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Float Like a Butterfly...Sting Like a Bee...My hands are so fast I could dazzle Ali!

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Toerag
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0 posted 08-14-99 10:41 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Toerag

When I was young and cocky,
I found I had the expertise,
Why I could fight like old Bruce Lee,
And could 'whup' most anyone with ease.

I studied Martial Arts for years,
Karate-boxing and Judo,
I studied many different styles,
My favorite-Hapkido.

I joined the military,
During the war in Vietnam,
Taught hand-to-hand combat,
Before they headed to Saigon.

I also fought professionally,
It was called the "P.K.A."
I won all my first ten fights,
Then came that dreadful day.

I met another fighter,
His arms were like my legs,
I was 10 pounds lighter,
I'd only trained for days.

I really don't recall the fight?
I don't think I did too well?
The only thing I do remember,
Was the starting bell!

© Copyright 1999 Toerag - All Rights Reserved
suthern
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1 posted 08-14-99 10:53 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: ROFL.... If it hurts even when you win, I guess your memory of that bell is pretty clear? *G* Far better to give them that problem with gravity first! *G* Great poem, sweets!!!
LngJhnAg
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2 posted 08-14-99 11:06 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

I remember Toerag's fight that day,
How I taught him a style to explore.
I told him all about the Crane,
(I made it up the night before).

Now, Toerag was a trusting lad,
He knew I'd always steer him well.
He didn't realize I was that bad,
Or that he was in for hell.

I told him to focus with his ki,
Though the other man hits well,
The Crane would win, just wait and see.
Toerag now looks like a pretzel.


this was a really poor response - I apologize ol' Toe. Good story you wrote. I was hoping you wouldn't be posting today, if you know what I mean.
Toerag
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3 posted 08-14-99 11:23 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

But LongJohn?...Why?.....I've been waiting here for ya for days?....Just staring at my monitor....wunderin' when ya'd get back...missing ya.....etc.?....and now ya say you wish I wasn't here?....Well now I'm really crushed!
suthern
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4 posted 08-14-99 11:29 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: Don't be crushed, dear.... he's simply ashamed to admit how bad a teacher he is! *G*

His dreams of returning in triumph and glory
With accolades his head to swell
Vanished as he logged on to a welcome
From friends who know him too well! *G*
Balladeer
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5 posted 08-14-99 04:30 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Oh, Toerag, after all these years
I'd hoped you had forgotten
The whoopin' that I gave ya.
I still feel really rotten!

They told me I'd be fighting
A number one contender.
How was I supposed to know
They slipped in some pretender?

I was expecting Popeye and
They slipped in Peewee Herman
Who floated like the Titanic
And stung like Ethel Merman!

And isn't it a funny fate
After all those years since gone
We should meet here in this little place
And the whoopin' still goes on!
Craig
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6 posted 08-14-99 04:48 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

Ding Ding

Round two I believe


Ding ding the light heart Toerag
Comes dancing to the ring
As Balladeer who shows no fear
Prepares to break this bumbles wing

But Toerag trained in martial arts
By a sailor named Long John
Is fast and sharp, with quick remarks
Ding ding round two is on

Will Toerag ( British named you know )
Be beaten by Deerís rhyme
Or will they both be counted out
When referee Ron calls time

I standby here at ringside
To count each blow and bruise
Just glad that Iím not in with them
Three words and I would lose

My moneyís on the victor
Iím a sucker for my sins
But Iíll lay you ten to one that
Heís the one that wins




[This message has been edited by Craig (edited 08-14-99).]
thursdayschild
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7 posted 08-14-99 05:25 PM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

y'all are too cute...loved the poems!
Balladeer
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8 posted 08-14-99 08:45 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Fantastic, Craig!! When I go on vacation, you can take over against Toerag. Either way, he wouldn't stand a chance!
elvira
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9 posted 08-14-99 09:48 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

i love a two-for-one deal when opening a poem...and this one has three!!!...all of them amusing...thanks gents
WhtDove
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10 posted 08-14-99 09:50 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

LOL...You guys are too much!
Great poem! All you guys!
CrAyZeD
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11 posted 08-15-99 12:13 AM       View Profile for CrAyZeD   Email CrAyZeD   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CrAyZeD

Round two is almost over
the bell is about to ring
Balladeer leans back
and unloads a might swing

Toerag gets hit
with yet another rhyme
his face is all bloody
he is getting wuped another time!

