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The Fortune Teller...................#1

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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-19-1999 11:09 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

One cool morning in September
I was really, if I remember,
Doing nothing more than passing time in bed
And I felt that it would be a
Kind of different idea
To go downtown and have my fortune read.

It's not that I believed in
All the mumbo-jumbo weaved in
The ability to read a crystal ball
But curiosity implored me
And besides, Septembers bored me
So I went to have it done once and for all

I was led into a cellar
By some tiny little feller
Announcing Madame Zodiac would appear.
I surpressed a tiny giggle
As she entered with a wiggle
And a waddle in an outfit rather queer.

I bit hard down on a knuckle
To defeat a little chuckle
As she grandly sat and stared into the ball.
I tried hard supressing laughter
But the words she spoke thereafter
Left me weak with the absurdness of it all.

I paraded around the room
As she spoke her words of doom
Trying hard to see the seriousness of it all
But her words were so foreboding
I felt circuits overloading
And I fell in a laughing fit against the wall.

I threw a ten-spot down as payment
For such hearty entertainment
As I bid my host a fare-the-well goodbye
And the last thing I remember --
As I steepped into September
Was her staring up with sadness in her eye.

Only a month or two had passed
When I found myself aghast
And so perplexed by all I knew not what to do
For every word that witch had told me
Seemed to follow and enfold me
And, one by one, they magically came true!

Back with fevered haste I sped to
That damp cellar filled with voodoo
For I knew I couldn't rest until I knew
How that sickly, pallid, wrinkled
Dirty, grungy, rancid, crinkled
Slimy, hocus-pocus fortune teller knew!

"There's no secret here", she told me
As I felt raw fear enfold me.
"I knew you'ld finally come around at last.
My crystal ball of special glass
Won't show events that come to pass,
All it really does is show the past!"

And reality came to me
As I felt her words go through me
And the sense of it came slowly into mind
For, if you want to look ahead,
Don't look forward but, instead,
All you have to do is look behind!

Those mistakes you made back then
You are going to make again
Even though you think you're smarter than before
And, if your past is filled with sinning
From the moment of beginning,
Then your future is assured forevermore.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Andrew Scott
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1 posted 10-19-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: Echos of what I read in Forum #1 I do believe? It was great then, as it is now. Thanks for sharing it again... I count it as one of those lost treasure that has come back into the light of day. My friend, as always I bow to you and yours. Have a good evening.
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2 posted 10-19-1999 11:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Splendid! I enjoyed this soooooo much!

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Denise
Martie
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3 posted 10-19-1999 11:32 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Every time I read something else from you I shake my head and think, you are so remarkable and where does it end, that imagination of yours and the easy flow of words that fit so perfectly. I hope it doesn't.
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4 posted 10-20-1999 12:47 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 very much, Andrew my friend, Denise and Martie.

Martie, I hope it doesn't, either!
Richard 33
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5 posted 10-20-1999 12:55 AM       View Profile for Richard 33   Email Richard 33   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Richard 33

Very good, I liked it! It was very true those
words you spoke, if you live in your past,
your future will go up in SMOKE!!!!!!
sweetnsxy
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6 posted 10-20-1999 03:25 AM       View Profile for sweetnsxy   Email sweetnsxy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sweetnsxy

WOW! That's all I can come up with for words right now.
RainbowGirl
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7 posted 10-20-1999 07:09 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Balladeer: You think your lady could tell me what the traffic conditions are like?..*g*

HUSG

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Watcher666
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8 posted 10-20-1999 09:58 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Excellent maessage here.Liked this much Sir!

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9 posted 10-20-1999 10:01 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Another Wonder!
Enjoyed this much Balladeer, Sir.......

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Marilyn
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10 posted 10-20-1999 10:06 AM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Well Sir Balladeer. You have done it again. I have to disagree with you though. You don't have to be plagued by the past. It does take effort to change the future, effort to change who you are in the present.
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11 posted 10-20-1999 11:26 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Gallader,
Wonders upon wonders and I expect nothing less.
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12 posted 10-20-1999 11:51 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

You are a master story teller my fellow poet!
Munda
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13 posted 10-20-1999 07:50 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Yep, as always, I liked it very much. Especially the message. : )
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14 posted 10-20-1999 11:13 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I'm glad you posted this. I must have missed it in old #1. So very true and Biblical too.
What has happened will again. We do seem to make those mistakes again. Excellent point there buddy! Enjoyed this very much!
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15 posted 10-20-1999 11:17 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank each of you very much for your words.
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16 posted 10-21-1999 06:53 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Superb poem, 'Deer one... I think we are doomed to repeat our mistakes IF we don't take the time and trouble to learn from them! *G* Well done!
Toerag
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17 posted 10-21-1999 08:46 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Well....Here ya go again! Same old thing....Yea, great poem, great mind, great lesson etc. etc. etc. etc.......Geesch!

Yanno, my parents never learned from their mistakes either I guess?...(I have a younger brother)
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18 posted 10-22-1999 12:28 AM       View Profile for wannabe_poet   Email wannabe_poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wannabe_poet

Nicely done!!
 
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