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Someone Else's Eyes

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Balladeer
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0 posted 11-17-1999 07:40 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

I think I know myself quite well.
I know what makes me tick.
Like all, I have my good and bad
And so-so....take your pick.

I think I can present myself
As being fairly wise.
I wonder, though, how I must look
In someone else's eyes.

If I were looking at myself
From someone else's view,
Would I see those same qualities
I feel that I embue?

Or would I see myself a fool,
A not so valued prize,
When judged beneath the scrutiny
Of someone else's eyes?

The confidence I feel inside -
Does it come out as vain?
Do words I speak at foolish moments
Serve to foster pain?

When I display my cunning wit
To get a little rise,
Does it come out as cruelty
In someone else's eyes?

I try to be sincere. I try
To be the best I can,
To live my life the best I know
And be a friend to man.

Do I appear to be a friend
Or villain in disguise
When held up to the judgement of
Somebody else's eyes?

Sometimes I'd like to take my hands
And open wide my skin
To give the world a chance to know
The soul who lies within.

Would it be as expected or
Would it be a surprise
If we could ever see ourselves
In someone else's eyes?
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Marge Tindal
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1 posted 11-17-1999 07:45 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer ... positively thought-provoking.
I really like the concept of being viewed through someone else's eyes.
A very, very nice job here.

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~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Severn
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2 posted 11-17-1999 07:48 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

We'd probably get lost trying to keep up with all the 'someone else's' out there! Yes, Balladeer I have thought this myself many times and asked the question - are we who other's see us as? Or are we as we see ourselves? Great work. K
Martie
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3 posted 11-17-1999 07:50 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

What other people see is always colored by the patina of their experience. I think it's nice that everyone sees different--Even how we view ourselves changes constantly as we change and grow and sluff off old skin. I see a man I like when I look at you through your words, Balladeer. What do you see?
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4 posted 11-17-1999 07:50 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: Another fine offering... what I see... a caring person with a good soul who is open to the world. A friend I've never met... a talent worthy of praise. And I'm sure a great many will say the same.
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6 posted 11-17-1999 07:51 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Balladeer, I can only say how I see you through my own eyes...and what a wonderful picture it is. And besides all the other good stuff about you...I'm with Marge...you like DOGS!! That in itself is an A in my book!

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Time's fun when you're having flies~~Kermit the Frog


Nicole
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7 posted 11-17-1999 07:52 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

You always seem to make me think! Balladeer, I don't know you hardly at all..only by what I read, and I see some very endearing qualities to you. One of the best, ya are!
U K Hero
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8 posted 11-17-1999 07:53 PM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

Damm you Balladeer how do you get that flow!!!!
Marilyn
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9 posted 11-17-1999 07:56 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Great poem Sir Balladeer. Do I fall short of what I wish to be or am I more then I ever expected, In someone else's eyes.
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10 posted 11-17-1999 08:07 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

My friend, we all question our values and how we appear to others from time to time, but, we each have loveable qualities, we each have something to say that is important to others, should they choose to listen but most importantly, you're a LEO...that's it my friend...you are here, man, beast and friend, yep, I left out the lover bit, cause Leo's are no good at that bit, ooops...help my ears just got deafened in the roar of denial..*g*

ooops, did I ramble, well if I did, it's cause I cared enough to do so and I am a Leo, what more should one expect?

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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11 posted 11-17-1999 09:09 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Within the eyes of a true friend,
I see the kind of man,
Who gives himself completely
And lends a helping hand.

Within the minds of those who know
The real, passionate you,
It would never be disputed,
Another would not do!

Within the hearts friends true,
We hold your friendship near.
So, never doubt yourself, Michael...
You see, we love our 'deer!!


hoot_owl_rn
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12 posted 11-17-1999 09:13 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

Balladeer, you look pretty good through my eyes

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Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)

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13 posted 11-17-1999 09:16 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You have a knack for putting into words, so beautifully, what we all wonder about! Gems that will be treasured for a long long time!

