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Singing to the Deaf

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-10-99 03:34 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

To stand before a listening crowd
And let one's feelings pour aloud
To fall upon the hardened ears
Of those who smile but do not hear
And put oneself through that castration
Makes me feel the same frustration

As singing to the deaf
Or dancing for the blind.
I'll put no more my words to rhyme
Nor take part in this pantomime
Of singing to the deaf
Or dancing for the blind.

At times, a soul will raise his hand
And say to me, "I understand!"
But very few and far between
Are those who say just what they mean.
It strikes a certain irony
Within a special part of me.

To carry on would make no sense;
I'll not join in this cruel pretense
Of singing to the deaf
And dancing for the blind.

Then, when my pen is stopped by age,
And Fate has turned the final page,
All the things I tried to say
Will join me as I pass away.

But, as I leave this world behind,
I'll go out wearing peace of mind
Because I didn't compromise
Or cut my feelings down to size

And words above my grave will read
"Here lies a man who didn't need
The singing to the deaf
Or dancing for the blind

Or pleading to an empty mind."
All this and more I leave behind,
The singing - screaming! - at the deaf;
Dancing for the blind.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Nimrod the Hunter
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1 posted 06-10-99 06:46 PM       View Profile for Nimrod the Hunter   Email Nimrod the Hunter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nimrod the Hunter

I agree with you, Balladeer, you have made a point come across there.

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Nimrod the Hunter

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Lost Dreamer
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2 posted 06-30-99 06:51 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

I decided to go backwards here to find what I have missed, and here I find another great poem by Balladeer. ("Then, when my pen is stopped by age,
And Fate has turned the final page,")I really hope this scenerio does not happen anytime in the near future. By the way please read "Ocean of Poetry" I wrote it about you.
Poet deVine
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3 posted 06-30-99 07:31 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

There is now one here with hardened ear
for they are softened by Balladeer

This is a very serious subject I think. Not just about your poetry, but about whatever we say and do. Like looking into someone's eyes while you talk to them and seeing that glaze that tells you they don't hear what your saying..only your voice as you talk.

You hit another nail on the head!



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Nan
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4 posted 07-01-99 08:11 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I'm glad you dug this one out, Lost Dreamer. I believe it was one of Balladeer's first postings - before the throngs of poets here realized his talent. Keep digging, you guys - There are some really good poems buried here...
Nice one, M&M
Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


5 posted 07-01-99 11:51 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you Balladeer, for reminding all far and near, that we need to remember a moment to surrender our listening to others, our sisters and brothers, so that all may never be lost.
Andrew Scott
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6 posted 07-01-99 03:05 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
Hellen Keller

How could you ever be ignored? Impossible!
I bow to you with open eyes and listening ears.

Andrew
Kelly
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7 posted 07-10-99 03:11 AM       View Profile for Kelly   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kelly

I love all of your poems. I think you are brilliant. I hear music. Every line flows like a song. Please don't stop blessing us with your words.
hoot_owl_rn
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8 posted 07-10-99 08:40 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

Wonderful poem...I find sometimes I am content to sing (write) for myself and I plan on writing till they take the pen from my hand in my deaths grasp.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Emmy
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9 posted 07-10-99 10:32 AM       View Profile for Emmy   Email Emmy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Emmy's Home Page   View IP for Emmy

Somtimes I feel as if I could make this my anthem... Thank you for a poem I can relate to...
Delilah
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10 posted 07-10-99 11:09 AM       View Profile for Delilah   Email Delilah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delilah

"To fall upon the hardened ears
of those who smile but do not hear."
I loved this verse!!! Actually, I loved the whole poem. Each single line touched me and I'm sure everyone else that read your beautiful work of art. Never, never, NEVER stop writing!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

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Delilah
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-Rene Descartes
Balladeer
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11 posted 07-10-99 05:19 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 very much, Delilah....and all of you. I appreciate you very much.
Princess Lily
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12 posted 07-30-99 01:00 AM       View Profile for Princess Lily   Email Princess Lily   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Princess Lily

I love this one.It is fabulous.

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We see only what we want to see~unless perhaps~we believe

*A rose is a rose it withers and dies...so long as you keep it the memories stay alive*

Toerag
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13 posted 07-30-99 07:44 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Geesch! That was really a strong poem my friend!
LngJhnAg
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14 posted 07-30-99 07:59 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

I agree with what Toe said - great!

I've yet to find a poem of yours that isn't great. It is pure pleasure to read poetry from a hand connected directly to a soul such as yours.
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15 posted 07-30-99 09:11 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I hope that pen stays in your grasp for a long time... wonderful poem!
LngJhnAg
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Belle

read 'Deer's poem about the statue in Central Park - it's incredible
aziza
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17 posted 06-02-2007 02:47 AM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

Excellent!
Artic Wind
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18 posted 11-12-2007 08:54 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
 
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