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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-06-1999 12:56 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

Tomorrow I know what I'll do.
I have a master plan.
I'm going to turn my life around
And be a friend to Man.

Mankind will get my full respect.
I will not be abrupt.
In converstaions with my friends
I will not interrupt.

I will amaze all with my tone
Which shows I truly care
And they'll be glad to have a friend
Like I am standing there.

No sharp remarks or hurtful words,
Rebukes or criticisms
Will I direct toward those I love,
Not even witticisms.

No one will make my temper fly
As it has done before.
Mistakes I'll simply take in stride
Without my normal roar.

When people chance to think of me,
They'll smile that I'm their friend
And know that, in my company,
They'll never need pretend.

Tomorrow, at the crack of dawn,
I'll implement my plan
To be a willing partner in
The brotherhood of Man.

I had these same thoughts yesterday
but it was not my fate.
Alarm clock screwed up once again.
I woke up three hours late!

Some stupid driver cut me off
As I drove in to work.
It seemed the streets were full of nuts
And imbecilic jerks.

My secretary hadn't done
The work she was to do...
Some lame excuse of doctors and
Her small son with the flu.

All day, it seemed, I was the mark
Of some conspiracy
Contrived by evil forces whose
Goal was to bother me!

So, as you see, today was out
But I still have my plan
And tomorrow, when the sun comes up,
I'll be a friend to Man.


© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Toerag
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1 posted 10-06-1999 12:58 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

and Toerags too?
Balladeer
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2 posted 10-06-1999 01:08 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Always, Toe.
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3 posted 10-06-1999 01:10 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Revered Elder, yesterday is always gone, tomorrow never comes, all that we have is today.
Good verse, my friend.

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Now and forever my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ

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4 posted 10-06-1999 01:31 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I thought he was finally going to swear off sheep... then all we'd need to do is introduce him to WO-man. *G*

Great poem, 'Deer one... isn't it funny how life keeps getting in the way of our plans? LOL.
Michael
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5 posted 10-06-1999 01:41 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well, the good thing about tomorrow, it's "always" a day a way...Good poem balladeer.

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Michael Anderson

When God puts a tear in your eye,
He puts a rainbow in your heart.


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6 posted 10-06-1999 01:43 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah, Michael took the remark right from my fingers...but good work, nonetheless.
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7 posted 10-06-1999 01:45 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

enjoyed this much Sir.......

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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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8 posted 10-06-1999 02:03 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Friend - the most beautiful word in the English language. Another triumph, Balladeer! In the grand scheme of things, little irritations during the day seem small and minor - The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, smile....someone does something that angers you...smile...life is too short.
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9 posted 10-06-1999 02:12 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer

This was an excellent poem, full of reality and right on the mark. deVine said it well, too. Well done.
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10 posted 10-06-1999 03:27 PM       View Profile for Pufalove   Email Pufalove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pufalove

As usual I find the need to reply to your work. It always reflects some sort of kindness, (even about Toe), or tenderness. Even the funny ones!

And he asked, "Lord tell me why I am living?"
Why, to greet the day with poems and thanksgiving.


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O all ye powers that he implanted, Arise, keep silence no more; put forth the strength that he hath granted, your noblest work is to adore.

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11 posted 10-06-1999 04:03 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: My thought process on this one runs about the same as Dreams... we only have today and those things we put off till tomorrow we never do. That's the kind of feel I got from this piece and I'm wondering if it was where you were going with it. All the same, I think it speaks for a great many... unfortunate as that may be. As always, thanks for the view.
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12 posted 10-06-1999 04:18 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Ahh you say it so well Balladeer sir. We can't put off til tomorrow what we can do today. I truely enjoy your work.

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this is great, reminds me of me...lol, I procrastinate losing those few pounds that haunt me, and as I munch on something, I always say....tomorrow I will start my diet lol.....great poem, oh and BTW...the first part where you describe the friend to man, that is the impression I get from you already....so your tomorrow is not far away I think
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14 posted 10-06-1999 05:34 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Never put off till tomorrow what you can still do today..:-)) As for being a friend, thank you, yes, that you are!

HUSG

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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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15 posted 10-06-1999 06:23 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Ack ... I could never even dream of making a promise like this ... if I can be a friend to everyone in my household, I'm happy ... besides, Balladeer, all the "nuts and imbecilic jerks" on your roads are probably vacationing from my neck of the woods, where they all retired!!

This was entertaining ... thanks for sharing.

Nocht
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Great poem I enjoyed the read. Wish I could feel like you, but when your life revolves around nuts, where is one to start. If you ever feel to overwhelmed with your problems you can come join us, the more the merrier.
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17 posted 10-06-1999 08:10 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 your much-appreciated comments.

Andrew, no it wasn't a "putting off today" poem, more like a "leopard can't change his spots" poem. I can remember times in my life, be it jobs, relationships, marriages, friendships or whatever where, after messing it up, I would think "Well, I'll act differently or be different next time". Guess what? Next time came and I was the same person. A shy person may plan on being called 'outgoing' with the next group he gets together with but, more times than not, he will still be considered shy. It's hard for one to change his true nature, wishing to or not. We reach some degree of happiness, I think, when we realize who we are, what our qualities and weaknesses are, and we accept ourselves as such. The character in this poem claimed to want to be considered a friendy sort but was not willing to change any characteristics to achieve that aim. Today, tomorrow or next year, he will always be the same.
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18 posted 10-06-1999 08:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Oh, yes so true! Great poem too!

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First I'll say a great job! I enjoyed it much. Next I'll tell you about the boss I used to have. Taught me how to smile at those people while flippin em off under the counter! LOL Worked for me!!!
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20 posted 10-06-1999 09:05 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: Crystal clean on the read now. Thanks and have a good night my friend. Got to go home.

PS Is it just me or did somebody recently open up a can of Planters Assorted Nuts in PIP?
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21 posted 10-06-1999 09:11 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Excellent poem, with most insightful observations, Balladeer.

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats
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22 posted 10-06-1999 09:21 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I agree with devine, though for a different reason Bal...smile when someone cuts you off, cuz it'll piss em off even more!!!!
And bal - we wouldn't want you to change your spots!
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Balladeer,
I like nuts and dates, can I be a friend to man? Wonderful poem.
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Smiles, nice one, maybe you ought to start early though, just in case that alarm doesn't go off
 
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