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Balladeer
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0 posted 02-28-2000 08:40 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


My Grandma was a woman with a brilliant attitude.
No strife in life could come along to dampen Grandma's mood.
Embracing life - arms open wide - she loved her fellow man,
She worshipped God and tried to live according to His plan.

I asked her, "Grandma, how do you maintain such happiness?
I can't imagine how you seem to handle so much stress!"
She smiled at me in such a way that only Grandma could
And said, "Because I know for sure that everyone is good."

"Oh, come now, Grandma", I replied with all the nerve I had.
"It is a well-known fact of life that men are good AND bad."
"Not so", said she. "I do agree some are misunderstood
But, deep inside, I do believe that everybody's good."

"Well, let's suppose," I said, "some hair-brain cuts you off in traffic,
Displays a finger in a way considered pornographic?"
"So what?", she said. "I don't believe he does it to offend.
He wasn't raised with couth and class like you and I have been."

"So someone steals your purse!", I cried. "That's got to make you mad!!!"
"No", she replied. "It only serves to make me feel quite sad
For some young boy not skilled enough to hold a steady job….
In degradation, he is forced to lie, cheat, steal and rob."

It didn't matter what I said. She knew just what to say.
She lived another twenty years by being just that way.
Her smile, a glowing testament to chronic happiness,
Which never left her face until we laid her to her rest.

The years have not been kind to me. I've had my share of strife
And, late last week, I thought of Grandma and her happy life
So I decided I would try it, that is, if I could
To spend one day entirely thinking everyone was good.

I was amazed at my results! How lucky could I get?
A nicer, kinder group of people I had never met!
Courteous and friendly were they all - and pleasant, too…
I had a smile from ear to ear by time the day was through.

Then I decided I would try to do the opposite,
Regard  all men with jaundiced eye, just for the hell of it.
Well, every bum and sniveling jerk and sorry S.O.B
Came out to make it their ambition just to bother me!

So then I knew what Grandma meant. I truly now believe
The attitudes of others are in thoughts that WE perceive.
The world will always be the way we see it in our heart…
And, if I didn't say it Grandma, you were VERY smart!

© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 02-28-2000 08:48 PM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

What a wise Grandma you had Balladeer, and how well we would all do to learn from her words.....A lovely poem, that took me back to my childhood...Thanks for helping me to remember.
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2 posted 02-28-2000 08:50 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

This one is your best no question in my mind. I love it like no other, it's perfect. What a message, just beautiful you had a wise grandmother, and it's rubbed off on you just right.

[This message has been edited by Lost Dreamer (edited 02-28-2000).]
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Aren't Grandma's just the KOOLEST?
I know mine is...
Awesome, Deer.....
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4 posted 02-28-2000 09:07 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 like this a whole bunch-a-lot.
What gems of wisdom you write.
Grandma's are most often like that ...
wise and wonderful.

Thanks for pulling some heartstrings.
~*Marge*~


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You're so right, Balladeer, Grandma did know!

A lovely poem!

Corinne
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6 posted 02-28-2000 10:40 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I agree, your grandma was very smart! Our perceptions are everything! Excellent piece of writing, Balladeer!

Denise
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Attitude is like a mirror, a reflection back of what we put into it!

I have never forgot those words! I have a wise mom!  Thanks Balladeer, these are wise, true words!
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8 posted 02-29-2000 12:17 AM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Balladeer,

You just described my granny to the T, and wonderful thoughts are now with me, one thing my granny could do is cook any thing and every thing.

Wonderful poem, thank you

Cerenity

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Deer, this is so sweet.  I think quite a lot of that lady rubbed of on you.  Beautifully done!
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10 posted 02-29-2000 12:39 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My warm thanks to you all. Yep, Grandmas are wonderful folks for sure. The older I got, the smarter I realized she was. God bless them all. Thank you for reading  
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I wish that there might someday be
a similar story told of me
with respect and sentiment, one might tell
of how Grandmother Claire could, well...
...at least...spell.

(sometimes, anyway)    

Not only a wonderful message and sweetly sentimental, this piece was written with superb skill, Balladeer. I really enjoyed it.

~ Claire
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Balladeer ... a wonderful tribute to your grandma
made me smile and remember mine

Rex
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13 posted 02-29-2000 03:27 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Your Grandma was a very wise woman, Balladeer.  Your words have been missed much of late.  Glad to see you!  Excellent poem, too.


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Grandma does know best ....
Such a Wonderful piece Sir .....
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Very nice poem about your grandmother.  I loved to spend time at my grandmothers.  She had a rocking chair and beautiful china cabinets and a large swing on the front porch, and a super deluxe grape vine in the back yard, and a large spacious basement with old trunks full of exciting things.  She was a very sweet grandma.  And its true the world will be the way we see it in our hearts.   James
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16 posted 02-29-2000 07:51 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

My grandmother was an old battle ax who never missed an opportunity to point out the error of my ways, couldn't cook worth diddly, and left her snuff spit jars lying around like land mines to attack the unsuspecting... And I still miss her every day. *S*

This is wonderful, Balladeer... wise words woven in poetic perfection... and it invites us all to tour our memories... Well done!
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Enjoyed this much, 'Deer, and so very glad she passed on to you, the very best.

 Sunshine
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Yammean? Ya thought I was an okay guy for at least one day?....I'm impressed! Yanno, I had a granny like that too! When my dad went off to war, she wrote him a letter, (I still have it).....she said; "Son, if you'll be nice to those Japanese boys they'll be nice to you)....LOL
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What a wise Grandmother you had  
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20 posted 02-27-2002 03:25 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Michael can you repost this (we have a proud new Gramma around these parts) and some recent ones as well.  So much wisdom in this one, and lessons to be shared.  You're the best!

~* Imagination is more important than knowledge *~

Einstein

 
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