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0 posted 07-06-99 10:50 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

Some folks are born happy - others sad,
Some with good qualities - others bad.
Consider the case of Henry,
Born with a faulty memory.

Young Henry was told by everybody
It does no good to strain and study.
People did those things before
But it wasn't needed any more.

Our Henry simply didn't remember
And, as school started each September,
Henry strained with dedication -
Head of his class at graduation.

Then Henry was told it wasn't right
To work himself both day and night.
"Successful men are crooks", they'd say
"And the taxman gets most, anyway."

But Henry had that mental lapse
And worked himself 'till near collapse.
He rose to the head of the corporation.
Poor man didn't know his limitations.

Then Henry was advised by all
To keep his back against the wall.
Mankind is so phony and cruel
And an honest man is just a fool!

They told him men who acted nice
Were the ones who always paid the price,
But Henry, with his sad affliction,
Made his life a contradiction.

He treated friends with respect and care
And tried to do good everywhere.
It wasn't that he was so blinded...
Henry was simply absent-minded!

"Love?", they told him. "There's no such thing!
Buy a girl a diamond ring
Then watch her leave with another man,
Taking you for what she can."

But Henry, that memory like a sponge,
Went and took that final plunge.
Found himself a pretty wife
And stayed with her for all his life.

Henry's gone now. It's best, I guess.
Pain and torture all put to rest.
Isn't it lucky that you and me
Weren't born with a faulty memory?
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Sally S.
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1 posted 07-06-99 11:12 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Ah, lucky man that Henry. Just goes to show always go with your instinct. I've learned that lesson well. Wonderful work my, I mean dear.
Poet deVine
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2 posted 07-06-99 11:13 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

There are too few Henrys in the world. Great poem, great message!
since 07-01-99
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3 posted 07-07-99 12:25 AM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

Was going to comment...but, heck, forgot
what I was gonna say! Just kidding! Great
poem, inspiring message. Thanks.
Member Caelestus
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4 posted 07-07-99 09:28 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah, to be a fool sublime.


Words will always express our feelings true.

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5 posted 07-12-99 01:00 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

words fail me.....very is most of your work.....i do so enjoy reading your poetry

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

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6 posted 06-20-2001 05:35 PM       View Profile for Marsha   Email Marsha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marsha's Home Page   View IP for Marsha

'Deer dear heart, I can't understand why more people don't spend more time here, bumping up their favoutite poets. catching up an what has gone before.

I wonder if I know a Henry, I know a Henrietta, do you know her? Her last name is Dick,    

Sorry I couldn't resist you know me and temptation,   admittedly I don't try to resist too hard. I think it's being here all alone, knowing that there's unlikely to be another soul here for ages. Makes me play.... but only very mildly  
Take care
love as ever

Take back the hope you gave,- I claim
Only a memory of the same
Robert Browning

[This message has been edited by Marsha (edited 06-20-2001).]

Klassy Lassy
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7 posted 02-03-2014 02:05 AM       View Profile for Klassy Lassy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Klassy Lassy

This is one I haven't seen before.  Life isn't much if we can not share the good in it, and that's been the agony of the world.  And Heart is not heart without kindness and love; it seems to take responsibility to nurture it. Lessons,lessons... It wouldn't be the first time I was called a fool, either.  
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