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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-23-99 12:16 AM       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

I'm a Readers Digest poet,
That's my claim to fame.
No PHD's or such degrees
Are written near my name

I was raised up in the heartland,
A simple, honest man.
Yes, I'm a Readers Digest poet
By gawd, that's what I am.

My bluejeans come from Levi's,
The clothes here on my back
And everything that I possess
Have come from off the rack.

My meals come from WENDY'S
When I'm not eating Spam
I'm just a Readers Digest poet,
By gawd, I surely am.

You can find me in each issue,
Some simple heart-felt poem
To ease some care for those out there
Who care to take me home.

Got a hundred helpful uses
To aid you in a jam
Cause I'm a Readers Digest poet
By gawd, I surely am.

I line dog cages with my pages,
Parakeets think I'm great!
Wives use me to beat their husbands
When they come home late.

But that's ok. I'll help my friends
Out anyway I can
Cause I'm a Readers Digest poet,
By gawd, I surely am.

Ain't smart enough to hide my thoughts
Like uptown poets do.
Ain't into messing no man's mind
With fluff and ballyhoo.

Just tell my story like it is
So folks can understand
Cause I'm a Readers Digest poet
By gawd, I really am.

Then, sometimes, when it's late at night
When all the chores are done
And hillsides fill with radiance
Beneath the setting sun.....

Someone may chance to pick me up
To take a peek within,
And feel a teardrop in their eye
Or smile upon their chin.

And, every time that happens,
Although we be far apart,
In some mysterious way, I know
I've touched somebody's heart..

So just look down if you want to
Cause I don't give a damn.
I'm just a Readers Digest poet -
By gawd, I'm proud I am!


[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 06-23-99).]

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 06-23-99).]
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Christina Myers
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1 posted 06-23-99 12:23 AM       View Profile for Christina Myers   Email Christina Myers   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Christina Myers's Home Page   View IP for Christina Myers

"Parakeets think I'm great!" LOL

heheh I love the tongue in cheek

heheh excellent, balladeer
Dusk Treader
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2 posted 06-23-99 12:42 AM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

What a great poem! Amused, by gawd that's what I am!

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

Sally S.
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3 posted 06-23-99 01:04 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Oh boy...spam, eh?? (hee hee) :P
I love it! If I had the need for kleenex this time, it would have been from laughing.
Poet deVine
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4 posted 06-23-99 01:51 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Reader's Digest is one of the biggest selling magazines...YOU are one of the most prolific poets...yes, I'm glad you're a Reader's Digest poet, by gawd I am. At least I can understand what you're poetry means! (and did get that interesting little dig also!).

Krystal
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5 posted 06-23-99 04:28 AM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

You certainly DO touch a lot of hearts... mine included.

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
fjones
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6 posted 06-23-99 06:12 AM       View Profile for fjones   Email fjones   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fjones

I am so glad you are a Readers Digest poet

Because I am so simplistic
Thatís all I can understand.


[This message has been edited by fjones (edited 06-23-99).]
sea_of_okc
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7 posted 06-23-99 09:49 AM       View Profile for sea_of_okc   Email sea_of_okc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sea_of_okc

I'm a great poet too!
Or at least so I think
I guess, by sweet Jaysus,
My poems really stink
I'm afraid starvation
Will be my destiny
Not even Reader's Digest
Is willing to publish me!


Ya done made me giggle Balladeer. Keep up the great work, I am enjoying it immensely!


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Steven Seaman
A burden shared is a burden lightened
A life shared is a life enriched

Lucie
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8 posted 06-23-99 09:49 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

bravo Balladeer.. been looking for another from you for days..heheh... glad you posted this.. made me laugh.. I needed that
Alwye
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9 posted 06-23-99 03:25 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

A light hearted, great piece of work! Another masterpiece!! Man, you gave me a good laugh. I have never heard poetry with the word Spam in it before (which ironically is a hated nickname of Dusk Treader..hehe). Anyways, wonderful job!

