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0 posted 11-29-1999 12:25 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

All night I had been on the road beneath the moon's soft light
And still the road before me stretched into the Texas night.
The silence of the breaking dawn my only company,
The desert landscape stretching farther than the eye could see.

I drove on through that mystic time when darkness meets the dawn,
When floating shadows dart across the eye and then beyond.
Exhaustion had since passed me by as I drove, glassy-eyed
And barely saw her car as it approached me from the side.

The noise had been quite deafening. I'd been alone so long,
Mind occupied recalling some forgotten old love song,
I'd scarcely noticed her approach until her eyes met mine -
Two travelers on the road of life next to a straight, white line.

She had been traveling, I could tell, a very long time, too.
Her eyes shone with that glassy look, exhaustion showing through.
Another midnight traveler on that road to who knows where,
Mind dwelling on some nice, soft bed just waiting for her there.

It happened in an instant in a way I can't explain
Although, as I recall it now, it does seem quite insane.
Her eyes met mine and mine met hers amid the swirling dust
And I was overcome with uncontrollably strong lust.

I've heard that it can happen and can happen anywhere.
The simple act of touching eyes forms passion in the air.
Could be an elevator or a crowded room or such
Where one is filled with deep desire to feel another's touch.

It has no base in logic. It is purely chemistry,
So strong it wipes the blackboard clean of all reality.
But, for that one brief moment, we'd surrender willingly
To feel the white-hot burning heat of such intensity.

We don't, of course. We're civilized, not animals in heat.
Behind the wall of decency, we beat a fast retreat,
But I've heard decent women say, concerning unknown men,
When faced with this phenomonen…."He could have had me….then."

Well, those are thoughts that came to me as she came into view
And I could tell from how she looked, she felt the same way, too.
The glassy look, the reddened cheeks, the way she grasped the wheel,
Her slightly opened lips showed her intensity was real.

She passed me then. I saw her smile as she went on ahead
But, though she could have left me there, she slowed back down, instead
And settled in an easy pace just yards in front of me -
Two travelers in life down Texas Road 183.

The Texas sun had risen now, the morning crystal clear.
I watched her eyes look back at me from out her rearview mirror.
The passion was still there. It made her blue eyes so beguiling
And, from the creases on the sides, I knew that she was smiling.

How many miles we drove? Who knows? Two hundred - maybe three.
My eyes were staring at the eyes that stared right back at me.
I'd never wanted anyone the way I wanted her!
To hell with any consequences later to occur.

The road went on forever as I sat, quite mesmerized,
When, suddenly, I saw a look of question in her eyes.
I looked to get my bearings just to see how far we went.
The landscape I now recognized explained what her eyes meant.

Right up ahead, a mile or two in front of her and me
I-20 cut from east to west across 183.
The right turn went to Dallas and the left to Abilene.
Some small, sad non-descript motel sat right there in between.

So there it was - the time to choose. Dream or reality?
To act on our desires or to keep the fantasy.
The road was getting closer. There was little time to lose.
My nerves were taut with wondering at how we both would choose.

I wanted her. I felt the passion set my soul aflame
And I knew, deep inside of me, her feelings were the same.
The time was now! The road appeared and sprang into our sight.
Then she swerved in the left-hand lane - and I into the right.

She looked at me and gave a smile…a happy one and yet
I saw her face was saddened by a feeling of regret.
I smiled right back to hide my feelings, well, as best I could,
Expressing my agreement and to show I understood.

The light changed and I saw her start to turn and pull away,
Then put her hand up to her lips and blew a kiss my way.
I caught it in mid-air and smiled and gave the horn a toot,
Then raised my hand to offer her a fare-thee-well salute.

So she turned left and I turned right. We'd never meet again.
I watched her slowly disappear somewhere around the bend.
Things always work out for the best - that's part of Life's design.
I wished her luck with her life and then I drove home to mine.




[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 11-29-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-29-1999 12:36 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

WOW Balladeer, you had me capitavted. Awesome story you tell here! Sad ending, but wow. I'm cheering here ya, go the same way!!!
EXCELLENT buddy!

