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Singing to the Deaf...............#1

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Balladeer
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0 posted 11-27-1999 12:02 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

To stand before a listening crowd
And let one's feelings pour aloud
To fall upon the hardened ears
Of those who smile but do not hear
And put oneself through that castration
Makes me feel the same frustration

As singing to the deaf
Or dancing for the blind.
I'll put no more my words to rhyme
Nor take part in this pantomime
Of singing to the deaf
Or dancing for the blind.

At times, a soul will raise his hand
And say to me, "I understand!"
But very few and far between
Are those who say just what they mean.
It strikes a certain irony
Within a special part of me.

To carry on would make no sense;
I'll not join in this cruel pretense
Of singing to the deaf
And dancing for the blind.

Then, when my pen is stopped by age,
And Fate has turned the final page,
All the things I tried to say
Will join me as I pass away.

But, as I leave this world behind,
I'll go out wearing peace of mind
Because I didn't compromise
Or cut my feelings down to size

And words above my grave will read
"Here lies a man who didn't need
The singing to the deaf
Or dancing for the blind
Or pleading to an empty mind."
All this and more I leave behind,

The singing - screaming! - at the deaf;
Dancing for the blind.

(only kidding)

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
RainbowGirl
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1 posted 11-27-1999 12:09 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: Can you talk a little louder please, my battery just ran out....and yes, I'm slightly deaf but I'm kidding cause the heart can always hear who someone is it's just hearing the words that's difficult..

HUSG

Great post!!!

ps: The worst thing is..."no need to shout, I'm deaf not stupid"...*g*....ooops

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[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 11-27-1999).]
Denise
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2 posted 11-27-1999 12:11 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Well now, Balladeer, it would just be absolutely IMPOSSIBLE, IMPOSSIBLE, I say, for your words to go with you to the grave!
You have so skillfully and beautifully implanted them in our hearts where they will stay! YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM BACK!!!!!

ANOTHER WONDERFUL POEM, BY THE WAY!!!!!

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Denise

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3 posted 11-27-1999 12:20 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

(((Hey Denise))) no need to shout! hehe

Balladeer your words touch me. Saddening ones they are! Sometimes we all feel as we stand before the wall speaking to brick!
Hugs to ya! But their right ya know. Your words so wonderfully crafted will live in us!
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4 posted 11-27-1999 12:20 AM       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 - You've enlightened me with this one for sure.

The deaf man SAW the smile I wore,
as I sang my song.
He knew that I invited him
to come and sing along.

Through ears that hear,
the blind man HEARD
the music of the dance indeed.
Joining me in raphsody
gliding across the floor,
singing the very song of me.

While the deaf man may not know
that I sing slightly off key,
the blind man will surely know
the feet I step on are his.

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5 posted 11-27-1999 08:42 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 remember this from the first time posted...I loved it then and still do

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6 posted 11-27-1999 11:52 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I believe you are a poet philosopher, my friend. You imbue your work with messages that are subtle yet overwhelming. Excellent poem!
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7 posted 11-27-1999 12:23 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Sorry for shouting, Rebecca, sometimes I just get carried away!

See what you made me do, Balladeer?!hehehehe

GREAT POEM, BALLADEER!!!!!

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Denise

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8 posted 11-27-1999 12:40 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

I agree with PVD, profound messages in your artful words. I may be deaf but I can still feel the vibration of your beat, I may be blind but can still feel the gentle touch of your hand...

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Julie
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9 posted 11-27-1999 02:25 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I'm a little deaf, a little blind
And not so clear in my mind,
But I have never lost my feel.
And to me you always had appeal.
So say no more about your stone,
Or I will make of you a clone.
That must stay and cannot roam,
Until each day he speak a poem.
Nan
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10 posted 11-27-1999 03:34 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

M&M - I love this one too....
Sy, great response....
Ohme
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11 posted 11-27-1999 04:06 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

I can not say that I am blind
I see your words then hear my mind.
Now my emotions you evoke,
and thoughts I hear from words you wrote.
So I may dance a little while
because your words evoke a smile




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12 posted 11-27-1999 04:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

What a group of wonderful responses! You people are amazing, indeed. It's a true pleasure being among you.
Elizabeth Santos
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13 posted 11-27-1999 06:33 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Balladeer.
Wonderful verses, and so true
Of those that have a different mind
And take not time to listen to
A different song, a different rhyme
Elizabeth
 
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