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Balladeer
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0 posted 04-24-2000 03:42 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


'Twas such a gorgeous morning and the sun was shining bright
The kind of morn that makes the world and everything just right
The kind of day that makes a man feel glad to be alive
And so I thought it would be nice to take a little drive.

I was walking to my Studebaker parked just down the street
When a voice screamed, "THERE ARE HOMELESS WHO DON'T HAVE A THING TO EAT!"
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO RID THE WORLD OF THIS CRUEL POVERTY?!"
I turned and saw a bony finger pointing straight at me!

"Well, sir", I stammered, "here's a dollar if this helps you out....."
"THERE ARE MILLIONS", he yelled, "FAMILIES WHO HAVE TO LIVE WITHOUT!
THEY LIVE IN CARDBOARD SHANTYS, FLOORS OF DIRT, NO CLOTHES TO WEAR...
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO EASE THE PAIN THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO BEAR!?!?!"

"Uh, well, I donate to charities and projects for the poor...."
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE..", he went right on, much louder than before,
"...TO SAVE OUR FRAIL ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECT OUR HARDWOOD TREES
FROM THOSE CRUEL VILLAINS WHO KNOCK MOTHER NATURE TO HER KNEES?!?!"

"er, I always recycle. See, I've got this separate bin....
I separate the plastics and I always put them in....."
"AND WHAT ABOUT THE WHALES BEING SLAUGHTERED ENDLESSLY???
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SAVE THEM FROM THIS SENSELESS TRAGEDY????"

"I...I really feel bad for them..", I said in whimpering tone
With fervent hopes that this old guy would just leave me alone.
I hadn't done a thing to save the whales or the land
And now, because of me, these things were really out of hand!

Yet, still the old guy screamed, "WHAT ABOUT THE OZONE LAYER?!
IF WE DON'T CLEAN THE AIR UP QUICK THIS WORLD AIN"T GOT A PRAYER!!"
Oh no!, I thought. I'd used hair spray...a can of aerosol!
Who knows what things I might have done to make that layer fall!

"SAVE THE SEALS!!" he proclaimed. "GIVE MORE JOBS TO TEENS!
WE MUST PROTECT THE SPOTTED OWL! THE RIVERS MUST BE CLEANED!!
THE JUNGLES DEEP IN AFRICA ARE RUNNING OUT OF GAME
AND, IF THIS NONSENSE DOESN'T STOP, I'M HOLDING YOU TO BLAME!!!"

The drive forgotten, to my house with fevered haste I sped
Turned out the lights, took off my clothes and quickly jumped in bed.
Thanks to that old-timer's ramblings I could clearly see
The world was going straight to hell....and all because of me!
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 04-24-2000 04:01 PM       View Profile for Daysleeper   Email Daysleeper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Daysleeper


Balladeer-

Wow, certianly more then appropo for Earth Day... The slightly humorous note at the end is a pleasant off-set, but the rest of the poem really makes you think. We're all responsible. This is OUR world... not anyone elses, and we're the one's tearing it appart. Thanks for the think. I needed it.

...Daysleeper...


 "Presently I've had enough of all your sanity." -James Kavanaugh
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2 posted 04-24-2000 04:01 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Truly balladeer, you should not take such shame.
I don't think any "one" should shoulder all the blame.
And from the depths of my heart, you should know it's true.
I'd think the world a better place, with more people like you.

I still love ya, man.

Michael

[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 04-24-2000).]
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3 posted 04-24-2000 04:04 PM       View Profile for sweetchild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sweetchild

Enjoyed it.
Makes you think, huh?
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4 posted 04-24-2000 04:10 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I couldn't have expressed it any better. Sometimes we feel like the we have the weight of the world on our shoulders trying to solve the world's problems. I think the best any of us can do is pray to be led to where God wants to use us. He definitely doesn't want us beat down and feeling guilty because we can't do it all. I love the clarity that you have brought to this subject. Thank you so much.
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5 posted 04-24-2000 04:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Daysleeper..you're welcome and I thank you.

Michael...your comment is a gracious as your poetry...love ya, too, big guy  

sweetchild..thank you for enjoying it

Denise...Your thoughts are always music to my mind. Thank you for your approval...
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6 posted 04-24-2000 04:34 PM       View Profile for kristi   Email kristi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kristi

Absolutely wonderful!
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7 posted 04-24-2000 04:43 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

WOW!!! now that's a powerful statement. really makes you think.

Jeffrey
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8 posted 04-24-2000 04:52 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Good job, 'Deer - now, for a wonderful night's sleep...while the rest of us sit and ponder, and perhaps some of us to weep.
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9 posted 04-24-2000 04:59 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Loved reading this..James
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10 posted 04-24-2000 05:04 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

A wonderful poem... but we are all to blame!

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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11 posted 04-24-2000 05:30 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig


Thereís one more thing that guy didnít mention, youíre responsible for re-arranging my top ten favorite poem list! Every time you post a new one it slides right in there at number one!

There is a downside to this though, as each one of yours hits the top all the others you have written have to drop a place.  


 Yes, I admit your general rule. That every poet is a fool:
But I myself may serve to show it. That every fool is not a poet.


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12 posted 04-24-2000 07:07 PM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

WOW!!!!WOW!!!!WOW!!!! OOOH-LALA~~~~

Loved it Balladeer, Evrything I feel, you expressed it well, must have read my mind!!!
Big hug from me!!!! I am going to frame this one!!!!

I am right there with you on this one I agree completely!!!Great expression of feelings and great poem....  






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13 posted 04-24-2000 07:18 PM       View Profile for Effigy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Effigy

Totaly loved it.  It's true the health of the world rest in all of our hands.
But I usually end up back in bed also.

 understanding is misunderstood

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14 posted 04-24-2000 07:52 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
So now you know why I seldom leave the house.
Now when people ask me why I stay at home, I'll just hand them a copy of your poem. Sy
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You've done a wonderful job here, Deer... You've taken a very somber subject, you've made a poignant point, and you've done it all with a twist on the "light" side.  That's talent, my friend..
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16 posted 04-24-2000 11:29 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

*crawling back to bed myself*  

Real stop and thinker Balladeer. But you always leave us with a lesson...
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Balladeer, I knew there was somebody I could blame for all this mess. How'd he know it was you.... were you wearing your fur coat again, or your duck-billed-platapus shoes, maybe those snow tiger pj's.... lol

Good points here. the main point I got is that there are so many causes, so many problems, and everybody wants you to fix them all. Which is totally impossible! Also which is more important than the others, who makes that call. If you put everything into this your ignoring that... you obviously don't care about that or this or that over there.........
You can't win, and not everybodies going to be happy with which is chosen.
Too many of us hide under covers, its too overwhelming.
Were not getting any direction from the government, and all the agencies think their more important then the others......
The truth is they are all important equally, just like "The Butterfly Effect... thanks Corinne" tells us. If we ignor any of them we lose anyway.

Thanks for posting this, humor always welcomed to make a great point.....

Parker  
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Wonderful piece, Michael .....
I agree, totally ....
Back under the covers , for dreams of Utopia .....  
Hugs
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19 posted 04-25-2000 10:45 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Great poem, deer...you are amazing!
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20 posted 04-25-2000 10:57 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

You know, the real shame lies in the fact that so much of our precious world needs "fixing" and "protecting" from our own hands.

Now, about that hairspray...ick!

(good writing, Balladeer...thanks for this)

~ Claire

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Global warming is all your fault. I KNEW it!!

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