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For the Common Man.......#1

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Balladeer
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0 posted 11-23-1999 12:10 AM       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

( just an oldie for our newer members )



We write for many reasons. I can't even count the ways
We coin our words to entertain with some poetic phrase.
Whenever I take pen in hand, I do the best I can
To bring a spot of happiness to the common man.

Some people write for other poets. Nothing wrong with that.
Recognition from ones peers will never be old hat
And only other poets know the challenges we face
Combining words and phrases with agility and grace.

The common man knows little of those rhythms, accents, spikes,
Or those iambic thingys, but he sure knows what he likes
And that's the person I prefer to be my biggest fan.
That's why I dedicate my poems to the common man.

A poem needs to make some sense. It doesn't need to rhyme
But needs to be well-structured with a purposeness in mind.
It needs to strike some chord within. It needs to have a plan
If it's to be accepted by a simple, common man.

The common man's exactly that. He may not be 'top class',
His tastes may lean toward rib-eye steak, not pheasant under glass.
Norm Rockwell, not Picasso, may be his choice of art,
And, when he looks at poetry, he reads it with his heart.

He grows the crops and tends the land to put food on our plate.
He keeps the factories going strong by working long and late.
He fights the wars and gives his life to keep our country free
And he deserves the best we have to give in poetry.

I'm proud to be a common man. I'll hold my head up high.
I'll praise God and salute the flag as it goes passing by.
I'll vow with every breath I take to do the best I can
And, with delight, I'll always write for the common man.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
RainbowGirl
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1 posted 11-23-1999 12:16 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

As a sleepless Rainbow smiles and thinks if I were to say "I'm proud to be a common woman"...ooops.. Shutup me!!..*g* Sorry Bal, couldn't resist...

What new adjective can I think of?....none, have to be 'brilliant' as always..

HUSG

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WhtDove
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2 posted 11-23-1999 12:28 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well she took the words out of my mind. A common woman I was gonna say. Great writing Balladeer buddy! We read with our heart, and I no nothing of the iambic sort! Geez, I even had to look at it 3 times just to get it spelled right! LOL
Toerag
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3 posted 11-23-1999 06:48 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

This common, (or uncommon), depending on your mental state, man, likes this...well done sir Balladeer....

(He knew that when he mentioned praising God and saluting the flag I wouldn't say nuthin' nasty about this one or him....there's always next time though).....

[This message has been edited by Toerag (edited 11-23-1999).]
Ohme
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4 posted 11-23-1999 06:58 AM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

I must be one of the 'commom' cause I always read everything you post!

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5 posted 11-23-1999 07:00 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Common man sounds noble... so why does common woman sound easy? LOL.

This is wonderful, Balladeer... I like very much!!!
JTF
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6 posted 11-23-1999 07:03 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

I was about to comment on "Whenever I take pen in hand" but that would have been naughty *g* ... I ditto Rainbow, brilliant is the word which comes to mind ... ... and ROFL @ Auntie reply

[This message has been edited by JTF (edited 11-23-1999).]
Nan
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7 posted 11-23-1999 07:15 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

...and this is indeed one of your best, my Deer - not a bad idea to bring a few back - maybe I'll join you in that venture....
hoot_owl_rn
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8 posted 11-23-1999 09:46 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

I know one common woman that sure enjoys your work
Iloveit
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9 posted 11-23-1999 09:58 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

yep ROFG@suthern's reply....and beautiful work my friend
Sunshine
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10 posted 11-23-1999 10:06 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I must protest...there is nothing about anyone of us that is common...for look where we are...

Go ahead and bind up your best, 'Deer, for we love to peruse all pages of yesterday...
Pepper
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11 posted 11-23-1999 10:07 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Another common woman here!
Really enjoyed this Balladeer!

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!

John Yaws
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12 posted 11-23-1999 05:09 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Another master piece, Maestro! Of course i have come to expect that from you. :-)
Andrew Scott
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13 posted 11-23-1999 07:24 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: One of my favorites from way back when... what? six months ago? Count me amongst the common my friend, and thanks for sharing your talent and views.
Denise
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14 posted 11-23-1999 08:03 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Superb as usual! And, as always, a pleasure!

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Denise

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15 posted 11-23-1999 08:19 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

Simply said
a form of art ...
coming from the
'not-so-common heart'.

Balladeer, you simply do
amaze me with your line.
Count me among the 'commoners'
who really like this fine.

I find it quite
phenomenonal ...
that you write
for such a 'common' all.

I'm pleased
to join the ranks
of those
giving thanks.

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~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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