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The Wandering Fool

There was a fool who was forced to wander 
Over the face of the land. 
He never stayed anywhere for more than a day 
For he was cursed and from mankind he was banned. 
It seems that in his youthful days 
he had abandoned sweet Barbara Ann, 
So distraught was she that she took her own life, 
So from that time on he ran. 
And if he should ever be granted entrance 
to an unsuspecting town. 
The ghost of his sweet Barbara Ann 
Would burn the place to the ground. 
And now this poor fool must never stop 
Or seek love from another heart. 
Because if he caused love’s fire to burn, 
Barbara would see and a fire she’d start. 
And what of the poor wronged Barbara Ann 
What will set her soul to rest? 
Only if she unites again with the fool 
And he can pass her lover’s test. 
For when the day comes that she takes him back 
And she can see that his heart is true, 
Is the day that she can let go of this world
and fall to rest with the morning dew.

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  1. Date: 6/6/2012 12:09:00 PM

    When I click on one of your poems I know it will be exceptional Tony. Thank you for sharing your words with us. I hope all is well with you and yours. I will stop back again soon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 4:53:00 AM

    a far cry from your doses of humor, tony... love the element of surprise here; fantastic pacing! :) huggs

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 3:13:00 AM

    Oh Tony your imagination is so terrific, can't wait to read that play!

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 9:17:00 PM

    Tony, I enjoyed this one. Soupmail.

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 8:59:00 PM

    You treat each verse you write with such sensitivity. Can't ever get enough of all you write! :)

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 4:12:00 PM

    sounds like a grandma's tale..nice read

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 1:32:00 PM

    great story tony :) I sure wouldn't want a ghost love like that - lethal!

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 10:28:00 AM

    Good Tony,I like ghost story OXOX love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 9:29:00 AM

    Beautiful Tony, from Vie

  1. Date: 1/2/2012 7:27:00 AM

    Poor Barbara Ann. Hugs, Catie :)