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The On-Off Switch....

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Balladeer
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0 posted 11-04-2000 01:28 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

Where the  hell's that on-off switch?
I know it must be there.
I'm searching like a madman but
Can't find it anywhere.

You know the one I'm speaking of?
The one that's for the heart?
The one that makes one's passion for
Another stop and start?

I'd like to simply put it in
The "off" mode when you're gone
Then, when you come back 'round again,
I can just flip it on!

But, though I feel love for many,
Which we all can do
Passion in my mind cannot be
Shared by more than two.

Even when there is no future
Obvious in view
I can't give myself to others
If desire's for you.

So I am in a quandry here
And I hurt from the pains..
My body will not function while
Desire for you remains.

I know it's gotta be there 'cause
I've seen it used by you
So where the hell's that on-off switch
So I can use it, too?  
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-04-2000 01:51 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Hey deer, I've searched for one of those myself, even went to Homebase...I asked the nice man with a smile and green apron and he made a pass at me...go figure...Loved your poem, but tis sad.
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2 posted 11-04-2000 02:03 PM       View Profile for Sunnyone   Email Sunnyone   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunnyone's Home Page   View IP for Sunnyone

Balladeer.....

I think she left it by the door,
the night she said goodbye...
she turned it off, then said no more,
a tear fell from her eye...

But if you look, I'm sure you'll find
the switch you need, within...
To block the memories from your mind,
And set it right, again...

I think we are all looking for the same magic switch!  Wonderful poem, Mr. 'Deer!!  



Follow your dream!

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3 posted 11-04-2000 02:05 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I'm looking too, m'butterbean...sigh.  Why can't I find it, when "he" always seems to know where it is?  HUGS
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4 posted 11-04-2000 02:09 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful concept Michael! I loved this ... beautifully written, and the flow is superb as always my deer man.  Now I ask you (shuffling feet and looking stupid here) ... do you mean to tell me there actually IS a switch??? And all this time, I just thought my circuits were going squirrely!  

Excellent poem, much enjoyed your theme in this!

Best wishes,
/Kit

[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 11-04-2000).]
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5 posted 11-04-2000 02:25 PM       View Profile for jonmcm   Email jonmcm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit jonmcm's Home Page   View IP for jonmcm

Great poem!

I'm looking for the switch too,
I'll let you know, if I find it before you.

Cheers
Jon
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6 posted 11-04-2000 02:28 PM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

if you find that switch, let me know where it can be found....I'm searching too, but still haven't found it....

Excellent penned.

((hugs))
Charisma
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That on-off switch is right next to that red-green button right...over...there...

Karilea
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I would rather be silent and write, then speak loudly and be bound.
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8 posted 11-04-2000 02:29 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Oh deer .. ya write me heart with this one.
i have coined this phrase many times...
it does seem as if some people have a switch to just be able to shut off emotions...
i always figure it a defense mechanism of some kind..
and while I often think it might be nice to have it when we are really hurting...
when i comes down to it...I think I'd rather
feel it and then purge it thru poetry...
like you have done here with your usual wisdom ...
brought to mind a fav song of mine...
expressing the same sentiments.....
when im feeling this way...it always makes me feel better to hear this song...
hugs of understanding sweets ...
(and spammy kisses too)  
jm

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It's amazing
how you make your face just like a wall
how you take your heart and turn it off
how I turn my head and lose it all

It's unnerving
how just one move puts me by myself
there you go just trusting someone else
now I know I put us both through hell

I'm not saying
there wasn't nothing wrong
I just didn't think you'd ever get tired of me
I'm not saying
we ever had the right to hold on
I just didn't wanna let it get away from me

But if that's how it's gonna leave
straight out from underneath
then we'll see who's sorry now
If that's how it's gonna stand, when
you know you've been depending on
the one you're leaving now
the one you're leaving out

It's aggravating
how you threw me on
and you tore me out
how your good intentions turn to doubt
the way you needed time to sort it out

Tell me is that how it's going to end
when you know you've been depending on
the one you're leaving now
and the one you're leaving out

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9 posted 11-04-2000 02:58 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

This one really charged me up!
Maybe...hers is stuck also!

