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The Few Who Gave Their All

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-21-99 04:59 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

In Birmingham there stands a dam
One hundred ten feet tall,
Constructed at length
By the strength
Of a few who gave their all.

Behind the wheel of your automobile
Do you stop once to recall
That you're able to drive
Thanks to the lives
Of a few who gave their all?

The users outnumber the makers
A million or so to one
But seldom heard
Is a kindly word -
A thanks for what they've done.

So, late tonight, beneath the light
Denied neanderthal
Say a prayer
For those up there....
The few who gave their all.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Lucie
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1 posted 06-21-99 05:02 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

You have definately touched on something in this one.. the fact that we never give thanks to even the people closest to us is a shame. I want to give thanks to the person who invented the alphabet..for without it..We would not be able to enjoy the wonderful words we find here.
sea_of_okc
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2 posted 06-21-99 05:05 PM       View Profile for sea_of_okc   Email sea_of_okc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sea_of_okc

Thank YOU balladeer for bringing the general lack of appreciation we have to our collective attention.
Alicat
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3 posted 06-21-99 05:07 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Wow....lovely tribute to the underated masses...those who make our lives just a tad easier. Here in Texas one can find signs bearing strange symbols: "We're working for you, give us a break."


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4 posted 06-21-99 05:14 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

This reminded me of William McGonagall’s The Tay Bridge Disaster, I don’t know why because I just read McGonagall’s Poem again and the only thing I can find in common with both is that they are written by Poets I like to read !
Alwye
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5 posted 07-31-99 11:02 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

A lovely tribute I dug from the archives.

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*Krista Knutson*

"I will sail my vessel 'till the river runs dry, like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky..." Garth Brooks


Sally S.
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6 posted 08-01-99 12:30 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

I think I've said this before, but there just aren't enough words available to convey my admiration. You are so inspirational. This is a wonderful, thought provoking piece....I'm sorry I missed it before.
Delores Hall
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Ballader this was a wonderful poem.I enjoyed
it.
hoot_owl_rn
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Nice tribute, sometimes we fail to recognize those who make life easier for us.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Crystal
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9 posted 08-02-99 10:22 PM       View Profile for Crystal   Email Crystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Crystal

This is a nice tribute. (I think for those of us who believe) we need to thank the man behind it all who made it possible for even men to build these things. (God)
 
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