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Balladeer
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0 posted 12-11-1999 06:08 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


You ask me what I want..you want to give me something nice.
If you are open to requests, I'll give you some advice.
Just think of how much you would spend on some small gift for me,
Then take that same amount and give it to a charity.

No need to rack your brain of thinking something you can buy
When there are many needy souls who need it more than I.
Just think of all the inner peace that you could give to me
If my gift, and your money, were to help a charity.

I have no need for watches. I've already three or four
But that amount of money would go far to help the poor.
What need have I for jewelry or those fancy silken ties
When I could have the chance to bring a smile to some child's eyes?

If other people followed suit and took the time to give
How wonderfully we could enrich this world in which we live.
So give me that, my friend, and through your generosity
You'll give the greatest gift that you could ever give to me.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-11-1999 06:14 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

....So - Next time you come out of the store and hear that Salvation Army bell-a-ringin'... Drop some money in their coffer.... Good plan, Deer....
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2 posted 12-11-1999 06:23 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 -

You are such a sweetheart of a guy.
That is the nicest wish list I've seen this year.  I promise to fulfill your wish.
I want you to know that it is something that I also feel and do.  

I have a special project that I'd like to pass on to you ... Christmas isn't just for children but for 'past grown-up' too.
I visit an area nursing home where, believe it or not, many of the residents have no family to come to call.
My puppy and I put more smiles on their faces than you could possibly imagine.
The ladies always need socks to keep their feet warm.
The men always need handkerchiefs.
I always give the ladies something that smells sweet also.
And the men something to tinker with ...
and yes, they LOVE toy erector sets.

SECOND CHILDHOODS ARE A DELIGHT

Now, that's my Christmas wish list.
Thanks, friend.


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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I love this idea Balladeer, in fact I tried it one year....sure hope it works for you!

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
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4 posted 12-11-1999 07:08 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Nan....I'm a sucker for Salvation Army bells. Pavlov was right!

Marge..I wouldn't have expected anything less from you. Your giving of yourself shows through in your poetry and, I'm sure, in your life.

Martie...Thank you. You almost make it sound like it didn't work for you. I hope not. One DOES need understanding receipients, for sure

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

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Sometimes those who need most are those right before your eyes. I believe one of the best gifts is one given quietly, without want of praise or thanks.  Every year my family picks someone from our church who perhaps had a hard year, or is going through a tough time, and sends them a little extra in the mail...signed Jesus. After all, he's the reason for the season, you know?  

 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

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6 posted 12-11-1999 07:35 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Balladeer, This is a sweet and caring poem, just as you are a sweet and caring person  
I loved it.


 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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7 posted 12-11-1999 07:39 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

Now this is a truly wonderful poem about what the Christmas spirit is all about.  Great poem (I haven't seen anything else from you  ) loved it immensely.

 In flames I shall not be consumed, but reborn.
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8 posted 12-11-1999 07:50 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Saxoness, this is very true and the church is an excellent place to find these people. If your family signs the gift Jesus....they are not wrong.

Dark Angel...your compliment means a lot to me. Thank you.

Dusk Treader...yes, it is. Thank you for your kind words.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

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9 posted 12-11-1999 07:54 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

What a blessed Christmas that would be! God bless you, Balladeer, you have quite the loving heart...as do the rest of you wonderful folks!    Fabulous poem, too.

 Denise


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10 posted 12-11-1999 08:26 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Well you got that right.
Nothing but the best is what I expected,
And that's what I got. Well done.
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Dear 'deer, we are so lucky.

You know what I wish - I wish more help to go to third world countries - one giant christmas present, to many people who don't even KNOW it is christmas.
What a charity of love that would be, to change the shape of their lives.

Love this poem, really do.

K
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Balladeer I don't know what to say!
I loved it, and the thought that people out there think about these things. It touches my heart that they don't forget!

I know their are many who think they have nothing to give. But a gift of your time, or your poetry or something you have that comes from the heart. Those things tend to mean so much more than one that is bought! A gift from the heart lasts so much longer!

And I said I didn't know what to say.  


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Jesus is the reason for the season

Marilyn
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Youu touched me with this Mike. This is my 3rd attempt at replying. I guess I will say I agree and well done my friend.
Michael
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14 posted 12-11-1999 11:22 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Balladeer,
    I know the sincerity in your words.  You have touched me very deeply. I must say thank you.

Michael
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Heartfelt words.....This is very nice  


 Share what you are for you are what you share

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Denise and Sy.....thank you much.
Severn...yes, that would be wonderful.
WhtDove....for not knowing what to say, you said it very well.
Marilyn...I appreciate your stamina....and your thoughts
MIchael...
First_Knight...I appreciate it.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

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Wonderful sentiments from a beautiful heart.....Touching poem Balladeer..

btw....love the pic!  

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


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How wonderful  
lostboy
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Loved this Balladeer. Really touches the heart!
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What a beautiful poem... and the sentiment is one I'd have expected from you. *S* Thank you for sharing with us all through the year... and reminding us that all of us have something worth sharing.
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21 posted 12-12-1999 03:46 PM       View Profile for Eboni   Email Eboni   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eboni

In three words...I Loved It!!!

 Eboni Banks
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22 posted 12-13-1999 12:50 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

You want to know something?  This is why I adore this place so.  There are so many thoughtful, kind and caring people who put others ahead of themselves.
When I talk to friends about this site, I tell them I know of no other place where there are so many "deep" feeling people.
Lovely sentiments, Mike.     
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You sound like my kinda guy.  Very talented and loving.  If all the people would just think like you, we would not have any problem with a Christmas list this year.  You also sound like someone that can help me change my user name from MAD to MAE as it is supposed to be.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 Shine a light and darkness disappears.
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love the poem, the idea, and the heart of the poet  
 
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