navwin » Archives » Voices on the Web » The Statue in Central Park
Voices on the Web
Post A Reply Post New Topic The Statue in Central Park Go to Previous / Newer Topic Back to Topic List Go to Next / Older Topic
Member Empyrean
since 1999-06-05
Posts 25505
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA

0 posted 2000-07-02 08:00 PM

The statue stood in Central Park
Right in the middle of the square
And all the people passing there
Were held in awe at that great sight,
A symbol of man's strength and might
Was the statue in Central Park.
A full ten feet it stood upright
But, more amazing than its height,
Was power it seemed to posess;
Self-confidence, assuredness, And, people passing hour by hour,
Thought, "What I'd give to have that power!"

Occasionally in the dark
Quick footsteps rang in Central Park
And one could hear a chipping sound
As chunks of granite hit the ground
From strangers who had sought to gain
A piece of strength to ease their pain.

Relentlessly, they whittled down
That new-found source of strength they found
Till dust and pebbles now are all
Remaining of that figure tall.
Humanity has left its mark -
No statue stands in Central Park.

The statue's story is my own.
Instead of rock, I'm flesh and bone
But cousins, uncles, aunts and nieces
All have taken little pieces.
Searching for the strength to be,
They've all been chiseling away at me!

The statue in Central Park and I
Will go together, by and by.
The strength we had to stand alone,
(His of granite, mine of bone)
Defeated, crumpled on the ground
By 'friends' who finally brought us down.

I'll always be right here for you
But know that I have limits, too
And my advice is...please step back
When you see me begin to crack
For, though I seem to stand alone.
I, too, need statues of my own.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 07-02-2000).]

© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Member Seraphic
since 1999-08-22
Posts 22648

1 posted 2000-07-02 08:48 PM

Some folks are expert chiselers, aren't they? Seems to be their profession. Great writing, as always!  


Member Seraphic
since 1999-08-22
Posts 22648

2 posted 2000-07-02 08:49 PM

...but I can't vote for this if you don't select the 'Book Submission' thingie!


[This message has been edited by dsnyder (edited 07-02-2000).]

Jeffrey Carter
Deputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Elite
since 2000-04-08
Posts 2367
State of constant confusion!
3 posted 2000-07-02 09:06 PM

nuff said

All my love,

Member Seraphic
since 1999-08-22
Posts 22648

4 posted 2000-07-02 09:12 PM

So there you go!  


Member Elite
since 1999-06-19
Posts 2462

5 posted 2000-07-02 10:52 PM

add a vote...
doreen peri
Member Elite
since 1999-05-25
Posts 3812
6 posted 2000-07-03 01:02 PM

Thank you for posting this here! It is one of my very favorites of yours. Honest, hard hitting, metephorically beautiful, and lyrically excellent.

I guess you might realize by now that I think it should be in the book... hehe... i LIKE it! *wink*

Vote's in!

Andrew Scott
Member Elite
since 1999-06-24
Posts 2558
7 posted 2000-07-03 03:15 PM

Sir Balladeer... Thought it was great back in F1 or F2... and it still is one of the best of your many best.  Like I said... you deserve your own book.  Needless to say, you got my vote.  Peace!
Member Elite
since 1999-09-26
Posts 2621
Ontario, Canada
8 posted 2000-07-03 03:46 PM

Loved this the first time I read it, Even more the second time I read it. This time it hits just as hard as the rest my friend. you always get my vote my dear friend, your work is always hard hitting.
Seymour Tabin
Member Empyrean
since 1999-07-07
Posts 31720
Tamarac Fla
9 posted 2000-07-03 07:09 PM

Some fantastic lines in this one. I wish I could vote for every line.

linda munday
since 2000-06-17
Posts 315
Adelaide, Australia
10 posted 2000-07-03 10:08 PM

Balladeer, you're a natural.  I love all your poems.  I seem to have writer's block.... got any suggestions? nrn
Bye for now...Linda M.

