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The Tale of the Wandering Man

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-29-99 11:28 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

Within the eerie shadows of a tiny, crackling fire
A small man sat, whose services did no one care to hire.
Knowing not a useful trade, caring not of being paid,
With crumpled cigarette he laid beside his man-made pyre.

As wind and rain would feast upon the man's bedraggled clothes
He poured out to the hills and woods his troubles and his woes.
"Why have I no friends to greet? Clothes to wear? Food to eat?
Why does the frost slide 'neath my feet
And nibble at my toes?

"Why must I travel aimlessly with no one place to go?
Why must I walk in field and stream and sleep in mud and snow?
Hear me now, you God above, sing to me that song of love.
Let me see that ivory dove
And not this blackened crow!"

"Be quiet!", a voice boomed from the stillness of the night.
"Let me not be a witness to your anger and your fright.
I have heard your words of grief, heard you cry out for relief,
Now LISTEN to me. I'll be brief
And let you see the light."

Within the glow of campfire light the stately stranger stood.
His clothes were threadbare, chest stuck out, with face made out of wood
But, staring there upon that face, one could see a somber trace
Of quiet, dignity, poise and grace
And knowledge more than good.

"Ten thousand years ago today, I then began my life
And thus began my agony, my torture and my strife.
I drank from a chemist's pot brew so evil, strong and hot
That I, through my error, got
Eternal, lasting life."

"You smile, I see, no matter for the words I say are true.
I know, by looks, I seem to be a hobo just like you
But I am forced here to remain, free of death and mortal pain
With hopes to die but all in vain
And nothing can I do."

"I have seen the vikings and King Arthur's mighty reign.
I have seen the bodies fall on Lexington terrain.
I have seen so many thing - knights, crusades and lords and kings,
I've seen war and what it brings -
Destruction, death and pain."

"Why, though", said the hobo, "do you wish to stop and die?
Why is there no happiness or gladness in your eye?
Why of sadness do you speak? Why no pleasures do you seek?
Why your thoughts of life so bleak?
Why do you Earth deny?"

"I have seen humility replaced by lust and greed.
I have seen philosophers learn shame toward their creed.
I have seen monstrocities, mingled with atrocities,
Taught in universities
In the name of human need!"

"Earth is slowly dying like the echo of a bell
And those who feel the pressure mount can understand me well.
Men of stature once had tried to save the world, but were denied
Now man will not be satisfied
'Til he blows himself to Hell!!"

With those last words, the stranger turned and walked into the night.
Upon the railroad tracks he stood, before a blinding light.
The train came roaring down the track and, with a loud, resounding WHACK!
Hit the stranger in the back
Then continued out of sight.

The hobo looked and there he saw the stranger standing high.
A lost expression on his face and sadness in his eye.
The hobo then began to cry..the tears came streaming from his eyes
And, to his grief and sad surprise.
He didn't know just why.
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Nan
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1 posted 06-29-99 12:15 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Exceptional


Sunshine
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2 posted 06-29-99 12:15 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

"Meet Joe Black" on a different level. Wonderful.
Andrew Scott
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3 posted 06-29-99 12:58 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

I for one, would not wish to see the whole of humanity slip into that last good-night, nor bare witness to the final degradation that will be the legacy of our kind to this world. History in the long-view is a good indicator of the future, and ten thousand years can produce a pretty dim view.

As always, your insight provokes great work.
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Thanks for your read and response on the "Crossroads" peice and "A Soldier's Life"
Krystal
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4 posted 06-29-99 04:58 PM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

I must tell you again, you are SO talented!!!
I loved this, as I love all the works that you post here. Beautifully written...

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Shannon D. Montgomery
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5 posted 06-29-99 05:10 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Your works are quite delightful, I now come home from work and look forward to reading one of your pieces.
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6 posted 06-29-99 05:32 PM       View Profile for Soleil   Email Soleil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Soleil

Stupendous
Balladeer
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7 posted 06-29-99 06:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I thank you all SO much! Lost Dreamer, you're gonna force me to keep writing!
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I sure hope so!
Sally S.
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9 posted 06-29-99 07:17 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

What could I possibly tell you that I haven't already? You bring words to life with your beautiful imagery. It seems each piece I read takes me deeper and deeper in...

If one day I become a writer remotely as good as you are...I would truly be blessed.
Fred Hobbs
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10 posted 06-29-99 10:06 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,

You are probably the most talented and prolific poet that I'm personally aware of. This is certainly one of your best.

sandman
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11 posted 06-29-99 10:12 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sally, I'm the one who is blessed...by having you as a friend.

And Fred, coming from someone whose talent I respect immensely, your words mean a lot.
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It has taken me some time to write a response to this poem, so deeply has it affected me. I sometimes feel, as the immortal does, that we are doomed to escort ourselves to hell's gate. There is a senselessness in our lives, Balladeer you seem to put a bright light on that subject and bare our souls for us! This is a tremendous work of art.

I have a request. Could you post a clinker? A poem that stinks? A total disaster?

Please post what you consider your 'worst' poem. (it's probably better than all mine put together, but I'm willing to take the risk)....please.....I'm begging you on my knees...ok..all right, so you don't have any.. I understand.

Will you do ONE thing for me? Would you e-mail one of your poems to Oprah Winfrey and ask her to put you on her show - you will be the next Sandburg..the next Shelley..the next Byron..the next Emily Dickinson (ok, so you'd have to wear a dress)...

My point - perfection is just another word for Balladeer!
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13 posted 06-29-99 10:36 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Poet deVine, I tried Oprah but she was busy. Jerry Springer said he could fit me in, though. Thank you for your wonderful words. Beauty, and talent, are in the eyes of the beholder and I am beholden to have such great people to write for. Thank you.
Fred Hobbs
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14 posted 07-24-99 10:10 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

This one just NEEDS to go back to the top. It's one of the best I've read and it belongs there.

Thanks again Balladeer

sandman
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And I may deside why the tear? This poems gave me the facts and then asked me to think, So I did.

And I think it was a great poem.
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16 posted 07-24-99 10:41 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, Ohme, for wanting to ask. The reason for the tear was because the stranger had everything in life one could ask for, especially everlasting life. Just imagine how many people would love the thought of never dying! And yet, with this gift, the stranger only wanted to die.It sort of makes you wonder - what's it all about? I felt this same way the first time I heard that Ernest Hemingway had committed suicide. He had everything I would love to have...wealth, fame, incredible writing ability, world-wide recognition...and yet he killed himself. I felt an inmeasurable sadness at that because, if everything I dreamed for could not bring him happiness, perhaps it would not bring me happiness, either and there really were no important things in life to reach for. I don't know if I expressed this well enough for you but those were my thoughts. Thank you very much for asking.
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17 posted 09-23-2001 06:33 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer~
INCREDIBLE !
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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