The untamed West bred savage discontent,
with terror wrought by thieves and thugs, until
chaotic lives made citizens intent
to search for those who handled guns with skill.
Three brothers moved about, from town to town,
eliminating acts of bloodshed, resolute,
the wake of purging crime made them renown,
and mayors flocked, all hoping to recruit.
The brothers tried, with Earps' example clear,
to end the lawless countryside's mystique.
The outlaw gangs would hide in mortal fear;
brutality diminished week by week.
Unheralded by history, retired,
the brothers bask in how they were admired.
Jack has published over 350 poems in his career, many accompanied by his own photography. He specializes in a view of the commonplace and Americana.