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Balladeer
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0 posted 09-17-99 12:34 AM       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

Two archaeologists with tools
In that far land where pharaohs ruled
Were the first to notice it.
Some faded parchment buried there
Filled up with writing very rare
In a foreign kind of script.

With no idea what it meant
Quite hastily, the page was sent
To the college in Cairo.
For days they pondered on the page
And called in every linguist sage
But no one seemed to know.

'Twas not a language they had seen.
What could those scribbled symbols mean?
The message wasn't clear.
They compared with every language known
And even the Rosetta stone...
No answer did appear.

What secrets could this paper hold?
What message waiting to be told?
And...was it from this earth?
Or, possibly, it came to be
From some far distant galaxy
Where it had been given birth?

To NASA it was sent with haste,
Computers ran a frenzied pace
To try to find the key.
But it was all such gibberish
Although they worked till feverish
No answer did they see.

So, finally, they shut things down
Knowing no answer would be found
And, wearily went home.
So they were never to discover
The parchment that they had uncovered
Was one of Toerag's poems!
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Lucie
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1 posted 09-17-99 12:39 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

ahahha.. is he that old???
wayoutwalt
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TEXAS (it's all big)


2 posted 09-17-99 12:40 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

fdglkdfjhglfkh f'lgfdlh ds;fkjgfd say
gkjsg'jfg'g';jg fd'jg'fd ;fg'f today
Balladeer
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3 posted 09-17-99 12:46 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Afraid he is, Lucie. His mummy told me so.

Very profound, Walt, very profound.

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If you can't be kind, at least have the courtesy to be vague.

Nicole
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4 posted 09-17-99 01:04 AM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

You know, sweet Sir, I was reading and captivated and just enthralled...then I hit the last line...and found myself on the floor captured by ceaseless tittering. hehehe 'Deer, you are such a joy.
Isis
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5 posted 09-17-99 01:15 AM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

I too was savouring every line and it turned out to be a joke on one and all...:
But thanks:

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Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
~Isis~


Michael
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6 posted 09-17-99 01:19 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

You know - I should have saw this coming,
You got me rollin' again. The more I hang out here, the more I find it hard to write Dark poetry - you guys are killin' me.

Michael


[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 09-17-99).]
Christopher
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7 posted 09-17-99 02:05 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Ditto Michael's statement...
You people!

Great one sir deer!
RainbowGirl
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8 posted 09-17-99 03:46 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Oh my!..Laughing this early in the morning is such a good feeling...you little devil Balladeer...*g*

HUSG

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

JTF
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9 posted 09-17-99 04:45 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

I ditto RG ... ROFLMAO ... and I'm impatiently waiting for the Old Man answer
suthern
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on the threshold of a dream


10 posted 09-17-99 07:04 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Well, at least you got one thing right... his poems are rare! *G* Rare treasures!!! LOL. And don't worry, 'Deer one... you're gonna learn how to read just any day now!!! Those adult education classes work wonders. *EG*

Great poem!!! Thanks for the grins!
Toerag
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Ala bam a


11 posted 09-17-99 07:09 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Toe's Dead Sea Scrolls of Poemz.....Ah yes, I remember them well.......LOL...great job you prick!
Lost Dreamer
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12 posted 09-17-99 07:14 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

As usual you completed the task of tickling my inner soul, evoking laughter to be heard from miles away.
LngJhnAg
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13 posted 09-17-99 09:38 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

I like that style - AABCCB - and the messgae is right on the mark - Toerag writes in pictures, and sometimes even he can't decipher them. However, many times, the pictures are worth the effort. Nice poem.
WhtDove
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14 posted 09-17-99 09:47 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

ROFL...the masked sheep hits again! Great job Balladeer.
You never fail to get me laughing...
Hey Long John the "messgae?" Is that parchment writings? hehehe
Nan
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15 posted 09-17-99 11:50 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

He writes in Toeraglyphics too???
Sunshine
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16 posted 09-17-99 11:59 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

We're all so glad to see that Floyd left you and your computer alone...

'course now Toerag has to make a comeback, he'll be chomping at the bone!
Seymour Tabin
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17 posted 09-17-99 12:28 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I have deciphered the parchment.

It says:
In Haikuknees

Accommodation,
Toilet paper goes so far.
And then there's the hand.
Christopher
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18 posted 09-17-99 04:25 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

LOL @ Toeraglyphics!
Sally S.
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19 posted 09-17-99 04:35 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Here I thought this was a serious piece of work..and BLAM!!! Blind-sided again. I should've guessed...I'll learn, I will. Laughing as I depart....
RainbowGirl
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20 posted 09-17-99 04:44 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

and I'm still laughing as well...it must be so much worse if you're at work...imagine trying to explain why....

HUGS

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

hoot_owl_rn
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21 posted 09-17-99 05:02 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Man did I fall for this one.....you really had me going Balladeer....I was anticipating the ending, wanting despertly to know what it said.......sitting at the edge of my seat and almost rolled off laughing. You my dear definately have a way with words. What a story teller!!

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"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer" ~Albert Camus
Deb Lynne
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22 posted 09-18-99 07:38 PM       View Profile for Deb Lynne   Email Deb Lynne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Deb Lynne

I'm glad Balladeer and Toerag don't pick on anyone else! You guys are too much!!!
U K Hero
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23 posted 09-19-99 05:48 AM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

This is the third time I've read this, and smiled each time.
I love the ancient flair you created, it carries nicely though the poem. 'More please'
Denise
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24 posted 09-19-99 11:25 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Fantastic! What a surprise ending indeed!

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Denise
 
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