The Ballad of Fast Eddie

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THE BALLAD OF FAST EDDIE

Back
In the 1970s
Fast Eddie was
An old man
Who walked
Down the streets
Of the city
Of Troy
Looking for a
Fight looking for
All the bad guys in
A child sized
Cowboy hat with
Two cap
Pistols & his
Belt looking
For the
OK Corral
On the streets
And in the
Alleyways of
The city where
He was the sheriff
Waiting for the clock
To strike

Noon

“Eat lead!”

Eddie would yell
At all the passersby’s
Who laughed
At him cap
Guns blazing in
The air
The sun the
Fastest gunslinger
In the West
This side of
Albany a legend
Who kept Troy
Safe from a world
Too hard to
Understand too
Scared to deal
With life & all
The pressures
Of the world
And of
The mind

Eddie
Liked his
Sarsaparilla
Straight up
And took no
Gruff from
Anyone another
Hero lost in time
Protecting the world
From the men in
Black hats that
We could
Never see

Eddie
Was a real
Gunfighter
A real man that
All the children
Could look up
To a man who
Was kind but
Tough but who
Didn’t see the
End coming

Until one
Day when
Eddie was casually
Walking down
The block
And got shot down
By the gas company
Maintenance man
Known to all his friends
As Tom Terrific
Who pointed his
Finger at Eddie
And said

“Draw!”

And fired

But Eddie just
Wasn’t fast
Enough
His pistols never
Leaving the holsters
In time

Pow! Pow!
Tom’s finger
Took him down
And Eddie
Pretended to
Be shot
And dropped
To the ground

And
That was
The End
Of Fast
Eddie
And he
Was sent
To a psychiatric
Hospital
Where they
Just called him

“Ed”

 

~ R.M. Engelhardt

Troy Poetry Mission Presents Rebecca Schumejda 11.29.17

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On Wednesday November 29th The Troy Poetry Mission Returns to O’Brien’s Public House With Our Featured Poet Rebecca Schumejda & An Open Mic For Poets & The Spoken Word Hosted By R.M. Engelhardt and James H Duncan.

7:30pm Sign Up*8pm Start Time
$3.00 Donation Requested

http://www.troypoetrymission.com

STEP UP TO THE MIC
THIS IS POETRY

O’BRIEN’S PUBLIC HOUSE
43 Third Street
TROY, NY

BIO:

Rebecca Schumejda is the author of Our One-Way Street (NYQ Books, 2017), Waiting at the Dead End Diner (Bottom Dog Press, 2014), Cadillac Men (NYQ Books, 2012), Falling Forward, (sunnyoutside, 2009) and several chapbooks including Common Wages, which she co-authored with poet Don Winter. She received her MA in Poetics and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and her BA in English and Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Our 1st Anniversary Albany Poets At The Mission

COME & CELEBRATE OUR 1st ANNIVERSARY WITH US !!! WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH THE TROY POETRY MISSION PRESENTS ALBANY POETS Mary Panza Thom Francis Don Levy At O’Brien’s Public House With Our Monthly Open Mic For Poets & the spoken Word 7:30pm Sign Up 8pm Start STEP UP TO THE MIC: POET BIOS: THOM FRANCIS […]

via ALBANY POETS AT THE MISSION 9.27.17 — The Troy Poetry Mission Troy NY

Welcome To Troy September 28th

So Here We Are In Troy, NY: 


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After years of creating & promoting events, poets, benefits and making poetry readings happen in Albany, NY as well as in Maine & The Florida Keys we’ve finally made it to Troy, NY and we’re happy to call it home.

And we are calling our new home for poets & poetry O’Brien’s Public House, 43 Third Street Troy, NY held on the Last Wednesday evening of each month.

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Why?

Because this is an amazing place and not just because I’m Irish and they have great food & drink. Don & Terry’s Pub is a beautiful place that has a lot of history& class  and for the first time in quite awhile I’m looking forward to creating a monthly event that will be something new and exciting. And it’s going be just that.

It’s time.

With a nod to all the friends & poets who came before us –

To all the wordsmiths from the streets

To all the professors & their students

To all the ladies with words to speak

I welcome you all & officially invite you to the 1st 

Troy Poetry Mission Poetry Open Mic At O’Brien’s Public House

On WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28th 2016

43 Third Street Troy, NY held on the last Wednesday evening of each month.

7pm Sign Up~7:30pm Start Time

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*The Troy Poetry Mission is an open mic for poets, writers old & new alike with a featured poet monthly.

$3.00 Donation requested

Hosted By R.M. Engelhardt

Meet You At The Bar

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