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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-25-2000 11:53 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

They enter through the arches in the early morning light.
Young, healthy bodies move along with faces just as bright
As spotlights, pouring out enthusiasm as they make their way.
The workers at McDonald's have begun another day.

Although it is a menial nook, you'll hear no one complain
Or have an incongenial outlook similar to pain.
Their whole lives lie before them and, like many, they've begun
By serving skinny burgers on a sesame seed bun.

Our future doctors fix the fries and nurses pour the shakes.
There is no pharmacist alive who doesn't know it takes
Three seconds for the meat to thaw or how to fill a cup,
Our future lawyers serve it - future bankers ring it up.

They're going to be successes, each and every single one
And, if you ask, my guess is they will say before they're done,
They will all be rich and famous. Isn't that what Life's about?
The world is waiting patiently and they're just starting out.

So there they stand. The innocence of youth is on parade.
No possibility of failure lies in plans well-laid.
Amid the fries and apple pies, with ketchup on their hands
The leaders of our country's newest generation stand.

* * * *


He enters through the arches in the silent dead of night.
His uniform is threadbare and a badge reflects the light
From streetlamps bouncing off the valleys of a time-worn, wrinkled face.
In motion and emotionless, the store guard takes his place.

He checks the doors around the store, makes periodic rounds,
His ears long since accustomed to all strange, nocturnal sounds
Then settles in a back booth near the corner of the wall
And lets his mind roam aimlessly on nothing much at all.

If one could turn the pages back, oh, fifty years or so
To see the lad that this man represented long ago
One could have seen a bright, young boy set out to make his mark
Instead of this aged, huddled figure sitting in the dark.

But something passed along the years he did not understand
And adolescent dreams did not turn out as he had planned.
His hopes to turn the world around were met and neutralized
By resentment and indifference in Humanity's cold eyes.

No audience applauded as they did for picture shows
Depicting heroes conquering unconquerable foes.
No background music played to guide him - not one single song,
No happy endings out of novels ever came along.

His goals turned into gallstones as the years passed endlessly.
Opportunity knocked at times but he had lost the key.
Enthusiasm turned to spasms only seconds long
That left behind a bitter man who wondered what went wrong.

His anger turned to hatred as the years went marching on,
Then hate turned to indifference-then even that was gone.
Now, sitting in the back booth with his head slumped to his chest,
A previous leader of our current generation rests.

They enter through the arches in the early morning light.
He opens up the doors for them, smiles vaguely, says goodnight
Then shuffles down the sidewalk of a lonely, one-way street,
Arrives at home and goes to bed - the cycle is complete.


[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 06-26-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 06-26-2000 12:05 AM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Another fine poem from our finest poet!
*Applause*... wonderful!

I love this...!
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2 posted 06-26-2000 12:14 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Balladeer~ I wonder if you know how amazing you write....the way you tell a story...... FANTASTIC!!!   -SEA

Live,Love,Laugh :) ~SueB


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3 posted 06-26-2000 01:22 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Balladeer,

You do know how to make it hard for someone to have a favorite by you don't you?

So, I guess they are all my favorites

All my love,
Jeffrey

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4 posted 06-26-2000 01:30 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Fantastic Balladeer, you have my vote.  

My grief lies onward and my joy behind
(Shakespeare)
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5 posted 06-26-2000 02:21 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~
What an awesome piece.
You are blessed with the talent
to present a story in it's finest light.
I marvel at your ability.
My hat's off to you sir.
Again, this is awesome !
Love ya'
~*Marge*~



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6 posted 06-26-2000 04:08 AM       View Profile for linda munday   Email linda munday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for linda munday

Round and round,
I sure hope this isn't me your describing.

"Opportunity knocked at times but he had lost the key."

As always, a master weaver of poetic truths, so well described that i voted for it.

Linda M.
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7 posted 06-26-2000 06:30 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Another fantastic poem from you Sir Balladeer...

Simply Brilliant

regards, sudhir

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee,
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

- John Donne
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8 posted 06-26-2000 07:46 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

"His hopes to turn the world around were met and neutralized
By resentment and indifference in Humanity's cold eyes."

So beautifully told Balladeer (though you've
taught me to expect nothing less from you).  

I'm amazed at how you are able to view the
images of life and weave them into such
fanciful tales while still maintaining the
poignant messages you convey. Magnificent (click)  

Best wishes,
/Kit
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9 posted 06-26-2000 08:35 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Balladeer....wonderful job.  Hmmm...you haven't also pulled your time in Burger Hell, have you?  

BTW, in the last line, should 'Arrives at home and goes to be' be 'Arrrives at home and goes to bed'?  Just curious.


Alicat
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10 posted 06-26-2000 10:08 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Mike,
Always loved this one, you got my vote.
Mike
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one more vote.  Nicely written.
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you rule...
poetic king of weave
you rock too  
LOVED this ones WISDOM and heart
jm
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13 posted 06-26-2000 04:02 PM       View Profile for Colin   Email Colin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Colin

What a contrast between the two! What a good poem too  

Eric.

"We are the music makers and we are the makers of dreams." - Willy Wonka.
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smiling and voting  
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Ah, yes. Another great one sir!  
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16 posted 06-26-2000 08:30 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Again, my heartfelt thanks to you all for your replies.


Alicat... I CAN GO TO BE if I want to!!! hehe. Shoulda know nothing escapes the eyes of a 'cat. Thanks, my friend  

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.
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17 posted 06-26-2000 11:11 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

An unforgettable poem. I'll think of this guy every time I see those arches. You have just personalized an impersonal American landmark.
BRAVO
Liz
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18 posted 06-28-2000 02:37 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

And now for the chapter in VotW by Balladeer, only 399 of the 400 pages in this dang book! *wink*
Ya brat quit writing these goodies!
I'm jealous and wonder how many poems of yours I vote for til all my votes just negate the other votes...
?????

~Heather
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19 posted 06-28-2000 02:58 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Voting...  'nuff said?



Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway
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20 posted 06-28-2000 07:08 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Just gonna vote for them all, 'cause they are all so darn good, that's all!
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21 posted 06-28-2000 10:03 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

...another of my fav's... and another one for the Deer...
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22 posted 10-26-2000 07:13 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

This poem has always been one of my favorites. The first time it was posted, I printed it, and I still have that copy somewhere.

Elizabeth


You cling to your ways and leave mine to me.
Suum cuique.
~Elizabeth


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23 posted 11-26-2000 10:46 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Just putting it in my library.

Elizabeth
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24 posted 06-06-2001 06:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

*trying to get this to stay in my library*
 
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