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I Remember Tom Dooley
by Londis Carpenter

Tuesday, February 01, 2005
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Of course you all know I am really not Tom Dooley's illegitimate son, but I thought it would make a heck of a story. What do you think? does it work?

I Remember Tom Dooley

By Londis Carpenter

Copyright © 2005, printed in USA


They caught Tom Dooley in my Backyard

When I was only ten.

The posse had drove him fast and hard,

But he never rode again.

When the sheriff arrived Tom folded his hand

Like he knew he had seen his last day.

He offered no fight and he didn’t run,

He surrendered while glancing my way.

Through a forced expression he managed a grin,

Yet he didn’t say a word.

When the sheriff told him he would hang that day,

Dooley seemed to have not even heard.

My pa kept tending to his own chores,

With a hollow look in his eye.

But mom gave Tom a tearful wave,

Like when lovers say goodbye.

Tom glanced toward pa and he stared at ma,

Then he looked real hard my way.

His eyes said more than a heart could read,

Or a tongue has words to say.

They caught Tom Dooley in my backyard

When I was only ten.

The posse had drove him fast and hard,

But he never rode again.
They hung Tom Dooley from the old oak tree;
I watched them take his life.
They had left him hanging and swinging free,
So I cut him down with my knife.


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Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/4/2005
terrific story/poem!!!
enjoyed this much
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/2/2005
Thanks for this offering!!

lov Tinka
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/2/2005
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/1/2005
It works qukte well. Its one of the country songs I tend to hum a lot. No sure why, but I really enjoy it. hmmmm now its in my mind again :-) Thanks for the read :-)
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/1/2005
Interesting and the doctor Tom Dooley that went into Viet Nam and Cambodia died of cancer at a young age. It has been a long time since I have heard this name metioned.
Reviewed by M. B. 2/1/2005
This is terrific!! I love the rhyme and rhythm. Very well done!! :)

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