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R.I.P. BALLADEER (Michael Mack)

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Mysteria
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0 posted 08-26-2016 08:09 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

R.I.P. Michael Mack (Balladeer)

It is with the deepest sorrow I announce that Michael Mack passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon. We have lost one of the best poets that Passions In Poetry had grace their pages of blue. It is with some relief as well that I tell you Michael did not suffer long as the cancer he had took him very quickly.

He is sure in good company now, with his best friend, Jim Coaley, who also died just 10 days ago, and all the wonderful poets from Passions In Poetry that have gone before him.

This is going to take some time for me to process, as I am sure it will others who loved this man, his humor, his poetry, and some even his political views.   Thank goodness we have the archives Ron, thank goodness. This poet is going to be truly missed, and has left a real pain in my chest, but we all have his first class poetry to remind us of an extremely exceptional poet.

If there are details sent to me of particulars, I shall post them for you all.


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1 posted 08-26-2016 08:49 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

no words
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2 posted 08-26-2016 10:02 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

There will be a celebration of his life at the Plantation United Methodist Church in Plantation, Florida for family and friends around mid-September - I will post more when I know more.

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3 posted 08-26-2016 10:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I'm beyond sorry. Thanks so much for keeping us posted, Sharon.
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4 posted 08-26-2016 11:20 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

The world has lost a wonderful man.
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5 posted 08-27-2016 10:57 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Such sad news. My prayers go out to Fran, his girls and their family and friends.

To be remembered after we leave this world is something we all hope for and for Michael, it has been achieved. One word, forever, will bring him to mind..Balladeer.

He was truly a Balladeer in name and talent.

Rest in peace without pain.
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Such sad news. My prayers go out to Fran, his girls and their family and friends.

To be remembered after we leave this world is something we all hope for and for Michael, it has been achieved. One word, forever, will bring him to mind..Balladeer.

He was truly a Balladeer in name and talent.

Rest in peace without pain.
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So sad today.  Such a talented man, such an imagination, such a wonderful wordsmith. Michael, you will be missed my 'Deer friend.
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Be Blessed Balladeer
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Rest in peace my friend. Like so many others I am blessed to have spent some time with you and better for it.

Pete
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Reading PDV's post, I was reminded of coming to PIP years ago and seeing the posts of a guy called Balladeer. I wondered if the talent could match the moniker - and soon learned that it could - and did!!
I don't know how much of my sanity I owe to the antics that Balladeer and LngJhnAg and Toerag shared with us... I only know that they brightened so many days for me - and when the flurries were at their most furious, I'd literally wake up looking forward to the fray. I always hoped the three of them could meet in person - both for the sheer enjoyment and the financial benefits... for you can bet I would have sold tickets for that encounter!
But as great as he was at play, Deer's serious poetry is even more memorable.  Who could ever read Small Pain without being touched to the core? And a lowly janitor joining the tenors is on my mind every time Andrea Bocelli's voice comes through my stereo.
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael twice. I will always treasure those memories - and wish there were more.
RIP, my friend... I'm glad you're free of pain... but there's a great big hole in my heart.
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These blue pages have been a haven. And in times like this it's good to return and join hands with those who remain. Today words fail me. Not for lack of feeling or emotion but because of the void this leaves in these blue pages and in my heart. I've shared Michael's poetry today in his memory with my family to give them a sense of what we lost. They were in awe just as I have always been. R.I.P. kind sir. I looked forward to seeing you again. Maybe then you can teach me some of what you always knew.
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as I read this sad sad news I'm reminded how often back in January 2000 Balladeer was the voice of reason or the instigator of a back and forth dual with toerag and LngJhnAg. I so looked forward to those diversions from word sanity. when insect(brother) told me the news  I could not believe that the blue on blue had lost one of its special voices. I am saddened to hear this news as with the voices that left before him keep them inline balladeer from the blue on blue to the white on white good journey dear poet master you will be missed by all.  
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Such saddening news.  I didn't know Balladeer personally, but what I did get to know here was enough that I will never forget him.  Peace be upon him.
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15 posted 09-25-2016 07:26 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

A few days ago something made me log on to PIP and when I saw the sad news about Mike I knew it had to be him letting me know about his passing since I hardly ever come to PIP anymore, Him and I had some good discussions here at PIP. We didn't always see eye to eye, but we were always gentlemen and respected each other and our views.
Thanks for being a friend, poet Mike.
This reminds me of a song by Vince Gill
" Go Rest High On That Mountain "
Thanks for everything Mike

Paul Wilson

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Don't know what to say right now. R.I.P. Michael, you were one of the best.

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This is sad news. I have no words.
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I knew of Michael's passing, but am only now posting on this forum of my acknowledgement. He was a brilliant writer and poet amongst his other many accomplishments. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement. There's simply no one that can fill his shoes.

...just bein' Bluesy

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Thinking of Michael today and all those I have met and shared with words and time from pip.
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Michael,

You taught me a lot.  It wasn't all about poetry.  Thank you.  I have missed you even before reading this announcement.

Alison
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I just found some of my old writing the other day and re-read the encouraging comments Balladeer wrote, having no idea he had passed. He was such a good teacher and he, Toe, and LongJohn were always full of surprises that gave much needed belly laughs.
Some people just don't die. He is one.

       `miscellanea
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22 posted 06-16-2017 04:57 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

I am truly saddened to hear of Michaels' passing. I have always, and will continue to have the utmost respect and admiration for this talented gentleman I considered a friend, even though we never met. RIP "Balladeer ".
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23 posted 06-19-2017 05:23 PM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

saddened to read about Michaels passing
He was one of my favourite poets
 
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