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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-09-99 03:33 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

(For the life of me, I can't remember if this was posted or not. It's not in the history files. If I did, excuse me please....)

In that forgotten part of town
Where wasted hopes and dreams abound,
A wrinkled man with life near end,
In hopes to have at least one friend,
Fashioned bits of wood and things
And made a dummy run by strings.

He sat alone for hours on end,
Conversing with his only friend
And found delight within the fact
That he controlled it's every act.
He told it how he never had
A chance, since all his luck was bad
Although he'd tried so to succeed -
The dummy nodded and agreed.

And how his journeys in romance
Had never given him a chance,
And wasn't it a crying shame
That he was always held to blame
When everyone knew, oh so well,
That life is but a living Hell,
Controlled by lust and power and greed?
The dummy nodded and agreed.

With patience that would rival saints,
That dummy sat through all complaints
And, with each little expert tug,
He'd droop his head or bow or shrug
And give some comfort to the man
Who held his lifelines in his hand
And helped to fill a lonely need
When he just nodded and agreed.

Senility increased with time
As did the old man's phantomime,
And feverish fingers pulled with glee
The dummy's dance of misery.
They never left each other's side
Until the day both stopped and died.
We found them lying, hand in hand,
The dummy - and his wooden friend.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
blueloon
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1 posted 07-09-99 03:58 PM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

what can I say? you have captured a feeling that a majority of people feel, day in and day out. you are a true poet of beauty and for that I admire your words.
blueloon
Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


2 posted 07-09-99 05:11 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Geez. There is not one that I have found to surpass your imagery. Fantastic.

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Sunshine

Words will always express our feelings true.
KRJ

Andrew Scott
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since 06-24-99
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3 posted 07-09-99 05:27 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Your's is a level of talent I aspire towards. I could not say that I enjoyed one line more than another, for your works are always greater than the sum of their parts. By chance do you have any published books of poetry other than what one might find in the "Reader's Digest?" That was a pretty damn good one too!
P.S. Thanks for looking in on my own workings. Very much appreciated.
tulip
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4 posted 07-09-99 05:30 PM       View Profile for tulip   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tulip

All I can say is "Wow"!
Alwye
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In the space between moments


5 posted 07-09-99 05:34 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Wonderful job, Balladeer, as always.

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*Krista Knutson*
Nan
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6 posted 07-09-99 06:19 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Were I not in that part of town,
That "Web" where poets' dreams abound -
Responses there were just so terse,
You'd not be here, better or verse.
So pleasant now to have you near,
My rightly friend, Dear Balladeer.

Alicat
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7 posted 07-09-99 06:36 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

What can I say, Sir Balladeer
Writer of verse so dear
Held by many in their hearts
Makes what I write seem a fart



Alicat

Le Jongleur Aspirante
"The Aspiring Bard"
Balladeer
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8 posted 07-09-99 06:41 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You are undoubtedly the greatest family I've ever had the privilege to be associated with. Thank you all!
DaveS
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9 posted 07-09-99 07:27 PM       View Profile for DaveS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for DaveS

Really, very nice. Enjoyed thoroughly. Cool idea/theme.

[This message has been edited by DaveS (edited 07-09-99).]
Sally S.
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10 posted 07-09-99 07:35 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

I just have plum run out of adjectives my dear. You're a true inspiration for so many...I for one admire your talent more than I can say.

By the way, I still think you need a publisher!!!!
elvira
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11 posted 07-09-99 08:48 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

touching.....pulling on my heart strings.....if you pardon the pun

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

Poet deVine
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12 posted 07-09-99 09:13 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Amazing. I loved the little twist at the end! It is a great pleasure reading your work for I know there will be a story, a rhyme and best of all a good time!
armanca
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13 posted 07-09-99 10:40 PM       View Profile for armanca   Email armanca   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for armanca

Yes, I'm one of many who adore your work. I have only been a member for 2 days, but I've been coming on often to see what's new from you. You make my poem seem like a infant spitting out her first words. By the way, what is a moderator?
Nan
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14 posted 07-09-99 10:45 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

The moderator's job is to make sure that everybody is happy - and that everything stays "moderate" - so if you have any questions about anything on my forums - just email - I'm not far away....
Nan


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hoot_owl_rn
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15 posted 07-10-99 08:57 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Balladeer...I humble in your literary presence

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Lost Dreamer
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16 posted 07-11-99 03:07 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

I sit here pondering what to say to a writer
who can say it all with such superb quality.
Thanks for your abilities!
Micah
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17 posted 07-11-99 03:14 PM       View Profile for Micah   Email Micah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Micah

I'm caught in awe over the way you express feelings through your words...Excellent!!!

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Micah Senter
~one voice~
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18 posted 07-11-99 04:31 PM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Balladeer, I am so inspired by your talent! Everything you write I hold dear to my heart!

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~one voice~

For Myself, I live,
Live intensely and am fed by life,
and my value, whatever it be, is in my own kind of expression of that. *Henry James
Balladeer
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19 posted 07-11-99 04:32 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Again, from my heart, thank you.
latearrival
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20 posted 08-19-2006 07:26 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

To the top for Balladeer on his birthday week

One of my very favorites. martyjo
trutodaraiders
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21 posted 12-02-2006 07:38 PM       View Profile for trutodaraiders   Email trutodaraiders   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for trutodaraiders

I thought that this poem was fantastic. You have a great imagination

Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. "
Art


"Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If

Balladeer
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22 posted 12-02-2006 08:50 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

It is very gratifying to have a new member find me in the archives,,,,thank you for your kind comments and welcome
 
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