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Balladeer
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They enter through the arches in the early morning light.
Young, healthy bodies move along with faces just as bright
As spotlights, pouring out enthusiasm as they make their way.
The workers at McDonald's have begun another day.

Although it is a menial nook, you'll hear no one complain
Or have an incongenial outlook similar to pain.
Their whole lives lie before them and, like many, they've begun
By serving skinny burgers on a sesame seed bun.

Our future doctors fix the fries and nurses pour the shakes.
There is no pharmacist alive who doesn't know it takes
Three seconds for the meat to thaw or how to fill a cup,
Our future lawyers serve it - future bankers ring it up.

They're going to be successes, each and every single one
And, if you ask, my guess is they will say before they're done,
They will all be rich and famous. Isn't that what Life's about?
The world is waiting patiently and they're just starting out.

So there they stand. The innocence of youth is on parade.
No possibility of failure lies in plans well-laid.
Amid the fries and apple pies, with ketchup on their hands
The leaders of our country's newest generation stand.

...............* * * * * ** * * *...............


He enters through the arches in the silent dead of night.
His uniform is threadbare and a badge reflects the light
From streetlamps bouncing off the valleys of a time-worn, wrinkled face.
In motion and emotionless, the store guard takes his place.

He checks the doors around the store, makes periodic rounds,
His ears long since accustomed to all strange, nocturnal sounds
Then settles in a back booth near the corner of the wall
And lets his mind roam aimlessly on nothing much at all.

If one could turn the pages back, oh, fifty years or so
To see the lad that this man represented long ago
One could have seen a bright, young boy set out to make his mark
Instead of this aged, huddled figure sitting in the dark.

But something passed along the years he did not understand
And adolescent dreams did not turn out as he had planned.
His hopes to turn the world around were met and neutralized
By resentment and indifference in Humanity's cold eyes.

No audience applauded as they did for picture shows
Depicting heroes conquering unconquerable foes.
No background music played to guide him - not one single song,
No happy endings out of novels ever came along.

His goals turned into gallstones as the years passed endlessly.
Opportunity knocked at times but he had lost the key.
Enthusiasm turned to spasms only seconds long
That left behind a bitter man who wondered what went wrong.

His anger turned to hatred as the years went marching on,
Then hate turned to indifference-then even that was gone.
Now, sitting in the back booth with his head slumped to his chest,
A previous leader of our current generation rests.

...............* * * * * * * * * *...............

They enter through the arches in the early morning light.
He opens up the doors for them, smiles vaguely, says goodnight
Then shuffles down the sidewalk of a lonely, one-way street,
Arrives at home and goes to bed - the cycle is complete.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (02-17-2003 10:14 PM).]

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Nan
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1 posted 02-17-2003 10:01 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I'd vote for this if you'd checked the submission box, Deer... ...

Because it's pretty darned good...
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2 posted 02-17-2003 10:03 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

smiling at Nan---I was kinda wondering too.

This guy has a kinda knack for meter, huh?

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Of course I could "assume" he wants it submitted and fix it... but that'd just get me in deep trouble... and I've got enough of that trying to figure out how to shovel myself out tomorrow...
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4 posted 02-17-2003 10:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

oops! All fixed....thank you, ladies
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All righty then... Voting here - This is one of my favorites, Deer...
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Thank you...
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Oh yes....
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Love this, 'Deer...glad you fixed it for voting purposes.

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

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'bout time you showed up. I was getting worried and was going to post one of yours for you!

You always have my vote.
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Beautiful poem.. Thanks for sharing!

Anyone can write, But only poets can capture the heart.

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funny, I did my time working at Mickey Dee's, I had my regular early morning customers, older folks, that I adored. There was one gentleman, that would always be so kind, and when he got back from one of his famous trips to Reno, he'd come give me a silver dollar, and tell me not to tell the other girls, then he'd make his way to the next girl, and do the same thing. My mom still has those silver dollars in a safe deposit box....I'll never forget him

LOL all this just to tell you, this poem touched me, but in a different way...
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(big hugggssssssss) Oh my gosh, if only I could imagine this kind of condition, dearest friend, I haven't gotten a job yet other than doing volunteer and community service, I suppose I need to immerse myself out more in society and behold what many others like me are doing and what they hope to accomplish! (sigh) This is excellent, sweet friend, a strong message for our youth and I hope to see this in the next book, yay, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Balladeer, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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Michael,
Glad to know that I get to vote for this. Excellent as usual! My vote is in.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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Well, Mr. Balladeer....where ya been???
You know you got my vote...   

Ethel  
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So glad you submitted this for the book Deer...it's one of my favourites from you.

Voting!

Maree
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A wonderful submission for the book, Michael.

Best wishes and hugs,
/Kit
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Narrationally exceptional. I like the way the individual in this poem is characterised.

It's amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, & incumbency.
--G. "DUBYA" BUSH. June 14, 2001. Unaware of rolling TV camera.

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reading you is always a treat

Charisma
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Shall I say that I missed classic poetry from the master Balladeer?

Dear Sir, I am always left in awe with your words.. this one is even more special, if it can be said...

Regards,
Sudhir
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I am curtsying, bowing and genuflecting before you in all humility, my Dear Master Storyteller/Poet!!!

Warm HUGS!
Linda
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The answer is YES, what would any book be without a submission for Balladeer?
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22 posted 02-18-2003 05:25 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Love this one Balladeer.
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This, Balladeer, is just wonderful.  Indeed, it is the current theme that our lives revolve entirely around our career goals... the first thing you're asked when you meet someone new is what you do for a living, and somehow that defines people and their accomplishments - how much money they make, what their contribution is to society.

There are ways to contribute to the world that aren't career-based.  Whatever career I end up with, it's not going to be my contribution to the world... it's going to be how I make money, that's all.  It's tragic that we must set our goals so specifically, and feel as though we've failed when they don't turn out quite like we planned.

So touching that you capture the tragedy of a life unappreciated.  Indeed, he recieves no audience to applaud... but your tribute is more than applause.  This is the kind of poem that makes your username so accurate.

Excellent work, my friend.  This earns my vote.

Parasite

"Faith" means the will to avoid knowing what is true.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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in it goes!

btw have you already published "a hole in my chest" (in think its called - i mean the one about the young soldier who dies in the speaker's arms)? if not you really ought to submitt it for this collection.

-majnu
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