bounty hunter

By FadedBlues

have you ever refused a bounty?
walked away when the risk was too great,
the reward not worthy.

in the breach of a wayward wind
you travelled a long hard road,
rode your patient steed until it was
sweated & weary, in need of
water & grooming.

the wide brim of your hat protects your eyes
& your reason from the desert sun's fierce glare.
your longcoat is abused & ripped, repaired by
the hand of an expatriate mandarin's daughter.

you deliver your captured prey, shackled and bloodied,
to the stark magistrates of border towns, collect a few
gold coins, & spend the night with a whiskey bottle
& a painted girl to kiss away the dust.

if you track the heart of a lover,
sharpen the dull edges of your senses,
& armor your heart: the loneliest hunter.
be provisioned with enough guns & ammo
for a long, demanding siege,
because love is not a game,
it's a war.

but don't put a bounty on it...
...it's priceless





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Copyright 2012 FadedBlues
Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • A former member wrote: This is brilliant, the importance of both Love and Bounty, and that they must never overlap. Great read, write on. ~ rose

  • Sean Mc Shane On Sunday, September 23, 2012, Sean Mc Shane (615)By person wrote:

    Sometimes it's safer to be a lone badass, than to find yourself wounded on that battlefield of a war that wasn't worth fighting. But I'd rather play it recklessly. Cool write, 'Blues. later -

  • FadedBlues On Thursday, September 20, 2012, FadedBlues (2180)By person wrote:

    Friends, thanks. from memories of 'Wanted Dead or Alive', Steve McQueen...

  • Nehema On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Nehema (962)By person wrote:

    Almost made me cry... Love is truly the only thing worth fighting for. The opposite of love is not hate, it's apathy. I'm tired of apathy, I want love again and I'm ready to fight for it damnit! Love you Faded - you're a Rockstar! - XXOO Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Quite right love is war! Anyone who thinks that love and hate are opposite is mistaken in my opinion. well written vivid expression Scholar

  • Devilish On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Devilish (2667)By person wrote:

    Wow!!!! This could of been read in so many different lights. Your poetry consumes my senses has me feeling human for a few moments. I hate when it ends. back to reality. gotta spend a few minutes staring at the screen hoping i can stay here. damn.. Scholar

  • PoetessDarkly On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, PoetessDarkly (701)By person wrote:

    Wonderfully written. Great imagery!

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