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In the Backroad Sink

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Balladeer
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0 posted 02-16-2000 07:59 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


It's true I'm not a teenage lad. I'm into middle age.
It's been a while since foolishness has written on my page.
My youthful days have given way to rationality
And I've become quite "proper" since I've reached maturity.

My daughter, on the other hand, is quite a different case.
Just barely into teenage years she runs a frantic pace.
She buys her clothes from Rags R' Us; her hairdo's make me laugh,
The music that she listens to sounds like a birthing calf.

She likes a group called Backroad Boys. That's what they're called, I think.
Another one that makes her go berzerk is "In the Sink",
Not like the great groups of my day that one could understand
When four young kids made me smile with "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

Well, no, I hadn't heard these groups. I'm always on the go.
I keep the easy listening music on the radio
Or maybe jazz or classical or sometimes just the blues,
But pop rock of today is something I would never choose.

Well, all that changed last week, however. I had made a pact,
A birthday gift to go with her to see her favorite act;
A concert that I had no doubt would be just so much noise
By some group (I had been corrected) called The BackStreet Boys.

The concert hall was jammed....unruly bedlam, I would call it.
I kept my eyes on everyone - my hand stayed on my wallet.
A freak show like I'd never seen was there before my eyes -
Asylums let the inmates out to come and see these guys!!

Hair colors on display, I'm sure, would make a rainbow blush
With articles of clothing that had never felt soap's touch,
More tattoos than the U.S. Navy papered teenage skin
And I began to wonder what dimension I was in!

So then the music started.....Hey, those boys were pretty good
With voices rich in harmony and words I understood!
They didn't light a fire in me like those groups from my past
But that was many years ago...those feelings never last.

I looked down at my daughter, saw her pretty face aglow.
Her eyes were shining brightly though the lights were turned down low.
I looked out at the screaming crowd, an adolescent sea,
And realized the person I was looking at was -- me!

I was that boy with messy hair - my fists clenched in the air
While Rolling Stones were singing..I could see Mick Jagger there!
I saw myself in holey, wrinkled Alice Cooper shirts
And bluejeans that were so darned tight I swear my waist still hurts!

I saw myself with candle waving, swaying to and fro
To Neil Diamond's "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"
I felt the heat upon my cheeks that made them feel flush
And relived music that had once provided such a rush.

For one brief moment, standing there, I was that kid again
Reliving wild and crazy times that I had known back then
With David Bowie on the stage - perhaps the Dave Clark Five,
Providing sounds that made a young kid glad to be alive.

I remember way back then I found it hard to understand
How Mom and Dad knew nothing of the day's top favorite bands.
They didn't know the Troggs, the Animals, or Sam the Sham
Or never heard the hit "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am, I am!!"

So there I stood, I must admit, now feeling rather dumb.
It dawned on me my Mom and Dad were what I had become.
I didn't know the songs today or how young people think.
I even thought those N'Sync guys were really "In the Sink"!

The concert ended, we went home, her face was shining bright.
She didn't speak but held on to the magic of the night.
Then, as I walked her to her room, she turned and hugged me tight
And said, "You're really wonderful. I love you, Dad. Goodnight."

The Four Tops, the Five Satins, the Drifters and the Doors,
Janice Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Joan Baez and more,
Magically came from my past and stood there in full view
To watch me kiss her on the cheek and say, "I love you, too."
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Marge Tindal
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1 posted 02-16-2000 08:06 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

Balladeer Dad~

In her eyes you'll always glow.
Cool Dad's are like that ...
don't 'cha know ?

This is such a dad's hug !
Wonderful ... wonderful ... wonderful !
~*Marge*~


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2 posted 02-16-2000 08:07 PM       View Profile for Wizzard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wizzard


My hat`s off to you Mr.Balladeer.
This is one that I`ll have to share with my kids.
This was a hard one to read,due to the fact that my eye`s were in tears from laughing so hard at the first part of this.
Being a father of teenager`s I can relate to this in so many way`s.
Excellent writing Dad .

 Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
And the begining of a new one.



