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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-09-99 06:01 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

My poems may not be classics;
They may never make the grade
That separates the amateurs
From masters of their trade.

They may never reach anthologies
Or even magazines,
Or ever be considered masterful,
By any means.

They may go through Time unnoticed
But, one thing I promise you,
Is, whatever I may offer
Is the best that I can do.

There's a chance I'm not as gifted
Or, as my ex-wife believed,
That my father's sperm count faltered
On the day I was conceived.

Perhaps my grey cell count is lower
Than another man's
But, whenever I present myself,
I do the best I can.

A poem has integrity.
It puts us on display.
A testament of our beliefs
Is there in what we say.

Sincerity cannot be faked;
Pride has no substitute.
If we don't give it our best shot,
Why take the time to shoot?

Let's help enrich each other
And this world in which we live.
In poetry, and friendship, give
The best that you can give.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Poet deVine
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1 posted 06-09-99 08:14 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I think your poetry is classic and your best is far better than a lot of us (I include myself)..in fact your worst (which I have yet to see - don't think it exists) is better than most of us...as for your ex-wife, don't you know that once they're an x they are erased along with any thing bad they've said about you?

This poem is one of your best, thoughtful and intelligent; worthy of any anthology, magazine or Nobel Prize (ok, so I'm sucking up a bit here!). I truly liked it!



So, I bring it forth for more to see - back to the top with thee!

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Poet deVine
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2 posted 06-26-99 12:02 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This is too good to be hidden at the bottom of the heap!
wayoutwalt
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since 06-22-99
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3 posted 06-26-99 12:41 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

you are an inspiration balladeer. I have had writers block since momma died and you and many others are giving me the boost i need to pick up a pen. great poem!
ac
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4 posted 06-26-99 11:37 AM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

not by a long shot balladeer, will time by pass by on your poems here...though it's not quite the same as the printed page, your work has earned it's right in a much more special place...inmortality in undefined space...

I really like this one...

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Balladeer
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5 posted 06-26-99 03:30 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 all VERY much. Well appreciated!
Wolfgang
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6 posted 06-26-99 05:56 PM       View Profile for Wolfgang   Email Wolfgang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wolfgang's Home Page   View IP for Wolfgang

classy piece of oration Balladeer!
P.S.
Have you ever tried trapshooting?

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Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


7 posted 07-07-99 01:49 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

To the top, to the top
one of the best of Balladeer's crop.

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Sunshine

Words will always express our feelings true.
KRJ

elvira
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8 posted 07-12-99 01:55 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

hilarious bit about the ex-wife!


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


Andrew Scott
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9 posted 07-12-99 06:33 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Most treasures can be found at the bottom of a heap, for what priceless jem has not been dug from the earth. This one is no exception.
Sir Balladeer: you are in deed a master poet. As always, my hat is off and I bow to you and yours.
Balladeer
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10 posted 07-12-99 06:44 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

ANdrew, your kind words are always appreciated. Thank you
Lost Dreamer
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11 posted 07-27-99 09:02 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

This is excellent, and needs another lift to the top, for all the new poets to get a glimse of your creative ability.
hoot_owl_rn
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12 posted 07-28-99 08:32 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

Balladeer......again, very nice form flowing like a river so smooth. You have no idea what talent you have. I can not tell you often enough that you need to market these talents. If you need some advice or suggestions, e-mail me and I will be most grateful to help. I have 20 poems published and 3 short stories. I am not bragging, merely telling you that your talent which far surpasses mine can get you published if you so choose.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
armanca
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13 posted 07-28-99 06:18 PM       View Profile for armanca   Email armanca   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for armanca

I admire your work so much. I come looking for it almost everyday. So, thank you!!

carman
Irish Rose
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14 posted 10-06-2000 10:21 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

This one hasn't been around for awhile but the theme of it is very clearly on my mind, as I wonder sometimes what the true meaning of poetry really is.  You said it gloriously so I thought others would want to read it again as well.

Kathleen

Irish Rose
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15 posted 04-01-2001 10:57 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

In my quiet time, I read poetry.  I believe also that sincerity cannot be faked.  It is the words that are sincere like this poem said, one of my favorites by you.

Kathleen Blake

"When red-haired girls scamper like roses over the rain-green grass,
and the sun drips honey."
Laurie Lee

Marsha
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16 posted 06-19-2001 10:00 PM       View Profile for Marsha   Email Marsha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marsha's Home Page   View IP for Marsha

'Deer dear heart, these are far too good to be hidden away in the back archives, bring them back love. Lets all have some quality smutter in the forums again.

Do you ever write badly? No probably not love, this is excellent.

Take care
love as always
Marsha
  

Take back the hope you gave,- I claim
Only a memory of the same
Robert Browning


Marsha
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17 posted 06-19-2001 10:03 PM       View Profile for Marsha   Email Marsha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marsha's Home Page   View IP for Marsha

'Deer into the libray with you,   I'm sure you'll find it quite cosy
               love amd stuff
                  Mushy
                    
                  

Take back the hope you gave,- I claim
Only a memory of the same
Robert Browning


Irish Rose
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18 posted 01-13-2002 02:48 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

I needed this today, I'm glad I found it and read....it's solid gold.

Kathleen--(Kay)
A true friend does not love you for who you are, but in spite of who you are." -- Caroline Tran

RosePetal
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19 posted 02-11-2002 04:51 PM       View Profile for RosePetal   Email RosePetal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RosePetal

your poetry always wows me! you are amazing, and dont let anyone tell u anything different!!!
latearrival
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20 posted 03-22-2006 06:34 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Another gem just begging to be read anew.
 
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