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The Hallways of My Mind

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Balladeer
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At times this fast-paced world can be
A burden hard to bear.
The daily grind brings out in me
A feeling of despair.
When days like those come to my door
And I can feel the grind
I visit worlds I knew before
Down hallways of my mind.

I plop down in my comfy chair
Lean back and raise my feet.
A comfy pillow waits me there
To make the scene complete.
I close my eyes and settle back
To let my nerves unwind
As mind goes on a one-way track
Through hallways of my mind.

I visit places I had known
From old days way back when,
Recall the seeds that I had sown
And sow them once again.
I think of turns that my life took
By God and Fate designed
View my life as an open book
That dwells within my mind.

Old feelings come alive once more
As my mind takes a look
Of all the choices I explored
And pathways that I took.
The now is gone - the past returns
My thoughts race unconfined
To younger days where passion burns
Still brightly in my mind.

Then, when my mind is void of stress
As thoughts come to an end,
I slip off into nothingness
Where quiet is my friend.
When I awake, I start anew,
With attitude refined.
Thank God for precious times I spend
In hallways of my mind.

© Copyright 2005 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
SmartChick
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1 posted 04-05-2005 10:36 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

Hey there Balladeer! How are you? I really like this. But then, I love to read all of your poetry. I spend alot of time, In The Hallways of My Mind. Never thought of it as being the hallways of my mind.
JamesMichael
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2 posted 04-05-2005 10:55 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed these thoughts...James
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what a concept

good write...nice to see you writing again
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Excellent write sir. This is ONE of the benefits of being 'older', there are more hallways to explore and as long as we don't get lost, we'll be ok. (And a nap can do wonders!)
Kit McCallum
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I loved the peaceful flow and feel of this poem Michael. It suits the subject matter beautifully, like a soft and gentle winding road back in time.

I know and appreciate meandering along these hallways as well. One of these journeys take me back to a wonderful time in Cape Cod with some pretty special friends.

This is a lovely write, my 'Deer, much enjoyed.

Best wishes and hugs,
/Kit
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Me too - Me too... Don't be getting lost down any of those side corridors now... I know there's some pretty good stuff in there.  I liked this one lots, Deer...
Seymour Tabin
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Balladeer
One of my main delights. Used my chair so often it's getting a little lumpy. Excellent
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Beautiful Halls, Sir...
I noted various shades of color
in each one...

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I enjoy strolling these hallways too. Always a pleasure to read your words sir Balladeer. hugs, Chris

"The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze."
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

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I see so many people sitting in hallways... anxious... ruled by nerves... waiting... not knowing.

This is so different from the thoughts that sprang to my mind... a peace in remembered knowing we all could use. *S* Beautiful work!!
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yes, absolute

this was precious, as is the place you so aptly describe
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12 posted 04-06-2005 12:14 PM       View Profile for Gunslinger   Email Gunslinger   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gunslinger

Excellent, Michael! I am glad to see that the Master hasn't lost his touch.
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~ and I am always thankful that I get to visit the hallways of your mind by reading what spills out of it and onto these pages of blue!

Good to read you again! I felt ~ and understood ~ the feelings behind the words.

Here's a comfy hug and a nice comfy chair for you! Big Hug

Chair

Linda

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"At times this fast-paced world can be
A burden hard to bear."

So true...

Wonderful writing.

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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And just where have you been hiding??
'Bout time you came in here and gave us one of your fascinating writes.
Much enjoyed!
~Hugs, Nancy~

For it was not into my ear you whispered
But into my heart
It was not my lips you kissed
But my soul

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16 posted 04-06-2005 11:52 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Smart Chick...thank you! Your words are always so kind..

Thank you, James..

My thanks, Dixie...nice to be here.

Poet deVine...tell me about it. I have to use a ball of string to find my way back!!

Kit...that particular hallway is lined with gold. Thank you, sweet lady..

Nna..I'll call you when I have the garage sale...you'll see how much junk I have accumulated!!

Sy...you sure it's the chair getting lumpy????

Sunshine...yes, that's true...think i like the green room best!

Nightshade..invite me next time! We can hallway together!

Suthern gal...there should be no anxiousness in hallways, only in the paths yet to travel...thank you, lady.

Thank you, LeeJ...it can really be a nice place..

Nice to see you again, gunslinger...always a pleasure, pardner.

Earth Angel...thanks for the hug - and the understanding

Susan...but bear them we must, right? Thank God for the little breaks along the way..

Enchantress...what can I say? I went down the wrong hallway and got lost!! Good to read your smiling face
Titia Geertman
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I too walk hallways in my mind
To rest in rooms of memories
I know the path where I can find
Most precious views of fantasies

I close my eyes and in the dark
I see the films of past life flow
On special ones I put a mark
Because they've touched my heart you know

Would I not be just me today
If I'd turned right where left I went
The choices that I've made my way
Bring memories of times well spent

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you Deer for your beautiful thoughts.
And may the hallways of your mind stay accessible for a long time my friend.

Titia


Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

[This message has been edited by Titia Geertman (04-07-2005 07:11 PM).]

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Beautiful...as always.
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My GOODNESS, Deer....this was AWESOME!   This was a great journey... ...thanks for sharing!!

Hugs... ...Becka
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Thank you, Deb Lynne...always good to see you.

Becka...thanks for taking the journey with me.

Titia, my dutchie, what a beautiful post script for my poem....wonderful! Thank God one of my hallways leads to you
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Yep, thank God for the hallways of your mind!
Gorgeous writing; so easy to sink into the setting!  You one mighty fine penman!

          ~Sadie
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Michael...Enjoyed the trip you carried us on thru the hallways of your mind.
I noticed one of those hallways locked, is that where you keep Toe and those other scoundrels? Only Joking. Thanks for a wonderful poem...Paul

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul

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Thank you kindly, Sadie..

Paul, when I write about the cellars of my mind, we'll run into Toerag!
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so smoooooooooooooooth...

sighing

I always have to read your work several times...the first if for the pure pleasure of it, and then of course, I have to STUDY you yanno (still) and then I go back for another read of a combo "mmmmmmmmm & how does he do that" and then I remember what you taught me and read it again just to smile at the artistry. Deceptively simple, and folks, this ain't easy to do.

*shaking my head* Perfect meter always, the focus is tight but not constrained, with just enough play for a sigh.

I can only think of one other here at Pip that can do this, and that would be Kit.



and?

Just because I can.

 
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