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One Beer for Rosie

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-18-99 10:08 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



The bar was just an ordinary, nondescript affair,
A raw of stools with checkered tables scattered here and there
And clientele whose faces traced the passage of the years
Recounting faded memories over twenty-five cent beers.

I don't know when he wandered in but, looking at his face,
Even in a dive like that, the bum seemed out of place.
Perhaps the rain had driven him as it had driven me
To find whatever refuge from the downpour off the sea.

At any rate, he shook so badly he could barely stand
And held a wrinkled photograph clenched tightly in his hand.
A drunk sat on one barstool, clothes and hair in disarray,
And, as the bum approached him, I could hear the old man say

"One beer for my sweet Rosie, sir. Just one small beer, I pray.
A tribute to my sweetheart who has up and gone away.
One beer to drink in memory of the one I held so dear,
My Rosie would be grateful if you'll grant me one small beer."

I wouldn't have thought the drunk to be awake, much less be able
To hear the old man's plea or see the photo on the table,
But, as he looked, one finger rose to call the barman near
And, in a voice stone sober, said "Jim, give this man a beer."

I must admit I was surprised at this strange turnabout
For I was sure as anything he'd throw the old bum out,
And would have expected anything except for what I'd heard.
The old man drained the glass and left without another word.

Two teens were playing pinball in one corner of the bar
And, as the old man neared them, I KNEW there would be a war!
The bum waved Rosie's picture and began the same tirade
Just barely heard above the din the pinball buzzers made.

One boy took the photograph and, as he looked, his face
Rose above the cheapness and the squalor of the place.
He nudged the other, who had let the pinball disappear,
And, in one voice, they called aloud, "Jim, give this man a beer!

Curiosity enfolded me at what had taken place
And must confess I burned with strong desire to see that face.
What eyes could be so piercing or what nose could be so dear?
What face could be so beautiful to warrant so much beer?

One by one, he made his rounds and showed the photograph.
Each patron stared intently - there was not one single laugh,
And, as they gave it back to him, I knew now what I'd hear -
Clear voices calling, one by one, "Jim, give this man a beer!"

"Hey! Let me see that photograph", I called with laughing voice.
"I'll tell you if your Rosie would be something of my choice.
Just let me have a little look," I added, with a leer
"And, if she's pretty as you say, you'll have another beer!"

The bum approached me timidly and not a single sound
Escaped his features as he reached and lay the photo down.
Just why his fingers trembled as he did it wasn't clear
But I was sure as anything it wouldn't cost a beer!

I snatched the photo quickly and I held it to my eyes
And, as I looked, my features filled with anger and surprise.
Was I to be a laughingstock? The victim of some prank?
The features on the photograph in front of me were blank!

I glared up at the old man, my eyes blazing angrily
And saw a room of stone-cold faces staring back at me.
Confusion made me falter at this stand the barroom took
So I picked the photo up again to have another look.

By staring at the photo I could see the faintest trace
0f golden hair cascading down the outline of a face.
The photo had been carried, kissed and handled so darn much
Her features had almost been wiped clean by this bum's loving touch!

How long had this old-timer carried Rosie gingerly
While seeking solace in a beer to ease the memory?
I fought the wetness in my eyes and spoke up loud and clear
These words, "She's beautiful, my friend. Jim, give this man a beer."

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth
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1 posted 06-18-99 10:13 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Could they have been at "The Memory of Marie?"
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2 posted 06-18-99 10:18 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan


You're something else, Dear Balladeer - Do you have to be so darned good?????
Sally S.
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3 posted 06-18-99 10:25 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Listen,
You have to stop this now. There's only so much I can handle. Another one like this and my heart will surely break. I'm going to start the tea once more.....and gather a kleenex or two. (On second thought, a glass of wine may be in order.) Brilliant work.
Thank you.
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4 posted 06-18-99 10:31 PM       View Profile for Soleil   Email Soleil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Soleil

It amazes me the ground you cover in your poetry...I'm still back with the dead horse and you're with Rosie.There's a grand pub in Washington I could share with you.
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5 posted 06-18-99 10:34 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, Sally! Choose the wine.

