Ballad in A

by Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong

A Kansan plays cards, calls marshal
a crawdad, that barb lands that rascal a slap;
that Kansan jackass scats,
camps back at caballada ranch.

Hangs kack, ax, and camp hat.
Kansan’s nag mad and rants can’t bask,
can’t bacchanal and garland a lass,
can’t at last brag can crack Law’s balls,

Kansan’s cantata rang at that ramada ranch,
Mañana, Kansan snarls, I’ll have an armada
and thwart Law’s brawn,
slam Law a damn mass warpath.

Marshal’s a marksman, maps Kansan’s track,
calm as a shaman, sharp as a hawk,
says: that dastard Kansan’s had
and gnaws fatback.

At dawn, marshal stalks that ranch,
packs a gat and blasts Kansan’s ass
and Kansan gasps, blasts back.
A flag flaps half- staff.

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Last updated December 26, 2022