his calloused hands once more

Out of sight from the crowd

no more life to even up the score


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    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      lucybelle, thank you so much for commenting and supporting another one of my hubs. I will return the favour, soon, I promise. :)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Mary, thank you hunnie for stopping by to leave a comment. I have so much catching up to do I think I will be here until Christmas :)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hey Ruby, thank you hunnie. This was just a little bit of fun to write. Guess I am missing the saddle and the lonesome trail lol :)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hey Will, did I read awesome? OMG what a lovely tribute from the master of Western writing, thank you so much. :)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Cardissa, I am glad you enjoyed this little poem. A bit different to my usual style, but I enjoyed writing it. :)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Vincent, a cowboy eh, well I am so shocked that you didn't know I was a cowgirl. With owning an Appaloosa stallion comes some street cred you know. My western riding outfits are very fetching and any cow girl would be glad to be see riding in them!

      Thank you hunnie for liking this poem. I just sat down one day and wrote whatever came to mind, goodness knows where this one came from lol Net:)

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      Bonny OBrien 

      6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Very interesting! Really enjoyed reading it. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This was great! I really enjoyed the read.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, You did this one up real good, felt like i was in Dodge City. I really liked this...Cheers

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Whoa! Up and awesome!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      My Vincent was a cowboy? Now you have me intrigued.

      Hi Annette, what a tale, reminds me of one of WillStar's stories. Very good twist of the gun fight at the end.

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Now this is right up my alley, I'm an old gun slinging rowdy cowboy from way back when. You must have been watching all of Clint Eastwood's movies to. It smacks a little of "Unforgiven" to me. He to was a gun slinging revenge filled shootist to and shot up town boss Gene Hackman pretty darn good at the end. Gotta love sweet Revenge:-)) great write, loved every word. I didn't know a lass like you had some cowgirl in her....


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