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The Statue in Central Park

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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-02-2000 08:00 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

The statue stood in Central Park
Right in the middle of the square
And all the people passing there
Were held in awe at that great sight,
A symbol of man's strength and might
Was the statue in Central Park.
A full ten feet it stood upright
But, more amazing than its height,
Was power it seemed to posess;
Self-confidence, assuredness, And, people passing hour by hour,
Thought, "What I'd give to have that power!"

Occasionally in the dark
Quick footsteps rang in Central Park
And one could hear a chipping sound
As chunks of granite hit the ground
From strangers who had sought to gain
A piece of strength to ease their pain.

Relentlessly, they whittled down
That new-found source of strength they found
Till dust and pebbles now are all
Remaining of that figure tall.
Humanity has left its mark -
No statue stands in Central Park.

The statue's story is my own.
Instead of rock, I'm flesh and bone
But cousins, uncles, aunts and nieces
All have taken little pieces.
Searching for the strength to be,
They've all been chiseling away at me!

The statue in Central Park and I
Will go together, by and by.
The strength we had to stand alone,
(His of granite, mine of bone)
Defeated, crumpled on the ground
By 'friends' who finally brought us down.

I'll always be right here for you
But know that I have limits, too
And my advice is...please step back
When you see me begin to crack
For, though I seem to stand alone.
I, too, need statues of my own.


[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-02-2000).]
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Denise
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1 posted 07-02-2000 08:48 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Some folks are expert chiselers, aren't they? Seems to be their profession. Great writing, as always!  

Denise
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2 posted 07-02-2000 08:49 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

...but I can't vote for this if you don't select the 'Book Submission' thingie!

Denise

[This message has been edited by dsnyder (edited 07-02-2000).]
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3 posted 07-02-2000 09:06 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

nuff said

All my love,
Jeffrey

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

So there you go!  

Denise
Mike
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5 posted 07-02-2000 10:52 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

add a vote...
doreen peri
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6 posted 07-03-2000 01:02 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Thank you for posting this here! It is one of my very favorites of yours. Honest, hard hitting, metephorically beautiful, and lyrically excellent.

I guess you might realize by now that I think it should be in the book... hehe... i LIKE it! *wink*

Vote's in!
Andrew Scott
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7 posted 07-03-2000 03:15 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer... Thought it was great back in F1 or F2... and it still is one of the best of your many best.  Like I said... you deserve your own book.  Needless to say, you got my vote.  Peace!
Marilyn
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8 posted 07-03-2000 03:46 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Loved this the first time I read it, Even more the second time I read it. This time it hits just as hard as the rest my friend. you always get my vote my dear friend, your work is always hard hitting.
Seymour Tabin
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9 posted 07-03-2000 07:09 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Some fantastic lines in this one. I wish I could vote for every line.
linda munday
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10 posted 07-03-2000 10:08 PM       View Profile for linda munday   Email linda munday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for linda munday

Balladeer, you're a natural.  I love all your poems.  I seem to have writer's block.... got any suggestions? nrn
Bye for now...Linda M.
Rex Allen McCoy
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11 posted 07-03-2000 10:47 PM       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 ... now isn't this the shocking truth
you can be proud of this one
well done

Rex
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12 posted 07-04-2000 09:25 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ah yes... one of my favorites - from my multitude of favorites...
Sunshine
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13 posted 07-04-2000 10:42 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

(~,^)

Sunny

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

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

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14 posted 07-08-2000 08:28 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Hey 'deer you know what this reminds me of? The Happy Prince...(Oscar Wilde)

Wow...this is cool...

K

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15 posted 07-08-2000 09:38 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Chapter one - favorite poems by Balladeer! Let me vote for this one!      
Kit McCallum
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16 posted 07-08-2000 01:53 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful poem Balladeer ... Ban the chisel I say ... I'm worn to a nub myself!  Loved this! (click)  

Best wishes,
/Kit
X Angel
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17 posted 07-08-2000 05:08 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

This was a beautiful piece of writing. It read so well and flowed so easily.
As always 'Deer, I loved it.

~Heather
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18 posted 07-08-2000 05:12 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

this is one solid piece of work!

Kathleen
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19 posted 07-15-2000 03:20 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

My Deer,

This is so awesome, I am totally amazed at the content and how you made it in to a master peice like this beauty, is there a secret botton that lets us vote as much as we want?????

Love, Cerenity


"God doesn't have to be reminded that we exist.
We have to be reminded that He exist!"

(Writer Unknown)
Geoffrey Sonnen
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20 posted 07-15-2000 05:46 PM       View Profile for Geoffrey Sonnen   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Geoffrey Sonnen

Awesome work ! And something not to many people think of. Very thought provoking and powerful. Know the Truth of this myself.

    *vote*     Geoffrey
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21 posted 07-15-2000 08:24 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Mike, I simply love this one.
Sudhir Iyer
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22 posted 07-16-2000 07:42 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Subdued into submission,
by Wondrous Writing,
Humbled into admission,
by Balladeer's Magic
....

*click*

and regards,
sudhir
jamesjiao
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Haha.. chiselers.. yes, indeed, I see many of this kind in my life. Some great lyrics there, Deer!.. derserve a vote

- James
The beauty of nature is displayed,
not through itself,
but through the creatures
dwelling within its bosom.


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24 posted 08-02-2000 03:15 PM       View Profile for Gossamerwings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gossamerwings

Have a beer and take a nap while I vote.  

Gossamerwings
 
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