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....and how was your day?

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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-25-1999 08:59 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

10,000 people died before
The setting of the sun.
I'm very happy to report
To all I was not one.

100,000 other souls
Lost friends and family,
Yet I do not know anyone
Who met with tragedy.

5,000 lost possessions as
Their house burned to the ground
Devouring everything they owned;
Yet I am safe and sound.

There were 10,000 accidents,
2,000 operations.
5,000 died in wars between
The Serbs and the Croatians.

So many Jews and Arabs lost
It all in senseless raids.
At least 5,000 people were
Advised that they had aids.

Famine took the lives of many
Children on this earth.
Many women sacrificed their
Lives while giving birth.

10,000 people got divorces,
Other lost their jobs.
Homeless people slept in streets
And wore clothes fit for slobs.

Youngsters suffered child abuse;
There were suicides.
People lived in terror at
The thought of genocide.

People died around the world
From things that have no cures.
You ask me how MY day has been?
TERRIFIC! How was yours?
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth
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1 posted 10-25-1999 09:04 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

**** the world...

you done good, Balladeer.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."

"Something sweet, something sort of grandish, sweeps my soul when thou art near..."



[This message has been edited by Elizabeth (edited 10-25-1999).]
caroline
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2 posted 10-25-1999 09:10 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

How insignificant my problems are...thank you for reminding me to think of this, Balladeer Great poem, great message.

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats

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3 posted 10-25-1999 09:13 PM       View Profile for Carolina Girl   Email Carolina Girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Carolina Girl

Balladeer,

Thank you for this. I'm going to copy it, and tape it to my bathroom mirror, to remind me to be thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. You have a wonderful talent for taking the truths in life, and putting them beautifully into light. *Bowing down before the Master* p.s. I'm still waiting for that book!
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4 posted 10-25-1999 09:13 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I am overwhelmed, speechless and crying again. My day was fantastic. I will print this out, one for each of my kids and one for myself to hang up in work. Thank you for this wonderful piece. Now, until you write your next one, I must say this is my favorite.

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Denise
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5 posted 10-25-1999 09:17 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Mine was a pretty long day, thanks - but it, too, was devoid of personal disaster....
Christopher
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6 posted 10-25-1999 09:23 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Wow!
ANd to think I would have responded with a not so good... But on second thought, It was great as well!
Thanks for the poignant reminder that it could always be worse.
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Counting my many blessings right now.
Thank you Balladeer.....

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extrordinaire!
WhtDove
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8 posted 10-25-1999 09:27 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well, I guess if we really think about it, it wasn't so bad after all! Great job, wonderful reminder of our blessings! Thanks buddy!!!
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9 posted 10-25-1999 09:33 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

You live up to your name. Thank you for this gift.

--Kess

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You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.
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10 posted 10-25-1999 09:42 PM       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

Impressive....this is one I print out to hang up at work and share. Wonderfully done Balladeer and an excellent remind to us all.
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11 posted 10-25-1999 09:54 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

this would be a great flyer for my dorm
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12 posted 10-25-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

"there but for the grace of God"..... wonderful poem, Balladeer...thank you for this bit of perspective packed into another of your best.......
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13 posted 10-25-1999 10:43 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
So far so good I must admit
Except for some little ----.
great poem.
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14 posted 10-25-1999 10:47 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, kind folks. It always helps once in a while to put things into perspective.
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15 posted 10-26-1999 01:22 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Wow!! There for awhile I thought I was havin' a real crappy day. Thanks for showin' me just how wrong I was. It's time to count my blessings.

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If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

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It is a woeful world we live in, full of tragedy. I look at my problems....and they are shrinking. Thanks for the reminder.

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"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
-Billy Corgan-
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17 posted 10-26-1999 04:22 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

The horrors of civilization.Excellent verse here Sir.Reminds me to be thankful for what I have.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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18 posted 10-26-1999 07:16 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I already felt I'd been blessed with a yesterday that included sharing laughter with the person I love most in this world... you've reminded me just how much more I have to be grateful for... well done, 'Deer one!
Julie
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19 posted 10-26-1999 12:59 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Excellent Balladeer. I too...counting my blessings and grateful for today I and those I love and care for are safe and without these types of tragdies.
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20 posted 10-26-1999 01:05 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

I too am going to print this one, if it alright with you Sir. You have a way of making me think. Thankyou.
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21 posted 10-26-1999 01:35 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

A sad fact of life, there's always someone worse off than yourself..

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.

Michael
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22 posted 10-26-1999 02:32 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Oh man, Balladeer, this is golden. What petty things we grieve over in our everyday, normal lives...terrific, indeed.

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Michael Anderson

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream?


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23 posted 10-26-1999 02:41 PM       View Profile for Richard 33   Email Richard 33   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Richard 33

It makes one realize how lucky he, or she is!
Good read thanx!!!!!
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24 posted 10-26-1999 03:01 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

To put everything into perspective is you watching ants through a microscope, and then knowing, thinking perhaps, it is we who are under the microscope after all.

Good message, 'Deer. We all need that boost back to reality to see our true silver linings.
 
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