Oh, Belle – The Ballad of Belle Gunness


I can still remember the day we said “I do.”
I thought we were happy; I thought your love was true
Never once suspected there was ars’nic in my stew!
Now you sit awaitin’ the insurance to come through

*Oh, Belle…why’d I have to die?
Why did it have to end this way?
Oh, Belle…where’d it go awry?
Undertaker’s come to put me in my grave

I can still remember when we wed in ‘02
You in your cotton dress, me in my suit of blue
You needed a husband and my daughter needed you
I never once suspected you’d split my head in two!

*Oh, Belle…why’d you kill me too?
Why’ve you done this thing to me?
Oh, Belle…I have loved you true
But now you’re moving on to husband number three…

I can still remember the letters you sent me
You said we’d be married and be a family
So I sold off my farm, gave you all of my money
I never once suspected you’d feed the pigs with me!

*Oh, Belle…why’d you do me wrong?
Why do you do the things you do?
Oh, Belle…loved you all along
But you have gone and found yourself somebody new

I still remember when I first stepped on your land
Took me in, fed me, gave me work as your farmhand
Helped you bury bodies, put myself at your command
But you made me your patsy; put me in the witness stand!

*Oh, Belle…why’d you run away
Why did you put me in this frame?
Oh, Belle…I’m in jail to stay
Why’d you leave me here and let me take the blame?

Oh, Belle…I’ve been cast aside
And you’ve gone down in history
Oh, Belle…where’d you go and hide?
You have made your fortune and become a mystery

Last Modified: December 12, 2012 at 05:36 pm
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Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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