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False Reality

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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-07-99 05:09 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

My plates are made of plastic
A regal shade of blue
As are my knives and forks and spoons
And serving dishes, too.

If, by some chance I stumble,
As I am passing by
And knock them off the table
They do not break....they do not die.

I have two plastic goldfish
Within a plastic bowl
Providing relaxation
To ease a troubled soul.

As long as I am careful
To keep the batteries dry
They'll swim along forever
They do not sink....they do not die.

I have a cocker spaniel
I named my buddy Ruff.
He doesn't run or chase a ball -
How can he when he's stuffed?

But he is always there for me.
Where I am-there he lies
And, though he'll never lick my face,
He does not leave....he does not die.

Your picture hangs above my bed.
The glass and frame are fake
But if it falls down from the wall
It has no chance to break.

Your beauty takes my breath away.
Your smile of sweet delight
Dispels the gloom from my small room;
Illuminates the night.

I place my fingers on your cheek
And, teardrops in my eye,
I disregard reality......
You don't get sick
You do not die.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Ron
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1 posted 08-07-99 05:31 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

In reality, there's this little thing called inertia that prevents planes and trains from making 180 degree turns in the blink of the proverbial eye. Fortunately for us, Balladeer, you know no such constraints - and your readers never quite know what destination lies ahead when they start on a journey with you. Go ahead! Lead me right up to the very edge of poignancy without me even knowing it. Then push me off!

I cannot imagine a poem any more perfectly crafted than this…
Balladeer
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2 posted 08-07-99 05:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

High praise, Ron, that means more to me than you can imagine. Thank you.
Poet deVine
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3 posted 08-07-99 05:49 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ok....I was going to make some cute poetic comeback about your plastic blowup doll girlfriend, until the last stanza! You made me cry again! In my dictionary under the word perfection is a picture of you! Wonderful poem!
Lost Dreamer
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4 posted 08-07-99 06:00 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Sir Balladeer, I need a box of tissues now, for only one was left. You really are amazing, Your poems are always so moving.
fjones
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5 posted 08-07-99 06:46 PM       View Profile for fjones   Email fjones   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fjones

You are a very talented Poet! I enjoy reading everything you write. Please post us some prose to enjoy!
Darquewing
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6 posted 08-07-99 06:49 PM       View Profile for Darquewing   Email Darquewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Darquewing's Home Page   View IP for Darquewing

very inspiring to leave the unnatural behind... I felt like I should destroy all the venier particle board in the house, and go cut and make my own furniture. Sadly some people in life find refuge in the plastic reality... may they raed this and drop a tear themselves...

[This message has been edited by Darquewing (edited 08-07-99).]
Emmy
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Balladeer, you never cease to amaze me. This one really pulled on my heart-strings. I pity the person in the poem so much it hurts! Wonderful. Just wonderful.
Dragoness
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8 posted 08-07-99 08:47 PM       View Profile for Dragoness   Email Dragoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Dragoness's Home Page   View IP for Dragoness

How alone and lonely the person in the poem must be.Beautiful.

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9 posted 08-07-99 09:59 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My warmest thanks to all of you.
Alwye
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10 posted 08-07-99 11:22 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Wow, wonderful...beautifully crafted! I loved the last stanza. Your talent never falters, Balladeer!

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*Krista Knutson*

"Your kiss upon my face feels like a brush with grace, baby thats all it takes to take me higher..." SHeDaisy
WhtDove
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11 posted 08-07-99 11:36 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 join the others when I say this was great. You are surely a very talented writer.  
Nan
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May we all take heed from your words, M&M.... This is truly awesome.....
Sue
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13 posted 08-08-99 08:53 AM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

Sorrows great, and comforts few
I wish my tears were plastic too
~one voice~
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14 posted 08-08-99 09:56 AM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said...  all I can say is WOW!!!!  

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~onevoice~

"She looked at her life
like lines, never-ending,
constantly forming,
reforming and bending."


Balladeer
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15 posted 08-08-99 11:20 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Again....my warmest thanks to all of you.
Seymour Tabin
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16 posted 08-08-99 02:03 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

And my warmest thanks to you for posting this beautiful poem. As always i did enjoy.
RainbowGirl
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17 posted 08-08-99 05:20 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

I'm always totally with you and then I fall apart...I don't know how you do it..:-)

Hugs

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Terri
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18 posted 08-09-99 01:17 AM       View Profile for Terri   Email Terri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Terri

From a grin to tears in a blink of the eye...can't remember the last time my emotions shifted gears so quickly!
Toerag
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19 posted 08-09-99 07:37 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Balladeer's knives and forks,
Are plastic yes it's true,
And why he tries to housetrain Ruff,
Makes us all confused?

His "lady" in the picture frame,
He met through a magazine,
She's really wild and hard to tame
But the finest I've ever seen.

He too can take her breath away,
Since the first time that they dated
He must be careful when he "plays"
Because she is inflated.


Balladeer...Seriously...this was another masterpiece my friend.....
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20 posted 08-09-99 08:07 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I don't think there are any verses left to sing in this song of praise... and you really wouldn't want to be subjected to my singing... ahem... talents! *G* So I'll just hum the chorus... Wonderful!!!!
Poetwheel
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21 posted 08-09-99 09:36 AM       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! Perhaps its my nature, but I was waiting for a humerous hook at the end, but you spun things perfectly, as you often do. I'm thinking this is a parallel to a hunchback of notre dame type of thing, yes?..
PW

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Andrew Scott
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22 posted 08-09-99 12:11 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer, once again you have taken us too the window of life an shown us a view that we rarely see for ourselves. Thanks again for your offerings.
tori
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23 posted 08-09-99 12:20 PM       View Profile for tori   Email tori   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tori's Home Page   View IP for tori

Sir Balladeer .. "The King of Twist"!!
poetFemmeFatale
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24 posted 08-13-99 05:50 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

I am so glad Terri commented on this, thus I went back, dug it up and am so glad I did....I missed this while I was gone....!! I spent a great deal of time this morning looking back 20 pgs. or so to see what I had missed, but somehow this slipped by me! Thank you dearest Terri for alerting me to this masterpiece from Romeo himself ! **curtsie**

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- poet FemmeFatale

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

 
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