The Hit-man

“Listen, when I’m on the trail,
I play a lonesome hand,
that’s why I never fail
to do what I have planned.

I used to have a partner,
an extra pair of eyes;
we’d get them in a corner
or take them by surprise.

But she was less than perfect
and couldn’t stand much pain,
opened a door she hadn’t checked
that morning in the rain.

Sometimes I notice others
who travel holding hands,
and sisters and their brothers
have someone who understands.

I’ve done all the latest drugs
but I never could get high,
and this gun shoots heavy slugs
and I don’t care if I die…

But I love to find a track
and point my itchy finger,
and the satisfying crack
when I squeeze the trigger.

There’s nothing left to believe
and I can’t sleep at night,
and now the last one to leave
gets to turn out the light."

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This is one of my ‘caricature poems’, in which a slightly exaggerated implied character is speaking.


gun, hit, man, partner, slugs, trigger

I am a Canadian, originally from Ontario, and am now living in Calgary, Alberta. I have studied sciences and anthropology at university and travelled across North America and briefly to Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been writing for over 20 years and performed my work in public. I have written more than 100 poems, several short stories and am presently working on a few novels.

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  • screamqueen
    screamqueenabout 6 years ago

    I like it, nice rhyme

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesabout 6 years ago

    Thanks, screamqueen.

  • seraph
    seraphabout 6 years ago

    the last stanza is solid clincher

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesabout 6 years ago

    Thanks again, seraph.

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...about 5 years ago

    Another brilliant verse Nancy ………….. could well be turned into into song ……….. you definately have a good talent for words! – David :>))

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesabout 5 years ago

    Thanks again, David. I appreciate your interest and kind words – Nancy Ames

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 2 years ago

  • Very nice to be featured in CORE – thankyou, Ushna.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Jak Savage (aka Unbeknown)
    Jak Savage (ak...over 2 years ago

    Absolutely superb writing, congratulations on your feature :)

  • Thanks so much, unbeknown.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Jason  Grelli
    Jason Grelliover 2 years ago

    this has to go in my favourites!

  • I`m glad you like it, Jason, and thanks for the fave.

    – Nancy Ames

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