Poetic Thursday: The Saloon

It’s the first Thursday in February and time for some poetry with Pam and her boys at Two Spoiled Cats.

This photo is our inspiration for this week’s poem:

And here is my poem:

The Saloon

 It was the social hub of the wild, wild west
where a cowboy’s courage was put to the test.

The barkeepers were dapper, the furnishings ornate
in this place where men often met their fate.

Then, tempers flared, and guns were drawn;
no good came between dusk and dawn.

To start trouble, one bad guy was all it took.
The locals all knew: they could tell by his look.

That’s when the barkeeper feared for his life,
and prayed he’d make it back home to his wife.

There was a sigh of relief after each quiet night,
when the bar shut down, and they put out the lights.

~These Days Of Mine~


6 responses to “Poetic Thursday: The Saloon

  1. Great poem – captured the mood. My first thought of the Judy Garland movie “The Harvey Girls”.

  2. Well done!! I thought this would be a fun photo for all of us who do the Thursday Poems to use as our inspiration…….I think those old days were dangerous in MANY ways but going into a saloon was risky business for sure!


  3. Great poem. You have quite a talent.

  4. This makes me think of the Oriental Saloon from Tombstone – you’ve got it all here – even the sinister gunslinger … I can even hear the barrelhouse piano in the background …

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Your poem bought the saloon to life. Awesome poem.

  6. This is like getting a whole fun mini movie with the photo!

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