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One Beer for Rosie........................for Denise

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0 posted 01-21-2000 12:31 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

The bar was just an ordinary, nondescript affair,
A row of stools with checkered tables scattered here and there
And clientele whose faces traced the passage of the years
Recounting faded memories over twenty-five cent beers.

I don't know when he wandered in but, looking at his face,
Even in a dive like that, the bum seemed out of place.
Perhaps the rain had driven him as it had driven me
To find whatever refuge from the downpour off the sea.

At any rate, he shook so badly he could barely stand
And held a wrinkled photograph clenched tightly in his hand.
A drunk sat on one barstool, clothes and hair in disarray,
And, as the bum approached him, I could hear the old man say

"One beer for my sweet Rosie, sir. Just one small beer, I pray.
A tribute to my sweetheart who has up and gone away.
One beer to drink in memory of the one I held so dear,
My Rosie would be grateful if you'll grant me one small beer."

I wouldn't have thought the drunk to be awake, much less be able
To hear the old man's plea or see the photo on the table,
But, as he looked, one finger rose to call the barman near
And, in a voice stone sober, said "Jim, give this man a beer."

I must admit I was surprised at this strange turnabout
For I was sure as anything he'd throw the old bum out,
And would have expected anything except for what I'd heard.
The old man drained the glass and left without another word.

Two teens were playing pinball in one corner of the bar
And, as the old man neared them, I KNEW there would be a war!
The bum waved Rosie's picture and began the same tirade
Just barely heard above the din the pinball buzzers made.

One boy took the photograph and, as he looked, his face
Rose above the cheapness and the squalor of the place.
He nudged the other, who had let the pinball disappear,
And, in one voice, they called aloud, "Jim, give this man a beer!

Curiosity enfolded me at what had taken place
And must confess I burned with strong desire to see that face.
What eyes could be so piercing or what nose could be so dear?
What face could be so beautiful to warrant so much beer?

One by one, he made his rounds and showed the photograph.
Each patron stared intently - there was not one single laugh,
And, as they gave it back to him, I knew now what I'd hear -
Clear voices calling, one by one, "Jim, give this man a beer!"

"Hey! Let me see that photograph", I called with laughing voice.
"I'll tell you if your Rosie would be something of my choice.
Just let me have a little look," I added, with a leer
"And, if she's pretty as you say, you'll have another beer!"

The bum approached me timidly and not a single sound
Escaped his features as he reached and lay the photo down.
Just why his fingers trembled as he did it wasn't clear
But I was sure as anything it wouldn't cost a beer!

I snatched the photo quickly and I held it to my eyes
And, as I looked, my features filled with anger and surprise.
Was I to be a laughingstock? The victim of some prank?
The features on the photograph in front of me were blank!

I glared up at the old man, my eyes blazing angrily
And saw a room of stone-cold faces staring back at me.
Confusion made me falter at this stand the barroom took
So I picked the photo up again to have another look.

By staring at the photo I could see the faintest trace
0f golden hair cascading down the outline of a face.
The photo had been carried, kissed and handled so darn much
Her features had almost been wiped clean by this bum's loving touch!

How long had this old-timer carried Rosie gingerly
While seeking solace in a beer to ease the memory?
I fought the wetness in my eyes and spoke up loud and clear
These words, "She's beautiful, my friend. Jim, give this man a beer."

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 01-21-2000).]
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1 posted 01-21-2000 12:36 AM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

*sigh* Oh 'deer one, I remember this poem...and though I thought that I could not be touched as much again, you have just proven me wrong.  I love this poem, thank you for reposting it.

 May I never be too busy to help another's load,
Then I'll be drinking from the saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed.

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2 posted 01-21-2000 12:42 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

and I thank you, Satiate. Your words are always special to me.
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3 posted 01-21-2000 12:44 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

Oh, Michael-

This is the most beautiful, tender,
'tear in your beer' tale I've ever read.
What a talent for telling the tale
you posses.

I do believe that this is my all-time
favorite of anything I've read by you.

Hey, bartender ...
Give Balladeer a beer !

Love ya' ~Marge~

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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4 posted 01-21-2000 12:45 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Sorry for the delay in responding but I had to finish wiping the tears from my eyes. All I can say is WOW! This is a real tear jerker. Whew! Oh, to be loved like that!
Thanks, Balladeer!

This goes in my collection of favorites!  

p.s. that place sounds strangely familiar...I worked there 12 years ago....the name was 'Rosies'...there's a coincidence for ya!

