Big John

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Abandoned

Featured Review on this writing by LE. Berry

The story of Big John

Let me tell you the legend of Big John. He was black as a starless night and as tall as a giant towering over other men. He would swing a pick in the mine from dawn until dusk pulling coal from the earth. He didn’t say much but when he spoke you had best listen up because he meant what he said.

He had wandered into town with a pack on his back and worn-out boots on his feet. He found work digging in the mines, driving them holes deep in the hills for the company. They say he came from New Orleans where he killed a man over a Cajun Queen, but Big John never spoke of his past and just did his job.

Frank Murphy was an Irishman with fiery red hair and temper to match. He loved his drink, but when he got deep in the bottle he loved to fight more. One night he was drinking whiskey and turned on Big John. He pushed the big man thinking Big John a coward, but John wasn’t having it. His fist came up and connected with the redhead's jaw sending him sprawling down to the ground. Big John turned back to the bar and just ordered up another beer as others dragged the drunk away. From that day on no one tried Big John.

Deep in the mine, the miners were digging when a timber cracked, and dust filled the air. Men began screaming and crying as they saw their deaths in that broken beam. Out of the chaos stepped a giant of a man bending low he put his back under the support and with a mighty groan lifted it up. As the men stood there staring Big John held the roof up.

“Go,” John yelled!

The men ran for all they were worth up through the miles of tunnels to daylight. Gasping for breath, not one stopped as they grabbed jacks and supports before heading back into that mine. They were approaching the shaft when they heard a crash and a cloud of dust came bellowing out choking them all. They stumbled back knowing that Big John was gone.

Submitted: June 30, 2021

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LE. Berry

Reminds so much of classic American folk tale. Well written and enjoyable piece Gypsy Rose.

Wed, June 30th, 2021 4:43pm


It is based on Jimmy Dean's song Big Bad John.

Sat, July 3rd, 2021 6:15am

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