it’s never been so nice

it isn’t mentioned
too often
but in the old West
many men were shot in
the back.

this matter of facing
each other
in the street
and going for the draw
was
rare.

the best shot was
usually
the one who
pulled his gun and
fired
while the other was
having a drink
or eating
or playing cards
or bedded down with
a lady
or
otherwise
occupied.

“dead men don’t talk,”
they used to
say.

in the new West
things haven’t changed
at all

just the weaponry:
now you can get 17 or 18
or
more
quicker than you can say
holy
shit.