Petticoat Duel

Petticoat Duel

With skirts flowing
And roughed knees hiding,
They appeared in the meadow
With witnesses spectating.

Two coats taken off,
Expensive satin fell
Into the tall grass
And never retrieved again.

Corsets exposed, loosened
And dueling pistols produced.
Now the two women could breathe
And move with the right prowess.

So they each took a pistol
From the velvet case.
An ebony pistol, and an ivory one
Wielded now by the other.

Seconds ticked, seconds watched.
The two women took steps apart,
Turning only when the distance
Between was acceptable.

And they each raised an arm,
Holding an ornate breech-loader.
Pulling the hammer back,
And firing until one had departed.

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