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Balladeer
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0 posted 02-20-2000 10:05 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


There are some things I'm good at. Well, at least there's one or two
And I am very pleased to know the things that I can do
But there's one thing I fail in though I try as hard I can....
I cannot hold a conversation with my fellow man.

I do admire those lucky people who can talk for hours
Of nothing in particular but I don't have those powers.
As much as I may want to, it just doesn't work that way.
When it comes time for me to speak I don't know what to say!

For those who need a helping hand I'd like to be a friend
And offer words of wisdom or have sympathy to lend
But, though the thoughts may be inside, my mouth just doesn't work
And so I come off looking like some cold, unfeeling jerk.

I have a friend named Babbling Bob who's just the opposite.
At any party or event he always is a hit.
He always looks attentive and can talk for hours on end
And everybody that he knows considers him a friend.

I asked him, "Bob, how do you do it? Give me some advice.
I'd like for folks to know I care and think of me as nice.
Is there some wisdom you can share? Some form of sorcery
To help me open up at times when people talk to me?"

"I'll tell you what to do,  my friend," he said. "There's nothing to it
And folks will think you're wonderful and love you if you do it.
Although you may consider my advice to be absurd,
All you have to do is just - repeat their last few words!"

Armed with this new ammunition, ready for the fight,
I went to Mavis Feldman's party on that very night.
Within five seconds flat she had me up against the wall,
Just looking for a pair of ears that she could give her all.

"I'll tell you, Mike," she told  me, "sometimes life is just a pain.
The way my husband talks to me can drive me quite insane!
Last night he screamed for two hours straight and it was just because
He didn't like his dinner!!"......here she looked at me and paused...

"He didn't like his dinner?" I replied in mock surprise.
"That's right!", she said, "and I get sick of all his silly lies!
He comes in late and wakes me up by making so much noise,
Smells like Chanel and says that he's been drinking with the boys!"

"With the boys?" (I raised an eyebrow here) She smiled. "AHA! You see!"
(.....and blah, blah, blah and on she went while smiling back at me.....
.....then round the turn and back again..the avalanche went on    .....)
Until, at last, I heard her say, ".....by that time he was gone!"

"He was gone?" I said. "That's right!" said she. "I thought I would explode!"
(.....then blah, blah, blah and off she sped one more time down the road.....)
For two full hours I stood and smiled and, at the very end,
She shook my hand and kissed my cheek for being such a friend.

All evening long, folks sought me out. I really was a hit.
They marveled at my great advice and chuckled at my wit
While I stood, thinking of small things to change in my golf swing,
With ears poised for each word they said and saying that same thing!

The rest, of course, is history. I never am alone.
There's always someone at the door or calling on the phone
And I fulfill a vital need by doing what I can
To be a friendly audience to my good fellow man.
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
bobbycat
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1 posted 02-20-2000 10:09 PM       View Profile for bobbycat   Email bobbycat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bobbycat

aahhhh....so THAT'S the secret! LOL     Great story--I loved it!  

Bobbycat =^..^=


 ~~Blessed Be!~~
poetFemmeFatale
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2 posted 02-20-2000 10:12 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

What a fabulous idea, however, I find it hard to believe you have trouble gabbing my dear sir!     And I am rushing here, as I so desperately want to be the first to reply to your work my honorable 'Deer!  ROFLMAO  I've never been # 1 on your thread!  hehe  Always # 34 or so.....    You have such a way with words, no wonder the ladies flock - of course you know women will gab endlessly as long as you're still breathing and grunting in response....
poetFemmeFatale
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3 posted 02-20-2000 10:14 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Well hell-fire...I ended up being # 2 afterall.  (big sighs)      What's a girl gotta do?  Guess I gabbed too much, 'eh?
CMGrimm
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4 posted 02-20-2000 10:16 PM       View Profile for CMGrimm   Email CMGrimm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CMGrimm

HA HA HA  (over-exclamated belly laugh)

So the secret to the gift is out....

Wonderfully done dear fellow...just wonderful.

Chris

 Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.
Martie
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5 posted 02-20-2000 10:21 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Deer, I know just how you feel.  In fact, I was given similar advise, just ask them about themselves...and you'll have a friend forever.. Loved this poem, of course.  
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6 posted 02-20-2000 11:03 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~

I'd settle for your silence
and gaze into your eyes,
knowing full-well now
your teensy weensy lies.

