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Getting Engaged in the Gun Room of the Lafayette Hotel by Kate Fox

Getting Engaged in the Gun Room of the Lafayette Hotel

by Kate Fox


Behind him, long rifles line the wall,

and the smaller weapons—the Derringers,


the Colt 45s, the Smiths and Wessons—are paired

with their bark-tanned holsters in shadow boxes


backed with scenes of the Old West. The ring box

snaps open like a shot, and suddenly it is high noon


at this table, where the world swiftly divides

into black hats and white, “Howdy” and “How,”


good and bad so far apart that not even a bullet

can bring them together. “This love ain’t big enough


for the two of us,” I want to say, but his mind

is on that long, long trail, that last cattle drive,


that moment when he will stare down

the bore of a very long rifle, and he will need


a faithful sidekick to step out in front of him,

to stand tall and take one square in the chest.




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