The Hanging of Eva McDaniels

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Westerns  |  House: Booksie Classic
Dang, this is dark. I wrote it forever ago- I'm not exactly sure what was wrong with me...

Submitted: May 02, 2017

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Submitted: May 02, 2017

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A platform of wood stretched to the skies,

Eva McDaniels walked up, under hundreds of eyes.

Her manner was calm, her eyes quiet as you please,

As she stepped up to the chair. The noose swayed in the breeze.

 

Just a day earlier, at the McDaniels’ barn- raising,

A rat named Chester Lewins drank himself crazy.

He cornered Eva, and she let out a shout,

And her brother came running. He told Chester “Get out!”

 

Chester had a brother, Robbie, as drunken as he,

Who took it upon himself to avenge the family.

Late, late that night, his pistol filled full of lead,

He crept into their house. He shot her brother in bed.

 

Eva heard the blasts, and she grabbed the family gun.

She shot Robbie dead— used every bullet but one.

The sheriff came but put Eva on trial

For murder. Robbie had been his child.

 

Eva McDaniels was sentenced to hang the next day.

Chester Lewins visited the cell where she lay.

He told her, “Marry me. I’ll save you, and all will be well,

Or I’ll laugh as you hang.” She spat, “Go to hell!”

 

A platform of wood stretched to the skies,

Eva McDaniels walked up, under hundreds of eyes.

Her manner was calm, her eyes quiet as you please,

As she stepped up on the chair. The noose swayed in the breeze.

 

Eva McDaniels looked to the sky

As she stood on her chair and she waited to die.

The crowd softly murmured that it wasn’t fair—

Poor girl. The executioner pulled out the chair.


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