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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-22-99 09:03 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

The other night while I was feeling
Rather fancy-free
I found the thought quite interesting
To trace my family tree.

I talked it over with my friends
Who helped me very much.
They told me they had come from kings,
And dukes and earls and such.

Their ancestors helped shape the world;
The rulers of the masses.
Not one I spoke to said that they
Came from the lower classes.

But someone took the garbage out.
Someone cooked the gruel.
Someone put a costume on
To play the courtly fool.

Someone had to act as servants
To the royal line.
Since all my friends are kingly, well,
Those other folks were mine!

MY kinfolk built the pyramids.
They guarded castle walls.
They sharpened swords for Lancelot
And swept out knightly stalls.

They tilled the land - They dredged the Nile
They fought the great crusades.
They stood on tiptoe, clapping,
As the kings passed on parade.

They stomped the grapes for royal wine.
They made bricks out of mud.
They lived in abject poverty,
Yet made their peace with God.

All other men can come from kings-
It matters not to me.
I'll bless each branch that reaches
Skyward....on my family tree!


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Saxoness
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1 posted 07-22-99 09:06 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

wonderful! Where DO you get your inspiration? I would like to know!

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"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

elvira
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2 posted 07-22-99 09:09 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

yet another great poem...i often felt the same hearing people speak of their past lives...all special people of course...let's hear it for the ordinary man!

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one night at the airport...Childhood Memories...eight short weeks...your countenance...just watching tv...hoarse whispers...My One and Only...Tribute to M.J....Feel the need?...serving wench...the mistress...stolen hours...Perfection...devotion...Master...apart...plain

Lost Dreamer
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3 posted 07-22-99 09:10 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

What can I say? you've heard it all, I think I'll call you the Poet Ranger(sorry just read your lone ranger post, I guess it stuck on me.)Great job once again
Nan
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4 posted 07-22-99 09:17 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ten Touzand Svedes ran tru da veeds - chased by vun Norvegan - Den my family tree vas borne...... (Darned Norwegians - the only thing this one did right was make two beautiful kids!!)
Awesome, as usual, my deer Balladeer...

Sunshine
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5 posted 07-22-99 09:57 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

LOVE IT!
Sheila
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6 posted 07-22-99 11:30 PM       View Profile for Sheila   Email Sheila   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sheila

I really enjoyed your poem...I do geneology myself and also have written a poem of my ansessors, I'll post it. I love the pride in your family!!
Poetwheel
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7 posted 07-23-99 07:14 AM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

Hey Balladeer, I really thought this was a great one. Made me wonder which category most of my ancestors would fall under.



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Genea
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8 posted 07-23-99 08:16 AM       View Profile for Genea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Genea

i got a real chuckle out of this one! Well done!

~G
doreen peri
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9 posted 07-23-99 08:23 AM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Cute one, B. I liked it.
Balladeer
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10 posted 07-23-99 04:54 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 one and all. Poetwheel, why does the word "Sap" come to mind......? hehehe
Poet deVine
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11 posted 07-23-99 04:59 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I checked my family tree and found out that all the nuts have already fallen out of it!

I continue to admire and respect your talent!
Andrew Scott
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12 posted 07-23-99 08:52 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

My mother's maiden name is Erdeg. That's Hungarian for "Devil." One time palace guards for the royal family of Hungry... a mean butch of bast**** from what I've heard. Other than that, bootleggers, horsethiefs, your run-of-the-meal joes.

Balladeer: you are the cream of the common man. I salute you.
aziza
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13 posted 06-01-2007 04:40 AM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

Yay, I love this.
I think my family tree was filled
with the court jester type.

A
Drauntz
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14 posted 06-02-2007 02:17 PM       View Profile for Drauntz   Email Drauntz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Drauntz

very good, very good. beautiful poem on an interesting topic.

enjoyed happily.
Artic Wind
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15 posted 11-12-2007 08:55 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
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16 posted 07-30-2008 04:54 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

In all my meanderings through the old pages,I missed this one too.Enjoyed.It is timeless as most of your poetry is. "late"
 
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