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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-02-2000 07:49 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


All night I had been on the road beneath the moon's soft light
And still the road before me stretched into the Texas night.
The silence of the breaking dawn my only company,
The desert landscape stretching farther than the eye could see.
I drove on through that mystic time when darkness meets the dawn,
When floating shadows dart across the eye and then beyond.
Exhaustion had since passed me by as I drove, glassy-eyed
And barely saw her car as it approached me from the side.

The noise had been quite deafening. I'd been alone so long,
Mind occupied recalling some forgotten old love song,
I'd scarcely noticed her approach until her eyes met mine -
Two travelers on the road of life next to a straight, white line.

She had been traveling, I could tell, a very long time, too.
Her eyes shone with that glassy look, exhaustion showing through.
Another midnight traveler on that road to who knows where,
Mind dwelling on some nice, soft bed just waiting for her there.

It happened in an instant in a way I can't explain
Although, as I recall it now, it does seem quite insane.
Her eyes met mine and mine met hers amid the swirling dust
And I was overcome with uncontrollably strong lust.

I've heard that it can happen and can happen anywhere.
The simple act of touching eyes forms passion in the air.
Could be an elevator or a crowded room or such
Where one is filled with deep desire to feel another's touch.

It has no base in logic. It is purely chemistry,
So strong it wipes the blackboard clean of all reality.
But, for that one brief moment, we'd surrender willingly
To feel the white-hot burning heat of such intensity.

We don't, of course. We're civilized, not animals in heat.
Behind the wall of decency, we beat a fast retreat,
But I've heard decent women say, concerning unknown men,
When faced with this phenomonen…."He could have had me….then."

Well, those are thoughts that came to me as she came into view
And I could tell from how she looked, she felt the same way, too.
The glassy look, the reddened cheeks, the way she grasped the wheel,
Her slightly opened lips showed her intensity was real.

She passed me then. I saw her smile as she went on ahead
But, though she could have left me there, she slowed back down, instead
And settled in an easy pace just yards in front of me -
Two travelers in life down Texas Road 183.

The Texas sun had risen now, the morning crystal clear.
I watched her eyes look back at me from out her rearview mirror.
The passion was still there. It made her blue eyes so beguiling
And, from the creases on the sides, I knew that she was smiling.

How many miles we drove? Who knows? Two hundred - maybe three.
My eyes were staring at the eyes that stared right back at me.
I'd never wanted anyone the way I wanted her!
To hell with any consequences later to occur.

The road went on forever as I sat, quite mesmerized,
When, suddenly, I saw a look of question in her eyes.
I looked to get my bearings just to see how far we went.
The landscape I now recognized explained what her eyes meant.

Right up ahead, a mile or two in front of her and me
I-20 cut from east to west across 183.
The right turn went to Dallas and the left to Abilene.
Some small, sad non-descript motel sat right there in between.

So there it was - the time to choose. Dream or reality?
To act on our desires or to keep the fantasy.
The road was getting closer. There was little time to lose.
My nerves were taut with wondering at how we both would choose.

I wanted her. I felt the passion set my soul aflame
And I knew, deep inside of me, her feelings were the same.
The time was now! The road appeared and sprang into our sight.
Then she swerved in the left-hand lane - and I into the right.

She looked at me and gave a smile…a happy one and yet
I saw her face was saddened by a feeling of regret.
I smiled right back to hide my feelings, well, as best I could,
Expressing my agreement and to show I understood.

The light changed and I saw her start to turn and pull away,
Then put her hand up to her lips and blew a kiss my way.
I caught it in mid-air and smiled and gave the horn a toot,
Then raised my hand to offer her a fare-thee-well salute.

So she turned left and I turned right. We'd never meet again.
I watched her slowly disappear somewhere around the bend.
Things always work out for the best - that's part of Life's design.
I wished her luck with her life and then I drove home to mine.

© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Janet Marie
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1 posted 07-02-2000 08:36 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

I've heard that it can happen and can happen anywhere.
The simple act of touching eyes forms passion in the air.
Could be an elevator or a crowded room or such
Where one is filled with deep desire to feel another's touch.

It has no base in logic. It is purely chemistry,
So strong it wipes the blackboard clean of all reality.
But, for that one brief moment, we'd surrender willingly
To feel the white-hot burning heat of such intensity.
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I now have a new fav of yours...
this is awesome, perfection...
you are the weave god of poetry
*bowing before you*  
later-wise-poet-gator
jm

What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly
~LaoTzeTao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~

Marge Tindal
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2 posted 07-02-2000 08:41 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~
Better not let me catch you on I-4 !
Or I-95 ...
Or The Florida Turnpike ...
Or Green Swamp Road ...  
~*Marge*~



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Denise
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3 posted 07-02-2000 08:43 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This one blew me away when I first read it and it still does! Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Denise
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4 posted 07-02-2000 09:12 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

See Balladeer, there you go again

I am amazed at how easy you make this look!