[This message has been edited by Wizzard (edited 02-16-2000).]
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3 posted 02-16-2000 08:08 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

That trip down memory lane and the love that binds generations even when understanding is minimal has me sitting here with a silly grin on my face. *S* Another great one, Balladeer!!!!
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4 posted 02-16-2000 08:10 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Oh, Balladeer, this is so touching, it just made me smile, well.. and sort of cry too, you know.  What a wonderful poem!!  I can picture it all so clearly.  Your daughter will love it! (I do hope this is a true story??)
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5 posted 02-16-2000 08:15 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Another 'one of your best'..at this rate you'll have a book of 'best'....I love this.. such memories..such humor and such feeling.  
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6 posted 02-16-2000 08:17 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Oh what a feeling
dancing on the ceiling
I can either say I know
For I also have a teeny show (actually two)
But your poem is so well done and N'Style
So I Sympathize with you for a while
I'm clad your listen not to carp
That stuff that they call wrap
I don't have that certain swing
All I know that wrap can cling

I thank you for your wonderful poem
Know that I'm with you all the way


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

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This is so sweet Balladeer  
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8 posted 02-16-2000 08:26 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Sir Balladeer, How did you do it, you've     made feel mighty old. The bands were bad enough, but having a young teenage daughter that was icing on the cake, when mine are all grown up (daughter turned 18 in January)  :{
Excellent poem even though I've aged about 10 years in 1 night...LOL

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LOL @ in the sink! haha...3 kids and I know their music, actually it's not bad at all. Considering some of that stuff out there today. Matter of fact Backstreet Boys are in concert as I write on the tv. Great poem Balladeer.

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There's only two ways you can go...
One way you can save your riches,
And the other will save your soul.
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Marge...a hug from you is ALWAYS welcome.

Wizzard...glad you can relate. Thank you for the kind words. I love your laugh!

Suthern...anything I can do to put a grin on your face is a reward in itself  

Martie...thank you for the thoughts....but no cigar..it's only my imagination at work.

DeVine one...a compliment from you is music to my eyes. Thank you.  

Helmut....LOL@ wrap can cling! Glad you liked. I enjoyed your response.

Hoot...Thank you, my friend.

Dreamer...you and me both! Imagine how much I aged writing this. I almost used Pat Boone!!!   Thank you.

Dovey...I agree. I watched the Backstreet Boys on tv the other night for the first time (thus the inspiration for this poem) and I was impressed. They're good. Glad you enjoyed.
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And you say your not hip...hey daddy'o I think your very kewl.  

Loved it Mike. This was great!
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Thanks for the memories! Great poem!  

Denise
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Tears, Balladeer!
Tears and Cheers!
What a wonderful story you've displayed so beautifully in verse.
Sounds like you know just exactly what to cherrish.
Thanks for the warm fuzzies-
I think I'll go kiss my kids again!
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14 posted 02-16-2000 10:16 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Man your cooler then cool. Bravo Another one for the book I know you will get around to some day.
Gemini
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Balladeer: I was in my late 20's and had taken my neice to see Billy Idol, talk about a cultural shock, having grown up with oldies, my parents polka music and me loving disco, I must admit it was a good reality check.  My own are now 8 and 4 and know someday I will be taking them.  Thanks for the trip down memory lane.  Very beautiful piece.
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Balladeer, not only are you the coolest, but one smart dad, too.  By taking her to that concert not only did you win her over,but you are staying in tune (pun intended) your daughter's life.

Corinne
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Excellent piece Baladeer.  If only more parents could take the opportunity to stop and at least try to understand their kids.
You are the coolest.

Thanks

Chris.
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This reminds me of last month when I attended a MegaDeth concert with my son (he paid for the tickets)  It wasn't the greatest of music but my mom wasn't real wild about Black Sabbath back in the day either. Thanks for the grins and a special memory with my not-so-little, little boy. Man they sure grow up fast!!

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Yet another perfect piece.  You have a wonderful way of caressing my mind
Michael
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You are a master of your art, Balladeer.  A very enjoyable piece.


Michael
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Okay so what's wrong with Pat Boone??? *g*

Loved this, Balladeer! It brought back such memories and mischief ... and just a wee bit of wondering what happened to my youth!   Makes me want to go ahead and get those CSN tickets! Thanks...this is superb!

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Great job Balladeer, I loved it!  Can you imagine bringing your folks to see The Who?

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Well my friend....Welcome to parenthood/teenage style! My kid's car is very loud, fast and sporty too, I can hear him comin' from a mile or two. And it ain't the mufflers, nor the horsepower from his 'stang, it's that damned loud stereo, and it drives me more insane!
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24 posted 02-17-2000 05:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My thanks to you all for the wonderful responses.

No, Fred, my parents were definitely not ready for Pinball Wizard!!  
 
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