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Balladeer
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0 posted 12-15-2005 06:55 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

Upon the stairway of despair,
Complete with broken love affairs
And promises that never came,
But faded with a touch of shame,
A pretty girl with golden hair
And innocence so sadly rare,
Strove to keep her head above
A way of life devoid of love.

Feeling pinned against Life's wall,
She chanced upon a robot tall
And said, "Please come and share with me
Whatever Fate has deemed to be.
I'm through with love, done with chances
Spirit crushed by past romances,
Just be a friend in word and deed.
That's all that I shall ever need."

"There's not too much from me to learn,"
Remarked the robot, in return.
"Emotions do not form a part
of my cold, solid-steel heart.
Whatever maker fashioned me
Did not permit my circuitry
Responsiveness to love or pain -
You're thoughts for me would be in vain."

"No matter", spoke the maid. "No more
Do I wish passion to explore.
Be someone I can come home to
When my exhausting day is through.
Count yourself a well-worn shoe -
A friend that I can slip into ......
Protection from a stone cold floor…
For this I ask and nothing more."

Agreement made, he took her hand
And lived the life that she had planned,
Always willing, not demanding,
Aiding her with understanding
He made her smile with humorous wit
(As his restrictions would permit)
And, bit by bit, she came to feel
That he was more than iron and steel.

"I love you, robot", she at last
Replied when several months had passed.
"You're strength and quiet dignity
Have brought a wondrous change in me.
No more do I feel all alone,
And pray you must be flesh and bone.
Deep-set emotions you MUST feel
Within that outer coat of steel!"

"If I were able, I would say
I'm sorry I was made this way
But my design and programmation
Does not provide for that creation
0f feelings normal men may feel
That were not born of iron and steel.
I told you all this once before.
You have no right expecting more."

"Go, then!" cried she. "I will not live
Beside a fiend who cannot give!
Though I be battered by misuse,
Misguided trust and strong abuse,
At least the men I chose were real
And had the power to love and feel.
Of all the lovers I recall,
You are the cruelest one of all!"

The robot, indestructible,
Continues freely and at will.
Emotionless, apparently,
But, bearing closer scrutiny,
One can see a small tear streak
Down that cold, metallic cheek
As I reflect upon my life ....
That lovely lady was my wife.

The robot, of course, was me.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (09-16-2007 10:20 PM).]

© Copyright 2005 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Martie
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1 posted 12-15-2005 07:09 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Awwwww....you broke my heart with this one.  
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2 posted 12-15-2005 07:20 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Yup, I like the technique a lot. Well done as usual. Thank you sir. I do enjoy that voice.

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

Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 12-15-2005 07:28 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer
This was great, I wish you the recognition you deserve.
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With every poem of yours that I have had the pleasure of reading, I had secretly wished to one day hear your voice, Deer Raconteur....It is as I had imagined it would be.

A wonderful write!!!


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5 posted 12-15-2005 10:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Martie...I hope it's under warranty! Thank you for letting it reach you.

Larry...glad you like it! How about giving it a shot???

Sy...thanks but incognito works for me!

Earth Angel...that's me - fulfiller of secret wishes. I'm glad you weren't disappointed
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6 posted 12-15-2005 11:25 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

"reposted with audio" :-P

shaking my head

when I get my altecs back...why...well

we'll see.

And this is so artful, lovie.

Makes me wanna break out that buffer bit on my drill though.

(for the TEAR of course )



Marge Tindal
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7 posted 12-15-2005 11:37 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~
This is wonderful ... just hearing your voice read again propels me right back to
the 'Villa' in New Poet Richey !!
There you did 'Small Pain In My Chest' to
an enraptured audience of poet friends~
Quite honestly, it's a moment I've not forgotten~

I've gotta make sure to send this link to MarshaLove and NanOfThePilgrimVariety, and to Maureen and to Titia and to Kethry !!!

Let's do a conga line around the swimming pool !!

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~



~*No matter what I search for ...
let me know when it is LOVE that I find*~ <))><

Email -         noles1@totcon.com         
Titia Geertman
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This brings me back indeed to that memorable night at the pool in New Poet Richey. Fascinating it was to hear you recite your poems by heart Michael and hearing your beautiful deep voice again now, makes me realize how much I miss you and all the others.

Thanks for giving me that memory pal, it will last forever and ever, deep in my heart.
Wish I could knuffel you once more.

Titia



Like scattered leaves...my words will flow
Susan Caldwell
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well done!! Loved it all, each and every word!

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

LeeJ
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10 posted 12-16-2005 07:54 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

I cannot say that I've read a poem that gave me chills like this one did...
marvelous write, and your voice, made this wonder even more real, more eternal...



thank you,
thank you so for writing this
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11 posted 12-16-2005 01:22 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

A tear streaks here, too... and I love this even more than I did when I first read it. *S*
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12 posted 12-16-2005 01:29 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

OMG Michael...

Dear Deer....
this is outstanding and what a beautiful treat to hear your voice.

I do believe sir, that Christmas just arrived at my house, and you've no idea how much that means to me...

but trust me it does.
What a beautiful gift you give us.  

Hugs.
Munda
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13 posted 12-16-2005 01:36 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

This is absolutely perfect Balladeer. What a delight it must be for all those that cannot read, for whatever reason, to hear your poetry.
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enjoyed...very much...a treat to hear it in your voice
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I didn't think this poem could get any better, that is until I heard your voice reading it.  Encore!!!!!
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16 posted 12-16-2005 04:23 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I came back to enjoy this beauty, and then the replies got to me as well.



I WANT MY SOUND BACK!!!

sigh

You really are the "master".

That's why you get the applause.

Balladeer
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17 posted 12-16-2005 09:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Serenity...I'm gonna keep posting 'em just to make you get with it!

Marge...I remember the conga line..I was afraid Titia was gonna fall into the pool! It's a good memory...

Titia...good grief! Burn those pics!!! Yes, it will last forever and keep a knuffel or two on hand....just in case

Susan...thank you! Glad you liked it..

LeeJ...thank you so much for getting so much out of it...I appreciate you.

suthern gal...your words always mean a lot...thank you :*

Gentle Spirit..well, I certainly glad that my "presence" turned into one at your house. Thank you for such a wonderful comment!

Munda...thank you! (I tried to slow it down)..working on Treblinka

luminosity..thank you for enjoying it!

inot2B...well, we never hear our voices they way others do so we don't really know how it comes across....but, if you say it's good, that's enough for me

serenity...got that sound fixed yet?
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Now?  Now I think I'm most proud
of your giving your voice
back to Titia....

and the poem?

Is as good as it can get!

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19 posted 12-17-2005 07:02 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

So nice to hear you again, Michael...

(parts of this remind me of my life)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas...


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A very creative presentation.  I enjoyed the moral of this story Ballad'eer.  Well done!!

believe in what your heart feels...

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21 posted 02-19-2009 01:15 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Amazing I didn't see this before - I was on the main site this morning reading and found this gem.  Man this one speaks to me Michael.  Great poem.

Carpe' Diem,
Mysteria

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22 posted 02-19-2009 08:11 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

thank you, Sharon, for the memory of when I used to write poetry....
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omg. best. poem. ever.
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24 posted 09-05-2011 06:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Haf_Alive. Glad you enjoyed..
 
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