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They aren't too high on heroes in the town of Willow Springs,
Too busy farming, raising corn and spuds and beans and things
But they hold their hat to the U.S. flag and Lady Liberty
And, on rainy nights, they sing the praise of Dr. Ben McGee.

The doctor was a common man, which made him something rare.
No Cadillacs, no eight room house, no high or fancy air;
Just a simple man to understand the needs of men was he
Yet no hallowed saint was revered more than Dr. Ben McGee.

They recall the night in '52 when Grayson's youngest, Jill
Came down with pain that tortured her with fever and with chilling
Cold that racked her frail body as she moaned in agony
And would have died had it not been for Dr. Ben McGee.

Within a wink the town had gathered 'round that little house,
Peering through the windows along with Grayson and his spouse.
They saw young Jill lie pale and still within her agony
And, at the bed, they saw the head of Dr. Ben McGee.

Upon arrival, he'd made, with a flair they'd never seen
A sign he posted on the door that spelled out QUARANTINE.
"You folks just wait outside", he'd said, "and put your faith in me"
"This is a case", he smiled, "for God and Dr. Ben McGee."

The townfolk all looked in as he examined her with care,
Their mouths formed little "o"'s because they saw a furious glare
Transfix itself upon the features of their Dr. Ben;
He gave a yell to waken Hell and clenched his teeth and then .....

He grabbed every potion he had in his case
While wiping the forehead of Jill's fevered face
And bellowed at Satan to die in last place
And, with something like voodoo ...

He rattled and shook and got down on his knees
While screaming and cursing at that damned disease
And the rafters were shaking like leaves in the breeze
By the time that he got through.

Three days and nights they watched him as he worked at fever pace,
Beads of sweat cascading freely down his weary face
And, just when they had thought he'd reached the end of Life's short line,
He stepped out and, with trembling hand, tore down the wretched sign.

"You saved her life", old Grayson told him at the bedroom door,
"But we don't have much 'cause we're broke. We always been dirt poor."
Ben looked from Grayson to the bed where his young daughter lay
And smiled at him and said, "Forget it, Grayson. I've been paid."

"I'm going to an empty house - one set of silverware,
And here you got a lovely wife and family who cares.
Don't ever let a lack of money cause you any grievin'
Have me over to eat sometime and we can call it even."

They don't have many heroes in the town of Willow Springs
And bells don't toll for many, nor do herald angels sing,
But three statues stand in Central Park for all the world to see -
George Washington and Harry S. and Dr. Ben McGee.


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1 posted 02-09-2000 11:49 PM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy

You know I've read many stories, put to
rhyme over the years ... But none come to mind that I can say are any better
I tip my hat to you sir

Rex}<{{{{o>
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2 posted 02-09-2000 11:59 PM       View Profile for bobbycat   Email bobbycat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bobbycat

Wow....I aspire to write like that someday....maybe it will actually happen.     That was an excellent story--well told.  

Bobbycat =^..^=
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3 posted 02-10-2000 12:00 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-
You must know by now just how much
I enjoy a good poem from you.  
This is a good one ... and the 'twist'
is sweet.  

Sometimes it just serves us well to
be reminded of what we have that can
be shared with others.

You are a man of many words ...
all of them touching a chord in
someone's heart.  
Love ya' ~*Marge*~


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4 posted 02-10-2000 12:01 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Rex....and I thank you, sir, for your comment.  

bobbycat..thank you..and there's no reason why you can't.

Marge...a chord of yours is a worthy target. Thank you, my friend.

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5 posted 02-10-2000 12:07 AM       View Profile for Tasi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tasi

The format reminded me of my favorite poem...a story put to rhyme  
The Highwayman  By Alfred Noyes
Thankyou Balladeer.. truely inspiring
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6 posted 02-10-2000 12:22 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Humbled, once again.  Great story, well told.
Your style is an inspiration.
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This was a cute story Deer...and your message rang out loud and clear!!!! I think I was the one of the ones standing outside the window of the house peeking in!!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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Balladeer, you have got a way about you, I think it's those words and stories, and all with good and well intent, that touch my heart with the magic.
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medicaid thank God for medicaid..not for me for Grandpa yuh know...very of what i love about yuh balladeer great stuff
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10 posted 02-10-2000 02:15 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

The icon you choose could fit no other.  Nor have I seen lyrical poems such as you create from any other.  Balladeer, thou art verily the inspired jongleur.  

Alicat, le Persnikitty Jongleur Aspirante
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11 posted 02-10-2000 03:00 AM       View Profile for Alias   Email Alias   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alias

What a great Ballad Balladeer! I wish there were more people like Dr. Ben McGee.. he is an inspirational character. Keep up the good work,
Alias
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12 posted 02-10-2000 07:30 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

You're obviously from a neighboring town, Balladeer... for if you were a resident, Willow Springs would have four statues! *S* Well done!
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13 posted 02-10-2000 07:35 AM       View Profile for angelswing   Email angelswing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angelswing

Nice story, you've put it in to ryme very well, great stuff .
I take my halo off to you .
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14 posted 02-10-2000 07:41 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Great poem, Balladeer.  I always love reading your work for the lessons to be learned.  This was no exception.


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15 posted 02-10-2000 04:16 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 all, ladies, gents and cats. With support like yours it's hard to stop writing  
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Balladeer, you gave me chills and put tears in my eyes. You are incredible. So very talented. Thanks for sharing this, I really needed it today.   -SEA
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17 posted 02-10-2000 07:12 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Words about a heartfelt simple man
put together in such excellency
I love this story
And what a poet to tell it
No words can top what has already being said
Other than "I read your poem"

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

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Balladeer,
Just a well done and send it back where it belongs. At the top.
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Another Balladeer classic!! Well done! You've put a great message in this one, as you do in all your wonderful tales!  

(I'm having computer or server problems (?)  
it's taking me about 5 minutes to load a page so I can't read or reply in a timely manner....just wanted to let everyone know I'll be back as soon as this problem is resolved and to let you all know that I'm sorry I'm missing all your wonderful poetry.)
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There you go again, Deer.... a good'n...
 
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