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The Red-Hot Lover

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-11-99 06:37 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



A thump! A step - echoes down
The sidewalk of a lonely street
That lies within that part of town
Where blind men steal and beggars cheat

A huddled figure moves along
Clothing worn in disarray.
Footsteps play a dismal song -
A thump! A step - he makes his way.

Grim faces peer behind the panes
Of tenements that line the street
As echoes rise to make his presence
Noticed in the summer heat

And one can hear the neighbors say
From under disapproving eye
That casts a weary look his way,
"The red-hot lover"s passing by."

A study at his huddled form
Or peering at his wrinkled face
Would not reveal a hint of warm
Compassion glowing nor a trace

Of qualities that make hearts run
Or bid defenses slowly fade
Like chocolate melting in the sun
Or waltzes from the hit parade.

Yet it holds true in younger days
That doubled figure stood erect,
Lured the girls in many ways
By plying them with false respect,

Fooling them with tender words
As they surrendered willingly
To meet the morn with nothing more
Than visions of his memory.

Warm lips called out to beg him stay
With pleading tones that slowly died
Against the heat of summer's day.
He just smiled and walked away.

Some say that God created age
To tell us when to settle down
To share the miracles of life
And count the blessings that abound

But no one told the red-hot lover
Whistling down the garden way
That youth and flowers never last
But slowly pale and fade away.

The years have not been kind to him.
His energy and zest are spent.
His hair and teeth are memories.
His belly sags. His spine is bent.

A tumored leg has been removed,
Replaced by crutch instead of bone
And memories of days gone by
Remind him that he's all alone.

A thump! A step - echoes down
The sidewalk of a lonely street
That lies within that part of town
Where blind men steal and beggars cheat..

Where rosebuds whither in the sun,
Where skinny dogs and old men roam.
A thump! A step - he makes his way.
The red-hot lover's going home.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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1 posted 06-12-99 05:59 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

It's all relative, isn't it?
Sally S.
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2 posted 07-12-99 01:48 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Some may have missed this one....back to the front with ya!

I just wuv reading your work....that's all. (hee hee)
Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


3 posted 08-20-99 12:53 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thump! Back to the top, ol' Man!

[As always, well done!]

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Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


LngJhnAg
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since 07-23-99
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Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion


4 posted 08-20-99 01:14 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

This was a dirty rotten poem about me... wasn't it!!!! I'm just gonna step-thump my way off to a dive and see who I can share my pretty poems with. I'll get YOU later, ya scalawag! lol

Another masterpiece from the master.
Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 08-20-99 01:43 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
where did you get that magic hat you keep pulling those wonderful poems out of?
The hat I use seems to render flat.
Sue
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since 08-04-99
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6 posted 08-20-99 02:54 PM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

It's got it all! Even a moral, there's not many of us with morals any more.
 
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