Nan...Sy says I have to be, to keep up with you.

Elizabeth...no, they were "Sitting in a Bar"...(and there will be more bar ballads coming!)

Soleil.....sounds inviting.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 06-18-99).]
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6 posted 06-18-99 11:48 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I think the poet's personality begins to show in his poetry after reading a few. You know, Balladeer, you are a kind, thoughtful person. Your poetry has such depth of feeling and you capture the human spirit in many different ways. I begin to believe in reincarnation....may I call you Shakespeare?
Genea
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7 posted 06-19-99 12:11 AM       View Profile for Genea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Genea

Balladeer,

Great poem! 25cent beers????? LONNNNNNNG time ago, huh? lolol

~Genea
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8 posted 06-19-99 12:15 PM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

your poetry tells a story of life and times that are so real... and you capture the meaning of those things our human souls hold dear...don't stop...
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9 posted 06-19-99 04:23 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, Genea and ac for your approval. Yes, it was a long time ago.

Poet deVine...you can call me anything.....anytime
milt
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10 posted 06-20-99 03:22 PM       View Profile for milt   Email milt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for milt

great story, great form, your a truly talented writer
Allyn
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11 posted 06-20-99 08:37 PM       View Profile for Allyn   Email Allyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Allyn

Wow! I'm in awe.
Dusk Treader
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12 posted 06-21-99 03:00 AM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

Wow, you are an incredible writer. I'm in awe of your skill.

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*Dusk Treader* pacing the path between dark and light.


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13 posted 07-22-99 03:27 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

someone get him a beer...our most talented Balladeer...thanks for the goosebumps...*sigh*

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one night at the airport...Childhood Memories...eight short weeks...your countenance...just watching tv...hoarse whispers...My One and Only...Tribute to M.J....Feel the need?...serving wench...the mistress...stolen hours...devotion...Master...apart
Delores Hall
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14 posted 07-22-99 10:48 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

I wasn't going to reply,but this is wonderful.If I could only be this good.
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Thank goodness Delores is going back through the archives and reviving the good ones.

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

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Balladeer, besides the fascinating stories that are told inside your work, if I had to name only one thing that I loved about them, it would be how you never fail to add every detail.

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~onevoice~

"I never kissed somebody so that they would break my heart."

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17 posted 07-28-99 07:08 PM       View Profile for redwriter1   Email redwriter1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for redwriter1

you sure you aren't a country songwriter at heart?? (grin)..

If you ever want to co-write, I'd be honored.
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18 posted 07-28-99 09:05 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,

Redwriter1, I AM a country and western songwriter at heart. Yhe pleasure would be mine.
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19 posted 07-31-99 10:39 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

When I first replied to this, I didn't say how GOOD it was! So, I'll say it now...

THIS POEM IS GOOD!

Oh wait-I think you guys realized that. *blush* Anyway, Balladeer, you have once again come up with something terrific, and why on Earth haven't you been published? Are the editors nuts? I am not just saying this either!

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You must be a keen observer of human nature.
Very wonderfully written.

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21 posted 08-02-99 05:05 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

Balladeer, you are truly amazing. it is always a delight to read something you wrote.

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The world is in your hands; it is what you make of it.

keep on chuggin'
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22 posted 08-02-99 10:29 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I'm still new to this forum
But I've already guessed
If it's written by the Balladeer
It'll be among the best!

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Well I have looked through some of your poems and although I am not new to the whole poetry writting world, I am just now starting to let others in on some of the things i have written about. Simply put, you are very good.
Sincerly,
Lori K. Perkins

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Lori K. Perkins
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24 posted 08-02-99 11:22 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

What a beautiful love..:-)))

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

 
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