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The Balladeer (a repost)

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Poet deVine
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He strolled into our small town that day
a hat shading his face from the sun
little did I guess, as a child of ten,
through him, my life had just begun.

He was a stranger, dusty from travel
his boots were little more than soles
he carried a bulging pack on his shoulder
wore a gray shirt and jeans with holes

He came to our little run down motel
and rented a room for a week
I passed him on the way to school
he nodded, but didnít speak.

I saw him sitting under the walnut tree
next to Jim, the mechanicís, shop
I stared at him as he wrote on a pad
he looked up but didnít stop

My mom asked him to supper one night
he wore clean clothes, was freshly shaved
I watched his every movement
wanting to see how he behaved.

He said he spends his life on the road
no job, no home, no family
working at odd jobs just to exist
living his life totally free.

Later, I watched him as I did homework,
an essay for English class,
The stranger glanced at me once or twice
over the rim of his drinking glass.

He asked if he could read my work
and I handed it to him with dread
and when he finished, he smiled at me;
told me he liked what he had read.

He said he was a traveling poet
roaming the country trying to find
inspiration for his soul and
stimulation for his mind.

I asked to hear some of his work
though I thought all poetry was dull
but when he spoke I was lifted up
as I listened to his chronicle.

He recited to me, almost til dawn
words creating a world that was real
his intricate rhyming took me away
my heart opened up, my head began to reel.

Soldiers and knights, maidens fair and foul
were paraded before me that night
his voice soothed my childish heart
his stories set my restless soul alight.

Each night he stayed, we sat together
he regaled me with poems of every kind
fascinated, I sat transfixed
at the words that came from his mind.

One day I awoke to find he had gone
a farewell note stuck under my door
like any performer, the drifter knew
to leave his audience wanting more.

He told me to always remember him
to find joy in the written word
to be happy, and kind and always
remember the stories that I heard.

Since then I have a love for words
for poetry with and without rhyme
I hear them in the drifterís voice
remembered in that far off time.

To this day, I treasure the gift of poetry
as I write, Iíll always hold it dear
and I often reread that wonderful note
signed, poetically, the Balladeer.


**Yes, inspired by our own Balladeer!

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Martie
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1 posted 05-28-2000 11:20 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wow!  What a wonderful tale...you have made the story so real and wonderful.  Great, vivid writing and a joy to read!
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Wonderful tribute PoetDeVine! As I finished reading your poem, it brought back memories of "my Baladeer", who was my Grandfather ... such an incredible soul, whose love for the written word remains my inspiration always. Thank you for reminding me of this so vividly in such a lovely poem.

Best wishes,
/Kit
Denise
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3 posted 05-28-2000 11:32 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is great, Sharon! I enjoyed this!  

Denise
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4 posted 05-28-2000 11:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I remember when you first posted this, deVine one. It's a wonderful story, well told. I would love to be a traveler like that, spreading poetry and stories as in the days of the wandering minstrels.

Love the poem!
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I asked to hear some of his work
though I thought all poetry was dull
but when he spoke I was lifted up
as I listened to his chronicle.

He recited to me, almost til dawn
words creating a world that was real
his intricate rhyming took me away
my heart opened up, my head began to reel.

Soldiers and knights, maidens fair and foul
were paraded before me that night
his voice soothed my childish heart
his stories set my restless soul alight
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Since then I have a love for words
for poetry with and without rhyme
I hear them in the drifterís voice
remembered in that far off time.

To this day, I treasure the gift of poetry
as I write, Iíll always hold it dear
and I often reread that wonderful note
signed, poetically, the Balladeer.
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Sharon, I ADORE this poem...and the emotions of it
wonderful story telling.excellent writing!!
we will always remember and treasure the person who helped us discover the love of
the written word and the ones who helped inspire us and discover the poet living in our hearts.
tkae care, jm




 Some things cannot be explained by verses that rhyme,
They are not measured by the commitment of time.
Some emotions run too deep to be described by words,
Forgiveness and understanding-remain the most beautiful words ever heard.
~Janet Marie~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~


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6 posted 05-29-2000 10:36 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Thank you all for your kind words. Actually, this was written because I love Balladeer's name! I always picture him writing and reciting his poetry to other people. His poetry has often inspired me to write so I wanted to 'honor' him in some way. So, Balladeer, this one's for you!  
RainbowGirl
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7 posted 05-30-2000 05:10 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Wonderful story Sharon and you tell them so very well..

HUSG
Ethan Halo
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8 posted 05-30-2000 05:33 PM       View Profile for Ethan Halo   Email Ethan Halo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ethan Halo's Home Page   View IP for Ethan Halo

deVine-
this was fantastic. and all inspired by a name? you have a true gift. it's hard for me to sit and make up a poem if i don't feel it. but you are wonderfully talented.

i'm green with envy. and i dig it.

 We all got somethin' we need to atone for.
LngJhnAg
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9 posted 05-30-2000 09:56 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Dear Ms deVine - this was a wonderful story - and it is easy to see that it is true - your have gotta be AT LEAST 20 years younger than that no-account drifter - lol.
 
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