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!