Somewhere in the desert lies a lonely man
the rattling of snakes and the whispering sand
his only escape from the heat,
that shakes his shooting hand.
Death is forever by his side,
as grizzled as a companion can be
with no end to the slaughter
that came at the Battle of Wounded Knee.
The Gunslinger, once the hero in this game,
now kills for money and peace in his brain,
his mind to savagery,
when he thinks of the men he has slain.
Of the warrior, no longer
Death is his stranger, undoing all that was just,
the gunslinger in the shadows,
making breathing men eat dust.
Somewhere in the desert
lays a lonely man tonight,
his guitar battered, his pistol clean
and Death within his sight.
One day the pistol
will draw a moment too late,
till that day he rides the desert
in search of violent fate.
Here ends the lesson
of the gunslinger, the man who will kill for Death
keeping looking behind your back my son,
keep a mind on that desert breath.
Inspired by the song Rest In Place by John Chatterton.
Ian D. Hall 2016