Balladeer is actin cocky
dancin around the ring
he neglected to notice
the bell has to ring

the round isnt over yet
toerag is about to explode
please craig hold your bet
he is about ready to unload

He calls upon all his power
toerag is gonna lay the lickins
with him dancin around like that
he should be easy pickins

with a punch like a bomb
he hits balladeer
he shatters him into a million peices
NOW ITS RAINingDEER

The fight is all over
toerag has won
balladeer has been scooped away
his career is done

long john runs for the exit
he gets there and its locked
after that crap with the crane
his destiny lays in a box

Toerag is the victor
with the help of one named CrAyZeD
the croud is in shock
even craig is amazed

*********************************************I had a lot of fun doin this

[This message has been edited by CrAyZeD (edited 08-15-99).]
CrAyZeD
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12 posted 08-15-99 12:14 AM       View Profile for CrAyZeD   Email CrAyZeD   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CrAyZeD

sorry about the double post

[This message has been edited by CrAyZeD (edited 08-15-99).]
elvira
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13 posted 08-15-99 12:20 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

you may want to eliminate the double post crayzed
Nan
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14 posted 08-15-99 09:56 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

"Tis now round three," says referee
The rightly Ron Carnell,
"We've verse to write, so stand and fight -
Get up - Let's ring that bell"

We'll watch this bout; we'll cheer and shout
Write on but keep it clean,
As Toerag here and Balladeer
Poetically careen.

They're sparring more - into round four!
I've got a front row seat -
Remember, though, you all should know
My keyboard has DELETE!!



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Nay, if our wits run the Wild-Goose chase, I am done:
For thou hast more of the Wild-Goose in one of thy wits,
Than I am sure I have in my whole five.
~ ≤1592 Wm. Shakespeare ~ Romeo & Juliet ~ ii. iv. 75


Seymour Tabin
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15 posted 08-15-99 11:43 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

What more can I add to such wonderful response. But you must know who my bet is on.
LngJhnAg
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16 posted 08-15-99 12:06 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Master Long John is nobody's fool,
He runs a profitable Karate School.
He ran to the exit to stop the dead beats,
Who bet on "The Crane" at the Karate meet.

'Deer was a formidable opponent for Toe,
We'd met in secret just one night before.
I showed him how a crane stands erect,
And how a quick sweep is the move to select.

Toe, on the other hand, was not that easy,
I used love of Master to make him please me,
When I revealed the new style, the Crane.
(As I secretly counted my profitable gains.)

Now the tournament's over, the lights are all dim,
As I stand in the ring, looking down at him.
"Nice try, Toerag. But you acted too slow.
Tomorrow I'll teach all you'll need to know."

I help Toerag to regain his unsteady feet,
As we gather his gear and go out to the street.
He bows to his Master, and limps to his car,
While I head down the street to meet 'Deer in a bar.

I know what you think. What a Master am I.
Teacher of the Karate Machiavelli style.
But what can I do? A Master must eat.
And its easier to do when avoiding defeat.

Toerag
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17 posted 08-16-99 07:01 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Balladeer so ya want a rematch?
Well, you'll just surely have to wait in line.
I guess my punches did something to your memory?
Cuz you were opponent number nine.

But that's not why you'll have to wait my friend,
It's because so many women want a piece of me too,
Cuz my black belt's not only in Hapkido,
But I've also got one in "Tongue-Fu."

[This message has been edited by Toerag (edited 08-16-99).]
Balladeer
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18 posted 08-16-99 10:18 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

For this one, I bow to a master. Tongue-fu! A stroke of genius, Toe. I'm gonna smile about this one for a while.
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19 posted 08-16-99 10:56 PM       View Profile for Ladycat   Email Ladycat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ladycat's Home Page   View IP for Ladycat

Everyone wrote such beautiful pieces.. I thought that I would join you, but I'm not the rhyming type.. I think that when I first read the piece that I was going to tell Toerag thank you for sharing and wonderfully written and nice job and such.. Now I have read all of the pieces.. Man are my eyes tired.. Another Casey at Bat kind of thing.. Great job everyone.. Toe, you have me scared though.. I just hope that the next piece isn't about me.. hehehe..

(Crawling in the corner to hide..)
Love,
Lady

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Live in my world just once and you'll find yourself enraptured.


 
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