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The Memory of Marie

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-07-99 06:47 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 hadn't noticed that old drunkard sitting next to me
In that dim bar so oddly named 'The Memory of Marie'
Until a gnarled and wrinkled hand gently tapped on mine
And breath filled up the atmosphere with smells of day-old wine.

"You may be wondering", he said, "just how this barroom came
To be the dump that it is now with such a haunting name.
In younger days the lights shone bright,laughter filled the air
And , if you fill my glass with wine, I'll tell you, if you care."

Drunks do not appeal to me, but something in his style
Made me think that, possibly, his words could be worthwhile
And, having nothing else to do but watch my life pass by,
I had his glass replenished and I watched him drink it dry.

"Let me pose a question, sir. Please answer if you can
The avenue that you would choose, a decent, honest man
If you were standing in my shoes those many years ago.
It will not change a blessed thing but I'd just like to know."

"Let's suppose the sweetest woman ever in your life
Made a vow that she would be your ever-faithful wife,
And let's suppose that Heaven smiled the way it smiled on me
The day the angels blessed me with my beautiful Marie."

"She made my life a ferris wheel - she filled me with a joy
That gave me cause to call it love that nothing could destroy.
I built the place we're sitting in for all the world to see
The neon sign upon the roof that lit my life - MARIE."

And then one day, the bubble burst. One day the mail came.
Within it was a letter sent to one specific name.
Emblazoned on the envelope, alive with mystery,
The letters of the girl I loved..addressed to my Marie.'

"I don't know how but I was sure as I was standing there
The penmanship was masculine and screamed the word "AFFAIR!"
The choices laying in my hand were obvious to me -
Open it or leave it and say nothing to Marie."

"Affairs are temporary roads a decent woman may
Venture on until the time the newness wears away,
But, in the end, true love would win and, when the thrill had died,
I knew that my belov'd Marie would be back at my side."

"But male pride ruled in the end and, with a trembling hand,
I read the words of love undying from another man,
And, in a fit of fire and rage within my agony,
I screamed the words of hatefulness that cost me my Marie."

"My question is a simple one", he said with quiet voice.
"With that same situation pending, which would be your choice?
Faced with that dilemma staring, which would you find better...
Contenting yourself with what you have, or opening the letter?"

The old man didn't wait for me; instead, without "goodnight"
He got down quickly from the stool and hurried out of sight.
The last I saw was his bent form held up by shaking knees
Scurrying quite quickly from 'The Memory of Marie's.

The years passed quickly. I forgot the old man and Marie's
Until, one day, the memory came screaming back at me.
Almost, as if the gods were laughing with a wild derision,
I found myself encountered by that very same decision!

I know, by looks, I seem to be a bum perched on a stool,
Rambling with thickened tongue words spoken like a fool,
But since you've made my wine glass full, I'll pose it now to you.
Faced with that decision, stranger, tell me what you'ld do.

Content yourself with what you have, or view with opened eyes,
Events which could do nothing more than hurt or criticize?
I'm not sure what you would do, which choice you would find the better
But, as for me, I wish to God I'd never read that letter!

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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1 posted 06-07-99 07:06 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ain' Life Grand???


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2 posted 06-07-99 07:40 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I remember Tom, so long ago, the day the letter came,
Once he was a handsome man, now his face was not the same.
He screamed at me, called me a whore
told me to pack and get out the door.
Crushed under his vitriolic tongue, I turned and walked away
But I often think of him and regret what I didn't say.
He read the words "I love you Marie, and I always will"
He read on, right up to the end, "signed, your loving Bill"
Not knowing the truth, he assumed he knew the story behind what he read.
And until this very day, my friend, the truth remained inside my head.
I got the letter, yes, but I never loved another,
The letter I received that day, was from my long lost brother.
So, trust in the ones you love, judge not upon a whim,
If Tom had heeded these words, I'd still be married to him.



[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 06-07-99).]
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3 posted 06-07-99 07:46 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Is this woman great or what!!!??? Thank you, Poet deVine!
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4 posted 06-10-99 10:22 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Balladeer~
You picked a very appropriate name for yourself. "The Memory of Marie" was terrific.I guess I don't know what I would do in that situation, but I will try to come up with a poetic reply.
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5 posted 06-11-99 12:25 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

OK, here goes. It's not the best, but....

If only I had been the one to get the mail that day.
There is so much I wish to do and wish that I could say.
Tom thought that I was cheating, that I loved someone new.
I wish that I could say to him, "I love only you."
But my one and only love had opened up the letter
From my old flame, who'd said of me, "I never could forget her."
And afterwards, he never gave me a chance to speak
To him and we were separated by the end of the week.
He wouldn't read the letters I wrote, nor answer to my calls
And he began to take to drink, to stumble and to fall.
The "new man", Jim, and I broke up before Tom and I had met
But of the days I spent with him, Jim would not forget.
If Tom had only listened, he would have seen the truth
And I would have spent with him the remainder of my youth.
I am still in love with Tom, to this very day.
There is so much I wish to do and wish that I could say.
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6 posted 06-11-99 06:01 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

If we could just turn back the clock
And have another chance
To rectify some foolish wrong
Brought on by happenstance

Could we really make a change
or would things be the same?
Do we control or are we part
Of some etheral game?

We'll never know what could have been.
No need to even try.
All things work out for the best;
On that we must rely.

Your poem was very well done, Elizabeth. Thank you.

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7 posted 07-07-99 09:21 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

In my Bill I had put full trust
until he followed not love but lust
and came home in the early morn
just three months after his child was born.

"And where were you, heaven tell, pray?
go ahead...with a woman...do say!"
"Yes", he answered, with head hung low
like a cannonball to my stomach came the blow.

Six more years I gave the louse, 'tis true
trying to regain the magic, much to my rue.
Left him I did, when the love was gone
Never more to hear his name in the 70's song.

************

Wonderful ballad - deer!
Back to the top with you!
for all the new kids on the block
can see Marie in you.

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Sunshine

Words will always express our feelings true.
KRJ


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8 posted 07-07-99 09:28 AM       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

What a wonderful and movoing ballad and the posts that followed suit. Hats off to the bunch of you!

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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again Balladeer, you touched me deep inside, with all the fabulous poetry you always seem to write
*curtsies*

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i never call a poem "nice" or such,
for that would not be saying much


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10 posted 07-27-99 05:19 AM       View Profile for CastleHoward   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for CastleHoward

for surely you know how hearts work... their wonders and infidelities to perform... you portray them in verse yet better!
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11 posted 07-27-99 09:42 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

this is a great poem- all of you guys who helped write it. it was so good, i had to e-mail it to some of my friends. great job!
angel
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Hard to pick the favorites!
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13 posted 08-19-2006 08:23 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Love

And I remember those nights alone when "use to be" was love
Until one day I took his phone and wondered messages of
When finally learning how to use the cellphone and I saw
The many times and names exchanged in each and every call
Were those to him and those to her when years together none
Had I received in all that time,  barely not a one...

My story's not much different from those that have gone before
Except that after 30 years love had expected more...
He's back you know, for lust is lust, I was opponent strong
He lives now in the back, a barn, for who knows however long
And like the letter and mistakes, he made one very wrong
But love cannot evaporate, it just travels on in song...

Happy Birthday..again Mike


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14 posted 09-08-2006 06:56 PM       View Profile for dollmaker   Email dollmaker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for dollmaker

that was quite something, great use of irony,****good jobfrom dollmaker

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15 posted 09-08-2006 11:49 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, dollmaker...glad you liked it.
 
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