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Pinocchio in reverse

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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-09-99 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

His life had been a routine chore
That moved from day to day.
No ups or downs there to be found.
No blacks or whites - just gray.

It wasn't that he didn't try.
He did the best he could.
At time he felt, instead of flesh,
That he was made of wood.

A puppet or a mannequin
Instead of flesh and bone,
He was the Beatles' 'Nowhere Man'
Unwanted and alone.

And then, one day - a startling fact!
He'd told a little lie
To gain attention and he felt
A glimmer in his eye!

He told another - felt the smile
Grow wide from ear to ear.
Another one! Importance always
Lacking did appear.

With each lie told, he felt alive.
The admiration of
The people he was lying to
Caused him to feel love.

"Forget it, world!", he cried.
"I am not made of wood, but skin!
No longer will you treat me like
A helpless mannequin!"

He wove a world of make-believe
Complete with animations
And built the past he never had
Through his imagination.

And so he sits, behind the screen,
Behind his words of verse;
Alive within his fantasy -
Pinocchio in reverse.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Poet deVine
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1 posted 07-09-99 09:33 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ahhh! Satisfying as usual!
Craig
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2 posted 07-09-99 09:36 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

I like it but am a little worried about your recent fixation with things wooden, you aren't having a problem on those long holes are you?

Seriously

I can't believe one person can write so well about so many differing subjects....
Balladeer
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3 posted 07-09-99 09:42 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You got it, Craig. Those holes are getting longer and longer and my clubs are getting weaker and weaker.
Nan
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4 posted 07-09-99 10:00 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Jiminy Cricket, this is good!!!
Poetwheel
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5 posted 07-09-99 10:04 PM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

Fantastic Piece of work! Anyone who's wandered into a cubicle can appreciate the feelings you've captured so eloquently. Congrats!

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Poetic Wheelbarrow
armanca
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6 posted 07-09-99 10:07 PM       View Profile for armanca   Email armanca   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for armanca

Balladeer...I'm new here, and I wanted you to know that i read one of your poems and then went searching for others by you. And well...I loved them all

Carman
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7 posted 07-09-99 10:11 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, Poetwheel.

And, carman, comments like yours make it all worthwhile. Thank you.
Cinderella
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8 posted 07-09-99 10:50 PM       View Profile for Cinderella   Email Cinderella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cinderella

Wow! To believe a poem about wood
Could be extremely so good!
Sunshine
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9 posted 07-10-99 04:03 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah Balladeer,
thank goodness you're not near
my pasture full of woodpeckers.


Ba-da-boom.

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Sunshine

Words will always express our feelings true.
KRJ

Balladeer
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10 posted 07-10-99 04:48 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sunshine, you could not believe all the lines that come to mind but I think I'll pass..........
azblond
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11 posted 07-10-99 05:10 PM       View Profile for azblond   Email azblond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for azblond

Another classic from one of the greats...still...along with Sunshine I have to wonder...how the wood tastes??!! (sorry...I couldn't resist...I think I have poetitis...even my replys seem to want to rhyme somehow lately!)I really loved this poem!

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Let my words fall first upon deaf ears before a closed mind...
Lost Dreamer
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12 posted 07-11-99 03:24 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Excellent!!!!!!
You have an amazing talent.
miscellanea
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13 posted 08-11-2009 08:13 PM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

Very clever, Balladeer.  Very clever...


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