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* For Karin ... my ballerina on the sand ... wherever you are. *


I stand here by the ocean, heart in hand
          A tender place that you and I made ours
                    To foster it from that which time devours
                              And put to rest what I don't understand

Oh all those years ago we claimed this spot
          Enwrapped in towels, hidden in the dunes
                    We whispered to each other, steamy runes
                              Our arms and legs entwined in sexy knots

So many summer eves would end that way
          Still lost in our own lust 'til sun was down
                    And diving deep our passion 'til we'd drown
                              In waves of moonlight, 'neath the Milky Way

Such times were but a fraction of our love
          Two souls so joined that we were one inside
                    A glaring joy and bond we could not hide
                              And perfect, faithful match of hand and glove

Yet now I stand here, gazing 'cross the years
          Regretting how we slowly changed our ways
                    In how our absent hours had turned to days
                              And days, melted to months and drying tears

I vowed that I would take much greater pains 
          In crossing o'er time's widening divide ...
                    Until your letter reached me, and inside
                              The words you used to open up my veins ...

You could've said goodbye and not been cruel
          But even that is not the grandest crime ...
                    The bitter draught to swallow, all this time
                              Is that, despite it ALL, I'm ... still ... your ...

Fool.




~ 4th Place ~  in the "Twin Flame Separation" Poetry Contest, Madison Demetros, Sponsor.

~ 2nd Place ~  in the "Tarnished Reflections" Poetry Contest, John Lawless, Sponsor.

~ 7th Place ~  in the "Best Rhyming Poem In March" Poetry Contest, Laura Loo, Sponsor.

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Date: 5/27/2018 11:13:00 AM
Back with even more congrats, Gregory. Still an awesome read.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/27/2018 11:43:00 PM
Thank you very much, Line! :-) <3
Date: 5/21/2018 6:25:00 PM
Congratulations again, this time for the Twin Flame Contest placement. Beautiful poem of loss, captures the sadness left behind. Well done! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/27/2018 11:42:00 PM
I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one, Susan, thank you so much ... this is special to me, (for obvious reasons, I imagine), and very dear to my heart. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/10/2018 12:32:00 PM
Hope that a reconciliation could be possible, but when love is one sided it's like a constant climb to the mountaintop and when reached it's only downhill afterwards, a very touching write Greg!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:24:00 AM
Thank you so much, John, and well-said. So pleased you liked this one, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/8/2018 1:11:00 PM
Back with more congrats, Greg.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:22:00 AM
Thank you, Line!
Date: 4/5/2018 5:27:00 PM
Excellent write , Greg, like always.. congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:22:00 AM
Very kind of you, Eve - thanks so much! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2018 10:18:00 AM
oh just the title is beautiful! great imagery, rhythm and rhyme sweet Gregory :) loved every word!! thank you and congrats on your placement! :)-luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:21:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Luloo - I'm so pleased you found it worthy of placement. :-)
Date: 4/4/2018 11:21:00 PM
Awesome. Congrats on your top win, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:21:00 AM
Thank you very much, Line! :-) <3
Date: 4/3/2018 4:24:00 PM
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Still a fool a fool still a still fool fool still still still fool yes fool yes fool fool yes. yes. I! :) Best wishes wishes best being wishes being best wishes best wishes wishes Gertrude Stein
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/3/2018 6:02:00 PM
I am honored that you even put me in the same statement with Gertrude - this is great, my friend, thank you so much! :-)
Date: 4/2/2018 6:50:00 PM
Wow Greg! I just loved this ... as I do all of your poems! A heartfelt tale of love and regrets. Congratulations on your stand alone 2nd place WIN!!! It's no surprise to see you at the top ;) ~Judy
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/3/2018 6:00:00 PM
Thank you very much, Judy, I greatly appreciate your kind comments, and I'm glad you liked this one, Friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/2/2018 9:03:00 AM
I can relate Greg--there are some loves, rare but so 'persistent' that even some 50 years late, one can wonder, what if? You nailed the sense of that loss, my friend.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/3/2018 5:59:00 PM
That's very kind of you to say, LJ, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed and related to this one, my friend! Blessings and thanks to you! :-)
Date: 4/1/2018 4:02:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this tender romantic but extremely sad poem.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/2/2018 7:07:00 AM
That's so very sweet of you, Susan ... thank you very kindly, my friend - it is so appreciated! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/1/2018 11:18:00 AM
Wonderful imagery! So very nicely written too. Congratulations on your placement!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/2/2018 7:06:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Angel - thank you so much, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/1/2018 10:26:00 AM
Beautifully done Gregory. A touchingly painful reminiscence of love and love lost but never forgotten. Thanks for entering the contest
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/2/2018 7:05:00 AM
I am so humbled and honored, John, you always run quality contests, and yours is one of the few opinions I truly value and trust. Blessings, Friend! :-)
Date: 3/29/2018 6:46:00 AM
A beautiful piece of poetry Gregory, and despite the breakup your love for her was still strong.I love the layout of your poem too. Good luck in the contest. Tom
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/30/2018 3:54:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Tom - thank you so much! Yes, I have had many loves since then, even another soul-mate, but this one is the one that still haunts me most, and always will. Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 3/29/2018 2:07:00 AM
OMG, Greg! This is why I follow you. This is so beautiful it makes my heart hurt. It's really a classic and definitely a FAV for me.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/30/2018 3:52:00 AM
Thank you SO much, Carole, that means a lot to me ... this is one that I am especially proud of, yet it seems to not be getting many comments, and I am very thankful that you see it as something special. Blessings, my dear friend! :-) <3