Tuesday, April 22, 2014 N. R. 0 Comments

 Everyone remembers her as a member of the infamous duo Bonnie & Clyde but not many people know that she was a writer. She wrote brilliant poetry about her life and experiences. I remember creating a project about her titled 'The Wages of Sin' for my creative writing class in high school, it was around that time when I first discovered that she was a poet. Through her words you begin to clearly see for yourself a glimpse of who she was, and not only that but you experience her moments of thrill and happiness, and empathize with her during her moments of deep longing. I will forever be intrigued by her choice to live the 'outlaw' life, and her poetry will always serve as words of creative inspiration for me. So without further adieu please enjoy The Trail's End, Suicide Sal, and The Street Girl by Bonnie Parker!

 The Trail's End

You have read the story of Jesse James
of how he lived and died.
If you're still in need;
of something to read,
here's the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang
I'm sure you all have read.
how they rob and steal;
and those who squeal,
are usually found dying or dead.

There's lots of untruths to these write-ups;
they're not as ruthless as that.
their nature is raw;
they hate all the law,
the stool pigeons, spotters and rats.

They call them cold-blooded killers
they say they are heartless and mean.
But I say this with pride
that I once knew Clyde,
when he was honest and upright and clean.

But the law fooled around;
kept taking him down,
and locking him up in a cell.
Till he said to me;
"I'll never be free,
so I'll meet a few of them in hell"

The road was so dimly lighted
there were no highway signs to guide.
But they made up their minds;
if all roads were blind,
they wouldn't give up till they died.

The road gets dimmer and dimmer
sometimes you can hardly see.
But it's fight man to man
and do all you can,
for they know they can never be free.

From heart-break some people have suffered
from weariness some people have died.
But take it all in all;
our troubles are small,
till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.

If a policeman is killed in Dallas
and they have no clue or guide.
If they can't find a fiend,
they just wipe their slate clean
and hang it on Bonnie and Clyde.

There's two crimes committed in America
not accredited to the Barrow mob.
They had no hand;
in the kidnap demand,
nor the Kansas City Depot job.

A newsboy once said to his buddy;
"I wish old Clyde would get jumped.
In these awful hard times;
we'd make a few dimes,
if five or six cops would get bumped"

The police haven't got the report yet
but Clyde called me up today.
He said,"Don't start any fights;
we aren't working nights,
we're joining the NRA."

From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
is known as the Great Divide.
Where the women are kin;
and the men are men,
and they won't "stool" on Bonnie and Clyde.

If they try to act like citizens
and rent them a nice little flat.
About the third night;
they're invited to fight,
by a sub-gun's rat-tat-tat.

They don't think they're too smart or desperate
they know that the law always wins.
They've been shot at before;
but they do not ignore,
that death is the wages of sin.

Some day they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it'll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.