"When red-haired girls scamper like roses
over the rain-green grass,
and the sun drips honey.""
Laurie Lee

Kathleen


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There it is, uhh no a little to your right, oops, to the left, to the left....no a little higher, oh damn, missed it!  I don't know why they don't just put it right next to the panic button!!!  Great read 'Deer.  Bonnie
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11 posted 11-04-2000 06:43 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~

I'd never presume to know
if you were OFF or ON
But I'd like to be on target
with some button-pushing of my own.


If I get too far away
You know just what to do
Just push yourbutton
and I'll come right back to YOU !

Here's *winking* at ya'
~*Marge*~




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Bal Love this
but I'm gonna be all mushy here and say you don't want that on-off button really, I've found that those who have one are mean so n so's with no heart and soul...keep your's the way it is, I know it's hard but that buttons really not worth it...
Love ya
Tracie~
~HUG~


Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe


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13 posted 11-04-2000 07:13 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Martie...well, at least he showed a good taste in women!! ')

Sunny1...those are beautiful phrases but I'm afraid I'll never find it  

serenity...I can't imagine anyone using it on you...he NUTS??????

Kit....always great to see you...and I guess there must be...no other answers come to mind

Jon....thank you, sir! I think the golden fleece may be easier...

Charisma...ok...you're on the list and it's growing  

Sunshine...come on! I can't believe YOU know where it is!!  

JanetMArie...you are a beautiful lady. Yep, purging is the best....and that song really hits....thank you  

Rose...and I get a charge out of your reply! Yep, could be stuck buttons everywhere...

bonnie....why do I feel like I just scratched your back?   Yep, that's my problem. I keep hitting that darned panic button by mistake!

Marge...you ALWAYS push the right buttons!!!  

tracie....that's the perfect thing to say and your words ring loud and true..very nicely said  

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect; it just means you've decided
to see beyond the imperfections.
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On = Alive
Off = Dead

...so stop looking for the switch!

Denise
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Wow 'deer - you wrote my sentiments...wow

am impressed!!

If you find it - give me one hey?

Hugs my friend...

K



The wind shifts like this:
Like a human without illusions...
This is how the wind shifts:
Like a human, heavy and heavy,
Who does not care.

W.S
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hey deer, Home depot has it aisle 6, next to the dimmers...that's where I got mine.

Tossing words like wishful coins into the deep well of an open heart. R. fox

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I KNEW this would be another one that I unerstood completely. I am searching for the same switch. I just wrote in "feelings" about it. How do you do it. Stop loving and wanting someone, so you can move on?  I hope you find the switch, you deserve to stop the pain. It doesn't make sense to love one that doesn't love us back. But the heart has no rules, and the switch remains lost at Home Depot..
Sandra
PS, I love the way you wrote this, very clever description.
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i'd like to know who you saw use this so-called 'on-off' switch myself...

i guess some switches are turn-ons and some are turn-offs and it's just a matter of figuring out how not to use the latter at all....

but a flat-out on-off switch for feelings?? geez... if one exists, i wouldn't even know how to find it...

what a poem, michael!
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19 posted 11-07-2000 12:57 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Again, God must have really slipped...
For with this switch, I'm not equipped.
Unless I rip out heart and brain
I know no way to stop the pain
But would even a lobotomy
Stop this wishing for what can't be?
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Wonderful. Yuor poetry never stops amazing me. Truely a great write.  
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Balladeer-
High and low, I've searched and searched
to find that on/off button
i've had no luck, so what the heck
why not try pushing this one



Good luck!  
-vicky




"...until you have read the verse on his
heart, you have not truely met the poet."
-vlraynes


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Great write, Balladeer. I know exactly of what you speak.  Another thing, once you finally switch it off, it can come back on whenever it so desires!

Maddening, isn't it?

Corinne
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23 posted 11-07-2000 05:41 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Mike - this is exactly what my life was a year ago - (much better now that I don't let her come around to turn the switch on!) This spoke loudly to me... I guess it's the relation and the exactness of the feeling you presented. Won't say well-done.. instead, just: Thanks.

Chris

Janet - Yeah - cried over that one too.  
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24 posted 11-07-2000 08:26 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Years ago, I found that switch and soldered into the off position. No more worries..I can't fall in love!!!  
 
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