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Potter's Field

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Balladeer
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0 posted 01-23-2000 11:10 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


Don't bury me in Potter's field
Amid the sad despair
Of nameless souls in unmarked graves
That rest uneasy there.

Don't lay me down without a stone
To mark the final bow
Of an actor in the play of Life
On stage deserted now.

Let one spectator call my name
And say that he knew well
The character that I portrayed
Before the curtain fell.

Although my face had never graced
Billboard or marquis,
My small bit part was played with heart
And deep sincerity.

I'd like to think, before I die,
That someone saw me passing by
And, though to Death I'll gladly yield,
Don't bury me in Potter's field.

© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 01-23-2000 11:13 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

We'd all like to be remembered, wouldn't we?  Lovely verse ... but what was with the changing meter?  I just got settled and it shifted on me!  

It detracted from the poem not at all, BTW -- just figured I'd take the opportunity to pick on you LOL.  

--Kess


 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

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2 posted 01-23-2000 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

hehe. Got me there, Kess. Actually, I did it that way for oral presentation, which worked well since I knew what to do, but I do agree that it is unsettling in written form. Thanks for caring enough to point it out. I appreciate it  
Denise
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3 posted 01-23-2000 11:47 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow! This struck me as a great piece for memorial services......very touching....
I think this speaks to the desires of every human being....not to be forgotten...
Well done!

Denise
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4 posted 01-23-2000 11:54 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
I'll make sure they don't and will put your golf clubs in with you so you can make tee time when you get where ever your going. Sy
Great poem.
John Yaws
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5 posted 01-24-2000 12:06 AM       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

Ah, fellow bard, er...saddle pard-
To fate we all must yield.
I wish to lie unknown, unsung
In forest, glade, or field-
And may my flesh enrich the sod-
And may the grass grow green,
And these tired bones turn into stones
Beneath the sod unseen...
If only one fair damsel would....
Shed p'raps one tear for me...
And sigh, and say..."I miss the guy"..
then happy would I be.

Great poem, Maestro.
One Who Understands
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6 posted 01-24-2000 01:36 AM       View Profile for One Who Understands   Email One Who Understands   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for One Who Understands

Never fear Balladeer,
I saw you passing by

Thank you for all that you have shared!

"What may mean little to you, may mean the world to me."
Toerag
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7 posted 01-24-2000 07:12 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Oh Dear Lord,
Let me be,
The "spectator"
To give the "speech"

To honor him,
In the way I do,
Cuz I can do it,
Like so very few.
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8 posted 01-24-2000 07:27 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

By now, it goes without saying that the poem is wonderful. *G* And since I spent part of the weekend making sure a cat's grave would be marked and not forgotten, it's particularly poignant to me. *S* Whether a potter's field or GS's meadow, it seems everyone wants to have made a difference to someone...  and so ROFL @ Toe volunteering to live and do the eulogy. *G*
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9 posted 01-24-2000 07:32 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-

I felt, I heard, I saw
you passing through my heart.
You reached out with your song
making sure we would not part.

I will keep your song alive,
long after you are gone.
Sending a poetic bouquet
to the plot that you call home.

In the Potter's field of my mind,
rest assured you will not lay.
Rest you will in memorial gardens ...
but you'll have to pay !

*Hey you ... this is a beautiful
piece you have penned.  Very like you.
Love ya' ... ~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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An exceptional piece of poetry Balladeer....wonderfully written  
fc
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11 posted 01-24-2000 02:16 PM       View Profile for fc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fc

will ditto hoot on this  
Marilyn
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12 posted 01-24-2000 04:31 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Great verse Mike. I was going to reply in verse but decided against it..lol.
Craig
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13 posted 01-24-2000 05:07 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig


This one took me back to when I first stumbled into this forum, it seems like a thousand years ago and only last week all at the same time. Not knowing the stature of the Poet I was replying to I penned what I believed was a clever verse in reply. Fortunately you overlooked my indiscretion and still welcomed me aboard, which proves ( if any proof were needed ) you are not only a good poet but also a kind one too.

This poem means a little more to me now than it did then, thanks for bringing it back.

Craig ( or as you called me then another O Henry )



 Yes, I admit your general rule. That every poet is a fool:
But I myself may serve to show it. That every fool is not a poet.


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14 posted 01-24-2000 05:26 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Denise....Yes, it does. Thank you  

Sy....Yes, put those glof clubs in there. I'm used to playing in the heat!!

Gunslinger...and a terrific response. Thank you.

One Who Understands...Thanks for noticing. It means a lot.

Toerag...Oh, boy!! That's all I need. I shudder at the thought of what you would come up with!!  

Suthern...I know you understand....and I appreciate how hard it was for you not to spell eulogy with 'ewe'!!!!

Marge...I'll pay! I'll pay! I can't think of a finer place to rest.  

Hoot and fc....I thank you very much.

Marilyn...Chicken!! Any verse of yours is well appreciated!

Craig...Yes, it does seem like a thousand years and only yesterday, doesn't it? I responded kindly to you because I knew you were a good person and a good poet. Time has proven me right on both counts. Thank you for your thoughts.

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