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My Life.........The Movie

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Balladeer
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0 posted 09-29-1999 10:32 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

If my life were one big movie
Playing on the silver screen
As if someone had followed me
Recording every scene...

Would I be proud to have it there
So grandly on display
Or would I hang my head in shame
And turn my face away?

If everyone were made aware
Of what I am inside
Would it give cause to loud applause
Or would I turn and hide?

If audiences sat and watched
The character I've been
Would they approve of how I've lived
And treated fellow men?

If they could have a chance to see
My feelings deep inside
Would they condone mistakes I've made
Or how I justified?

Would they admire my character
And think I was the best
Or just nod off and fall asleep
Through lack of interest?

The shameful things I've said and done
I'd hate for them to see.
Would faces wrinkle in disgust
To see that side of me?

Would they smile when I was happy?
Feel sad when I was down?
Laugh with me when I was funny
All the times I played the clown?

Would I come across as manly
Like a James Bond or Stallone?
Or just some poor, pathetic soul
Who's always walked alone?

What would the critics have to say
In Entertainment News?
How many stars would they reward
My life in their reviews?

Who would they get to play my part?
DeNiro - maybe Cruise
Or just some two-bit thespian
Who nothing left to lose?

How many days would "My Life" run?
A week - or, maybe, two?
Would it become a major hit
Or disappear from view?

Would I be proud to watch "My Life"
And think it turned out nice?
Or would I think it not well done,
Unworthy of the price?

There is one critic watching me.
He's watched the entire show.
Will I be worthy of His praise?
In time, He'll let me know.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Michael
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1 posted 09-29-1999 10:40 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Two thumbs up!!!!!!!
Wonderful, as always.

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Michael Anderson

May Darkness find you all through the day.


Marilyn
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2 posted 09-29-1999 10:44 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Balladeer...amazing work here. I know the thoughts well. Thankyou for sharing this one with us.
LJA'sLorelei54
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3 posted 09-29-1999 10:50 PM       View Profile for LJA'sLorelei54   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LJA'sLorelei54

Bravo!! I'll stand up and cheer!
Pepper
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4 posted 09-29-1999 10:55 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

soul searching and profound Sir...everytime I think I have found my favorite of your works another one comes along that I just know is my favorite again.....my favorites file is overflowing with your talent.....

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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5 posted 09-29-1999 11:07 PM       View Profile for CSwtThng   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CSwtThng

Wonderful work!!!!!!!!!!!
Balladeer
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6 posted 09-29-1999 11:14 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you all for the rave reviews!
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7 posted 09-29-1999 11:17 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You ask some very thought provoking questions which shows a depth of character that, I'm sure, has led to a life not too shabbily lived! (Of course, none of us is perfect) Very well done!

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Denise
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8 posted 09-29-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Such thought provoking words, thank you for making me think. And I mean that in all sincerity.
WhtDove
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9 posted 09-29-1999 11:26 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

This has to be my favorite! I don't think I have chosen one until now. It is very thought provoking. One thing I've found, if we don't always hold the interest of people, we'll always hold the interest of God. We are not worthy, but that's what Grace and Forgiveness is all about! Balladeer this is most excellent!
Nan
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10 posted 09-29-1999 11:29 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

M&M - I'll watch your documentary anytime.....
Balladeer
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11 posted 09-29-1999 11:39 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Denise. Yes. I am living proof that we are FAR from perfect.

Satiate, making someone think is the best compliment anyone can give me. Thank you.

and thank you, little dove. I'll do my best to replace it with another new favorite in the future!
Seymour Tabin
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12 posted 09-29-1999 11:41 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Just when I think you have run out of ideas,
you come up with another one. I don't know how you do it? But however I enjoy them all.
May you never run dry. Bravo for this one.
Lucie
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13 posted 09-30-1999 12:00 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

You write this wonderful poem.. and I write about secret boxes and buckets.. I'm so ashamed.
Balladeer
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14 posted 09-30-1999 12:05 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, friend Sy.

Lucie, I've seen your serious side. You take a back seat to no one...and never will.
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15 posted 09-30-1999 01:32 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Balladeer,

Being a two bit thespian myself,
I would be honored to appear in the story of you life. (as long as I'm not just another sheep extra. lol)
Wonderful poem!

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"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot


Systematic Decay
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16 posted 09-30-1999 02:53 AM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

Balladeer, great poem. I ofte wonder the same things about myself

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"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
-Billy Corgan-
Pufalove
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17 posted 09-30-1999 03:24 AM       View Profile for Pufalove   Email Pufalove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pufalove

"HE" wrote the script, you are the player, how could he not be proud? (Especially when "HE" knows that you recognize this.)
Another very moving work!
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18 posted 09-30-1999 06:42 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Excellent !!Balladeer, thought provoking indeed.

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What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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19 posted 09-30-1999 07:12 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Tonight! On the big screen! The Palmetto Bug That Ate Miami! Starring Balladeer!....Okay, okay, so this was a great poem, rhymes well, great thought, good rhythm, fine message...other than that, it ain't much...LOL

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20 posted 09-30-1999 07:43 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Yeah... what Toe said! LOL. Anyone could write like this... given pen and paper... and nothing better to do... and imagination... and the talent of Longfellow, Tennyson, Blake and Angelou all rolled into one! Well done!
LngJhnAg
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21 posted 09-30-1999 07:49 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

I liked the way you played off a good feature against its opposite in the same verse. I suspect a little of both exist in each of us all the time.
RainbowGirl
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22 posted 09-30-1999 07:58 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Let me know when it's out on video..then I can play with you all I like *g*

HUSG

ps: What you can do with my belly, I can do with your video..ROFL

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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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hoot_owl_rn
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23 posted 09-30-1999 08:36 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Excellent!!!

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It is better to be silent and be considered a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
Deb Lynne
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24 posted 09-30-1999 09:09 AM       View Profile for Deb Lynne   Email Deb Lynne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Deb Lynne

Vacationing in the mountains must be putting you in closer touch with "higher" spirits! The air up there will do that to you! This one is simply wonderful. You're getting better with age Mr. Balladeer.
 
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