Tale of Thomas Legit

Tale of Thomas Legit

Tale of Thomas Legit

Some strange things happen in the Rockies Mountains cold,
Around a timberline where men that are men dig for gold.
In this tale of Thomas Legit—grab a log for a campfire sit,
This may be the strangest tale of a man you might admit.
Thomas Legit was an odd-looking fellow from way back east,
Over time, he never shaved and his beard grew into a beast.
His beard was dark and tangled and longer than he was tall,
Got in the way when he spoke and gave him a mountain drawl.
His beard so long that he used a leather sack to carry it around,
Feet so big his tracks looked as if a deer had bedded down.
Thomas Legit was a huge, angry, and turbulent type of gent,
He was sullen like a sore-headed dog—always sort of bent.
One night above timberline as the wolves howled all around,
The mighty roar of a grizzly as he sprinted tearing up the ground.
Thomas Legit was not strong on brains, but he was not short on guts,
He stood and dashed to meet the grizzly like he was crazy nuts.
Bear claw, teeth, fists, roar after roar it was a battle for the ages,
Back and forth they fought both madder than hell with rampages.
It would seem Thomas Legit had more than just sand in his gizzard,
He punched and kicked that bear as if he was some kung fu wizard.
He fought the brute like there would never be another day,
Bloody and beaten that conquered grizzly bear finally ran away.
Thomas Legit had not realized it during the grizzly bear attack,
When Legit raised his arms in victory – his beard fell out of the sack.
Thomas began to strut and dance a merry victory toe to toe jig,
His beard and feet had gotten tangled then he tripped on a twig.
Thomas being the big man that he was he had a long way to fall,
Cracked his noggin on a rock, his beard was longer than he was tall.
So ends the tale of Thomas Legit as he is sure enough now dead,
Because his beard was longer than he was tall and he fell on his head.
Kurt James
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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 7th Colorado adventure tale novel “When the Song Vanishes”.

8 thoughts on “Tale of Thomas Legit

    • November 23, 2019 at 5:18 PM

      Legend or tall tale only the storyteller can tell…lol. Thanks for stopping by Phyllis and glad you enjoyed it.

    • November 23, 2019 at 5:18 PM

      Stop by my campfire anytime Jamie… glad you enjoyed this tale.

    • November 24, 2019 at 5:57 AM

      Haha, well John it was an entertaining write… lol… glad it made you smile that is what it was all about.

  • December 1, 2019 at 5:27 AM

    Haha. Always tough to have the brains and brawn package together. Nice work Kurt. The flow was magnificent in this piece.

    • December 1, 2019 at 6:46 AM

      Hahaha – Yes, Paul if Thomas had only shaved…lol..


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