Suicide Sal  We each of us have a good "alibi" For being down here in the "joint" But few of them really are justified If you get right down to the point. You've heard of a woman's glory Being spent on a "downright cur" Still you can't always judge the story As true, being told by her. As long as I've stayed on this "island" And heard "confidence tales" from each "gal" Only one seemed interesting and truthful- The story of "Suicide Sal". Now "Sal" was a gal of rare beauty, Though her features were coarse and tough; She never once faltered from duty To play on the "up and up". "Sal" told me this tale on the evening Before she was turned out "free" And I'll do my best to relate it Just as she told it to me: I was born on a ranch in Wyoming; Not treated like Helen of Troy, I was taught that "rods were rulers" And "ranked" as a greasy cowboy. Then I left my old home for the city To play in its mad dizzy whirl, Not knowing how little of pity It holds for a country girl. There I fell for "the line" of a "henchman" A "professional killer" from "Chi" I couldn't help loving him madly, For him even I would die. One year we were desperately happy Our "ill gotten gains" we spent free, I was taught the ways of the "underworld" Jack was just like a "god" to me. I got on the "F.B.A." payroll To get the "inside lay" of the "job" The bank was "turning big money"! It looked like a "cinch for the mob". Eighty grand without even a "rumble"- Jack was last with the "loot" in the door, When the "teller" dead-aimed a revolver From where they forced him to lie on the floor. I knew I had only a moment- He would surely get Jack as he ran, So I "staged" a "big fade out" beside him And knocked the forty-five out of his hand. They "rapped me down big" at the station, And informed me that I'd get the blame For the "dramatic stunt" pulled on the "teller" Looked to them, too much like a "game". The "police" called it a "frame-up" Said it was an "inside job" But I steadily denied any knowledge Or dealings with "underworld mobs". The "gang" hired a couple of lawyers, The best "fixers" in any mans town, But it takes more than lawyers and money When Uncle Sam starts "shaking you down". I was charged as a "scion of gangland" And tried for my wages of sin, The "dirty dozen" found me guilty- From five to fifty years in the pen. I took the "rap" like good people, And never one "squawk" did I make Jack "dropped himself" on the promise That we make a "sensational break". Well, to shorten a sad lengthy story, Five years have gone over my head Without even so much as a letter- At first I thought he was dead. But not long ago I discovered; From a gal in the joint named Lyle, That Jack and his "moll" had "got over" And were living in true "gangster style". If he had returned to me sometime, Though he hadn't a cent to give I'd forget all the hell that he's caused me, And love him as long as I lived. But there's no chance of his ever coming, For he and his moll have no fears But that I will die in this prison, Or "flatten" this fifty years. Tomorrow I'll be on the "outside" And I'll "drop myself" on it today, I'll "bump 'em if they give me the "hotsquat" On this island out here in the bay... The iron doors swung wide next morning For a gruesome woman of waste, Who at last had a chance to "fix it" Murder showed in her cynical face. Not long ago I read in the paper That a gal on the East Side got "hot" And when the smoke finally retreated, Two of gangdom were found "on the spot". It related the colorful story Of a "jilted gangster gal" Two days later, a "sub-gun" ended The story of "Suicide Sal".  
The Street Girl
You don't want to marry me honey,
Though just to hear you ask me is sweet;
If you did you'd regret it tomorrow
For I'm only a girl of the street.
Time was when I'd gladly have listened,
Before I was tainted with shame,
But it wouldn't be fair to you honey;
Men laugh when they mention my name.

Back there on the farm in Nebraska,
I might have said yes to you then,
But I thought the world was a playground;
Just teeming with Santa Claus men.
So I left the old home for the city,
To play in its mad, dirty whirl,
Never knowing how little of pity,
It holds for a slip of a girl.

You think I'm still good-looking honey!
But no I am faded and spent,
Even Helen of Troy would look seedy,
If she followed the pace I went.
But that day I came in from the country,
With my hair down my back in a curl;
Through the length and the breadth of the city,
There was never a prettier girl.

I soon got a job in the chorus,
With nothing but looks and a form,
I had a new man every evening,
And my kisses were thrilling and warm.
I might have sold them for a fortune,
To some old sugar daddy with dough,
But youth called to youth for its lover,
There was plenty that I didn't know.

Then I fell for the 'line' of a 'junker',
A slim devotee of hop,
And those dreams in the juice of a poppy;
Had got me before I could stop.

But I didn't care while he loved me,
Just to lie in his arms was a delight,
But his ardor grew cold and he left me;
In a Chinatown 'hop-joint' one night.

Well I didn't care then what happened,
A _____* took me under his wing,
And down there in a hovel of hell --
I labored for Hop and Ah-Sing
Oh no I'm no longer a 'Junker',
The police came and got me one day,
And I took the one cure that is certain,
That island out there in the bay.

Don't spring that old gag of reforming,
A girl hardly ever goes back,
Too many are eager and waiting;
To guide her feet off of the track.
A man can break every commandment
And the world will still lend him a hand,
Yet a girl that has loved, but un-wisely
Is an outcast all over the land.

You see how it is don't you honey,
I'd marry you now if I could,
I'd go with you back to the country,
But I know it won't do any good,
For I'm only a poor branded woman
And I can't get away from the past.
Good-bye and God bless you for asking
But I'll stick out now till the last.
*racial slur excluded from the transcript