The Man Who Kept the Law


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    • Mandi
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    Nothing is so American as the "Old West" history. No other nation shares the gun-slinging, old- west law. It is a tradition unique to America.

    The Man Who Kept the Law

    The wind came out from the west each day
    In this dry and dusty land,

    It blew hot and heavy,
    All choked upon the course sand.

    Amidst the churning, swirling dusters
    Stood  a tall and raw-boned man.

    He stood 6 foot 3, with sun-parched face,
    And a six-shooter close at hand,

    He made a commanding  firgure,
    This picture of a man.

    Protecting the small businesses,
    In this old-west town.

    As they lined each side of the street,
    Wooden-built, ram-schackled, and run-down.

    Here the old-west law was kept,
    By a man with a noble cause.

    Many a gun-slinging cowboy who came to town.
    Gave staying a second pause.

    He was not famous, he was not rich, 
    He was not even poor.

    He was just a man you met ,
    When you entered the local saloon door.

    The Law was strict, the Law was fair, 
    The Law was simply kept.

    And , if, any man challenged it,
    His widow surely wept.

    For such was the only way 
    An old-west town stayed safe for all.

    When the man with the star on his chest,
    Poliitely came to call.


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    gogant commented on The Man Who Kept the Law


    Wow, I wouldn't want to cross paths with the man who kept the law. You share your love for the old west with us, and one can easily picture the sagebrush tumbling along and the hardened reality of life in a dusty town.............very quaint...................g

    Teardrops commented on The Man Who Kept the Law


    Draw pilgrim yes the poem is really great . You kept me for the first word to the last .. Bravo great write Marie

    koolmom0 commented on The Man Who Kept the Law


    Hey Mandi, this is very good. Great imagry and a wonderful story. :) Kool

    SuperChick76 commented on The Man Who Kept the Law


    only one type at the end "polite" has an extra I. my favorite line was "He was not famous, he was not rich, He was not even poor.//He was just a man you met, When you entered the local saloon door." I like that. He was just a man you, when you entered the local saloon door. Brilliant! Sounds like a man I'd like. Beautifully painted picture, dear. I loved it. :)

    Artie commented on The Man Who Kept the Law


    Very nicely done. I pictured all the iconic actors of the old westerns, and the classic movies like Blazing Saddles! Love that one lol - 10 from me

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