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Balladeer
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One cool morning in September
I was really, if I remember,
Doing nothing more than passing time in bed
And I felt that it would be a
Kind of different idea
To go downtown and have my fortune read.

It's not that I believed in
All the mumbo-jumbo weaved in
The ability to read a crystal ball
But curiosity implored me
And besides, Septembers bored me
So I went to have it done once and for all

I was led into a cellar
By some tiny little feller
Announcing Madame Zodiac would appear.
I surpressed a tiny giggle
As she entered with a wiggle
And a waddle in an outfit rather queer.

I bit hard down on a knuckle
To defeat a little chuckle
As she grandly sat and stared into the ball.
I tried hard supressing laughter
But the words she spoke thereafter
Left me weak with the absurdness of it all.

I paraded around the room
As she spoke her words of doom
Trying hard to see the seriousness of it all
But her words were so foreboding
I felt circuits overloading
And I fell in a laughing fit against the wall.

I threw a ten-spot down as payment
For such hearty entertainment
As I bid my host a fare-the-well goodbye
And the last thing I remember --
As I steepped into September
Was her staring up with sadness in her eye.

Only a month or two had passed
When I found myself aghast
And so perplexed by all I knew not what to do
For every word that witch had told me
Seemed to follow and enfold me
And, one by one, they magically came true!

Back with fevered haste I sped to
That damp cellar filled with voodoo
For I knew I couldn't rest until I knew
How that sickly, pallid, wrinkled
Dirty, grungy, rancid, crinkled
Slimy, hocus-pocus fortune teller knew!

"There's no secret here", she told me
As I felt raw fear enfold me.
"I knew you'ld finally come around at last.
My crystal ball of special glass
Won't show events that come to pass,
All it really does is show the past!"

And reality came to me
As I felt her words go through me
And the sense of it came slowly into mind
For, if you want to look ahead,
Don't look forward but, instead,
All you have to do is look behind!

Those mistakes you made back then
You are going to make again
Even though you think you're smarter than before
And, if your past is filled with sinning
From the moment of beginning,
Then your future is assured forevermore.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Sally S.
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1 posted 06-11-99 02:26 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

There was a time when I could proudly say.."Yes, I am a poet." I see how much more I have to learn. You are so talented. I've been reading all of your work and I have to say....You're one of the best I've read. You're truly an artist. Thank you for sharing your gift.




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2 posted 06-11-99 04:49 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sally, I've read the poem you posted and, rest assured, you ARE a poet! That's the beauty of it. Different styles, different thoughts, different manners of expression.....we're all poets. I truly appreciate your kind words and look forward to our association in the group.
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3 posted 06-28-99 04:01 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

You first brought to thought "love potion #9" and then you brought insight. Well done. Clever individuals like you give me much to strive towards.
Newguy
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4 posted 06-28-99 05:51 PM       View Profile for Newguy   Email Newguy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Newguy

That poem impressed me! You write on a level that I hope to attain one day!! Great job!
Wolfgang
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5 posted 06-28-99 06:56 PM       View Profile for Wolfgang   Email Wolfgang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wolfgang's Home Page   View IP for Wolfgang

Just as smooth as a little taste of Glenlivet.
And here's to you Balladeer "cheers".
Andrew Scott
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6 posted 06-28-99 07:14 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

"But beware the future for it can torture
Stripping the blissful innocence of ignorance
And vanquish hope in life's uncertain game"

Wow! Once again I am humbled and inspired by your talent. As humans, we are indeed cratures of habit and sometimes we are more transparent than we wish to believe. Thanks for sharing.

Andrew
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7 posted 06-28-99 07:23 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

I have to say your poems are always enlightening. I hope one day my talents can be as rich as yours.
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8 posted 01-04-2003 04:18 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

*sigh* speechless
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Balladeer, you have really inspired me with the words you say.... you are so unique with your writing.i'm new to this site and i must say im in awe......thank you so much for sharing your poetry..
jennifer
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10 posted 02-06-2003 05:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

jennifer, I thank you for such kind words and for enjoying my work. Welcome to Passions! I'm sure you will like it here. We're a friendly group and it appears you certainly are, too....WELCOME!!
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needs a boost up.
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12 posted 03-22-2006 07:10 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Marti, you've been busy rummaging through the cellars! Thanks, my friend, for reviving these long-forgotten relics
 
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