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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-30-99 09:14 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

As old age shakes a fist at me
I smile as I remember when
I had the fortune in my past
To fool so many men.

Since I was never very good
I built a strong defense
By keeping thoughts inside myself
And living by pretense.

Most men considered me their friend
And, in my youth, girls drooled
To think they had a chance with me -
I really had them fooled.

Within my air of nonchalance
I never let them see
The weakling that I tried to hide
Way deep inside of me.

Great admiration from afar
Came easily to me
But no one was permitted to
Get close enough to see....

That I was not what I appeared.
THEY were the normal men
And I - a figure destined to
Do nothing but pretend.

Some called me egoistical
Said I was too good to be
Involved with them, when actually
They were too good for me.

I see you feeling sorry for
This lonely stranger who
Never got much out of life...

See there! I fooled you, too!

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-30-99).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Fred Hobbs
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1 posted 07-30-99 09:25 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Balladeer,

I never know where you are going until I get to the last line. That's a wonderful talent to have developed. Do you start at the bottom and work up?

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Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


2 posted 07-30-99 09:45 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Got me on this one.....I was ready to commiserate with you and then you zapped me!

Fred, I like to work from the bottom to the top...the results are better. You get a firmer grasp of the outcome when you do it that way.
Delores Hall
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since 07-16-99
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3 posted 07-31-99 12:08 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

Ballader was this a woman or a man? It says
most men considered me there friends.And then
it says in my youth girls drool.Or am I not
understanding this? I'm so confused.Was this
a man that was pretending to be a woman or
vice-a versu? Sometimes I have trouble
understanding things. I'm not the most
intelligent person at times.And its even
worse cause it's late and I did not get but
four hours sleep last night.I know I should
be in bed,but I wanted to read some poems
and respond to them before I went to bed.

Balladeer
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4 posted 07-31-99 01:23 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Twas a man, Delores. The phrase was to show he got along with everyone....men as friends, women as droolers. It would be a sad state of affairs if they were reversed! Thanks for asking.
Alwye
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In the space between moments


5 posted 07-31-99 03:28 AM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

As with Poet deVine, you really had me going too. What a talent you possess, Balladeer.

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*Krista Knutson*

"I will sail my vessel 'till the river runs dry, like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky..." Garth Brooks

elvira
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since 07-06-99
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6 posted 07-31-99 09:39 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

marvelously woven, as always...*curtsies*

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I will live my life as i, will undoubtedly die - alone. ~Morrissey~
ac
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since 06-17-99
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7 posted 07-31-99 12:06 PM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

I liked the way you worked this out...line by line until the end...
MissNTrope
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8 posted 07-31-99 05:06 PM       View Profile for MissNTrope   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for MissNTrope

You can't KIDD me, you silly old GOAT!!!


LngJhnAg
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since 07-23-99
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Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion


9 posted 07-31-99 06:08 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

well, even with your warning, you keep fooling me. I suppose you are another scalawag, just like that rascally Toerag. I'd better hang onto my wallet because, as the adage says:

A fool and your money are soon partners.
I enjoyed your poem immensely.
 
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