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Doc’s Death…or…Dillon Gunned Dan Down…or…I Gunned that Whore Anne’s Fiancé Down…or…The Fateful Trip to Saint Joseph Missouri, which Ended in the Murder of the Best Damned Pill-Pusher the West Ever Had…or…Vengeance is Mine, Sayeth Both Matthew and Dan…or…Retribution…or…Sweating Bullets…or…Festus Cries…or…

by Daniel G. Snethen


I was already a dead man,

living on borrowed time.

Dillon was going to hunt me down.

Festus, Doc, Kitty and Newly,

Burke and Sam and even Louie,

had all gathered for Doc’s wedding

with Anne in Saint Joseph town.

Dillon was going to hunt me down.

I hated that black bag-carrying quack

and with my Colt I cut the pill-pusher down.

Dillon was going to hunt me down.

Festus lamented, “You ornery old codger.”

Holding the dying dear doctor in his arms,

his bewhiskered face turned to a frown.

Dillon was going to hunt me down.

Yes, Dillon was going to gun me down.

No place to run, no place to hide

in that damned Missouri town.

Yes, Dillon would definitely hunt me down,

place my corpse 6 feet in the ground.

And the crowd would gather round . . .

Kitty and Newly, Burke, Sam and Louie

and that saloon whore named Anne,

all smiling to see me planted in the ground,

cuz I’m the bastard who shot Doc down.

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Christopher Goss, longtime Black Petals and Yellow Mama contributor, has recently made some lifestyle changes, moving from Del Rio Texas, where he made his living building and servicing radio and TV towers, to Spearville, Kansas, where he now works on giant generators on a 300-unit wind farm. He has also started dabbling in some photo art, along with his dark fiction and poetry.

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