How to Join Member's Area Private Library Search Today's Topics p Login
Main Forums Discussion Tech Talk Mature Content Archives
   Nav Win
 Archives
 Open Poetry #1 Archive
 The Statue in Central Park   [ Page: 1  2  ]
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Follow us on Facebook

 This is an Archive. You may post a reply, but new topics are not allowed.

 
User Options
Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Create a Greeting Card with this Poem
Admin Print Send ECard
Passions in Poetry

The Statue in Central Park

 Post A Reply   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


0 posted 07-29-99 02:33 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

The statue stood in Central Park
Right in the middle of the square
And all the people passing there
Were held in awe at that great sight,
A symbol of man's strength and might
Was the statue in Central Park.

A full ten feet it stood upright
But, more amazing than its height,
Was power it seemed to posess;
Self-confidence, assuredness, And, people passing hour by hour,
Thought, "What I'd give to have that power!"

Occasionally in the dark
Quick footsteps rang in Central Park
And one could hear a chipping sound
As chunks of granite hit the ground
From strangers who had sought to gain
A piece of strength to ease their pain.

Relentlessly, they whittled down
That new-found source of strength they found
Till dust and pebbles now are all
Remaining of that figure tall.
Humanity has left its mark -
No statue stands in Central Park.

The statue's story is my own.
Instead of rock, I'm flesh and bone
But cousins, uncles, aunts and nieces
All have taken little pieces.
Searching for the strength to be,
They've all been chiseling away at me!

The statue in Central Park and I
Will go together, by and by.
The strength we had to stand alone,
(His of granite, mine of bone)
Defeated, crumpled on the ground
By 'friends' who finally brought us down.

I'll always be right here for you
But know that I have limits, too
And my advice is...please step back
When you see me begin to crack
For, though I seem to stand alone.
I, too, need statues of my own.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-29-99).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth
Deputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Moderator
Member Rara Avis
since 06-07-99
Posts 7296
America the beautiful


1 posted 07-29-99 02:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Your talent is amazing! This poem speaks nothing but ther truth-we all begin to crack sometimes and need our own statues. I like the comparison, it's very unique.

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth (edited 07-29-99).]
LngJhnAg
Member Elite
since 07-23-99
Posts 3654
Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion


2 posted 07-29-99 02:47 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Elizabeth

DO NOT... I REPEAT... DO NOT ENCOURAGE THIS MAN TO WRITE MORE!!!

Geesh - how the hell can I post anything when he's writing stuff this good? We gotta chip away at this guy so we have a chance... Seriously though - I think this a GREAT poem.

Deer? Where do you GET these great ideas? I loved this piece.
Cinderella
Member
since 06-23-99
Posts 157
Arizona


3 posted 07-29-99 02:49 PM       View Profile for Cinderella   Email Cinderella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cinderella

This one I like! Much talent my "DEER"
poetFemmeFatale
Member Elite
since 07-25-99
Posts 2961
Arkansas


4 posted 07-29-99 03:02 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Wouldn't we all like to get in Balladeers bed, er, I mean Head ?? He has such originality, and yes, please write more...I'm eating them up like the starved poet that I am ! Works this great inspire me to better my own ....

------------------
- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


5 posted 07-29-99 03:02 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 all, ladies.

and, Long John, I've read your stuff. You take a back seat to NO ONE!

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-29-99).]
suthern
Deputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Seraphic
since 07-29-99
Posts 20770
on the threshold of a dream


6 posted 07-29-99 04:31 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great poem!!! But don't tell LngJhnAg where you get your ideas... *G* Make him suffer, searching for his own! LOL
blueloon
Member
since 07-07-99
Posts 166
NY


7 posted 07-29-99 04:48 PM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

I'm happy to know you've posted here,
As always it's nice to have you near.
With that, I must thank you Balladeer!
blueloon
LngJhnAg
Member Elite
since 07-23-99
Posts 3654
Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion


8 posted 07-29-99 04:54 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Deer - don't listen to that Suthern Belle - she's a bad girl!
guiltborn
Junior Member
since 07-26-99
Posts 30
South Dakota


9 posted 07-29-99 04:55 PM       View Profile for guiltborn   Email guiltborn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit guiltborn's Home Page   View IP for guiltborn

your talent is something else balladeer, i and i guarantee many other poets on this board, envy your talent. A GREAT poem.
WhtDove
Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
Posts 9561
Illinois


10 posted 07-29-99 05:05 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I have to agree with the above comments. It is original. Very good!!!
Wanted to say thanks for your comment!
Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


11 posted 07-29-99 05:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My pleasure, WhtDove. My thanks to all of you.
Andrew Scott
Member Elite
since 06-24-99
Posts 2655
Redlands,CA,USA


