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Balladeer
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0 posted 01-30-2000 09:16 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


The other night while I was feeling
Rather fancy-free
I found the thought quite interesting
To trace my family tree.
I talked it over with my friends
Who helped me very much.
They told me they had come from kings,
And dukes and earls and such.

Their ancestors helped shape the world;
The rulers of the masses.
Not one I spoke to said that they
Came from the lower classes.

But someone took the garbage out.
Someone cooked the gruel.
Someone put a costume on
To play the courtly fool.

Someone had to act as servants
To the royal line.
Since all my friends are kingly, well,
Those other folks were mine!

MY kinfolk built the pyramids.
They guarded castle walls.
They sharpened swords for Lancelot
And swept out knightly stalls.

They tilled the land - They dredged the Nile
They fought the great crusades.
They stood on tiptoe, clapping,
As the kings passed on parade.

They stomped the grapes for royal wine.
They made bricks out of mud.
They lived in abject poverty,
Yet made their peace with God.

All other men can come from kings-
It matters not to me.
I'll bless each branch that reaches
Skyward....on my family tree!
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
devina
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1 posted 01-30-2000 09:21 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

Said very well Micheal, guess my family tree would be hard to trace...from California to Indiana at least...maybe the blonde one's didn't have to take out the garbage!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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2 posted 01-30-2000 09:21 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Balladeer, as always you impress me! I  liked this one a lot. I'd rather come from people who know what hard work, family values, respect, and love of God  are really about!( and I do!) -SEA
Mark R.
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3 posted 01-30-2000 09:41 PM       View Profile for Mark R.   Email Mark R.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mark R.

Royalty or not with many riches or not.  You Balladeer, certainly deserve to be set on high on just your talents alone...best wishes on your imaginative travels...
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4 posted 01-30-2000 09:53 PM       View Profile for simplyYRREHS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for simplyYRREHS

I Loved This, Deer!  I actually found some very important branches of my own family tree just last year with some online searching ~ fascinating!  This poem is a cheerful look at respecting all of the branches, regardless of their titles!  What a knack you have for rhythm and rhyme...this one has me tapping my toes as I read it.  Wonderful!!!

 "The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling.  Yet, we do not treat ourselves nor another thus tenderly." ~Henry David Thoreau



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Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 01-30-2000 10:00 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Well, one of them must have been a poet.
Maybe he scrolled verses into those mud bricks
Great poem, Mr Balladeer
Liz
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6 posted 01-30-2000 11:34 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

Yeah, Balladeer-
But how many of them
drove a Mercedes ?

Hon, this is precious.

I wouldn't mind resting
under your limbs.
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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7 posted 01-30-2000 11:37 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is absolutely wonderful! Whew! This really got me all misty eyed! I'm going to print this out and make copies for my brother and sisters, with your name on it, of course!  I know they'll love it too!

Denise
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8 posted 01-31-2000 12:48 AM       View Profile for One Who Understands   Email One Who Understands   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for One Who Understands

You are perfect, that's all I have to say
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9 posted 01-31-2000 07:46 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great poem, Balladeer!!! (Lemme know when you start to shed those leaves. *EG*)

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tracie66
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10 posted 01-31-2000 08:14 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Balladeer you have written the most devine piece, very special Tracie  
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11 posted 01-31-2000 08:38 AM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

Wonderful poem Balladeer. My family is also into Geneaology. I should email this poem to them all, they would enjoy it!

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

-Charles Brugnot

hoot_owl_rn
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12 posted 01-31-2000 11:02 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

Wise, wise words Balladeer  
RainbowGirl
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13 posted 01-31-2000 01:21 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: No wonder I'm still Cinderella..*g*

HUSG

 Memories give you the power to collect roses in the winter...
Sunshine
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14 posted 01-31-2000 01:49 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

A wonderful re-read - thanks for unarchiving your limbs.

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


LngJhnAg
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15 posted 01-31-2000 02:12 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Limbs?  Tree?  You coulda fooled me - lol

Seriously, though, 'Deer - this is another great poem from you.
Marilyn
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16 posted 01-31-2000 02:32 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Perfect?!?!? Mike are you perfect my friend?   hmm must not know you very well then...lol.

My family tree is weathered,
It's battered and it's bruised.
It's seen all kinds of hatred,
And it's been unkindly used.

It's stood up through the ages,
Through the hurricanes an such.
It's been decietly climbed on,
But it hasn't worried much.

I come from good and healthy stock,
We're strong of form and will.
No matter what we have to face,
We will be standing still.

Great job Mike!!  
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17 posted 01-31-2000 03:44 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Devina...hehe. I guess the blondes were to busy being preffered by gentlemen.

Sea....I'm with you.

Mark R...Thanks for the words and the wishes.

Sherry....It is fun, isn't it? Thank you for tapping!

Elizabeth..Could be that's what all those heiroglyphics are!!!!

Marge....ROFL!! When there's a vacancy, I'll let you know  

Denise...your mist is bliss to me. Thank you.

One Who Understands....Not by a long shot, I'm afraid, but I certainly appreciate your words.

Suthern....I liked your reply before you edited it. I already had 4 bags filled with salt!!!!

Thank you, Tracie.

Saxoness....do it!! I hope they do. Thank you.

Hoot....when an owl says "wise" twice, I'm very flattered!

Rainbow...and Cinderella you will always be. If only I had that slipper.....

Sunshine....my pleasure. Atrophy was setting in!!

LohnJohn....Yep, trees. If I were Toe, I would have said family bush  

Marilyn....Terrific reply.

Your family tree must be an oak
With roots in solid ground.
You'll flourish if you never let
Some cruel sap get you down!  
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18 posted 01-31-2000 08:20 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Too good to let it fall to the bottom.... this is one of your better poems, Balladeer!  
G. A. Webb
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19 posted 01-31-2000 10:04 PM       View Profile for G. A. Webb   Email G. A. Webb   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for G. A. Webb

Right on Balladeer! I like this. Not everybody can come from the cream of the crop. But we all have the power to rise above it. Do we not?   )

G

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20 posted 05-18-2009 11:52 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

bumping this one up. latearrival
Klassy Lassy
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21 posted 05-19-2009 12:51 AM       View Profile for Klassy Lassy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Klassy Lassy

I only know a little about my family tree,
but they shared their warmth and kindness--sweet heritage for me.
Here and there a skeleton rattled a branch or two,
Slipped back into oblivion, I guess, obscure, when it was through.
There never was much money, they worked for what they had,
Together, rich in laughter, even when times were bad.
Ordinary, common folk, I thought they were divine,
Because love wove magic in their lives, turned water into wine
Midst mountains of challenges, and that mostly was their lot;
But they stood for each other, and family is what I got.

Reading wealth within your words, your heart is to revere;
Friend or family, we, too, are blessed to love you, Balladeer.



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22 posted 05-19-2009 01:38 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

This is really good, Balladeer.  I am so happy it was ressurected - thank you, late.

Alison
 
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