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Balladeer
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Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


0 posted 06-25-99 09:00 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

I press the button eagerly.
What messages await me there?
I sit in rapt attention
Settled in my easy chair.

BLEEP! "Your mother, son. Why don't you call?
Have you forgotten me!?"
BLEEP! "The cleaners here. It's ready."
BLEEP! "The bugman comes at three."

BLEEP! "Our tee time's set for 12:15
So be there before noon."
BLEEP! "This is your doctor calling, Mike.
Let's check that bump out soon."

BLEEP! "Sir, we have got a deal for you......."
BLEEP! "Congrats, friend! You have won...."
BLEEP! "The FOP needs your support........."
And the bleeping thing goes on!

Now, the sun has slowly dropped behind
The ridge of yonder hill
And the night is fast approaching with
The coming autumn chill.

The birds have made their southward run,
The night is calm and still.
The world revolves around me
Just outside my window sill.

My mother passed ten years ago.
Oh, God! I miss her bad.
My golf clubs rusted from neglect
Just like the friends I had.

The small bump I ignored so long
Has now become full-blown
And, so I sit, a quiet man
Afraid and all alone.

So, when I'm filled with strong desire
To recall good times back then,
I take out old tapes that I have saved
And play them once again.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Fred Hobbs
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since 06-08-99
Posts 353
Tallahassee, Florida, US


1 posted 06-25-99 09:30 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,
What can I say? You've done it again. Please post one of your bad one's sometime (if there are any).
Balladeer
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2 posted 06-25-99 09:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks, Fred. There are plenty. I try to be sure they never see the light of day.
Sally S.
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since 06-07-99
Posts 887
Ohio


3 posted 06-25-99 10:16 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

~sigh~
Yes, you have done it again. You must hae quite a portfolio....filled with masterpieces. (Please don't tell me these are day to day pieces..hee hee) I haven't read one....not one ....that hasn't been brilliant in their own way. You're a true artist. Thank you.
Balladeer
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4 posted 06-25-99 10:54 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. Yep, day to day. I'm in North Carolina now playing golf and, whenever you see "yonder" in a poem of mine, you can know im in NC!
Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


5 posted 06-25-99 11:16 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

A sad poem in it's own way! I'll think twice about deleting my phone messages from now on. Don't think there isn't a subject you CAN'T write about (see the Adult Forum!).

good - better - best - bestest? I've run out of words to describe your poetry, as I've run out of words to describe you!


Krystal
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since 06-19-99
Posts 145
Shelton,WA USA


6 posted 06-26-99 06:29 PM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

Wow... really makes you think about how much you're ignoring in life... and WHO. Good poem, I really liked it! But geez, I like ALL your stuff... Send some sun to Washington state, will ya?? Thanks :-)

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
jfreak
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since 06-17-99
Posts 311
Yuma, AZ, USA


7 posted 06-26-99 07:16 PM       View Profile for jfreak   Email jfreak   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jfreak

UH.....yeah....what they said. (left speechless from the outstanding poem and the memories of all the outstanding poems from before)

Jfreak
Alysia
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since 06-26-99
Posts 35
american falls, idaho usa


8 posted 06-26-99 07:40 PM       View Profile for Alysia   Email Alysia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alysia

Very interesting...makes me think about times I've experienced in life and tucked away only to bring them out of the attic on rainy days. You have a wonderful way with words...continue.


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~ Alysia*
ac
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since 06-17-99
Posts 132
Cayey, PR - USA


9 posted 06-26-99 11:28 PM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

Thank you Balladeer, you've given me, the eternally hopeless packrat, a few more things to save...your poetry and those darn messages on my machine....
Sunshine
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since 06-25-99
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Listening to every heart


10 posted 07-07-99 01:47 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Back to the top this totes
for all those new poets.
elvira
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since 07-06-99
Posts 985
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11 posted 07-12-99 01:37 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

i'm with you Sunshine, this one deserves a "lift"


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i never call a poem "nice" or such,
for that would not be saying much


Andrew Scott
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since 06-24-99
Posts 2655
Redlands,CA,USA


12 posted 07-12-99 02:25 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

I don't remember who said "Music is the soundtrack of our lives."... probably one of those late night commercials selling the sounds of the 70's, but you would be suprised at what one finds on phone machine tapes. Going back and listening to old recorded conversations when you didn't turn off the recorder after picking up the phone can bring back some of the best of times. And yes, some of the worst. Try it sometime.
As always, Sir Balladeer, your work is supurb. Thanks for this slice of life.
 
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