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The Madness Within

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
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0 posted 03-02-2000 04:59 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

There is a kind of madness-
Which flows within my veins..
Sometimes it takes control of me
And makes me act insane.
A rage which flares within me
And makes me want to rend-
The nearest people to meÖ
I fear where it might end.
Iíve tried to delve within my heart
Iíve tried to find the sourceÖ
Of the wild and strange emotions
Which take me with their force.
I do believe they are the same
Which once caused me to roam-
Which drove my soul with wanderlust
And robbed me of a home.
Thereís something in the cold North wind
Which acts just like a goadÖ
And starts my feet to itchingÖ
For a new, uncharted road.
Thereís something in the setting sun
Which makes me long to see-
The sights on which it casts itís rays
Whatever they may be.
Thereís something in the moonlight
Thatís calling out to me-
I long to hear the breakers-
Of a seething, tropic sea.
Iíve crossed the wide Pacific-
Crossed the burning desert sands.
Iíve held the miracle of life
Within my calloused handsÖ
And yet there dwells a force within
More strong than any chain-
Perhaps thatís why so many folk
Believe that Iím insane.

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Danny Holloway
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1 posted 03-02-2000 05:36 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

If that's insanity, then I'm insane also.

   That roaming spirit is in me deep
     and now it must remain asleep,
  for the roaming days are in the past
     I'm a wild horse tamed at last.

Nice piece Gunslinger.  I'd ride in your posse anyday.
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since 09-21-1999
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2 posted 03-02-2000 05:51 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

The road is long and dusty
the view is what I yearn
the moving feet of newness
for this my heart will burn

and if that makes me crazy
then crazy I will be
for wonderlust is in my blood
and there's more for me to see

Enjoyed your poem Gunslinger.
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since 09-05-99
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Bewilderment , USA

3 posted 03-02-2000 06:13 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Well with a name like Doc , you can probably see why I've been avoiding you , but I really liked this one , so just shoot me !
Andrew Scott
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4 posted 03-02-2000 06:14 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

The world is such a big place
with so much to see and to do
it would be wasteful not to move
to never know a sunset new

Crazy one is not to see what lies beyond the horizon.  Nice work here Slinger. My compliments.
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5 posted 03-02-2000 09:15 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger...insanity becomes you. *smile*

Loved this one!

~ Claire
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since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA

6 posted 03-03-2000 06:33 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

Got to second Claire on this one.
Funny, at first I thought you were joining up with the 'stute  
Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

7 posted 03-03-2000 07:42 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Yep - and insanity is such a relative issue, isn't it?... Nice work, GS..
Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
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8 posted 03-03-2000 09:12 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This will go down as one of my favorites
There is so much here, that only calloused hands would know.And it's written so beautifully
Would you mind if I keep in my treasure chest of poetry?
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9 posted 03-03-2000 09:16 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

this is wonderful...loved it  
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10 posted 03-03-2000 12:52 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

My roots run deep and won't allow me to roam, but I yearn to. I guess I am insane also then!! Well done, Gunslinger, as always!!

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