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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-11-99 07:29 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

I walked around in Tombstone Cemetery late last year
Taking a gawk at all the stones of people buried there.
There were Joneses, Adamses, Johnsons, too, far as the eye could see
And then I spied one tombstone with the single letter "T".

"That's odd", I thought. Perhaps the rest of that name had been lost
Or, maybe, it is not a "T" but symbol of the cross.
That must be it! I smiled, but just before I turned to go
My eyes fell on another tombstone with the letter "O".

The next tombstone beside it had the single letter "E",
And, by this time, I was obsessed with curiosity!
Then "R", then "A", then "G" appeared. Now mystified was I.
I grabbed the arm of Gravedigger Bill as he was passing by.

"Hey, Bill", I said. "I see six graves - one letter on the stones.
Don't seem a right, respectful way to treat those poor folks' bones."
"No that ain't it", he said."Those bones belong to one man in the same,
Some foolish drifter passing through, uh, Toerag was his name."

"That silly fool rode into town - this really is absurd-
And challenged our dear Balladeer into a war of words.
He'd heard back home, across the sea, that Balladeer was best
And so he journeyed over here to put him to the test."

"They met at noon on Main Street with their pens and paper drawn,
For three long hours they fired their quips until the duel was done.
My sons and I dug all night long. I mean, we worked like slaves.
Balladeer cut him up so bad we had to use six graves!!!"



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Artur Hawkwing
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1 posted 08-11-99 07:38 PM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

(chuckles) ... I'm feeling an endless war here, and before I get stuck in the middle, wanted to share congratulations.

Good one Balladeer.
Ain' Miss Behavin'
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2 posted 08-11-99 07:40 PM       View Profile for Ain' Miss Behavin'   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ain' Miss Behavin'

...And Nan helped - She hung him up by his Toerag-nails...
Andrew Scott
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3 posted 08-11-99 07:43 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Can't... stop... laughing... I'm suprised Sir Balladeer that you left enough of Toe behind to warrant his full name. Most enjoyable. Thanks again for all the laughs.

P.S. Thanks for your comments on the saga of Bal. I'm working on part 3, the final chapter. C-ya.
RainbowGirl
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4 posted 08-11-99 08:37 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

As I walk into my office tomorrow
My floppy: forlorn and unattended
My guys will say to me
what work have we today?
and I will simply say
don't blame me
I tried not to play
but that Toerag and Balladeer
Kept me from my floppy
and I really tried so hard..(ooops)
but 'work' instead of there it's here!

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.


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Poet deVine
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5 posted 08-11-99 09:53 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This was the best of the barrage! I've been to Tombstone and they have now placed a marker there:

Here lies Toerag on this hill
outwritten by a Balladeer's quill!

RIP


Delores Hall
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6 posted 08-11-99 10:11 PM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

Thanks for the laugh.
Sally S.
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7 posted 08-11-99 10:20 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Oh my! I see the saga continues. I've not commented once!!! (as I can recall) LOL...I've tried to enjoy the show from afar. This is getting better and better...can't wait for the retort!!
angel girl
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8 posted 08-12-99 05:29 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

I've never known of a war so good and enjoyable.

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
-William Shakespeare



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angel girl
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I've never known a war so good and enjoyable.

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
-William Shakespeare



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angel girl
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I've never known a war so good and enjoyable.

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
-William Shakespeare

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Oops, my computer locked up, so i just started clicking on anything and everything. I guess i hit the "submit" button a couple of times. Sorry about that.

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11 posted 08-12-99 08:39 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

While Balladeer, that callous knave
Lies mouldering in an unmarked grave
Too soon he did pat his own back
Not removing knife from hand
An end he hadn't really planned
Came to the 'deer with poetic knack.
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12 posted 08-12-99 09:32 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Twas a full moon,
Over the dreary skull orchard
Then all of a sudden
A tombstone tipped over.
Then another, and another again
The parts of old Toerag
Started to mend.

Is it a ghost?
Is he back from the dead?
To haunt Balladeer?
For the things that he's said?

Like Harry Houdini,
Who said he'd be back,
Toerag's like Herpes,
And that's a fact!

Up until now,
I've been kind and gentle,
With old Balla-deer,
And Poetwheel the "mental"

I've held back my temper,
I've tried to be nice,
But you've dug up a grave,
Of a real poltergeist!!!


By the way....you prick!...Great poem.....
Andrew Scott
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13 posted 08-12-99 11:31 AM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

So bad that even the gods of the afterlife won't keep him. I was wondering how Toe was going to get out of this seemingly dead end. Nice comeback Toe.
suthern
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14 posted 08-12-99 11:34 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

RESURRECTION!!!! Yippee!!!! "Haunt" away, dear Toe! *G*
Sunshine
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If "Toe" is to be wholly resurrected
and finds his other body parts dissected
then to Balladeer forewarn we must
the War wages on, gather more arms, we trust.

'Wheel, 'Ness, 'Vine come hither now
Balladeer's chums sublime and true
while all others on sidelines cheer
and watch the war wage from our webly view.




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


Seymour Tabin
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16 posted 08-12-99 01:32 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

It seems you dug him up to only bury him again. LOL
 
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