Elegy for the Old West (NaPoWriMo)

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Elegy for the Old West
By Donna M. Monnig

They were cut too short,
Those old, simpler times,
Long missed will be them days,
Outlandish stories, only a dime,

Of gunslingers and cowboys,
Duels in the street – Hi noon.
Tall tales, the stuff of legend,
Now, it’s gone, all too soon.

Memory remains, forget it not.
Not how it was for real,
When a man could be hung,
When all he’d done was steal.

When Indians weren’t human,
Despite their biology,
When women were but children,
According to male psychology.

They were the best of times.
The worst, they were that too,
But they are survived by progress,
And that will just have to do.

© 2017 Donna M. Monnig

 

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About Donna M. Monnig

Donna M. Monnig is a published poet, aspiring novelist, freelance writer, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a cowgirl at heart.
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6 Responses to Elegy for the Old West (NaPoWriMo)

  1. I feel the same way every time I go to the ‘old trail town’ at our local town. Nicely captured with the touch of political resentment!

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  2. I like both your topic and your blend of romanticism and realism. The note of warning and reproach ring loud and clear in these words:
    “Memory remains, forget it not.
    Not how it was for real,
    When a man could be hung,
    When all he’d done was steal.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. PrayImagineCreate says:

    I always look forward to NaPoWriMo because it means you’ll start posting again. 😉
    Love this one, Donna!

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    • And I always look forward to it because then I get to read your awesome comments! Thanks for sticking with me!
      (By the way, if you talk to a Rose, don’t believe everything it tells you.) 😉

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