Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Black in the Shadow Again"

Black in the Shadow Again

As far as we could tell on the black and white screen
Gene Autry’s shirt was black
his horse Champion was black or gray
with a white patch down his nose
Gene’s hat was white and seldom left his head
his sparkling guns blazed white
his guitar was plain gray wood and strings
the mountains in the background and the trees
were black and gray and white
the shadows as in life were always black
Gene smiled and sang happy through his sparkling white teeth
till down Mexico way
the sad and pretty senorita in the black shawl
watched him ride off North to the border
waving promises
she cried and waited and prayed herself to whiteness
in the black shadows of the candlelight
that’s where he found her when he came back one day
she didn’t see him black in the shadow
then he rode off
yipee ky yi yay
back in the saddle

Carmen Leone
© 2014

Image Links to its source on Wiki Commons
Publicity photo of Gene Autry for his appearance at a banquet to announce a contest for the Seattle Packing Company-Bar-S brand.  14 April 1960
Wikipedia claims that this image was not copyrighted, & therefore is in the public domain. Specifically, Wiki Commons states: “This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.”

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