Howdy neighbour

Howdy neighbour

This is the last picture show
         the sense that nothing
will ever be the same
         because nothing
ever is the same
         Walking down Main Street
at high noon
         a saloon brawl between
two hoodlums is celebrated
         with a public shootout
violence has become
         an entertainment
death simply a denouement
         Heat and dust in the nostrils
Here we discover
         that we are history
the implements of our childhood
         there on exhibition
This is a town where
         clockwork really works
ritual delivered
         with a broad smile
You woudn’t need to be mad
         to live there
but it would help
         Heard about the place
in Dallas Forth Worth
         on the grapevine

John Lyons

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