God created men and Sam Colt made them Equal.
– Old West Adage (March 5, 1836)
Gunslinger, quick draw myth we cherish,
the West is wound with dreams
come through the centuries like a mist
hanging on a bare branch, prismed droplets
clinging, sparkling with our inheritance—
now we are rich with missiles and rockets
aimed to kill and maim, to keep the peace
with fear in this overcrowded town—
the dark shroud that shields us equally.