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There Will Come a Time......

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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-30-99 11:42 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

There will come a time, not far away,
I'll bid this earth adieu
As we all must when our time comes
To tell us our turn's through.

I'll have a lavish funeral
My family will be sad.
They'll stand around and talk about
The happy times we had.

And, at the club, my golfing pals
Will tell jokes and recall
The silly way I swung a club
Or how I hit the ball.

My kids will often think of me -
Some funny anecdote
About some foolish thing I did
Or simple poem I wrote.

Fifty years pass. All friends are gone
Most everyone I'd known.
My kids will be grandparents now
With grandkids of their own.

Yet, still, though quite infrequently,
An opportunity
May come around to give someone
A cause to think of me.

Another hundred years go by.
Now no one has survived
Who walked this earth when I did
At the time I was alive.

All stories are forgotten. Every
Thing about myself.
My life has been reduced to but
A picture on a shelf.

Another hundred years. By now
All photos are gone, too
And every house that I lived in
Plus every place I knew.

I will not have existed
And I know this well because
I had a great-great-grandpa once
But don't know who he was.

I don't know what he liked to do,
What kind of job he had.
No way to know what made him tick,
What made him smile or sad.

So that's the way it is, my friends.
It happens to us all
Who don't do something glorious
That history may recall.

And so I sit, with pen in hand,
Creating verse because
It's not to show you what I am
But to show the world I was.


© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
hoot_owl_rn
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1 posted 07-30-99 11:51 PM       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

Bows to the master poet....most excellent Balladeer...most excellent!

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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2 posted 07-31-99 12:03 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

...and you was GOOD!

Look at all the lives you've touched with your poetry! Someday, someone will come across a poem, printed out from the Passions Forum and wonder who you were..they'll read your words and they will know you...and remember.....



Delores Hall
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3 posted 07-31-99 12:16 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

This is wonderful.I also had grandparents
I never even knew.And because of that they
are not in my thoughts.
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4 posted 07-31-99 08:00 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

No children and no great works to leave,
I suspect I'll be forgotten quickly.
But for as long as I am here,
I'll remember this poem by Balladeer.
Genea
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5 posted 07-31-99 09:30 AM       View Profile for Genea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Genea

For some reason, this one really strikes me...love it!
ac
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6 posted 07-31-99 12:17 PM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

What a wonderful way to unravel... that tangle of life and death... to which we are all susceptible...it's just something we must accept...but i'll tell you this though Balladeer, long after you are gone... you'll still be the most called upon in this poetry forum....
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7 posted 07-31-99 01:21 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

and I will certainly remember all you kind and wonderful people.
Sally S.
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8 posted 07-31-99 03:42 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

You certainly have impacted many lives with your talent. At least, I'm one of them...you would never be forgotten though, I'd really rather not think about that prospect..you have far too many stories to tell. I intend on hearing everyone of them...so, buckle up, it's going to be a long ride.
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9 posted 07-31-99 05:30 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Seat belt fastened, mind in overdrive, and full of gas! Oops!
Crystal
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10 posted 08-02-99 10:42 PM       View Profile for Crystal   Email Crystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Crystal

Wow, I have always had a fear of what is going to happen after I am gone. If I'll be remembered. I can't imagine all the stuff that shall happen in the future that I won't be around to see. That bugs me sometimes when I start thinking about it. I also like to believe there is a place where we go where we will always be able to look down on our loved ones and everything that is going on, on the Earth.
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11 posted 08-03-99 01:48 AM       View Profile for Princess Lily   Email Princess Lily   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Princess Lily

As you have said dear Balladeer we all must go sometime...But have you not thought of this...Earth and I shall combine as I pass away...So you see me today...Maybe not tomorrow,but think always that you are walking on something we've all created.If it were not for our dear loved ones that we never knew...We would not exsist right now...not me my dear and not you...But I'll let you in on a little secret...Balladeer,my great fellow poet...You cannot ever be forgotten for you have got to be one of the absolute greatest

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We see only what we want to see~unless perhaps~we believe

*A rose is a rose it withers and dies...so long as you keep it the memories stay alive*

Seaangel
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12 posted 08-03-99 01:58 AM       View Profile for Seaangel   Email Seaangel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seaangel

Your poem made me think of the preciousness of every second we have... but no matter what we write to be remembered, what matters more is how we live now.
angel girl
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13 posted 08-03-99 05:52 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

grea job balladeer. you put into words what many of us fear and feel. i don't know how you do it, but somehow you manage.

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The world is in your hands; it is what you make of it.

keep on chuggin'
Nan
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I had the opportunity recently to visit the village (New Sweden, Maine) that was founded by my ancestors - and to wander about the cemetaries where my family name (Carlson) abounds... I had an overwhelming feeling of loss at not having known these intrepid folks - and a bit of SadNess in the fact that I was just now meeting a multitude of relatives whom I should have known all my life....
This is a great poem, M&M.. Thanks..
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I don't know about you but I'm coming back to do it all again. And when I do I'll shout your name loud and clear. Balladeer... Balladeer... Balladeer... What was that? What did you say? Humanities evolved without any ears!

By the way. I really enjoyed this one and its a subject that I've thought about off and on. I guess its one of the reasons I've started writing as well. As always, thanks for sharing.
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Ok.. I'm trying... to write a response. but.. my screen is blurred..

nice work.. thank you for sharing it with everyone..

it's quite obvious you will not be forgotten because when someone reads your words they take them with them when they go. even to heaven.

very very nice..
WhtDove
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What else can I say? It is most well done!
And a point to ponder in the thoughts of us all.
Fred Hobbs
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18 posted 08-04-99 09:32 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,
GREAT one! The term "best" doesn't fit the occasion because each one of your poems seems to be better than the last. But this one has special appeal to me because I've lost quite a few old friends lately and I know that your words are true.

sandman
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19 posted 08-04-99 09:37 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

You've caught the very essence of why I write. OK...OK...OK... I also read what I write, too. But I want to touch others and let them know that at some point in their life, they mattered to somebody. Maybe then I'll know that I mattered, too.
tori
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20 posted 08-04-99 10:46 PM       View Profile for tori   Email tori   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tori's Home Page   View IP for tori

I read.. and I am speachless.... I am so lucky to have found your work here in cyber space.. taken to heart and rememberd alway's
Thank you Sir Balladeer.... for sharing your craft ... such talent.!!
*As my eyes turn a darker shade of green.*

Alway's thinking.....
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Irish Rose
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21 posted 01-21-2002 04:49 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

I just told Liz the library is closed today, but this one isn't and
I needed something to hold onto. THanks for this one.

Kathleen--(Kay)
A true friend does not love you for who you are, but in spite of who you are." -- Caroline Tran

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22 posted 02-11-2002 04:47 PM       View Profile for RosePetal   Email RosePetal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RosePetal

hey balladeer! I came into Open 1 to read some of your old poetry! Boy is it awesome as ever! I'm enjoying your older poems
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23 posted 02-11-2002 11:49 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks, RosePetals....glad you're enjoying!
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you were relaly serious back when...

I like it
 
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