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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-16-99 04:48 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

(repost from another site)


Upon the stairway of despair,
Complete with broken love affairs
And promises that never came,
But faded with a touch of shame,
A pretty girl with golden hair
And innocence so sadly rare,
Strove to keep her head above
A way of life devoid of love.

Feeling pinned against Life's wall,
She chanced upon a robot tall
And said, "Please come and share with me
Whatever Fate has deemed to be.
I'm through with love, done with chances
Spirit crushed by past romances,
Just be a friend in word and deed.
That's all that I shall ever need."

"There's not too much from me to learn,"
Remarked the robot, in return.
"Emotions do not form a part
of my cold, solid-steel heart.
Whatever maker fashioned me
Did not permit my circuitry
Responsiveness to love or pain -
You're thoughts for me would be in vain."

"No matter", spoke the maid. "No more
Do I wish passion to explore.
Be someone I can come home to
When my exhausting day is through.
Count yourself a well-worn shoe -
A friend that I can slip into ......
Protection from a stone cold floor…
For this I ask and nothing more."

Agreement made, he took her hand
And lived the life that she had planned,
Always willing, not demanding,
Aiding her with understanding
He made her smile with humorous wit
(As his restrictions would permit)
And, bit by bit, she came to feel
That he was more than iron and steel.

"I love you, robot", she at last
Replied when several months had passed.
"You're strength and quiet dignity
Have brought a wondrous change in me.
No more do I feel all alone,
And pray you must be flesh and bone.
Deep-set emotions you MUST feel
Within that outer coat of steel!"

"If I were able, I would say
I'm sorry I was made this way
But my design and programmation
Does not provide for that creation
0f feelings normal men may feel
That were not born of iron and steel.
I told you all this once before.
You have no right expecting more."

"Go, then!" cried she. "I will not live
Beside a fiend who cannot give!
Though I be battered by misuse,
Misguided trust and strong abuse,
At least the men I chose were real
And had the power to love and feel.
Of all the lovers I recall,
You are the cruelest one of all!"

The robot, indestructible,
Continues freely and at will.
Emotionless, apparently,
But, bearing closer scrutiny,
One can see a small tear streak
Down that cold, metallic cheek
As I reflect upon my life ....
That lovely lady was my wife.

The robot, of couse, was me.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Leigh Anne
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1 posted 06-16-99 05:07 PM       View Profile for Leigh Anne   Email Leigh Anne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Leigh Anne's Home Page   View IP for Leigh Anne

Once again you leave me speechless. Well done, as usual!
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2 posted 06-16-99 05:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

mucho appreciado, Leigh Anne!
Genea
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3 posted 06-16-99 07:32 PM       View Profile for Genea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Genea

Balladeer,

the speaker in the poem has learned a lesson i would hope. well done!
~Genea
elvira
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4 posted 07-21-99 06:16 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

Data, is that you? (one of my fav trek characters, i admit)...touching poem Balladeer

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If I had my mouth I would bite. If I had my liberty I would do my liking. In the mean time, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. ~~~Shakespeare~~~

Lost Dreamer
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5 posted 07-21-99 06:25 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Wow, this was amazing(like I would think anything else)I can't understand how it got buried with so little replies. I sure am glad elvira dug it out. I cannot beleive though that you Sir Balladeer could be cast out to the metal heep, for being lack of kind.
Rita
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6 posted 07-21-99 07:03 PM       View Profile for Rita   Email Rita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rita

really liked it a lot...showed much feeling along the way!

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"And the day came, where the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"
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7 posted 07-21-99 07:06 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, Elvira, for resurrecting me.

And you also, Rita.

Oh, yes, dreamer. My nuts and bolts have been turned to scrap several times!
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8 posted 07-21-99 07:21 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Wow again. Your rhythm is great. I stick to free verse! You write beautifully Balladeer - don't you find that writing can be such a salvation?
Ohme
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What a terrific poem. But then I always enjoy reading your work!
Balladeer
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10 posted 07-21-99 07:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Yes, Severn, salvation is the perfect word. Thank you for the comments

You,too....ohme
Andrew Scott
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11 posted 07-21-99 08:15 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Very sad, my friend. And also very well done. As always you have my admiration for talent, skill, and heart.
Saxoness
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12 posted 07-21-99 09:06 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

my admiration to you, as well.

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"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

Fred Hobbs
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13 posted 07-21-99 09:27 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Balladeer,
I don't know why I didn't see this one back in June (thanks again Elvira). Excellent rhyme and meter and, most importantly, soul.
Great job!

sandman
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14 posted 07-21-99 09:31 PM       View Profile for Sundance   Email Sundance   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sundance

You almost got me crying again! How do u do it? Well done!

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15 posted 02-19-2011 08:58 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Well, this is a story that deserves to be ressurected.  I, too, am close to tears - but then I think ... maybe he just needed a lube job.  I would have taken him to Minute Lube before kicking him to the curb.

Just what I would have done.
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16 posted 02-19-2011 09:12 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Actually, Alison, rumor has it he turned gay and ran off with Mr. Goodwrench!
 
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