How about cats, do you like cats too?! hehehe


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14 posted 11-17-1999 09:21 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

We all see you as wise, and not vain.
You're a wonderful, warm, caring, person and that's how I view you through my eyes. The list could go on here but I don't think their is enough room. hehe

Now as for me I don't believe that I view myself like others do. Lots to think about here. Excellent poetry but it always is!
Thanks for being you buddy and don't ever change that!!!!

Skyfyre
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15 posted 11-17-1999 10:03 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

See my post in response to this one

--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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16 posted 11-17-1999 10:06 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I second all of the above. And as far as poetry goes, in my humble opinion you are rare. How rare will come only after you are gone. But I intend to enjoy you while you are still here. The poem is a delight.
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17 posted 11-17-1999 10:33 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Marge & Severn...thank you both.
Martie..I see a man blessed to be associated with so many friends.
Andrew..I am indeed your friend. Count on it.
Caroline..Thank you...and I LOVE dogs!
Satiate...I thank you, too.
UK Hero....Beats me!
Marilyn..You would never fall short.
Rainbow...Not good lovers? You're lion!!!
Sally S..That's a wonderful poem and response. Thank you.
Hoot..You Know how you look through mine!
Dsnyder..Thank you and I love cats! Let's swap recipes!
WhtDve..If you viewed yourself as I do, you would be very happy.
Sy..When I'm gone, I'll be VERY rare! Thank you, friend.
Julie
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18 posted 11-18-1999 12:39 AM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Balladeer, if you were looking though my eyes you would see a VERY talented poet, a man with a wonderful imagination, and a caring soul. Your work never falls short.
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19 posted 11-18-1999 06:56 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Balladeer, if you were looking at yourself through my eyes.........Do I even need to go on?....LOL....Another wonderful poem pal....you never cease to amaze me every morning!!
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20 posted 11-18-1999 07:45 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I know my friends see me more kindly than I view myself. *S* (And I'm not about to suggest they need glasses. *G*)

This "someone" sees you as a delightful man, with incredible intelligence and a talent for making us "see" things that make us better persons but that we'd miss without you pointing the way. I could list many sterling qualities (almost as many as Toe has *EG*)... but I'd rather just say I see a friend I'm very glad entered my life. Well done, 'Deer one!
Iloveit
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21 posted 11-18-1999 10:25 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

hey can I ditto all of the above? specially suthern cause she loves it when I ditto her *g*

no really great poem, questioning the worth of your own self esteem, I really like this. And I know just what you mean, I don't feel "pretty" inside or out till someone elses eyes make it so. And you know the owners of the eyes mean a lot as to the value of the view....so...what I am trying to say...is that if you add up all of the opinions of the "eyes" above, you are a very rich man
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22 posted 11-18-1999 04:23 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

A short reply in black and blue
to make a response there to read,
I see before me a fellow who
is not a friend in need.

For I only know him through written word,
funny, cute, kind or sincere,
never would I think him absurd,
but only as our own special brand of 'Deer.

He poses questions never silly,
and professes through word to teach,
his thought process never willy-nilly;
if I could hear him, I'd like his speech.

I've learned much from ol' 'Deer's prose,
come to find out what he knows,
and we've just scratched the surface near
to what he could teach, our good 'ol 'Deer.

So to see him through his eyes, you bet!
a comet on the fly;
for to catch his goodness in my net,
'tis guaranteed I'm gonna try.

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Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Balladeer
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23 posted 11-18-1999 11:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Sunshine, thank you for this wonderful response. You don't need a net.
Systematic Decay
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24 posted 11-18-1999 11:15 PM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

I am an ugly mystery
Of thinly woven lies
Do I look sincere
Through someone else's eyes?

Balladeer...this one is a) wonderfully written b) Thought provoking and c) hits home with me.....for so many different reasons.

Great work!

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Thinking is just what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their predjudices.


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25 posted 11-19-1999 08:00 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Wunnerful, Deer...

Are we what we perceive ourselves to be?... or rather what others observe in us???
 
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