Friday, February 27, 2015

SHOW LOW!



The picture for today’s poem was found on the internet and came from an excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. It is a photograph of the Statue that honors the card game in which the town of Show Low derived its name.

Enjoy . . . . . .


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In the pioneer days of Arizona
The stakes were often high
It was put-up or shut-up
And no one questioned why

Two pioneers on nearby spreads
Were a feudin’ and a fussin’
When one got in the other’s view
Tempers flaired, twas lotsa cussin’

Cooley and Clark were neighbors
With a burr in their craw
A feud finally festered; settle
They must; cards they’d draw

Seven-up was the game
Low card wins, the rule of play
Twas a simple game, but the
Stakes were high that fateful day

The deck was shuffled; cards
Dealt face down, one by one
When the Club deuce was turned up,
The game was over; Cooley had won

So, Clark moved on down the road
The bickering ended and now you know
How a town in northeast Arizona
Got the unique name of . . . . Show Low

                               Poem by Herm Meyer