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Close ... So close, you were skin to my flesh, Marrow to my bones ... Suffusing my being and breath As the elements that course through my veins. Once, you whispered me ... tender, That the only time you adored your own reflection Was when you saw it ... in my eyes, For then ... then, you were close enough ... To me. With me. For me. We spoke often of our intimacy ... So near, so deep, so much as ONE, That we almost felt alone ... An individual spirit, solitary ... When we met at THAT place, merged in passion ... A sensual singularity, exquisite, Close as souls can or could or will ever be ... Colors blended ... threads woven, enmeshed ... A delicate tapestry of visceral emotion and desire. Now ... I see your picture ... there ... Your life and circumstance, (and love), as it is now ... And your eyes - those amazing eyes - hold not a glint of what was ... Thirty-five years, and you have purged me, complete. I stare as deeply as I know, and see - in horrid grief and longing ... A stranger. ~ 2nd Place ~ in the "Free Verse: Winter Blues" Poetry Contest, Laura Loo, Judge & Sponsor. ~ Honorable Mention ~ in the "Brian's Choice E, Any Form, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 5/5/2018 9:56:00 PM
Back with belated congrats on your fine win, Gregory. Well done.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/29/2018 11:42:00 PM
Thank you so much, Line! :-) <3
Date: 1/14/2018 11:20:00 PM
Greg, you write such amazing poetry. I am so glad you are a member of Soup just so I have the pleasure of reading what you write. Congratulations on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/15/2018 1:55:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Curtis, thank you so much for the kind words, my friend! :-)
Date: 1/13/2018 4:49:00 PM
Such passionate sadness Gregory. Your love and pain is beautifully and poignantly expressed. Congratulations on your wonderful win.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/13/2018 5:11:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Susan, thank you very much ... I'm so pleased you enjoyed it - blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 1/13/2018 4:13:00 AM
full of depth and sadness, great poem, thank you and congrats :)-luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/13/2018 4:18:00 AM
Thank you very much, Laura - I appreciate the placement.
Date: 11/15/2017 8:45:00 AM
Can true love really die? I wonder...Greg, your heartfelt write is touching:) fantabulous:)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/16/2017 6:54:00 PM
It depends on the person, I think, but even those who say otherwise can never REALLY purge it completely ... it's always a part of the soul, as is everyone and everything we ever meet or do, I believe. Thank you - I'm very pleased you enjoyed it!
Date: 11/15/2017 8:21:00 AM
Very moving work filled with emotion..I enjoyed reading your work..Reads like a good contender to me..Thanks for the visits to my page..Sara
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/16/2017 6:52:00 PM
Thank you so much, Sara, I'm very pleased you enjoyed it ... it didn't even place in the contest, but some very good poets, yourself included, felt it worthy, and that means a lot to me. Blessings! :-)
Date: 11/12/2017 9:17:00 PM
This piece is truly exquisite Greg! The intensity of passion is expressed as beautifully as any master poet! I love this! This is going into my Faves! : )
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:22:00 AM
You humble me with your comments, Connie, because you are such an amazing poet yourself, and your approval means a great deal to me ... blessings and sincere thanks, my friend - you made me smile today! :-) <3
Date: 11/12/2017 8:11:00 PM
OMG another WOW, and this time, also a FAVE!!!! I gotta see if I ever put you on my list of fave poets too. I get behind doing that and definitely you need to be on it!!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:20:00 AM
That's very sweet of you, Andrea, and I'm honored that you would think enough of my writing to put me on your list ... you are certainly on mine, Friend, and were one of the first! Blessings and thanks, too! :-) <3
Date: 11/12/2017 7:17:00 PM
This is an emotional roller coaster Greg! So full of life and love and passion and then the ending. Top shelf writing, but you already know that, just stating the obvious!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:19:00 AM
Blessings to you, Buddy, I thank you very much ... your comments are always a bright spot in my day, Friend! :-)
Date: 11/12/2017 4:29:00 PM
When I read you Greg, you pull me in in a way I'm not used to. You write with such genuine feeling, I think that has to be your secret.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:17:00 AM
You're very sweet, Jean, and I so appreciate that - I think we ALL write with genuine feeling, but we all do that in slightly different ways, and there are some people who just touch our souls in special ways, because they use words and phrasings that we relate to more deeply, or perhaps strike a chord in a place where others may not. Blessings to you, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 11/12/2017 8:32:00 AM
Very touching... so sad how people drift away... Line xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:14:00 AM
That is so true, Line, and so very sad ... I met her, (my first soul-mate) when we were very young, and I have never been that close to another soul, yet we have not spoken in 35 years, and we did NOT part on bad terms, either, just slowly went in other directions. Thank you so much, and blessings, Friend. <3
Date: 11/12/2017 6:31:00 AM
So sad...your write has such passion within it, and it throws a curve at the end! I felt so good about life when I read your poem, then the ending came crashing and burning...the pain surfaces and kills the pores of my existence by your words...but the beginning through to the second to last stanza was so soft and loving, a grandiose portrayal of love and dedication to one one another that is so very lost within the last stanza...a crushing blow to your heart! Great Work my friend!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:11:00 AM
Thank you very much, Russell, my friend, I greatly appreciate it ... this one goes very deep. Blessings, Buddy! :-)
Date: 11/12/2017 5:10:00 AM
I could feel the love in these words at the beginning. By the end I could feel the pain. You have a lot of emotions going on here. Nicely penned, Greg! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/14/2017 2:10:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Julie - this was a tough one to write, but i think I healed a bit ... deep-down. Blessings, friend! :-)