12 posted 07-29-99 05:28 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Ah, beware the statue hunters
On a pedestal they would rest
This man, our dear Balladeer
One of the Passions' very best

He deserves the praise he gets
His work, quite masterful
But a granite statue he is not
Like us, he has a human soul

So do not place him all to high
He may have a fear of heights
Take only that which he offers
And be thankful for his sight



[This message has been edited by Andrew Scott (edited 07-29-99).]
Andrew Scott
Member Elite
since 06-24-99
Posts 2655
Redlands,CA,USA


13 posted 07-29-99 05:39 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Ups! Sorry about the incorrect spelling. I didn't check before hitting send. Hope you can get past it.
Magic Bunny
Junior Member
since 07-26-99
Posts 19


14 posted 07-29-99 06:20 PM       View Profile for Magic Bunny   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magic Bunny

You are a wonderful writer Balladeer! I love all your poems! Thanks for all the great poetry. Sometimes I wish I could write as good as you. Please write more and more. Bye!

------------------
The Magical Rainbow Bunny
Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


15 posted 07-29-99 09:26 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 very much, Bunny.

I don't know, Andrew. There are people who would swear my head is made out of concrete. I thank you for the words....very much.
Poet deVine
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 05-26-99
Posts 25869
Hurricane Alley


16 posted 07-29-99 10:30 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I will build a fence around you
to keep you safe from harm
I will fend off the soul pickers
with head, with foot and arm.

No man of stone could ever
make our eyes fill with tears
so we will have to protect you
for many, many years.



Wonderful. You have such warmth and humanity in your work. I think we can see a person's true soul in their poetry! Thank you!
Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


17 posted 07-29-99 10:47 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My humble message to you all:

LngJhnAg
Member Elite
since 07-23-99
Posts 3654
Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion


18 posted 07-30-99 09:25 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Though the statue's gone from Central Park,
And with it it's power, its still not dark.
For, though the icon yielded to its prey,
'Deer's soul remains a beacon to light the way.

Back to the top for this one - I need it a little longer (chip chip chip).

[This message has been edited by LngJhnAg (edited 07-30-99).]

[This message has been edited by LngJhnAg (edited 07-30-99).]

[This message has been edited by LngJhnAg (edited 07-30-99).]
Toerag
Member Ascendant
since 07-29-99
Posts 5839
Ala bam a


19 posted 07-30-99 09:40 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Your poems inspire and make me think,
The stuff I write...really stinks.
Your wisdom, thought and expertise,
Flow from your mind with so much ease?

But I'd consider changing your name,
I mean a name like "Bladder" won't bring ya fame?
Oh wait! It's not bladder...It's Balladeer!
Never mind, forget I was here....
suthern
Deputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Seraphic
since 07-29-99
Posts 20770
on the threshold of a dream


20 posted 07-30-99 09:54 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: That's tough to do, DEAR! LOL. Even if I do disagree with your assessment of your own poems!

Balladeer: The poem is superb.... and I like the responses it's generating! But if LJA is gonna chip away, make sure a chunk or two bruises his toes! *G*
Toerag
Member Ascendant
since 07-29-99
Posts 5839
Ala bam a


21 posted 07-30-99 09:57 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Poet de vine....You can see my true soul in my poetry?.....Oh God, I guess I better do some real soul searching hadn't I?....LOL
Poet deVine
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 05-26-99
Posts 25869
Hurricane Alley


22 posted 07-30-99 10:16 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

LOL......Toerag, you are funny!

I saw your soul in your poetry
what I saw really scared me!
There are fish stick, candy corn
a graham cracker, an old french horn
and in a corner, waiting to jell
a bit of a poem, that's gonna be swell!


Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


23 posted 07-30-99 10:40 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Where did you people COME from? Whereever it is, I'm glad you're here..a very, very welcome addition to the group! (Is Happy Acres missing a few,er, boarders?)

Toerag'

Call me bladder? You've got gall!
You insolent little pup!!
Re-arrange your letters to spell garote
The way you choke me up!!!

Long John.......you da man!
suthern
Deputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Seraphic
since 07-29-99
Posts 20770
on the threshold of a dream


24 posted 07-30-99 10:46 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Balladeer: Just don't send us back... 'kay? LOL
 
 Post A Reply   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
All times are ET (US) Top
  User Options
>> Archives >> Open Poetry #1 >> The Statue in Central Park   [ Page: 1  2  ] Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Create a Greeting Card with this Poem
Print Send ECard

 

pipTalk Home Page | Main Poetry Forums

How to Join | Member's Area / Help | Private Library | Search | Contact Us | Today's Topics | Login
Discussion | Tech Talk | Archives | Sanctuary



© Passions in Poetry and netpoets.com 1998-2013
All Poetry and Prose is copyrighted by the individual authors