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*Krista Knutson*
Alicat
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10 posted 06-23-99 03:50 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

So flow the words from page to page
Love and peace, hurt and rage
Standing in the checker's aisle
All the quips which make me smile
Until, there gape I anew
A poem, by you know who
The Reader's Digest sublty smirks
With 'your stuff will never work'
Alas, I have but little cheer
Till I read words from Balladeer
And soft, sly smile lights my eye
At his sardonic, humourous jive
So many years I've toiled in vain
Twice almost slitting vein
Poetry scattered on the floor
In the trash and on the board
I muse while on my papered bed
'They'll like you best when you're dead'


Alicat


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Le Jongleur Aspirante


Fred Hobbs
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11 posted 06-23-99 08:23 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

A fitting comeback, man of words
To critics out there in the herds
Who deem the Digest too contrite
You again have won the night

sandman

Balladeer
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12 posted 06-23-99 09:57 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ah do declare!! You are the greatest group of varmits I've ever seen, by gawd!!! Thankee all!

great, great job, Alicat!

Fred.....I thought you'd appreciate this one....thanks for your support.
Joyfulltune
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13 posted 06-23-99 11:59 PM       View Profile for Joyfulltune   Email Joyfulltune   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyfulltune

I'm a beginner, but I know good stuff when I read it and I'd like to think I have good taste. You're very, very talented and I look forward to reading more of your work. And there's nothing wrong with Wendy's, I worked there for 3 yrs in high school. =0)
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14 posted 06-24-99 12:03 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Wow, a Readers' Digest poet...would I ever have seen any of your work? Or are you just joking around about that?
Augchic711
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15 posted 06-25-99 01:39 AM       View Profile for Augchic711   Email Augchic711   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Augchic711

Spam burgers rock!!!! Go Balladeer!!! I love your poems I had just read a few down poems, they were WONDERFUL but sad. Yours really cheered me up thank you as usual and yet again I have to say BRAVO BRAVO ENCORE!

*******Augchic711******
Nan
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16 posted 06-25-99 08:11 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ya know, I could never decide between a Big Mac and a Wendy's Burger....

Sorry it took me so long to respond to this one, M&M and 2Lips - I had to go out to Wendy's for the second graphic....
Balladeer
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17 posted 06-25-99 12:06 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks again.
Joyfulltune...There's NUTTIN wrong with a Wendys

Elizabeth...just kidding.

Augchic711..you got it. Spamburgers are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nan......time to change your medication!
elvira
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18 posted 07-20-99 02:29 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

i was going to so write a profound reply, but went to the store to buy spam instead

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one night at the airport...Childhood Memories...eight short weeks...your countenance...hoarse whispers...My One and Only...Tribute to M.J... serving wench...the mistress...stolen hours...devotion...Master...apart...


~one voice~
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19 posted 07-20-99 03:10 AM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

K...I'm gonna go subscribe to Reader's Digest now...hehehehe... great one Balladeer! I love this, as usual!!!!

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~onevoice~

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

Linda
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20 posted 07-20-99 03:32 AM       View Profile for Linda   Email Linda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Linda

You are a Great Inspiration and wonderful writer. Running to buy next Reader's Digest at pet shops everywhere!!!

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Lindeee
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21 posted 07-20-99 05:12 AM       View Profile for armanca   Email armanca   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for armanca

I went and saw the play about Ballyhoo,
and i must say i'd rather being reading you.
I must confess; i must mention
you have really gotten my attention.
I'm sure your busy with many others
Poets, friends, sisters or even brothers
Yet you have taken time to answer me,
Showing very gracious hospitality.
I hope your work will be around for a while
because you really make me smile.
Starfish
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22 posted 07-20-99 05:33 AM       View Profile for Starfish   Email Starfish   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Starfish

Your poem made me laugh and smile, it grabbed a part of me. Your style is great - fun you know - you did touch a heart.
Poetwheel
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23 posted 07-20-99 08:24 AM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

Nice job Balladeer. Though my tastes are admittedly different (to say the least) I do enjoy your poems.

Here is an interesting tidbit. My ever crafty mother has constructed some little Santa (and Mrs. Claus) figurines using folded Reader's Digests as their bases.

If you have never seen it done I would be hard pressed to describe it to you.

At any rate, it is well fair to say that you are an annual fixture at my parents' house during the holidays. Congrats!

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Poetic Wheelbarrow
http://www.stormloader.com/poetwheel/den.html

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24 posted 02-19-2011 08:39 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

I am right there with the parakeets and puppies - love that Reader's Digest Poet.  

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