Dynamite Dick dead in the dirt

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Daniel Clifton, also known as “Dynamite Dick,”

Cattle rustling and bank jobs were his chosen shtick.

With his criminal resume,’

He joined Bill Doolin’s “Oklahombres,”

With pistols and black powder his favorite tricks.

 

But an outlaw career can be boom or bust.

It ain’t no position to instill some trust.

Yer’ pals are all varmints

Who wear blood-stained garments

And when you retire it’s face down in the dust.

 

While the Doolin Gang took the bank in Southwest City,

They killed J.C. Seaborn, and it wasn’t pretty.

Doolin and Clifton were jailed;

Bribed a guard: the system failed,

But the posse that followed had sand and was gritty.

 

“Every man for himself” is the fugitive code.

Find a place to hole up and drop all yer’ load.

Clifton was found on a farm,

Tried to escape without harm,

But he was shot on the run and lay dead on the road.

 

© JW Thomas

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10 thoughts on “Dynamite Dick dead in the dirt

  1. alphajt September 25, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Interesting way to relate western history.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc September 25, 2016 / 3:30 am

      I appreciate the response. And I really like the new blog you and your lady are doing.

      Liked by 1 person

      • alphajt September 26, 2016 / 3:18 am

        Thank you for the encouragement, JW.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Mary Cathleen Clark September 25, 2016 / 3:42 am

    You have introduced me in poetic form to a person in history I wasn’t aware of–Dynamite Dick. I think you would make an informative and entertaining teacher, JW; you impart historical events in an interesting and unusual way.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc September 25, 2016 / 3:45 am

      Thank you, Cathy. I appreciate your response, and I do like to teach every now and then, especially on topics I love.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Cathleen Clark September 25, 2016 / 3:52 am

        And I’m sure you do a good job. From what I know about your personality, you seem well suited to it.
        I enjoyed your poem…it flowed well, and despite the subject matter, it was humorous.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc September 25, 2016 / 3:55 am

        Those I teach would have to answer that, but I would bribe them ahead of time…haha.
        However, you know I value your opinion, my dear friend.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark September 25, 2016 / 3:56 am

        As I do yours. 😊
        I’m off to bed now, my wonderful friend, good night and sweet dreams.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc September 25, 2016 / 3:58 am

        Good night and sweet dreams to you, Pretty Lady.

        Liked by 1 person

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