The Balladeer

The Balladeer

A Chapter by Dave Brown



Although Ballads seem to often require

Many Elves, Fairies and the such

I thought I might explore whether

I had the Balladeering touch

Wondered all the while, if I’d

Also need a Fairy type helpful crutch


They could help take me cross far fields

Where men fought and died

Where womenfolk at home

Heard this news and sadly cried

And tell also of the shattered marriage plans

being left with a heartbroken bride


Would the Elves help me

Tread my nervous, novice way

Would gentle Fairies also try

To help me through my rhyming word play

As I took that giant step through

That unfamiliar Balladeer’s storied doorway


I’ve been told I would quite likely also need

A Great feather plume in a soft velvet cap

And enough space to rest an instrument

Perhaps it could be a banjo, on my ample lap

Or possibly instead, in these modern times

I could use a cell phone’s music app


And the Inn, which many Inns should I pursue

For does not a Balladeer wander far and wide

Either on velvet-slippers or a hiking boot or two

Or use a thumb perhaps, to flag down a ride

Or perhaps approach another Balladeer

And ask about travelling methods he may have tried


But, as I braced to receive adoration galore

While also consulting MapQuest for my travel direction

I realize my both my back and feet were quite sore

Which created a major anti-enthusiasm injection

Noticing this, the Elves and Fairies shut that open door

So, I got real and watched a ‘Gunsmoke’ re-run




© 2020 Dave Brown

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I used to dig trenches in my belief that I'll find an underworld of little people. One always returns to reality though. Great one!

Posted 11 Months Ago

Dave Brown

11 Months Ago

Wouldn't that be cool
too bad you didn't find anybody
it would have been a huge excite.. read more

11 Months Ago

I know....I'm just left consoling myself with a measly muse floating around in my drink 😒
Dave Brown

11 Months Ago

The only balladeers I see these days are homeless people strumming guitars and singing sad songs in shopping center parking lots. I usually put a bill or two in their hats. I think you're better off with Mr. Dillon and Chester.

Posted 11 Months Ago

Dave Brown

11 Months Ago

Thanks John
More words of wisdom which both my back and feet appreciate
You give up so easily!!!
Think of the adventures you may have missed out on.
This was fun, I like how you weaved in some modern devices

Posted 11 Months Ago

Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Dear Dave, you may be overdue for those progressive lenses. There's clearly a second shoe peeking .. read more
Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Dear Dave, you may be overdue for those progressive lenses. There's clearly a second shoe peeking .. read more
Dave Brown

11 Months Ago

Oh my God, how could I possibly miss that!!
Everything is falling apart
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Added on August 15, 2020
Last Updated on September 4, 2020

Mostly light Hearted


Dave Brown
Dave Brown

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