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Protest Era Revisited

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Balladeer
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0 posted 11-26-1999 12:37 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

( in the 60's I wrote a lot of protest poems and songs. Just wanted to see if I still have the knack)

When I was young, my momma told me
If I broke the law
I'd be severly punished but I've
Come to see a flaw.
For those who think I'm wrong I would be
Grateful if you'd find
The time to answer some small questions
Floating in my mind.


Who killed Ronald and Nicole?
That's what I'd like to know.
The cops say it was O.J.
The jury said, "Not so".
And Johnny Cochran smiles as he
Deposits all that dough
So who killed Ronald and Nicole?
I'd really like to know.

84 congressmen driving drunk
Claimed congressional immunity.
What phrase exists for all the simple
Folks like you and me?
Equality is here for all,
Or that's the way they call it.
Appears to me the ones set free
All have the fattest wallets.

Who killed Jon Benet, my friends?
That's what I'd like to know.
The cops think it's the parents.
The rest say "I don't know."
Will there be justice down the road
Or will they let it go?
So who killed Jon Benet, my friends?
Not sure I'll ever know.

They say you can't have God in school.
To do it is a crime,
While criminals plea bargain and
Don't do a day of time.
And criminals will sue you if
You use excessive force
And sue the penal system if
They hate the dinner course.

So what about Milosovitch?
That's what I'd like to know
And all the other sonsabitches
Who raped Kosovo?
Let's not forget Saddam Hussein,
Who slaughtered friend and foe.
So what about their punishment?
I'm sure I'll never know.

I hope that there's a heaven and
I pray that there's a hell
I hope that there's a judgement day
There at the final bell.
I hope accounts are settled and
All debts made very clear.
I hope it happens there because
It doesn't happen here.


© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Seymour Tabin
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1 posted 11-26-1999 12:48 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I can say without a moments thought
You have'nt lost your touch.
And I can add I like this poem
So very very much.
Thank you for posting.
Martie
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2 posted 11-26-1999 01:34 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I agree with Seymour, Balladeer. Very well done.
hoot_owl_rn
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3 posted 11-26-1999 01:38 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

Well done Balladeer and I agree, justice has to be served somewhere!
Elizabeth Santos
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4 posted 11-26-1999 04:19 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Balladeer

You could write about anything
Or nothing just the same
You have a knack for anything
And everything is game
And everybody everywhere loves your poetry
For there's no one anywhere that doesn't love it less than me.

Elizabeth
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5 posted 11-26-1999 04:26 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Yes, Balladeer, you do still have the knack. Kinda reminds me of something Shel Silverstein might pen, were he still here with us in body. Exemplary job, my friend Balladeer.


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6 posted 11-26-1999 04:33 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

So... Were you at Woodstock???
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7 posted 11-26-1999 05:11 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, Sy, Martie and Hoot for your kind words.

Elizabeth, thanks for your poem. It's gonna take me an hour to decipher that last line!

Alicat...just to be mentioned in the same sentence as my hero Shel is an honor. Thanks, pal.

Nan...I was a little busy at the time.
Fred Hobbs
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8 posted 11-26-1999 05:18 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Balladeer, You've still got it man. And don't worry. . .all this will work out. Just gonna take a while.
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Whenever accounts are settled, 'Deer one, your rewards should be many... If you ever lost the knack for making people stop and think, you've regained it with a vengeance. *S* Well done!!
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If you ever get the answer to these questions, please let me know. I believe in justice..and God will take care of them. Your poem is a more of a song..get out your guitar and start strumming! If you want to march on some city, let me know..I'll follow the Balldeer!
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11 posted 11-26-1999 08:01 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 - Definitely well-stated.
Makes me wonder sometimes if justice will be served.
I'm sure the day of reckoning will come when they stand before the greatest Judge of all time ... no plea bargains !
Thanks for bringing this my way.

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Denise
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12 posted 11-26-1999 09:09 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

My sentiments exactly! And Yes, you do have a knack for creating masterpieces! Keep 'em coming!

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Have the knack? I would definitely say you still got it buddy! BRAVO!! ENCORE!!
Excellent, lots of questions I'd like the answers to too.
Toerag
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14 posted 11-28-1999 08:50 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Makes ya wonder....great thought provoking piece 'Deer.....

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15 posted 11-28-1999 12:51 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: With a knick Knack paddywack, give a dog a bone, this old man came rolling home... ooops, wrong 'knack'...*g*...but I don't think you lost it...

HUSG

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John Yaws
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16 posted 11-28-1999 04:32 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

Dear dove,
You haven't lost your touch.
signed:
A hawk
Lost Dreamer
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17 posted 11-28-1999 04:48 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Balladeer, this was excellent I don't think it is possible for you to lose anything. With your talent the mountains come to you and you continue to climb them with such ease. Your an artist of high caliber and I feel blest to be able to enjoy your minds creations.
 
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