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Balladeer
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At times when my mind wanders and
Imagination strays
I think back to that time that I
Recall as "diner days".

There's something to a diner that
Defines it as unique.
It is not for the faint of heart,
The nervous or the weak.

A diner has a flavor and
A laid-back atmosphere.
There's something in the air that says
"All friends are welcome here".

The eggs are always smokin',
Bacon sizzles on the grill
And coffe don't stop pourin'
'Till the drinker's had his fill.

It's the home of red-eye gravy
And grits and rhubarb pies
Where steaks are always cooked well-done
And all things come with fries.

The waitresses wear bluejeans with
Their hair tied in a bun.
Their average weight's 235
And everybody's "Hon".

There's country on the juke box
And menus on the walls.
The bathrooms all have jokes and numbers
Written in the stalls.

Don't gripe at any waitress
Or you've got no 'diner class'.
Just take a rag and wipe off
Any lipstick on your glass.

Old-timers sit in back booths.
They commit the perfect crime
BY sipping on their coffee all
Night long, just killing time.

The truckers going somewhere
And the broken dreamers, not -
All drink the same black coffee pouring
From the diner pot.

A diner's not a place to eat.
A diner is a town.
A diner is a way of life
That never lets you down.

My life has since moved uptown as
The years passed in a blur.
I frequent now the restaurants
Where waiters call me Sir.

But still my thoughts race back to
Those days when life was fun
And I'd trade the "Sirs" and "Madames" for
A smiling "Hiya, hon!".
© Copyright 2001 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-15-2001 06:18 PM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

Wow Michael, you almost had me feeling like I was sitting there in the diner with you.  

Dee

I wish you every happiness and may you always have the best of the good things in life.     a brand

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2 posted 10-15-2001 06:21 PM       View Profile for sunshinemist   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sunshinemist

Michael, this was a great write!! I loved it!
Wish we still had those wonderful places. Remember Royal Castles too?  ~hugs~
           

smiles ~Marie~
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3 posted 10-15-2001 06:50 PM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

This brought back a few memories.  Pass the ketsup please!

Betty Lou Hebert

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4 posted 10-15-2001 07:00 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~
Oh, gosh ... I grew up hanging out with my dad in a few of these wonderfully nostalgic places.

My favorite was - 'The Spot Diner' - a little hole-in-the-wall that was so warm and cozy, you'd almost swear it was home~

Thank you for the stroll down memory lane, Hon~
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

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5 posted 10-15-2001 07:13 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Balladeer - "Hiya Hon." I'll have another cup of java if you'll sit with me. This is just a charming tribute to the diner. I enjoyed it very much. Chris

Life is not measured by breaths you take, but by moments that take your breath away.

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6 posted 10-15-2001 07:21 PM       View Profile for Startime   Email Startime   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Startime's Home Page   View IP for Startime

*giggling* this is so wonderfully delightful with your very special touch to make it perfect. Hugs to you, sweet Balladeer.

Love I leave with you whether it is in your life now or yet the essense of your dreams.

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7 posted 10-15-2001 07:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Dee..thank you! Sounds like a wonderful idea  

Marie..Sure I do! Who can forget the belly-bombers!?!?! They're a little harder to find now,,,but they still exist  

Trillium...LOL! Coat them fries!!  

Marge..You could be the poster girl for diners...and I say that as a compliment. Down-home, friendly, no-nonsense, get what ya pay for and treat me right or hit the door, buster......diners and you  

Nightshade...count on it! It would be my pleasure, lady  
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8 posted 10-15-2001 07:26 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Oh Michael .... what a wonderful poem!  I simply smiled ALLLLLLL the way through.  

You painted such wonderful visuals throughout this perfectly flowing verse, and had me sitting right in my favorite diner enjoying a good old cheeseburger and fries. I swear, I can still smell them now ... geez, I love your writing ... did I ever tell you that?  

Best wishes and big hugs,
/Kit
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...and thank you, dear Startime. You want ham or bacon with those eggs?  

Kit...you sweet gal! Any diner would be honored to have you sitting there   Those cheeseburgers have the smell of heaven, don't they? Thank you, lady  

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 10-15-2001).]

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10 posted 10-15-2001 08:01 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

i've had a wonderful time in diner once but that's another poem....*smile*.... the real people are in diners and poolhalls.... i've been saying that for years... only you've said it much better than i ever could have

wonderful poem, sweet Poet.  
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Nuthin' could be finer
than bein' inna greasy diner
In the mornin.....

