Get Your Premium Membership

Breath To Breath

Poet's Notes
(Show)

Become a Premium Member and post notes and photos about your poem like Gregory R Barden.


Related image


They say, to mend an injured heart, move on,
          And thus, I've done so, time-and-time-again,
               But tho' your smile, from me, is decades gone,
     My dreams still find you haunting me, as then.

I've always held your heart, pristine and rare,
          Flat-pressed between life's pages like a rose,
               And as the timeworn leaves may fade and tear,
     That weather on love's blossom never shows.

I've tried so to forget you through the years,
          Still, in my sleep you find my heart exposed,
               And tho' I cleanse those memories with tears,
     Your phantoms keep returning, unopposed -

You took my breath quite often in the past ...
               And I've no doubt you'll take ... my very last.




~ 9th Place ~  in the "2019 Poetry Marathon Mile 2" Poetry Contest, Mark Toney, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Contest 475 Any Form Or None" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Not Just Any Old Rose" Poetry Contest, Mark Massey, Judge & Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




Post Comments
Please Login to post a comment
12
Date: 1/1/2019 1:25:00 PM
Wowsa another great poem, Gregory. A FAVE for me. Congrats on your win.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:34:00 PM
Many kind thank-you's to you, Line, I so greatly appreciate it! :-) <3
Date: 12/27/2018 9:09:00 PM
A brilliant and beautiful garden of words.. spreading fragrance of incomplete love... lovely Sonnet ..was a pleasure to read...
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:34:00 PM
What a wonderful comment, Debjani - thank you so very much for liking my poem! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/26/2018 9:05:00 AM
Congratulations on another win for this gorgeous sonnet Greg!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:33:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Nina, thank you very much, friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/25/2018 4:39:00 AM
It seems she is unforgettable, Gregory. You truly have a talent for writing perfect sonnets. Congratulations on your win in Mark's contest and have a Merry Christmas, Carolyn
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:33:00 PM
Thanks so very much, Carolyn, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one! Blessings to you, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/24/2018 11:43:00 AM
Truly Shakespearean in perfect form and dripping with romance and longing.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:32:00 PM
This means a lot to me, Craig, and I thank you so much for the wonderful comments! Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 12/24/2018 11:42:00 AM
Congratulations Greg on your win, another beautiful poem as usual.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:31:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Wren, thanks so much! :-)
Date: 12/24/2018 11:38:00 AM
Greg, congrats on your win on Mile 2 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon contest. Those last two lines are so full of emotion! ~Mark
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:31:00 PM
Many kind thanks, Mark, I so appreciate the placement and kind comments ... this is a special one for me. Blessings! :-)
Date: 12/24/2018 10:35:00 AM
I'm back to say CONGRATS! Janice
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2019 8:30:00 PM
Thank you very much, Janice! :-) <3
Date: 11/3/2018 10:04:00 PM
Greg, I had to read this one again - this is the best sonnet on the site - I love this piece!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/4/2018 1:32:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Mark, and I so appreciate the wonderful comment! I put off even attempting a Sonnet until about a year ago, and when I finally tried, I fell in love with the form ... something about the rhythm and form that works its way into your marrow. Thank you so much, my friend - blessings to you! :-)
Date: 9/7/2018 6:42:00 PM
Beautiful, Greg. For some of us, there will always be that "one" that returns to us in our dreams and sweet memories. If the love is true, it sticks like glue.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/7/2018 7:00:00 PM
Thank you so much, Carole, I greatly appreciate the kind words! You are so right ... true love never dies, and while it doesn't always stay united physically, emotionally those connections NEVER sever. Blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/24/2018 8:29:00 PM
Even better second read, congrats on another best top 100, you're on a roll! Congrats also on another double win!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/27/2018 1:37:00 AM
Thank you so much, John, I greatly appreciate your kind comments! (It didn't last on the top 100, but I am very pleased with the comments and ANY placement on that list!). Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 8/24/2018 12:42:00 PM
Boy, Greg, can I relate to this poem!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/27/2018 1:35:00 AM
Thank you so much, LJ ... I'm sorry you are "haunted" as well. The heart never heals, it seems ... peace and blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 8/15/2018 9:37:00 AM
A very well written sonnet. It is so full of imagery. Well deserving of first place in both contest.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2018 3:29:00 AM
Thank you so much, Charles, I greatly appreciate the kind words, my friend! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 10:31:00 PM
Oh my!! These last two lines move me, they take my breath. Your emotions tangle around each and every word. It's like I want to hold them close. They feel so real to me. I can see why this was chosen as winner. Congratulations. A favorite for me. ~ Brandy
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 11:03:00 PM
I'm so pleased you liked this one, Brandy, thank you very much for the kind words! Ironic, as this is about the same person that the other one was, and I was in a similar state-of-mind when I wrote both of them ... kinda cool that you gravitated to them. Blessings, friend! :-)
Date: 8/11/2018 9:10:00 AM
Back with more congrats, Gregory.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 4:54:00 AM
Thank you so much, Line! :-)
Date: 8/8/2018 8:08:00 AM
Congratulations on your win! :)
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/10/2018 6:26:00 PM
Thank you, Susan! :-)
Date: 8/7/2018 12:28:00 PM
...and mo love! <3
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/7/2018 4:05:00 PM
Thank you, Mo! :-) <3
Date: 8/7/2018 7:05:00 AM
congratulations on your win. Faux
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/7/2018 4:04:00 PM
Thanks so much, Faux, I greatly appreciate it! :-)
Date: 8/6/2018 3:34:00 PM
Such a magnificent Sonnet, Greg. The sadness you express so deeply with such feeling with your well-chosen words and perfect form, leave me breathless. Congratulations on your two wonderful placements...First Place Trophy win and shared First Place. Well-done! Sandra :)
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:05:00 PM
What a wonderful comment, Sandra ... you are always so kind to me, and so heartfelt with your words, and I am so thankful for both! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/6/2018 2:51:00 PM
Wow, an awesome leave-you-breathless poem, Gregory. A FAVE for me.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:03:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Line, thanks so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed this one! :-) <3
Date: 8/6/2018 2:29:00 PM
Congrats on another win with this moving piece Greg. You already know how much I loved it. :-)
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:02:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Connie, and I thank you so much, friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/6/2018 2:14:00 PM
Ah great idea for what to do with the rose! Very nice sonnet indeed - a worthy winner :-)
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:01:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Nina, I so appreciate it, my friend! :-)
Date: 8/6/2018 2:14:00 PM
This brought tears to my eyes. Lovely poem. Congrats!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:01:00 PM
I'm so pleased it touched your heart, Francesca - thank you so much for the kind words! :-) <3
Date: 8/6/2018 12:25:00 PM
Great write Gregory, congratulations...
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:00:00 PM
Thank you so much, Charlie! :-)
Date: 8/6/2018 8:38:00 AM
I can see why this relieved top honour. Congrats on your win.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2018 6:00:00 PM
Thank you very much, Richard, I greatly appreciate it, my friend!
12