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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-02-99 09:26 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

We write for many reasons. I can't even count the ways
We coin our words to entertain with some poetic phrase.
Whenever I take pen in hand, I do the best I can
To bring a spot of happiness to the common man.

Some people write for other poets. Nothing wrong with that.
Recognition from ones peers will never be old hat
And only other poets know the challenges we face
Combining words and phrases with agility and grace.

The common man knows little of those rhythms, accents, spikes,
Or those iambic thingys, but he sure knows what he likes
And that's the person I prefer to be my biggest fan.
That's why I dedicate my poems to the common man.

A poem needs to make some sense. It doesn't need to rhyme
But needs to be well-structured with a purposeness in mind.
It needs to strike some chord within. It needs to have a plan
If it's to be accepted by a simple, common man.

The common man's exactly that. He may not be 'top class',
His tastes may lean toward rib-eye steak, not pheasant under glass.
Norm Rockwell, not Picasso, may be his choice of art,
And, when he looks at poetry, he reads it with his heart.

He grows the crops and tends the land to put food on our plate.
He keeps the factories going strong by working long and late.
He fights the wars and gives his life to keep our country free
And he deserves the best we have to give in poetry.

I'm proud to be a common man. I'll hold my head up high.
I'll praise God and salute the flag as it goes passing by.
I'll vow with every breath I take to do the best I can
And, with delight, I'll always write for the common man.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-02-99).]

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-03-99).]
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Poet deVine
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1 posted 07-02-99 09:34 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Bravo! I agree! I think your poetry has always been popular because so many people see themselves or someone they know in the story within the poem. It's an incredible thing to be able to do - to make someone stop in their hurried life - take a breath - smile - frown - cry - or just feel good! This is one of your best!!


Nan
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2 posted 07-02-99 09:40 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I know you have PorpoiseNess in mind, but can I still like your poems even if I do know what a little iambic thingy is? and an anapestic? and a malapropism? and onomatopoeia? SSShhhhhhhhhhhhhut this girl up!!....
Fred Hobbs
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Balladeer,

A common man maybe....but a VERY uncommon poet. Good thoughts, great rhyme and an excellent sentiment.

sandman
Craig
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4 posted 07-02-99 09:47 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

I agree entirely with Poet de Vine

This is the best so far, you have captured perfectly the truth that beauty and art are in the eye of the beholder and quality is recognizable by all.

Thank you for this beauty, art and quality

From another common man
Balladeer
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5 posted 07-02-99 11:37 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Sally S.
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Very nice....

You know, he who writes with his heart, reads with his heart. (or she...for PC)
Lovely.
Lost Dreamer
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I am running out of words to describe your abilities to lift our visions to new heights. To bring us on a tour of your imagination through your depiction of the scenes. A brilliant feat for a common man.
Kelly
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Very impressive.
Craig
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9 posted 07-05-99 08:41 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

I keep coming back to read this and itís easier to find up near the top and some people may have missed it.
ac
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10 posted 07-06-99 05:43 PM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

Well i count myself lucky to be among the "common man" with whom you share your poetry...i doubt anyone else could make smile or cry as you have Balladeer....
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Fantastic.
Talia
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12 posted 07-06-99 08:10 PM       View Profile for Talia   Email Talia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Talia

You continue to amaze me.
elvira
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a common man perhaps, but not a common pen
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My warmest thanks to you all.
Cinderella
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15 posted 07-07-99 02:36 AM       View Profile for Cinderella   Email Cinderella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cinderella

Of all the poems you have penned that I read,
This wonderful one I will think of before bed
fjones
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16 posted 07-07-99 05:19 PM       View Profile for fjones   Email fjones   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fjones

The common man is the salt of the earth.
We are the preservative that keeps society from rotting.
Pretty important job for a common man- donít you think?
Under the definition of common there is even a listing common salt


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Andrew Scott
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From one who reads and writes what he likes, possessing no formal training, not even a creative writing class... Thanks. Were that we could all be so common.

Emmy
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You have perfectly captured the essence of writing poetry. Well done!
Poetwheel
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Good job here, IMO. The only thing I disagree with is your portrayal of the common man... you almost make him sound like some sad-sack sap who can barely tie his shoes! I would have like the poem to sway towards showing why the common mans sensible, chord-striking approach to appreciating a poem means more than a critique from a thesaurus toting critic. But thats just constructive...I think its a great piece of work. Bravo!

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I am glad you write!
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You easily best, Edgar Guest.  marty
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Awsome..Kudos thanks for the read
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I'm proud to be a common man. I'll hold my head up high.
I'll praise God and salute the flag as it goes passing by.
I'll vow with every breath I take to do the best I can
And, with delight, I'll always write for the common man.


the etire song was stunning, a heavy weight in credibility...my goodness what a great writer you are....
loved this one to...thank you for sharing.
Balladeer
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24 posted 01-12-2007 06:30 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, Trutodaraiders, for looking through to PIP basement for these oldies. I appreciate it

LeeJ....I'm VERY happy you're pleased by my works. Thank you for the kind words, miss
 
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