As usual, ya described a great waffle house there ya old fart....hope you're doin well and maintainin' mostly during all this terrorist crap....take care...luv Toe
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*giggling* got any Canadian hickory, smoked bacon?   giggling Hugs sweet man... you are just too wonderful. I have missed your fun loving nature.

Love I leave with you whether it is in your life now or yet the essense of your dreams.

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Even your leftovers never grow mold...

Enjoyed the hash!
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Oh Deer, I just feel like I'm sitting at that diner with ya!!! Actually, I was at a diner/truck stop with my father the other week, and it was exactly like this...even down to the waitress calling me "hon".  But this also brings back my days of the diners in England where you get the greatest of breakfasts....bacon, sausage, egg, baked beans and FRIED BREAD. Now I now most of you would say "who the hell would eat fried bread?" but...don't knock it til you've tried it. It'll probably knock a few years off my life, but who cares. Life is meant to be LIVED!!!!!  

If she who dies with the most toys wins, then can I have some toy boys please?

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Memories of those pies sitting on the counter under glass...mouth watering while
wondering if I could have one.....Pecan Pie
and a spoon of ice cream on top.....Coffee
that never stopped...NEVER...Oh yes,  give
me the Hon, take away the sir.  I liked
this poem very much....thanx.
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'Deer I'd eat anywhere with you
you know how I am
but don't you take me somewhere
where they don't serve me spam

I want it in the morning
with my fresh squeezed juice
I want it for my dinner
it's better than a chocolate mousse

It can be at some diner
quaintly tucked away
or it can be at the finest
all you can eat buffet

I'm game sweet Balladeer
you know that I am
but remember to take me
where they serve up spam  
**
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I loved your poem  
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Oh Deer' I just loved this one!!  Well, I love diners and truck stops and CB radios and the whole bit ya know?  Real greasy spoon dinin'.  Now that there is real chow!  You're full when you leave one of those places...no too many left though. Kinda gone the way of the drive-in restaurants and gals on roller skates..know what I mean?  Oh dear Deer' I have gone ramblin on here...so sorry....excellent write!
Double bubble kisses, Nancy.  
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Doreen...yep, the people are real there. The only thing put on is...the coffee  

Toerag...your appearance would MAKE it greasy! (but your appearance here is always a pleasure   ) Good to see you out of the home, old-timer  

Startime...I'm very fond of Canadian...bacon  

Sunshine..heavenly hash? Glad you think so! Thank you!!  

Tracey...I couldn't agree more! Hey, with some of the things you guys eat over there, fried bread is tame!    

Magnus...pecan pie a la mode! You DO know your diners!   I thank you....

SEA....Don't worry, sweetheart! Where do you think I learned about the beauty of Spam in the first place? I would take you anywhere...

Enchantress...I KNEW you were my kinda gal! I'd love to take ya to one but I've got a date with Nightshade  
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A diner's not a place to eat.
A diner is a town.
A diner is a way of life
That never lets you down.

My life has since moved uptown as
The years passed in a blur.
I frequent now the restaurants
Where waiters call me Sir.


I knew from the title that I'd like this.  I wasn't dissapointed.  One I remember called simply, 'The Diner' had the best hot roast beef sandwiches I will ever eat...and that was when I was fifteen.  Then there was the Ensley Grill that had the most incredible yeast rolls.  I could go on and on...
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20 posted 10-16-2001 09:06 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer - This brings back fond memories - I recall the time Lorelei and I stopped in at a diner.  We ordered coffee, then, upon looking around, my Lorelei said, "And I'll have mine in a CLEAN cup."  When the waitress came with the coffee, she said, "Which one of you wanted the clean cup?"  lol

This poem is a Balladeer poem.  And that's good.
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21 posted 10-16-2001 09:34 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

"Hiya, hon!"...we  still hear that around here in our diners.....nice memories...

~Wynter

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...Pope John Paul II


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22 posted 10-16-2001 09:48 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I was already hungry from the diner menu... and then sweet Toe pops in for a visit! *G* (But there's no diner around and Toe runs too fast... what's a gal to do? *EG*)

Deer One, some poems are harder on the digestion than diners could ever be ('specially some of my stinkers LOL) but yours are a delight for the senses on every read... I loved this before... love it still. *S*

Now... could you dish up some hot biscuits and red eye gravy? *G*
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23 posted 10-16-2001 09:56 AM       View Profile for Tennessee Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tennessee Angel

Ah, Balladeer, this brings back memories.  My dad was a truck driver and I would go on runs with him and we'd hit every small town diner across the country.  That was his idea of "good eatin'".  I love this!  
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This is a wonderful poem. And, I miss those diner days, too.
 
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