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Yes, I have ...
I've had them ... those moments
The deep, desperate, rare moments
"Straight-from-a-movie" moments of romance and melancholy

Where the violins and violas and cellos pull on your heart
Forlorn music reaching down into your viscera
To yank at your soul in tyranny
Heart-wrenching moments of exquisite agony

Where the core burns, the hairs stand, the eyes close
And you're lost to the consequence
Brief, beautiful, tender instances that you hold for a lifetime
That shine like jeweled beacons among the mists of the mundane

Oh, how blessed I've been ... and how cursed
For this gift of creativity that so many envy
Is but a facade for the dark, dire truth of the sensitive spirit
We feel deeper, look deeper, wish deeper, love deeper, and hurt ... deeper

I am thankful for those moments, for they are precious
But there is a dear price to pay ...
And it comes without music
In the dead ...

Of night.




~ 2nd Place ~  in the "Writing Challenge 1, August 2019 - Just Write" Poetry Contest, Dear Heart, Judge & Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 9/7/2019 12:49:00 PM
Almost in tears. Yes, the sensitive spirit - it can surely hurt. Perfectly expressed. Thank you.
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Date: 8/14/2019 4:40:00 PM
Rock band at 10...well you are a special one eh! Back for another read...better than the first time, congrats on a fine win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/28/2019 4:54:00 PM
Thank you so very much, John, your kind comments are always so appreciated! Blessings, Friend! :o)
Date: 8/14/2019 5:56:00 AM
Oh, heart-wrenching moments of exquisite agony! It is hard to tell better about the impressions of this poem. And about your poetry at all) Conrats, Greg. It's so, hm, exquisite :3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/28/2019 4:53:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Kurt, I'm happy you enjoyed my poem. Blessings to you for this wonderful comment, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 8/12/2019 7:28:00 PM
Oh, how blessed and how cursed...yes, it is the way. Congrats Gregory on your top win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/28/2019 4:51:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Jeanne - blessings! :-) <3
Date: 8/12/2019 6:08:00 PM
great poem Gregory! congrats on your placement ;)-luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/28/2019 4:51:00 PM
Thank you so much, Lu Loo! :-) <3
Date: 8/8/2019 5:57:00 PM
Gripping emotion. Battling the uniqueness of heart...embracing it when you realize it is good to be different and ohhh a romantic! Be blessed! Fave!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/11/2019 2:23:00 AM
Amen, Kim, and so well-phrased ... my mom, sensing I was "different" from an early age, always helped me appreciate my "unique-ness", even when bullied at school ... when I WAS bullied, I became all the more bold and overt, and had a rock band at the age of ten that played for crowds of over 3,000. Thanks to her I never saw it as a negative. Blessings and thanks, Dear Poet!
Date: 8/8/2019 1:47:00 PM
OOOH G, this one speaks to me, majestic writing!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/11/2019 2:20:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Brother - blessings! :o)
Date: 8/8/2019 8:43:00 AM
Such is society's need for the artists, the poets, they carry and express the human experience through our history. Lovely piece my friend. Hugs <3 xomo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/11/2019 2:19:00 AM
Indeed, you are right, Maureen - and thank you so much for the wonderful comments! Blessings! :o) <3