Ode to a Gunslinger

(c) Copyright 2004, 2008, 2011 – All rights reserved

Blue ice eyes
Glint so sharp and cold…
…and yet…
…something moves beneath the glacial blue
That speaks of warmth and joy and giddy passion…

Who are you?
Low slung guns and steely glance,
Striding ‘neath the cobalt sky.
High noon.
Time to die…or deal out death.
Fingers flex and sinews tense.
Stone mask face.

Who are you?
What is underneath that chiseled mask: that shield?
Fighting, ever fighting, to maintain that cool dispassion,
And yet…

In silent joy she lay upon her back
And stared in awe at clouds so high in cobalt sky…
Warm sun,
cool breeze,
sweet scent of meadow grass and springtime flower.
Endless moment clasped forever tight within the child
That stares out full of fear and silent sorrow,
Longing yet to end this farce and stop the masquerade,
Yet clinging ever fearful with iron grip upon that shield…
That mask…
Those eyes.

Time collapses.
Thought stands still and yields to practiced rhythm…
Hands fly.
Guns flash and thunder forth death’s obscene bellow.

Eternity beckons.

In silent joy upon her back
She stares at cobalt sky with eyes now free of ice and fear,
And rides the wind on wings of joy
To dance with giddy passion midst the clouds.

(c) Copyright 2004, 2008, 2011 – All rights reserved

Perfect Poet Award - Week 48

So many fine poets,
Both living and late,
That I can’t decide
Who to nominate.
Hmmm… I nominate Miss Kitten.


About Joel Hall

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11 Responses to Ode to a Gunslinger

  1. This had an amazing presence, it was like watching a movie, fantastic imagery I wanted to know about the characters

  2. Jingle says:

    vivid image on your subject, well done.

    Happy Rally.

  3. Fountains says:

    Think you’ve captured the image and feel of a gunslinger very well!

  4. Ina says:

    So well written! Amazing, the story uses every word you wrote!

  5. I’m in love with this! Such rich imagery here! I aspire…. 🙂 Im tweeting this!

  6. jax's world says:

    I really enjoyed this- it kind of took me back, reminded me of an old western yet with beautiful scenery… awe inspiring friend!

  7. Wow, this speaks to me of how we express resistance to joy and the letting go to joy! Very beautifully and creatively written!

    • Joel Hall says:

      You get the prize. This was written to illustrate the the way people hide behind masks to keep others from seeing the truth of the vulnerable heart inside. I have known many gunslingers in my life, but this particular poem was inspired by a specific person. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Wow, really good piece 🙂 Interesting to see gunslingers from a different angle

  9. Jingle says:

    well done, thanks for letting me know.

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