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How to Get out of Dodge

Maureen Thorson

Sharp to the right, now.
Travel with your eyes in front of you.

There’s no other way. You’d best believe:
whoever scoundrels have marked for death

can hardly be called living. So don’t meet
their angry glare. Instead,

take this sound advice – stay no longer
under pay at the Double C. Move sidewinderish

through red canyons. Holster your trust.
Don’t give opinions. Be prompt to your cue

and suspicious. Keep the girl out of it.
Toltec’s the place for you. So spur on.

Ride herd with the breeze, silken, invisible.
Role model for all men who stay out of sight.

Maureen Thorson

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