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The Hanging Tree

Updated on November 12, 2011
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The Hanging Tree

If trees could talk,
what a tale I'd tell
of that fateful night
and the lie dispel.

They hung that boy
from my strongest bough
for a grave misdeed
by a sacred cow...

The mayor's son
had a taste for brew
and a hankering
for the ladies, too,

And he was wont
to be denied
and once rejected,
to redeem his pride...

He forced himself
on Miss Sally May,
the sweet young daughter
of the Widow Fay.

When Miss Sally fought,
he lost control
and beat her with
a ranging pole.

He killed her first,
then, had his way,
and at my roots
he left her lay.

Now the sheriff owed
the mayor a debt,
who called it in
without the least regret.

It just so happened
the Widow's cook,
had an only son
with a peculiar look...

And the sheriff said,
"He done the deed...
He looks the type,
that's all the proof I need!"

Then a lynching mob,
on the sheriff's say,
strung that boy
from my bough that day.

Now, if trees could talk
what a tale I'd tell...
and I'd see 'em swing
from my bough, as well.


"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."






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      N0_Clue 

      6 years ago

      Levertis Steele, Thank you, kindly! I appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago

      I love poetry that takes control of my mind and walks me through all of its magic. I had mixed feelings as I read and re-read. I felt sad, angry, confused, disappointed, and appreciative. I appreciated the beauty of the mural with clear imagery. If the tree could not talk, it was definitely thinking, and the reader had the advantage of reading its mind. Clever!

      Thanks for sharing a great poem. I voted up, interesting, useful, and beautiful.

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      No_Clue 

      6 years ago

      Max, Your comment made me chuckle...my motto..."Normal is just a cycle on the washer!" The first two lines of this poem came to me and got stuck in my head. Once I committed them to paper, it wrote itself and told its own story. I am always amazed when that happens!

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      That is one fine story, I was hooked from the first word till the last, thrilling! Even felt the chilling wind (but yet again, I'm not exactly an epitome of normalcy =)) Love this side of you, Marsha! =)

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      star, thank you, my sweet friend! I hope all is well with you! Take good care! Lots of love!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My dear friend, you are like a fine wine, getting better all the time. Loved this one, a great tale of all is not what you see. x

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      WillStarr, thank you, Kind Sir! I always appreciate your visit and comment!

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      DTroth, thank you very much!

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      Nikki, thank you! I watched "The Green Mile" several times, great movie! Yes, unfortunately, this phenomenon occurred more often that I would like to admit, not our proudest performance...I appreciate your read and comment!

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent!

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      Diana Owens 

      7 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Beautiful, yet very sad, poem. I was with you from word one to the end. You have touched my heart.

      may peace be in your heart...always,

      Diana

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      "I'll kill you, rape you and eat your costume" (inside joke) its from something on tv my friend watched and we always use it as a joke. Very horrible story here yet things like this happened all the time back in the day. Black men got accused for doing lots of things they never did. Reminds me of The Green Mile. Really good movie. He wasnt hanged but sent to the chair. really sad.

      Oh and I love how you wrote from the tree's perspective.

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      Thanks, Amy! This was a little experiment in "point of view" I am tickled you like it!

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      mckbirdbks, no apologies, please! I loved your comment! and I love puns! Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Speechless, I am. Hardhitting, from the trees point of view. Love it.

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      mckbirdbks 

      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi No_Clue, yes a pun. Sorry, I forget myself. The poem was very good. I thought it was written very well.

    • No_Clue profile imageAUTHOR

      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      mckbirdbks, thank you, kindly! Was that meant as a pun???good one!

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      Mike, I am humbled and thrilled! Thank you, Sir!

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      Aka Professor M 

      7 years ago

      I find that is the way that true poets and real writers usually respond, No-Clue! They know that they want to write but are unpretentious in their expectations of the results.

      They are always surprised where someone recognizes their work, as they themselves are unaware of how good they really are. You are that type of writer and that is the type that is worth following!

      Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      Many thanks, Professor! This write is a bit different for me, and I am tickled you liked it!

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      mckbirdbks 

      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      well executed,

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      Aka Professor M 

      7 years ago

      Excellent poetic form and the rhyme was fluid. This was done with skill, imagery and intensity that capitivates those who read it, No_Clue!

      Curious Moniker but definitely that of a poet of that I'm certain! Voted this Up, my friend!

      Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      MO, thank you, my friend! This little piece was a challenge and I am most pleased you like it!

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      MysteriousOne 

      7 years ago

      No_Clue...This is an awesome write!I was hooked from start to finish! Kudos to you, my friend!

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      No_Clue 

      7 years ago

      nighthag, I am thrilled! Thank you!

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      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      ooh this gave me shivers, a powerful write that had me entranced from the first line. Loved it

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