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William And Mary, A Hatfield And A McCoy

William And Mary, A Hatfield And A McCoy

A chain reaction inspiration, mine by Jason Brown’s “The Fume of Sighs”, his inspired by Cherie Sumner’s “Love Lessons From Romeo And Juliet”

In the hills near West Virginia, live two families with so few joys;

For they’ve been feudin’ now over a century, the Hatfields and the McCoys!

It started out so innocently, just like Romeo and Juliet;

But from there it became an all out war, as bloody as it gets!

 

This tale begins on a summer’s day, a lovely afternoon;

Mary McCoy was picking blueberries, saw a boy that made her swoon!

He was tall, well tanned, and handsome, his muscles in sunshine shone;

She like him was traveling solo, the two of them alone!

 

He looked up and then he saw her, their eyes locked for that first time;

They both had exactly the same thoughts, I’d like that person to be mine!

They sauntered to each other, both with smiles on their face;

She said “I’m Mary”, said he “I’m William”, as they shared their first embrace!

 

They talked and laughed for hours, then gently kissed goodbye;

They made plans to meet the next day, tears of joy in both their eyes!

Neither slept well that first evening, for their minds were wide awake;

Again both thinking just alike, what a spouse would each other make!

 

The next morning with hearts a racing, they ran to their rendezvous;

They kissed and both them uttered, “Oh, have I missed you”!

They spent the day together, climbing trees and swimming in the lake;

They dined on cheese and homemade bread, that Mary herself baked!

 

The next day when they again met, and their sparking they renewed;

They each revealed their family names, both not happy about the feud!

But they vowed that they could change things, bring end to the senseless war;

By showing their families how in love they were, then peace could they restore!

 

Our Mary had four older brothers, she was the only sibling girl;

They had sworn to e’er protect her, their perfect little pearl!

On that fateful day they were hunting, all four were deadly shots;

As they came upon a clearing, their precious Mary did they spot!

 

She was in the arms of a stinkin’ Hatfield, their eyes went wide with rage;

They surrounded them real quickly, and Mary disengaged!

Poor William’s face was ashen, and Mary shouted “Please”;

“I beg you not to hurt him”, as they brought him to his knees!

 

“I love him” shouted Mary, “I love her” shouted Will;

But nothing they could say or do, could prevent his blood from spill!

The brothers pulled their triggers, four bullets hit his head;

In an instant Mary lost her mind, her William Hatfield lay there dead!

 

The next day his kinfolk found him, his mother wept for her darling boy;

His brothers pledged a life long vendetta, to kill all of the McCoys!

Poor Mary never recovered, and died young of a broken heart;

That’s the story of how this most famous feud, between the Hatfields and the McCoys did start!

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Greg Etsell

great poem Larry funny there was a movie on yesterday on tv about this I watch it wow

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Larry Ran

Dear Greg,

When I saw you Thursday morning I hadn't seen the movie, and just came up with this idea.  I'm glad you liked it.  Thank you for your kind words.

Peace and Love,

Larry xxx

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Tony Taylor

MY Dear Brother Poet Larry!!
I've seen so many films and press releases about this story........but isn't always the same wnen it comes to this kind of story!?......Romeo and Juliet.......Tristan and Isolde......wars have been started over jealousies concerning Love among rivals for thousands of years.......thanx for this kindness toward Cherie's write........a VERY compellkng narrative brother........loved it........ALL STARS!!.....Love and ROCKETS!!..:..T xo  😉☀✴✳

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Larry Ran

My Dear Brother Tony,

As usual, thank you for your great comment, always stoking my ego.  I took poetic license in writing this, and created the love story between William and Mary, although I remember reading once about a tryst between the two families.  Cherie, and you, always inspire many of us to create works that are spinoffs of your powerful poetry.  Thank you again for always being at my side.

Peace, Love and Rockets,

Larry xxx

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Deborah Evans

Hi  Larry I read Cherie s and Jason s poems.   Yours here encapsulates
them both ,the war between  the two families the love affair 
of  Mary and Will with  opposition of their families ending death
Well written
 A Great inspired write,  A pleasure to read 
Love n hugs Debs xox
 

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Larry Ran

My Dear Debs,

Thank you so much for your lovely words.  I am so glad you enjoyed reading it.  The Hatfields and the McCoys are a part of American history.  I had a lot of enjoyment creating this narrative, and am happy that it brought you pleasure.

Hugs, Peace and Love,

Larry xxx

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Christopher Correia

Hi Larry, what a cool write, I've known about the legendary feud between the Hatfields and McCoys ever since I was a boy, I love how you wrote this, totally captivating, high five brother poet, stay well

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Larry Ran

My Dear Brother Poet Chris,

Sounds like we read the same books when we were young, because I, like you, read about them in my youth.  I'm so happy that you enjoyed my write.  I took the liberty of over embellishing, but it was all based on reported fact.  Thank you for your most kind words.

Peace and Love,

Larry xxx 

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Cherie Sumner

Hi Larry...It was such a tragedy how two families can be so at odds with each other, both stubborn in pride and not willing to concede....Mary and William had the right notion of peace and love that fell on deaf ears....So sad..you told the tale very elequently despite its demise....I am honored that the chain reaction happened...lol...so cool!  Great inspiration flowing...Love n Hugs, xox Cherie 

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

Yes, you certainly started a most successful chain reaction.  The Hatfields and the McCoys is one of the true tragedies in American history, and it has always mesmerized me.  I created Will and Mary, but based them on books that I read about the existence of a tryst between the two families.  Thank you for your inspiration, and your lovely words.

Hugs, Peace and Love,

Larry xxx

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John Astley

A great write as usual Larry, I hadn't heard of this thanks for sharing, I will now research.

Cheers

John

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Larry Ran

Hi John,

The Hatfields and the McCoys are a true part of American history, some of the descendants still feuding to this day.  Thank you for your kind words.  I think you will really enjoy reading about them in your research.

Peace and Love,

Larry xxx

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Jason Brown

Larry, my dear friend...

and the chain binds still
love  death  murder  and despair
victors are vanquished

but the chain of words
holds fast in the inky dark
as the poets  speak

your friends & fans,

Jason & Lorna xx

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Larry Ran

My Dear Friends, Jason and Lorna,

.

My friends read my words

Then honor me with Haiku

Kowtows to you both

.

Peace and Love,

Larry xxx

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