All my love,
Jeffrey

Di
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5 posted 07-02-2000 10:30 PM       View Profile for Di   Email Di   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Di

Absolutely awsome, is what comes to mind.
Fantastic!
It has my vote!
~Di~

~People shine from the inside out~
Severn
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6 posted 07-03-2000 01:29 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Oh dear oh 'deer....

this, my friend, is amazing...

see how I envy your ability to write both rhyme and FV???

We don't, of course. We're civilized, not animals in heat.
Behind the wall of decency, we beat a fast retreat,
But I've heard decent women say, concerning unknown men,
When faced with this phenomonen…."He could have had me….then."

There's something just so sharp about it...

awesome!

Hugs
K

Isis
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7 posted 07-03-2000 02:00 AM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

I adore this Balladeer!  No longer will travelling alone at night be quite so scary
*wink*  Great stuff hon  

I'll tell you this...... No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.....
~Isis~
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)

CocoBaci
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8 posted 07-03-2000 02:09 AM       View Profile for CocoBaci   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CocoBaci

Very enjoyable read Balladeer

Coco
Brad
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9 posted 07-03-2000 03:20 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

Can't believe I'm voting for a poem in couplets that wasn't comic -- but the heptameter helped.

A very satisfying read.

Brad
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10 posted 07-03-2000 10:25 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

So glad you're digging back into the good stuff for the book...

Sunny

~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

linda munday
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11 posted 07-03-2000 10:29 PM       View Profile for linda munday   Email linda munday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for linda munday

Balladeer, Look over your shoulder my dear man.  I am following you.  Maybe not in a car, but definitely in this forum.  
Couldn't have driven past the little voting box on this one...not a chance.
Linda M.
doreen peri
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12 posted 07-03-2000 10:44 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

too bad you missed it... LOL

great lyrical verse ... enjoyed much!
Dark Angel
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13 posted 07-04-2000 08:58 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Balladeer, how I remember this, I am so glad you submitted this for the book. You've certainly have my vote!  

and this ...

I've heard that it can happen and can happen anywhere.
The simple act of touching eyes forms passion in the air.
Could be an elevator or a crowded room or such
Where one is filled with deep desire to feel another's touch.

hmmm  very true indeed!!


It's been
too many nights
of being with

to now be suddenly
without
"Jewel"
Rex Allen McCoy
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14 posted 07-04-2000 09:17 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

Wow ... you had me in the car with you
now why did you go and do the right thing
you get back there now and change this poem
so that the reader gets to choose
Left ... or ... Right

Rex
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15 posted 07-04-2000 03:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I thank you all for enjoying the drive  

Margw....Green Swamp Road....hmmmmm


Brad....my couplet runneth over with joy  


Thank you all VERY much. I treasure your responses....
Martie
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16 posted 07-04-2000 03:51 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

What a great love story, Balladeer...a story like only you can tell...you get my vote!
Fred Hobbs
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17 posted 07-05-2000 06:36 AM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Balladeer,  You're the best . . .

Great job on this one (as always)

fh
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18 posted 07-05-2000 09:16 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

i love this one...funny how two "cars" can pass in the night almost making a love story, till one turns left and one turns right....great writing  
Nan
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19 posted 07-23-2000 09:12 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

....and they never kept in touch???
Gossamerwings
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20 posted 07-23-2000 01:09 PM       View Profile for Gossamerwings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gossamerwings

This is truly AWESOME!

*I know exactly how this feels,I was in slow traffic and a man was off to the side ,waiting for traffic to pass so he could enter his car. Our eyes locked and it seemed to go on for an eternity.I have never forgotten that feeling*

GREAT read here as always!


Gossamerwings ;)
ethome
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21 posted 07-23-2000 05:05 PM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

It's amazing how that simple biological function can play havoc with the human mind.
I thought this was a great story and I enjoyed it all the way through. Got my vote for sure.
Poet deVine
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22 posted 07-23-2000 07:07 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ah a gem! Thanks for bringing this one up so I could vote for it.    
Kit McCallum
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23 posted 07-24-2000 11:19 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Oh Balladeer, how do you ever place these incredible thoughts to words ... yet each time, you do ... and so beautifully!  

Best wishes,
/Kit
Heather Miller
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24 posted 07-30-2000 12:07 PM       View Profile for Heather Miller   Email Heather Miller   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Heather Miller's Home Page   View IP for Heather Miller

You always seem to get my vote.
I have not found one of your poems that I don't like. You are a WONDERFUL writer.
I have passed so many of your stuff on to my friends and they are just as AWED as myself.
You should have your very own book (when you do I want a copy)
Hugs & kisses,
Heather


Without the experiance of love where would we be?We would have no wonderful memories to cherish.With love it brings hurt with hurt brings bittersweet
 
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