Will you pull the lever to "The Execution" , C.C. and improve this poem please?
As I stand here up on the freshly constructed pine lumbered deck
With noose around my throat, the festivities administrator shouts:
“Five minutes!” till hanging; comes a lifetime of memories above my neck
Take inventory of a life lived and learned then settle any doubts
I love the south, a cowboy, rancher, a Texan, but I said no to slavery
Was a cattleman by trade, before the war my main clients went north
One of my customers became a lifelong friend, a man of doughty bravery
Recalling my delivery of goods to Gettysburg, and his a speech henceforth
Loving what one does makes it easy to be a cover for what one must do
First look after my wife and three daughters, then clandestine abolition
Slavery was wrong; black folk deserved nothing less than what I can accrue
For years my operation succored them northing to discover freedoms coalition
My last haul of livestock; week of April 10, 1865 this time to Washington D.C.
After a year of moving cattle, and freeing slaves along the road to perdition
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed saying all slaves were like me; free
Time travels slowly to the south, as slavery remained part of the human condition
Six days after Robert E. Lee surrenders thus ending this treacherous Civil War
I stand at the Ford’s Theater with the president to pose for a daguerreotype
“Our American Cousin” premiers; am ensconced adjoining presidential boxes door
For some reason, I looked at my watch; 10:15pm and heard a gun shot snipe
Out of my trance with suddenty as a minister was giving me my last rites
I regret the lack of time on earth to finish thoughts of a man I would soon see
Also, my wife and kids murdered by the confederates, to them I see the lights
“LAST WORDS?” the administrator asked? I looked beyond the cherry tree
Reflective of one execution to experiencing another, I joyfully yelled: FREEDOM
I heard the lever pulled, felt the scuttle open and
went to my …..
to our first president? Thought I would throw that in.
Many good answers. I appreciate them all >> as always. Thomas
So sorry bro...you will likely get your fill as well. Maybe not those since I posted this, as they (I have narrowed it down) like to play cat and mouse. Thomas