Three Bad Guns

Three Bad Guns

A Poem by Cherrie Palmer
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a 3 minute western

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Arizona sun bakes hard the dust


While three bad guns create a fuss


People hide running scared


For in this sleepy place their kind is rare


Word travels fast down the street


Three bad guns are here for me.


I pin my star, tie down cast iron


To pull their teeth and send them ride'n


Their game of fun ends in death,


I spy the sheriff lying dead,


They play for blood,


 not for jest,


 I meet their terms,


their middleman now dead


A tumble weed tumbles by,


The remaining two run to hide


They curse my name and threaten me


 I take aim, and again they lose one  from the  three.


One man left he's a fast outlaw


He claims the street 


so we can draw


With three long strides 


I match his stance


Two .44s rip from leather


but my hand  just a little faster


Now outlaws three 


all lay dead


And on more time


I must bury 


my 


past.

© 2019 Cherrie Palmer


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I really enjoy the old western theme which this captures very nicely
Howdee to yuh

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Cherrie Palmer

1 Day Ago

Sometimes I just like a good old fashion gun fight
well pilgrim they got what was coming to them... life can be tough but its a heck of a lot tougher if your stupid! Nice write little lady... Say, how did i end up in this picture?

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

10 Hours Ago

love the changes but for the flow and rhyme...
but my fast hand a little bit better. ?
Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

10 Hours Ago

thats Gary Cooper right?
Cherrie Palmer

10 Hours Ago

Originally I liked the break in the cadence, but I think better is better.
Also I think t.. read more
Great two minute Western, Clint Eastwood would be proud,

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Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

Thank ya :)
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A fine display of "fast at the draw".

Nicely played, love the detail
"Two .44s rip from leather"

And the ending is top shelf.

Bravo!



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Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

Thank you, I always like doing these.
Zane Grey...Elmore Leonard...masters of the western, which I have always favoured. Your story sparked a scene from Once Upon a Time in the West when Charles Bronson faced down 3 gunmen and uttered the famous line..."you brought one horse too many"

Thanks for taking me back to dust and sagebrush. Much appreciated.

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Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

That is one of my favorite lines ever, and I have a long list.
It's that moment when the vil.. read more
dear Cherrie.. it seems that in present times,
we are living the scenes in this poem.
Being afraid is an every day phenomenon.
A well penned warning that we need to cast votes
that make a difference in how we approach "the
right to bear arms". truly, Pat

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Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

Coming from a military / law enforcement background, I'm more of a conceal carry kinda gal.
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Sounds like what might have been running through Gary Cooper's head in High Noon.

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Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

Love that show, and that's a good match for this.
A very entertaining read, Cherrie. You take us back to a time when a lawman had to settle the tension quickly or somebody died -- shooters or a hanging mob. I was taught there were only a very few such confrontations in the Old West. Walk 10 paces draw-and-fire duels were rare. Frontier honor was what the sheriff got if he survived, with no questions asked. The bad guy often shot from hiding -- as did the sheriff sometimes. Unlike movie shootouts, survival often meant who shot first -- running and shouting with guns blazing. Lots of good men lost their lives that way. Keep up the good work.

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i am reminded of "the man who shot liberty valance"
but more so...
"High Noon"---
a really well done story poem...you got us there...felt really sorry for the Sheriff....three against one....not fair for the sheriff...but for this guy, not fair for them.
but then....the reputation in those days...and then all the comers trying to knock him off...prove they are better..rough.

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jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

my dad loved westerns...either reading them or watching western movies....and old tv westerns...he a.. read more
Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

That's a fact I think of all the changes that happened in my grandpa's life. My grandpa Malone was.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

wow, yes, scifi...
my dad was born in 1919....and what really fascinates me is that as a kid .. read more

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Cherrie Palmer
Cherrie Palmer

Oakland, AR



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I am a published poet and love poetry. My husband and I live near the White River, and love trout fishing. I find my surroundings a great inspiration to me. I also have two books on Amazon Kindle: O.. more..

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