Another masterpiece from the Bard of Chelmsford off Arlington.
This selection is from my first book of poetry "A Little Something."
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I’M A STUBBORN OLD MULE
I’m a stubborn old mule, As stubborn as they come. A rail between the eyes is the only thing That’ll make me run.
He doesn’t pat me gently on the brow, Or say, “Come now friend, a little further now.” No, No! It’s a beam between the eyes, And a roaring scream and cry, As he pushes and shoves with venom for an eye, And brutality frothing in his unpatient sigh.
He has no memory of the burden I bore, When I carried him, his gold, and a mountain of store.
He forgets how on the side of cliffs I trod, As he cowered and crazed and cursed his God.
He has no memory of the thirst I craved, Carrying his drink to an early grave. He’s a brave man, who went down in books, A crusty determined miner. And I, who braved his dirty looks, Hefted the load of gold for my forty-niner.
Ah yes, a brave man was he, But he wouldn’t have a nickel if it weren’t for me.
But I’m a stubborn old mule, And as dumb as can be. But the old bastard wouldn’t have a nickel, If it weren’t for the likes of me.
Carried him where his pretty horses wouldn’t go, Through mountains, and deserts, and fields of snow. But, in his fancies, he dreams of a saddle And a golden mane, His pretty little horses, Dining on sacks of expensive grain.
But for his trusty, dusty steed, forever at his side, It’s a drunken mumble, and tempered lash, And another scar in my hide.
Many a day, when I’d had enough, I sat in the middle of the road, And laughed as he stammered and huffed and puffed. Oh, how he wished to shoot me... But who would carry the load?
Yes, many a time I wouldn’t go on. But does he remember how I danced On the edge of a cliff, As he trembled and gasped, and for his life hung on. A man of might, and right and power and gain, And as he drunk his whiskey and barked to the stars, I stood by quietly in the snow and the rain.
I’m as stubborn as a mule, As stubborn as they come. A rail between the eyes is the only thing That’ll make me run.
I carry his load, sure footed I go, But when I’ve had enough of his rum drenched batter, I pull up, take a seat, and listen to his chatter.
The other day, in a fit of rage, He pulled his rifle from my side. “Move along, you stubborn old bastard, Or I’ll shoot you right here, And then tan your damn hide.”
I yawned, then lifted my head and brayed. I curled my lips, then bared my broken teeth. And when he shouldered his gun, I stared into the breech. I felt the powder as it burnt my eye, And a dull thud as a jolt from hell pierced my skull, And I fell there onto my side.
But I’m a stubborn old mule, As stubborn as they come. I laid there with his pack and store, And stared up at his eye. And I’m proud to say, I hung there waitin’ to die, Long enough to see the dumb bastard Put down his rifle and cry.
Yes, I’m a stubborn old mule, As stubborn as they come. It takes a rail between the eyes To get me up to run. But when you have a load too tough to hold, It’s a call for the likes of me. And I bear it well, sure footed and determined, Right to the rim of hell. But what he can’t stand, Is that I’m a bit of a man. And, as the man, I have my pride, And how I tried, and tried, and tried. But, oh how glad I am that when I came to die I was beast enough to make the bastard cry... Yes, beast enough... To make that bastard cry.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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