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2 posted 11-29-1999 01:31 AM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

And if you had been on I-35 you would have written an altogether different story. But it would have been just as intertaining!
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3 posted 11-29-1999 04:43 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

I couldn't stop reading - awesome work. Melancholy...yet not.
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4 posted 11-29-1999 09:50 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, friends. I appreciate it.
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5 posted 11-29-1999 10:30 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Baladeer,
You are the man and I your fan.
You captivated me.
I could not tare my eyes away
To see the end to be.
I have no quarrel with the end
But I did utter a sigh,
For it left a bump just at the bend,
As I asked myself the why?
Mike please get off your ass and put these in a book.
I would not let your genius Pass By time
and overlook. Sy
PS. I'd be your first customer.
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6 posted 11-29-1999 10:38 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great story, 'Deer one... captivating from start to finish!
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7 posted 11-29-1999 10:42 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Balladeer

There's only one I know of could write so fine a tale
An enticing bit of every day, that makes the moment sail
You seduced me with the very thought, and mesmerized my mind
Enraptured me with visions of me riding right behind
But if we came to crossraods, at a blinking light
Fear not my friend, I'd throw a kiss, and then turned toward the right
Elizabeth
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8 posted 11-29-1999 11:13 AM       View Profile for lostboy   Email lostboy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lostboy

Balladeer, This is Awesome, I was on the edge on my seat reading, dying to find out what would happen next!!!
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This was so well done Balladeer--I was lost in your words and the story as if I was there.
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10 posted 11-29-1999 02:05 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

Excellent!

The road went on or so they say
Bal wondered to this very day
Who the mysterious woman was
That captivated him in the dust.
But law enforcement records show
That in the other car was Toe
He was stopped and later fined
The Texas law was way unkind
For see it causes travelling lag
To drive through the state in drag.

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Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
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11 posted 11-29-1999 02:26 PM       View Profile for seti@home   Email seti@home   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for seti@home

I'm but a shadow in your awesome presence.

keep it coming!!!!!
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12 posted 11-29-1999 02:31 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Put em in a book buddy! You've captivated everyone. Now get off your hmmn, how was that put? and put them in a book...may it reach the thousands beyond us!!!

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13 posted 11-29-1999 03:39 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My thanks again, good people.

Sy...maybe some day. If I do one, you'll get the first copy...at a discount, even!

Elizabeth..
You can drive me left
Or you can drive me right.
With comments that you offer me
You drive me with delight.

Robert...
I never thought that our friend Toe would take the time to wear a
Shade of apricot lipstick or turquoise blue mascara.
When he said, "Wanna drag?" I thought he meant to race with me,
Not get dressed up to satisfy his femininity!

It only goes to show....
With Toe you never know.
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14 posted 11-29-1999 03:57 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: I tried to reply earlier but alas it booted me out...now then, you sure this lady had blue eyes cause mine are green..*g*...oh well...*sigh*...LOL

Besides, you'd be that mesmerised you'd be at my beck and call and after travelling so many miles my tank would need filling up and so you would be needed...

Brilliant as always, you do tell a story well my friend...

HUSG

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[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 11-29-1999).]
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great my friend, absolutely loved this
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16 posted 11-29-1999 07:15 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Balladeer, I could feel it all. Loved it !!!
Wished you guys hadn't turn though lol

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17 posted 11-29-1999 07:40 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

Wonderful! Of course, I've come to expect that from you, but....didn't you mean Abilene, instead of Aberdeen? I travel that route several times a year. :-)

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18 posted 11-29-1999 07:52 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I ditto all the above, especially the one from seti@home -'I am but a shadow in your awesome presence'. My words can't express the excellence of this piece and how it touched me!
ANOTHER WELL DONE BALLADEER!

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19 posted 11-29-1999 07:57 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 - This was wonderful.
I think we all raced along the roadway with you, trying to catch a glimpse.
Really an action-packed tale.
You've not lost the 'balladeer' touch !

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20 posted 11-29-1999 08:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

What wonderful comments! Thank you all.

Gunslinger, you are so right! I haven't been to Texas in 40 years and I thought I was being so careful. I got out the Rand McNally, found a road that would intersect an Interstate to build my poem around before I wrote it, wrote down Dallas and Abilene on my notes and then, when push came to shove, I typed in Aberdeen! Must have had scotch on my mind! I truly appreciate the correction.
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21 posted 11-29-1999 08:48 PM       View Profile for Deb Lynne   Email Deb Lynne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Deb Lynne

MM...you better not venture to travel in eastern NC! If I catch you on the roads near my house, MAN, are you in trouble!!! This one was just too good!!! Watching for you on Hwy 70!
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22 posted 11-29-1999 11:31 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, Deb, I normally take I-26 but I HAVE been thinking about trying a new route! * wink *
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23 posted 11-29-1999 11:52 PM       View Profile for Kevin   Email Kevin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kevin

I believe i would have done the same =)
fantasies last forever where lust will come and go =)

hehe i was even like DONT DO IT as i was reading this followed by a clever satisfaction at the outcome
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24 posted 11-30-1999 01:13 AM       View Profile for sraet   Email sraet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sraet

"It has no base in logic. It is purely chemistry,
So strong it wipes the blackboard clean of all reality."

Excellent line...
You are truly a great writer, I love reading your posts.
 
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