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The Best That You Can Give.......................#1

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Balladeer
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0 posted 01-31-2000 10:11 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

(Hoot, I've never forgotten your kind comments about this one. Thank you)

My poems may not be classics;
They may never make the grade
That separates the amateurs
From masters of their trade.
They may never reach anthologies
Or even magazines,
Or ever be considered masterful,
By any means.

They may go through Time unnoticed
But, one thing I promise you,
Is, whatever I may offer
Is the best that I can do.

There's a chance I'm not as gifted
Or, as my ex-wife believed,
That my father's sperm count faltered
On the day I was conceived.

Perhaps my grey cell count is lower
Than another man's
But, whenever I present myself,
I do the best I can.

A poem has integrity.
It puts us on display.
A testament of our beliefs
Is there in what we say.

Sincerity cannot be faked;
Pride has no substitute.
If we don't give it our best shot,
Why take the time to shoot?

Let's help enrich each other
And this world in which we live.
In poetry, and friendship, give
The best that you can give.

© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
John Yaws
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1 posted 01-31-2000 10:16 PM       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

Buddy, I applaud the sentiments greatly. This is the first of your poems where the meter was so sporadic: a venture into new artform perhaps? As a friend of mine always says, "Write on"!
Lorelei54
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2 posted 01-31-2000 10:19 PM       View Profile for Lorelei54   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lorelei54

You guys are always here when I feel the need to voice my emotions...I thank you all for enriching me with your gifts.
Marilyn
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3 posted 01-31-2000 10:27 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

You may not be perfect Mike, nor I by a long shot! Being the best that you can be is all anyone can ask for. Write on my friend and live each day as if your last. Love you my friend. ((hug))
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4 posted 01-31-2000 10:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you for the comments. 'slinger, some poems are for reading and some for saying. When I recite this one, the meter is right on.

Lorelei...and thank you for being here.

Marilyn...thank you and, yes, I plan to do just that (that's why I got the car)
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5 posted 01-31-2000 10:57 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Ah, yes! I remember this one! And I love it just as much now as I did then!  
Denise
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6 posted 01-31-2000 10:59 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

Sweetheart-
This was right on !
Rolls off the tongue like the melody
plucked from a fine instrument.

Let us ALL subscribe to this edict:

'Let's help enrich each other
And this world in which we live.
In poetry, and friendship, give
The best that you can give.'

~*Marge*~



 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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7 posted 01-31-2000 11:16 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Your the master Balladeer.  Done in style and you have the talent  

 I used to be schizophrenic, but we're ok now so don't make me mad cause I'm running out of places to hide the bodies......LOL


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8 posted 01-31-2000 11:21 PM       View Profile for Soleil   Email Soleil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Soleil

Ah, the voice rings true as always.
Meadowmuse
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9 posted 01-31-2000 11:28 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Your message is a classic one, Balladeer. Excellent writing, wonderful philosophy. I really enjoyed this!


Dear LadyClaire

Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 01-31-2000 11:41 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Mr. Balladeer,
Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but I heard a rumor that you're one of the best poets around here. Could that be true? - YES!
Liz
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11 posted 01-31-2000 11:54 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

You are such a positive poetic force, Balladeer, the glue that holds this forum together, an inspiration to us all.


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12 posted 02-01-2000 12:14 AM       View Profile for One Who Understands   Email One Who Understands   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for One Who Understands

Always a pleasure reading Balladeer's work.  And once more, you have touched me.  How true to say "the best, is your best"  and I think it is wonderful that you regognize everyone is as significant to eachother as everyone else.  But I wouldn't venture to say that you are on the less talented side.  You have written some of the best pieces I have ever read.  I save almost every piece I read.  Thank you for giving me so much insight
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13 posted 02-01-2000 12:16 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

LIZ--IT'S NOT A RUMOR, IT'S TRUE!  I love the way you write, Deer.

[This message has been edited by Martie (edited 02-01-2000).]
Kevin
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14 posted 02-01-2000 01:46 AM       View Profile for Kevin   Email Kevin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kevin

Ive often asked the question
of me what does it take
to find the words of rarity
that a great poet make

when here inside the darkness
i found a shining star
to walk among your footsteps, sir
would be, my best, by far.
Beri
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15 posted 02-01-2000 03:00 AM       View Profile for Beri   Email Beri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Beri

Balladeer -- I love your work, and I feel as if I am definitely among the best when in here.  And I definitely feel everyone in here gives the best they can give, whether in poetry or in friendship, and for that I am grateful.     Keep them coming!  You make me smile!

 If you love something, set it free, if it comes back to you, its meant to be...

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I see no lack of talent
or professionalism here
This poem could hit the
Top Ten
on any chart

Rex
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17 posted 02-01-2000 08:03 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Yep....you sure hit the nail on the head with this one....No doubt about it....my poems sure have integrity!...Oh yea! Sincereity?...Yep...that too! Gifted?....That's me in a nutshell fersure! Oh yea..And seperate the amateurs from the masters?...LOL ..it's as though you described me to a tee...don't ya think?....I'm not sure what "grey cell" count is?...But if it has anything to do with hair, mine's not low at all!....And what your wife said?...Hell, that would be considered a compliment from my ex?.....Nicely done 'Deer.....you're a talented old fart for sure.....But don't be too hard on yourself....ya hear?....I'll do that for ya whenever possible....



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I dunno, 'Deer one... some people give faking sincerity their most valiant effort! *G* Love the poem... and ROFL @ ex's opinions and grey cell counts... (Toe, your grey cells are gorgeous! *G*)
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19 posted 02-01-2000 12:26 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Nothing but the best from the best. Sy
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Oh Balladeer...I do remember this one oh so well, another of my favorites of yours, although I have so many   And everything you write is a classic in my book  

I'm not much for Shakespeare
Eliot or Donne
Cummings, Hardy, Hawthorne
Herrick, Cope, or Jong

I haven't studied poetry
Not rhythm and not rhyme
But let me tell you, Balladeer
Yours get me every time  
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21 posted 02-01-2000 04:17 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: Nicely worded, as always..

HUSG


 Memories give you the power to collect roses in the winter...
tracie66
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22 posted 02-01-2000 06:43 PM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Oh Bal
what a lovely poem, you're so right we may not have it all said and done correctly but it's what is being said that's important and the feelings that are being shown...Once again you've produced a wonderful piece    
Tracie
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23 posted 02-01-2000 07:11 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

WOW! I can't thank you enough for the incredible responses. Yes, I think we feel the same about giving one's best, no matter what it may be.

Corinne...Well, if glue comes from old horses, you just may be right!   Thank you.
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24 posted 02-01-2000 09:57 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Balladeer, this is so very nice. I do enjoy your poetry!   -SEA
 
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