Rex Allen McCoy
Member Elite
since 2000-01-30
Posts 2863
Sippin a Timmy's in London
11 posted 2000-07-03 10:47 PM

Wow ... now isn't this the shocking truth
you can be proud of this one
well done


Member Seraphic
since 1999-05-20
Posts 21191
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
12 posted 2000-07-04 09:25 AM

Ah yes... one of my favorites - from my multitude of favorites...
Member Empyrean
since 1999-06-25
Posts 63354
Listening to every heart
13 posted 2000-07-04 10:42 AM



~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

Member Rara Avis
since 1999-07-17
Posts 7704

14 posted 2000-07-08 08:28 AM

Hey 'deer you know what this reminds me of? The Happy Prince...(Oscar Wilde)

Wow...this is cool...


Poet deVine
Member Seraphic
since 1999-05-26
Posts 22612
Hurricane Alley
15 posted 2000-07-08 09:38 AM

Chapter one - favorite poems by Balladeer! Let me vote for this one!      
Kit McCallum
Member Laureate
since 2000-04-30
Posts 14774
Ontario, Canada
16 posted 2000-07-08 01:53 PM

Wonderful poem Balladeer ... Ban the chisel I say ... I'm worn to a nub myself!  Loved this! (click)  

Best wishes,

X Angel
Senior Member
since 1999-11-07
Posts 1521
17 posted 2000-07-08 05:08 PM

This was a beautiful piece of writing. It read so well and flowed so easily.
As always 'Deer, I loved it.


Irish Rose
Member Patricius
since 2000-04-06
Posts 10263

18 posted 2000-07-08 05:12 PM

this is one solid piece of work!


Member Elite
since 2000-02-16
Posts 2637
19 posted 2000-07-15 03:20 PM

My Deer,

This is so awesome, I am totally amazed at the content and how you made it in to a master peice like this beauty, is there a secret botton that lets us vote as much as we want?????

Love, Cerenity

"God doesn't have to be reminded that we exist.
We have to be reminded that He exist!"

(Writer Unknown)

Geoffrey Sonnen
since 2000-07-05
Posts 142
Reading, PA USA
20 posted 2000-07-15 05:46 PM

Awesome work ! And something not to many people think of. Very thought provoking and powerful. Know the Truth of this myself.

    *vote*     Geoffrey

Member Elite
since 1999-05-23
Posts 4094
Coastal Texas
21 posted 2000-07-15 08:24 PM

Mike, I simply love this one.
Sudhir Iyer
Member Ascendant
since 2000-04-26
Posts 6943
Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
22 posted 2000-07-16 07:42 AM

Subdued into submission,
by Wondrous Writing,
Humbled into admission,
by Balladeer's Magic


and regards,

since 2000-04-12
Posts 268
Backwaters of Avalon
23 posted 2000-07-16 07:48 AM

Haha.. chiselers.. yes, indeed, I see many of this kind in my life. Some great lyrics there, Deer!.. derserve a vote

- James
The beauty of nature is displayed,
not through itself,
but through the creatures
dwelling within its bosom.

since 2000-07-18
Posts 207

24 posted 2000-08-02 03:15 PM

Have a beer and take a nap while I vote.  


Member Elite
since 2000-05-13
Posts 3552
High Springs, Florida
25 posted 2000-08-02 04:30 PM

just chip, chip, chippin' away...some just dont realize they are leaving you with nothing do they...

great writing!


"Half of what i say is meaningless; but i say it so that the other half may reach you."
-Kahlil Gibran

Deputy Moderator 10 ToursDeputy Moderator 10 ToursDeputy Moderator 10 ToursDeputy Moderator 10 ToursDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Laureate
since 2001-03-07
Posts 18328
British Columbia, Canada
26 posted 2007-11-16 12:01 PM

I can't believe I never read this!  What a great message Michael.
Post A Reply Post New Topic ⇧ top of page ⇧ Go to Previous / Newer Topic Back to Topic List Go to Next / Older Topic
All times are ET (US). All dates are in Year-Month-Day format.
navwin » Archives » Voices on the Web » The Statue in Central Park

Passions in Poetry | pipTalk Home Page | Main Poetry Forums | 100 Best Poems

How to Join | Member's Area / Help | Private Library | Search | Contact Us | Login
Discussion | Tech Talk | Archives | Sanctuary