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My Home Town (Community poem unsuitable)

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Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA

0 posted 09-08-99 06:42 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I'm right here in Ft. Lauderdale
One of the few not out on bail.
The city of fun in the sun.
I saw it once - in '91.

I see palms swaying in the breeze
And watch for swimming refugees
Who've risked it all - all that they own
To come and make our town their home.

The snowbirds chase the early birds,
Attack the Rascal House in herds.
We have a big state lottery
And Indians sell smokes, tax-free.

Each year the tourist hoards invade,
Wear yellow shorts...drink Gator-Ade.
Though they invade our beach like leeches
We smile at all those sons of beaches.

Why do we smile? The simple fact is
Thanks to them, there's no state taxes
So we just smile and say hello
Then cheer the day they finally go.

Our bird - the plastic pink flamingo
Our slogan - "Hot damn! I've got Bingo!"
With Spanglish our official lingo
And foreigners are known as "gringo".

If one can disregard the lootings,
Pay no mind to the drive-by shootings,
Laugh at corruption in city hall,
This is a great place, after all!!!
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
Posts 9561

1 posted 09-08-99 06:47 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

A Florida boy are you? I tell ya, you put a good laugh in here! I feel so repetitious when I reply to your poems, but they're all so darn good! Great Job!
Member Elite
since 07-31-99
Posts 3167
United Kingdom

2 posted 09-08-99 06:54 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Me too but I laughed @ We smile at all those sons of beaches.....nice play on words here..*g*


You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Member Seraphic
since 08-22-99
Posts 23002

3 posted 09-08-99 07:00 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Another FAB one, Balladeer
A poet true, it's very clear
For ev'ry single thing you write
Just fills us all with such delight!

Andrew Scott
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since 06-24-99
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4 posted 09-08-99 07:07 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

When I was still living with my father, a couple of batchlors we were, we went to Florida for a few weeks in the dead of summer. He had family there. On our way back home dad asked his born and raised So. Cal son if I wanted to move to Florida. I told him to have a nice trip and write when he found work. He never did go. So. California - we got all you got and taxes too, but at least its a dry heat! As always, a great poem Sir Balladeer. Say hello to the gators for me.
Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

5 posted 09-08-99 07:54 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

....But I LOVE Rascals - good breakfast - All you can eat, too.....
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since 06-20-99
Posts 1123

6 posted 09-08-99 08:21 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

I inspired you to write an unsuitable poem huh?? ahhahahahahha... well I like it!! almost as much as my first really good poem that you wouldn't let me post cause your mean..heheheheheheh

Two suns up..hehe

[This message has been edited by Lucie (edited 09-08-99).]
Seymour Tabin
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since 07-07-99
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Tamarac Fla

7 posted 09-08-99 09:27 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

It rings so true that it hurts to read.
But I enjoyed it through the pain.
Lost Dreamer
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since 06-20-99
Posts 2589
Normal, Illinois

8 posted 09-25-1999 08:41 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Page one was looking a little pale without the sight of Balladeer, so here I found a poem that could grace page 1 for a short while.
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since 08-16-99
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9 posted 09-25-1999 11:10 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Balladeer, truth be told...Ft. Lauderdale is REALLY my hometown. I was born there...lived in that area until my parents decided that things were too scary to raise three daughters there. You can't know how glad I am that we escaped! After 23 years, I'd never trade the forests of North FL for palm trees

The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
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