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5 posted 01-21-2000 12:46 AM       View Profile for Kevin   Email Kevin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kevin

well deer,

i can say with a clear conscience
that you are the one man capable of eliquently measuring undying love in beer.
i dont know how you did it
but hell, jim give that deer a beer =)
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6 posted 01-21-2000 01:33 AM       View Profile for One Who Understands   Email One Who Understands   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for One Who Understands

Wonderful my friend, this one is going down in my favorites file...thank you
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7 posted 01-21-2000 02:03 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

*snif snif* oh yes, I remember this one well. Oh so touching Balladeer.

 At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. ~Plato
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8 posted 01-21-2000 02:31 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

And we see your true side yet again, with this show of emotion you're sure to get the girls truly- this is a lovely piece deer!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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9 posted 01-21-2000 03:39 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Thank you for reposting this Balladeer! This is one of my favorites! The ability you have to convey so much in a poem still astounds me!
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10 posted 01-21-2000 03:50 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

This is my favorite of all I have read of yours, Balladeer!  I could be there.  Maybe thirty years back.  I could feel his pain, and I could feel their care.

Man alive, can you tell a story!

P.S. If you ever have any grandchildren to pass this gift along to, they will be blessed.

 ...Living is ever like crossing rivers; finding a new life on each shore ... RJG

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11 posted 01-21-2000 11:49 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Webster's New World Dictionary:  

balladeer: a ballad singer

ballad:  1. a romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza 2. a song or poem that tells a story in short stanzas and simple words, with repetition, refrain, etc.: most old ballads are of unknown authorship and have been handed down orally in more than one version 3. a slow, sentimental popular song, esp. a love song.

Passion in Poetry's Dictionary:

Balladeer: [noun] 1. a romantic 2. tells marvelous stories 3. a known author to Passions members 4. a person who shares his marvelous gifts 5. the King of Storytellers

Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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12 posted 01-21-2000 11:54 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

hmmmppphhhh - Beer for Rosie indeed!  I could have written this poem if I had your talent!  hmmppphhh... making Toe and me look bad all the time... hmmppphhhh.

BTW - You are one heckuva story teller, ol' 'Deer - this story is simply superb.
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13 posted 01-21-2000 04:18 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

WoW, got a kleenex?  You might want to keep a box of them handy.  This is so very touching, WoW, ok Im gonna go now, tears are just too much to see through!

 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~

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14 posted 01-21-2000 05:17 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

This is a most wonderfully wonderous story and writing deer.  Superb in every way!
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15 posted 01-21-2000 07:55 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Marge.....thank you for the kind words....and the beer!!

Denise......that's twilight zone material! Maybe we have a psychic connection! Thank you.

Kevin...hehe. I never really thought of it that way but you're right!

One who understands...I appreciate that very much.

Hoot...Thank you for accepting it....again.

devina....well, I keep trying.   Thank you much.

Christopher..I really appreciate your words, friend.

Rosemary...Thank you. I DO have a granddaughter and, because of that, I am blessed.

Sunshine....Wow. What can I say? you have made my day, week, month and year with tis wonderful reply. Thank you.  

LngJohn...Bull! You could have written it with the have the talent, my friend. Thanks for the words, peacemaker.

Echo...Thank you for allowing me to stir emotions....and for letting me know.

Martie...take it as a small repayment for all the pleasure your poetry has given me  

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16 posted 01-21-2000 08:02 PM       View Profile for poetry_kills   Email poetry_kills   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit poetry_kills's Home Page   View IP for poetry_kills

entrancing and simply beautiful... thank you  


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And whisper to their souls to go..."
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17 posted 01-21-2000 09:49 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Balladeer, what can I say that hasn't already been said.  I remember reading this once before and was touched by it then and it still has the same effect now.  I submitted a poem called Passion Friends and it said "The minds of some are so profound.  They are the best I've seen around."  And that, my friend, describes you to a T.  
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18 posted 01-21-2000 10:25 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Another poem I did not know
How do they say "Jolly good show, jolly good show"
They way you set your words in gear
Made me go to get a beer
Now back I'm sitting here
And guess what? A tear dropped in my beer
Thank you Mr Balladeer

Very nice

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

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19 posted 01-23-2000 12:08 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Bring this up for another sip! Too good to pass up of course!
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20 posted 01-23-2000 04:17 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

I remember reading this piece long, long ago, and I remember shedding a few tears then, and now you've gotten me again.  A great example of the power of poetry by a powerful poet.  

 In flames I shall not be consumed, but reborn. -- Abrahm Simons

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21 posted 01-23-2000 04:32 PM       View Profile for Bad Boy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bad Boy

Ok I said I wasn`t going to read the sad one`s.  
But This one I just couldn`t resist.
You`ve done a great job with your wording on this.
You really do have alot of talent and it show`s.  
Marge can I have one of them beer`s?


 The Devil Made Me Do It.

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