they builded me a coffin

they builded me a coffin and brought it round to me
not that I was ready mind, nor I’d a wish to be
but I’d been taking awful risks, or so some bugger said
and if I didn’t careful up I was halfway there to dead

now I’m a savvy feller though, or words to that effect
some folks owe me money, and others owe respect
and I can kick a door down or stand up to a fight
the only thing I cannot do is make my life run right

a quarterweight of mischief and half a ton of strife
an hour cussing luridly, and there you have my life
I’ve known my share of trouble, some of it far too well
there’s many a man no worse than me lays rotting in a cell

but steady on they tell me or your time is nearly through
and none of us would soil our hands picking up after you
so take this box we’ve brought you study it all around
and pull yourself together or you’ll wear it in the ground

so should I turn a new leaf as these villains all proclaim?
turn my back on blackguardry and find another game?
I’ll stand before the host of them and they will hear me cry
I’ll burn the rotted lot of you, then let’s see who will die!

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  1. abikertoo

     /  November 25, 2012

    Standing there steady ready to “Whip the Fire out of Them” should there be any type of disagreement, gives no guff, but will NOT stand for any directed in his direction, iron bound principles of right & wrong sometimes results in a dustup or two!!

    • I just got the ungrammatical phrase “they builded me a coffin” pop into my head, and, because it appealed to me, from that I constructed a character and a voice that might have used it. And having constructed my protagonist I let him run where he would… πŸ˜€

  2. damommza

     /  November 25, 2012

    Excellent poem. Really, a story in rhyme. I was hoping you would take the coffin apart and build it in to a boat and sail away from everything and then use the wood again, to build a house and start that their threat..became your salvation..but then again..I always read whole stories in to your poems! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ Actually the way I read it is circular, it ends where it begins The arrogance he displays at the ending is why they “builded” the coffin in the first place πŸ˜€

      • damommza

         /  November 25, 2012

        I’m just a “glass half filled” kinda chick..Hell, they’re giving me wood! I could use that to build things and then start my own business and..and..and… well, you know what I mean! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


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