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How To Be a Famous Poet...............#1

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0 posted 10-24-1999 07:45 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

It was just about a year ago when I felt the desire
Burn within as strongly as a desert prairie fire
To take my pen in hand and put my nimble wit for hire
And make a living as a famous poet.
Although I knew the road ahead would be extremely hard,
I had no doubt success would be my ultimate reward
And asked for wisdom from the nation's oldest living bard,
I asked, "How can I become a famous poet?"

"When you've sat alone with pen in hand", The old man answered me,
"And each passing moment feels like a small eternity
While that piece of paper glares at you, as blank as it can be,
You are on the road to be a famous poet."

"When your pencil pushes down so hard the tip begins to break
And you feel the sweat cascading from a throbbing head that aches
And erasers disappear from dumb, grammatical mistakes,
You are on the way to be a famous poet."

"When the blood from out your arm makes its way down through your pen
And mingles with the ink to form the thought you want to send,
And the you crinkle up the paper and begin to start again
You are getting close to be a famous poet."

"With food and drink forgotten you will sit with brittle lips,
As critics laugh and torture you with cute, one-liner quips,
And your walls will be re-papered by those damn rejection slips.
It's the price to pay to be a famous poet."

"And then one day the world will be a grand and glorious place,
And the sky will be aglow with radiance pouring off your face
And the sweat and tears will disappear and vanish without trace
For the time has come to be a famous poet."

"You will look down at that paper and you'll know that you've created
A masterpiece of workmanship! You'll feel so darned elated
You'll forgive the world the sin of making you feel underrated
For they're bound to recognize a famous poet."

"At the first rejection slip you'll smile and think, 'That silly fool!
At the fourth you'll wonder if the critics ever finished school.
At the tenth you'll throw your pens away and swear a world so cruel
Does not deserve to have you for a poet."

"And when you're six feet under those same critics will proclaim
That your poetry was masterful, deserving of the fame
And the accolades forthcoming will make yours a household name -
You've made it, son. You're now a famous poet!"

Well, as I said, that happened just about a year ago.
His words were quite foreboding; they did not deter me,though .
I knew a man who knew a man on the Oprah Winfrey show
And here I stand - a famous living poet!!!

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-24-1999 07:52 PM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

A famous poet you are Sir! Liked this much!!!!

Illusion...what we see and what we's all up to you.
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2 posted 10-24-1999 07:54 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Bravo Sir....I do so enjoy reading our work. You come up with some wonderful themes. I hope to get there one of these days.
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3 posted 10-24-1999 07:57 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Well done Balladeer! Good advice...never give up.

Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.

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4 posted 10-24-1999 08:00 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

What a smile you just made for me. How many bravos does it take to make a poet. I say you have enough here and I'm one. Bravo!
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5 posted 10-24-1999 08:14 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Yep, that was definitely not a pencil with lead in or a pen with ink that caused a poet to become famous, because it's only when a mind thinks and a heart feels that such work can be produced....and this is very nice work..


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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6 posted 10-24-1999 08:34 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

What a story! I hope you try to do that someday! You're famous right here though. We recognize a good poet when we see one! You'll never get a rejection slip from us!!
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7 posted 10-24-1999 08:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yep, from the first word through to the last you prove, again, that you are indeed the master story teller. Wonderful!

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8 posted 10-24-1999 09:17 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Can't add much to the above, except I really know the real you.
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9 posted 10-24-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for merlynh   Email merlynh   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for merlynh

Don't get into this too deep or you could end up like my post "What Happened"
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10 posted 10-24-1999 11:44 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Another Wonderful piece Balladeer.The last two lines still have me smiling.

A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extrordinaire!
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11 posted 10-25-1999 12:30 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

On that note, I do believe that I will resign myself to obscurity -- it seems to be less stressful!

I enjoyed what you have done here.


You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.
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12 posted 10-25-1999 12:52 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

WOW Bal...youknow, these masterful epics you keep writing lead me to wonder how you ever manage to do sleep!
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13 posted 10-25-1999 07:44 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

And I shall say "I knew him when......."
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14 posted 10-25-1999 08:01 AM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

I have to keep asking myself how many times I read this one. Although The Fourth Tenor is still my favorite I have to say this is one of the best. Keep up the good work, for here you are indeed a famous poet.

No matter where you go, somebody's probably already been there and gotten the parking space...
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15 posted 10-25-1999 08:40 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

And I shall say: "He is a Master now, he was a Master then".
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16 posted 10-25-1999 09:13 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Living, hunh? I'd have never guessed! LOL. (Couldja get Oprah's autograph for me? Hunh? *G*) Great job, 'Deer one... (I swear I'm gonna write a macro that types that statement every time I read one of your poems! LOL)
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17 posted 10-25-1999 12:03 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

rofg@suthern's macro.....yep, I never read one of his that wasn't great....and how funny to read this one today, I was having writer's block this weekend, does that mean I am on my way to being famous? lolol

great poem
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18 posted 10-25-1999 03:17 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

When first I saw this very piece
I said "oh my, he has a gift so fine..."
now here it is again, and oh
how I had memorized each and every line.

Still laughing....
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19 posted 10-25-1999 06:57 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Yes, the posthumous adoration thing really bugs me - what's the point if you're not around to enjoy the success!
Well written as usual, Balladeer.

(Oh and Chris - you can talk about the sleep thing!!)
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20 posted 10-25-1999 07:17 PM       View Profile for ThUnDeRkYsS   Email ThUnDeRkYsS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ThUnDeRkYsS

Very, very well written Bal. How true this is as well, liked this a lot. Great piece, keep up the great work

Life is what you make of it... Not what you let it be
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21 posted 10-25-1999 07:23 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

Saying this could become tedious if I wasn’t on a high after reading your poetry.

Well Done !!!

Yes, I admit your general rule. That every poet is a fool:
But I myself may serve to show it. That every fool is not a poet.

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22 posted 10-25-1999 07:32 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

If I could say just half as much only half as well, I'd think I had arrived. I learn well from you. Thanks for the teaching!
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23 posted 10-25-1999 10:32 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

If I had to say which of your poems is the best, it would be hard to choose... this is right up there! You are already famous here.. and for the 1400 poets and their friends, and their friends...and their friends...etc.
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