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 © 2019
Where to purchase Kurt James novels and books:
- Just a Man Who’s Searching - September 1, 2020
- Callin’ Her Name - August 25, 2020
- COLORADO GHOST TOWNS, HAUNTINGS,TREASURE TALES, and other BS - August 24, 2020