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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-17-99 12:19 AM       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 wife is having an affair.
The evidence is everywhere.
Her face is rosy with delight.
A smile upturns her lips at night.

A special twinkle in her eye
I spot, as she goes passing by.
Her thoughts, a million miles away,
She barely hears a word I say.

Though I am crushed, I cannot claim
To not know wherein lies the blame.
There was a time, long years ago,
That I was quite the Romeo.

I brought her flowers every day.
I smiled at what she had to say.
I always tried to make her see
The happy man she let me be.

I made her laugh with silly quips
And took her on romantic trips
That made her squeal with delight.
I held her to me every night.

But, as the years passed frantically,
Romance came not so easily.
The mounting pressures of my life -
The work, the bills - no time for wife.

Bouquets delivered less and less
As did the times of tenderness;
My smile appeared less frequently
And changed the man that once was me.

Now I can see, she has another
Man to be a better lover.
Though I still play a vital part,
He is the one inside her heart.

She loves another man, and yet,
I sadly feel no regret.
Her other lover is, you see,
The husband that I used to be.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
elvira
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1 posted 08-17-99 12:32 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

a lovely ending...if only everyone had such a split personality
moonmoon
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2 posted 08-17-99 01:47 AM       View Profile for moonmoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for moonmoon


Sir, That was AWESOME..I am starting to wonder if the end has a 'hidden' twist to it..

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"No one was ever ruined from without;
The final ruin comes from within." Amelia E. Barr

Artur Hawkwing
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3 posted 08-17-99 02:05 AM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

Balladeer- I hope this never happens to me. Masterful writing, as usual.
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


4 posted 08-17-99 02:07 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

ooohhh, cold shivers up the spine. Of course it was wonderful Balladeer. I was completely prepared to tell you to go beat that other guy's buttt, but then...
Wow as usual with you! Thank you for letting us read that!

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It's so cool, it's so swell, living here on Ice Planet hell!
-Psychotica-

Cinderella
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5 posted 08-17-99 03:10 AM       View Profile for Cinderella   Email Cinderella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cinderella

So glad you were Romeo!
caroline
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6 posted 08-17-99 05:15 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Cleverly done, with a great twist on an interesting topic. Enjoyed the read.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
Poet deVine
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7 posted 08-17-99 07:19 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Of course she's still in love with you! She snuck into your study at night and read the lovely poem about her snoring! That probably saved the marriage! This is wonderful - your gift shows each day, my friend.
Toerag
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since 07-29-99
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Ala bam a


8 posted 08-17-99 07:31 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Well done Balladeer....so what you're saying is that she discovered even old dogs can still bury a bone huh?....I told ya that Viagra would work....I haven't had the need to experiment with it yet, but LongJohn tells me it's done wonders for him?
WhtDove
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since 07-22-99
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9 posted 08-17-99 07:46 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well done my friend! I don't know why that happens, I think it does to all. After the years the thrill of the chase is gone. I have been there. I truly admire your writing.
Lost Dreamer
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10 posted 08-17-99 08:52 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Sir Balladeer, I sit here amazed once again, your abilities are endless, as we all can see. I admire your ability to send us down dirt roads that lead to highways of your imagination.
JP
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11 posted 08-17-99 10:32 AM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Hauntingly beautiful.

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Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP


poetFemmeFatale
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12 posted 08-17-99 11:16 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Lost Dreamer said it all - - every piece of yours is a fabulous journey into a far off land of enchantment, comedy, or mystery !! You never know what you're gonna get when you pick an apple from sir Balladeer's tree!!! Maybe even a little worm ! he he he (that wasn't an insult or anything, I have no idea how big your worm is - no wait, on the other hand, I DO - I have a few snapshots I could dig out !) LOL Just kidding, don't panic......these people don't have the amount of money it would take before I'd show those, darling.......HA JUST ONE BIG JOKE EVRYBODY!!!! Bye now....***blowing kisses

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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

LngJhnAg
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13 posted 08-17-99 11:23 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

Interesting enough, my friend,
The lover who your wife once knew,
Can be her lover once again,
The choice is left to you.
Michael
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14 posted 08-17-99 12:54 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

All I can say is wow.
This one took my by total surprize.
Great work and a very interesting perception.

Michael
Seymour Tabin
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15 posted 08-17-99 03:51 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
A masterpiece of rejection. Could'nt be better. Loved it.
Balladeer
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16 posted 08-17-99 04:05 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My thanks to you all. It is rewarding creating poems that people can relate to.

Toe...you haven't had a chance to use it because you need a partner first!

Poet Femme...What a trip you are!!!
pen of passion
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17 posted 08-17-99 10:15 PM       View Profile for pen of passion   Email pen of passion   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pen of passion

You're so inspiringly prolific.
Sally S.
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18 posted 08-18-99 01:38 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

You know, you promised never to write a poem about me. OH, this wasn't about me..and I'm not your wife. Huh, must have been a dream of some sort!! My goodness, I'm sleepy..zzzzzzz Going to bed now my deer. I truly hold great admiration for you. (((HUGS)))
Sunshine
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19 posted 08-18-99 08:57 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ditto, ditto, etc. etc.

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


sea_of_okc
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since 06-15-99
Posts 595
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20 posted 08-18-99 09:59 AM       View Profile for sea_of_okc   Email sea_of_okc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sea_of_okc

Only a man long married could write such a poem. Excellently done as usual my friend. It is a sad truth that most marriages suffer such a letdown of passion as the burdens of surviving in this world weight us down. Thank you for your insightfulness, you inspire me to do better and never let my next marriage come to such a state. Hmmm, of course I am assuming I can find a woman crazy enuff to marry me!!!
tori
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21 posted 08-18-99 12:25 PM       View Profile for tori   Email tori   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tori's Home Page   View IP for tori

Once was.. what is to be... in life as in the poets pen.... you have again given us this gift into the real world so vivid so wonderfuly done. the understanding of the years... congrats and thanks... :-)
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If with pen in hand I've made you think
I've not wasted one drop of ink
vlh.
aziza
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22 posted 06-11-2007 01:29 AM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

This is beautiful
so beautiful

A
Artic Wind
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23 posted 11-12-2007 09:14 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
latearrival
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24 posted 06-13-2010 06:35 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

This  was always one of my favorites. latearrival/jo
 
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