There were three riders on that fateful
Evening of April 18, 1775: Paul Revere,
William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott.
Initially the British Redcoats had caught
All three. Each man eventually talking
His way out of custody, Revere being
The last and having to walk back to town
Barefoot. But Revere’s ancestor was
The famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Who wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride,” altering
History ever so slightly and making Paul
A more successful patriot than his biblical
Namesake. A few years later, Helen Moore
(No relation to William Dawes) wrote a parodic
Poem for Billy (as his friends called him)
And published it in Century Magazine.
But nobody has written a poem for poor
Sam Prescott until now. So let the record show:
He too was captured trying to commit
A crime against the world’s greatest
Power and failed; but he was the first
To amble back to town without shoes.