The Rider Environs

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Three short poems that form a short collection together. Inspired by banditry, gambling and religion.

Card trick for Sale


Try this one on for size

can thine eye fine as it were

be glanced down and seize

the prize not where it was,

but where it be here


Sir, watch here

Put faith in thine eye

Like faith in the Lord

For right here in the gambling dive

Soul and trick alike are bought and sold


By the one friend

who is friend to all friends

until the bitter burning







The Blind Bandit Ramshackle

Once lit a knife with candlelight

and cut out the pock ridden eye

and burned the bridge of sight


The Blind Bandit Ramshackle

Stalked horizons grey

Ill-fitted the name that rode before him

For one eye remained


And with one Eye

Ramshackle kept astray

From day to day

And against the night's sky


Ramshackle lead a life of robbery and Murder

For the Blind Bandit believed not in God

The All smity

He believed in the bullet, the blade

And the grave further


Mr. Preacher


Trying to grasp the things beyond his Reach

Mr. Oliver Teach sought to understand the Word of God

Which he had learned to Preach

He knew its weight in Gold in blessed hands

But alas, his heart remained empty and bleak


Submitted: January 13, 2021

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