But when we were done gazing
an amazing thing would occur.
I'd know the person I saw
and it would be you, kind sir.

Great little rendering
that I'm glad to see.
But kind and caring, Balladeer
would you just shut up and kiss me !

~*Marge*~




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7 posted 02-20-2000 11:12 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Sir Balladeer, This is wonderful, I love it, and I'm sure you do a wonderful job listening, actually I know you do.
Balladeer
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8 posted 02-20-2000 11:37 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

bobbycat.....I thank you

Femme....you'll never be number #2 in my book  

CMGrimm..Yep, that's the secret. Thanks for reading!

Martie....Yep. That's good advice, too. Thank you.

Marge.. W O W!! Who could resist lips like that? Not me!!!  

Dreamer..only for the right people. Thanks, my friend.
Severn
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9 posted 02-21-2000 05:31 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

LOL!

Ever those different voices...

K

 'Writing sharpens life;
life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
devina
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10 posted 02-21-2000 05:45 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

The gift of gab can also be related with the gift of BS...which causes quite a stir!!!! You my friend, have never lacked sweet words when I needed them most!!! I say keep your honesty...I'd settle for that over gabbing any ole day kind sir!!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
Corazon
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11 posted 02-21-2000 05:51 PM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

I know you are right in this...most people need to talk more than they need to be listened to, but myself, I prefer to say little and have a friend who knows me well enough to read between the lines...

great writing

[This message has been edited by Corazon (edited 02-21-2000).]
Marilyn
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12 posted 02-21-2000 06:37 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Well now my "Deer", as I recall, you don't have a problem finding the right words. Well done my friend.  
HelmutB
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13 posted 02-21-2000 06:49 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Well I'm no talker neither Balladeer
So if you talk with me, you're on your own I fear
This poem gave me quiet the smile
but yet to read I took a while
"good fellow man" I say
So lets see more about your "gabby" way
Very nice and funny
Needed the LOL today thanks Mike


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

Dr.Moose1
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14 posted 02-21-2000 06:53 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Another of life's mysteries solved , and with
great style .Well done Sir.B.
Doc
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15 posted 02-21-2000 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

Severn....but this is a voice that can carry on a conversation!!  

devina...you wonderful girl! What a nice thing to say. Thank you!

Corazon...reading between the lines is good but can also lead to honest misunderstandings. Thank you for reading.

Marilyn...I try Thanks, cutie.

Helmut...glad I could give you a smile at the right time  

Dr. Moose..Would you say this is a-STUTE of me? Thanks for stopping by.....
Meadowmuse
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16 posted 02-21-2000 10:56 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Wonderfully engaging poem, Balladeer. Though we've not shared conversation, I am quite sure that there would be little need to merely listen and repeat, on either of our parts, though I must say the art of earnest listening can be a most gracious gift. I practice it when ever possible. Enjoyed your poem.  
Corinne
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17 posted 02-21-2000 11:28 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Ahhh, Balladeer, your secret is safe with me!
(taking notes wildly!!!)

I think this is my favorite (so far) of your works, on the surface they appear simple, but beneath this, quite complex with messages for us all to impart!


Corinne          
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18 posted 02-21-2000 11:48 PM       View Profile for One Who Understands   Email One Who Understands   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for One Who Understands

Not only do you write so flowingly, but you do it in such a way, that there is a lesson to be learned with each and every piece.

Admirable work yet again
Rex Allen McCoy
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19 posted 02-22-2000 01:54 AM       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

I'm going to give this advice a try ... thanks for sharing it with us

Rex}<{{{{o>
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20 posted 02-22-2000 09:00 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

A friendly audience to your good fellow man?

......  


Well written, 'Deer - you come up with the greatest ideas!
Seymour Tabin
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21 posted 02-22-2000 09:34 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Well you did it again. You never cease to amaze me. Wonderful poem.
Alle'cram
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22 posted 03-11-2000 01:04 AM       View Profile for Alle'cram   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alle'cram

Hi!
  This really made me laugh! I mean, it made
me belly laugh! Good job.
Alle'
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23 posted 03-11-2000 09:36 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

Seems you always know the right words Balladeer  
 
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