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'The Inn of Balladeer'

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Poetwheel
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0 posted 08-09-99 10:35 PM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

The leaves will turn their golden hues and time will pass, spent poor and well
the men like ants, will march on through some bound for heaven, some for hell
Let me recall a tale of strife between two sides with different aims
The side of truth, good will and humour; the side of anger, taunts and flames
Good Baladeer, lute-toting bard, sang beautiful tales while your glass was filled
And travellers came from miles around to soak within his haven guild
His ally, Poetwheel was there, a jester he would entertain
with tales absurd, or abstract rhyme, spilling from his idle brain
Thing were always well and grand at the Inn of Baladeer
tankards filled and emptied oft, song and dance, maidens fair
Until the day the wind blew cold, townspeople gathered at the Inn
They spoke with fear of a twosome bold, with reputations filled with sin
Long John Silver was the first, a brutish oaf with one eye out
A silver hook where a hand should be, a limp in part due to the gout
Toerag was his ghoulish ace, a great hump adorned his mottled back
his spoke with grunts, or with his club; he could deliver such a whack!
Worried, folk feared for the worst, what troubles would this duo bring?
Would Poetwheel and Baladeer draw their swords, unleash their sting?
The tension caused ones hair to raise, so tight as skin upon a drum
Then mighty BOOMS! The door flung wide; Toerag and his John had come!
They ambled hard up to the bar, demanding ale and bellyfill
They cursed and swore, harrassed and pushed, they glared and passed a surly chill
When from the corner, through the din, a song as sweet as summer birds
Poetwheel and Baladeer enchanted all with kindly words
At once the evil duo froze, with mouths agape they sat in trance
Soothed by the music, sweet and pure which filled with magic all the manse
The tale was of two children lost; there families ne'er again to see
and how they struggled with the world which dealt with them so cruelly
Now as men they roamed the hills, bittered like a wine too aged
They'd never felt the hand of help, only insults, taunts and rage
The townsfolk sat in dreamy awe, then startled by a slamming door
And when they looked across the Inn, Toerag and Long John were no more
The men let out with battle cries, "you drove the evil fiends away!"
But Balladeer then stood and spoke "Did not you hear the words we say?"
"We too, the Poetwheel and I, were also orphaned, left alone,
But we, with luck were found by kindness; love and tenderness was shown."
"When again you see those two, remember it was simple fate,
Could well be they inside our shoes, and Poetwheel and I with hate."
From that day forth the town was changed, all were welcomed without fear
To share an ale, a song, a meal, inside the Inn of Baladeer!


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Lucie
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1 posted 08-09-99 11:01 PM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

What a heartfelt slam, Poetwheel you weave a romantic response to the war of words insanity. I liked the story. Lets see them top that!!!
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2 posted 08-09-99 11:01 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

BRAVO!!! BRAVO !!!

You have outdone yourself, dear Poetwheel! What a stirring ballad with such a strong message! Toerag dare not show his face in our Inn. I may have inadvertently wronged Long John, though. Since the two rode in at the same time, I thought them together but now I come to feel that John has suffered under the abusive hand of Toerag, as we have. He may be an ally.
The hard work put into this piece paid off well, Poetwheel. I'm proud to be teamed with you. I suspect we'll hear no more from Toerag the Tonguewagger!
Poetwheel
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3 posted 08-09-99 11:06 PM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

Thanks for your comments Lucie. Always appreciated.
Balladeer: It's a pleasure to battle the scoundrels who sully your good name. This poem is a little winded and I'm not pleased with the look of it... frankly I enjoyed painting a little image of what we may have been in days of olde... Thanks!
PW

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Artur Hawkwing
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4 posted 08-09-99 11:08 PM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

Ah, beautifully composed of a poetic duel... Toerag the Tonguewagger had better be a tad careful or the Green Knight will come soon or later with his polished axe in hand.
Poetwheel
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5 posted 08-09-99 11:11 PM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

Your reply is truly king, Arthur. Thanks,
PW

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Toerag
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6 posted 08-10-99 07:46 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Bravo!!! Poetwheel and Balladeer...Men in tights!............Good work.....I hope you and Balladeer live happily ever after!!
Toerag
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7 posted 08-10-99 07:48 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

And Balladeer.....don't speak to harshly of Toerag the tonguewagger......it's made me real popular with some of the ladies....I am a black belt in Tongue Fu yanno.....LOL
suthern
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8 posted 08-10-99 07:58 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

ROFL.... excellent joust, Poetwheel!!!

Toe: Very popular, indeed! *G* If Balladeer considers that an insult, he's definitely been around LJA too long! LOL
Poetwheel
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9 posted 08-10-99 11:22 AM       View Profile for Poetwheel   Email Poetwheel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Poetwheel's Home Page   View IP for Poetwheel

Thanks for your praise. Toerag...I hear you've wagged your tongue in more exits than entrances...
PW

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Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


10 posted 08-10-99 12:20 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

What can be said
nay we do not dread
from what Poetwheel may conjure

but look for more
upon the door
of Balladeer's Inn, be sure.

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KRJ
Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poet deVine
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11 posted 08-11-99 08:44 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Testoterone fills every line of your poem - you won't find the 'lady' poets abusing each other in such a manner (well not to their faces anyway!). Very funny!
Artur Hawkwing
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12 posted 08-11-99 09:09 PM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

What is to be said
when Jabberwock doth raid
and liquify SPAM with Toerag?

Now, sway ye the song
of sweet words versus wrong,
don't end up in Bal's bag.

(Very funny, loved this one...)
 
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