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The bet had been bound ... and boldly called,
          Right there on the cold castle grounds at eventide -
               Guests and dignitaries watching, under a mocking moon.
     Daintily, she dangled her digits in the dark, unctuous depths ...

She felt their eyes watching her warily, and waiting for her reaction,
          (Precisely why she paused briefly to ponder her predicament) ...
               Whatever was in the widening pool, was warm ... and not water,
     But she knew they sighted her still, staring and studying,

And she would not give them the sorry satisfaction.
          With no change of facial expression, she slowly withdrew her foot,
               Holding it high above the pool's placid periphery,
     Letting the dim, dense dampness drip from her toes,

Toes that were now black themselves,
          As black as the night closing in around them.
               The people all gasped at once ...
     Thus seeing clearly now what the fuss was fashioned for ...

OIL ... liquid gold gurgling from the good ground around them!
          An effusive torrent of Texas Tea, teeming from the earth,
               And it all belonged to her now ...
     The mansion behind them,

The twenty million magnificent square meters at the margins,
          The cars, planes, businesses, accounts, villas ...
               The vast and voracious volume of vanities
     That had vexed her for so very long,

And most of all, vengeance ...
          Now ALL hers, and hers alone,
               For the sake of five fated cards that lay face-up on the ground -
     HER cards, thrown at his feet ... four aces and a king.

When the inky black earthblood stopped dripping from her toes,
          She slowly walked over to the viscount,
               Pulled the handkerchief from his Brioni suit,
     Wiped her foot gently, returning the hanky to his pocket,

Whispered in his ear, "You may keep this, darling",
          Returned her shapely foot to its five-inch heel Blahnik pump,
               And, parting the crowd that had witnessed it all ...
     Walked off ... into the night.





~ 1st Place ~  in the "Contest No 620 With Alliteration Style Therein, Any Theme, Any Form" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 5th Place ~  in the "The Crap Shoot" Poetry Contest, John Lawless, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 2nd Place ~  in the "Alliteration" Poetry Contest, Silent One, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 5/12/2019 9:30:00 AM
Gregory, this one drew me in, set me up, and then.....wellll.....then she walked off into the night.....Thanks for participating in the contest.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/2/2019 4:27:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, John, for my wonderful placement, I'm so pleased your enjoyed it! Please forgive me for not thanking you until now - I could've sworn I aready did. I think I'm getting old, buddy - blessings! :o)
Date: 5/12/2019 1:20:00 AM
Bang! FEISTY! “You may keep this darling...” To be said in a Zsazsa Gabor voice obviously! I LIKE her! When’s the novel out?
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Date: 5/12/2019 2:00:00 AM
Yes - perfect! (Or perhaps Sophia Loren) I'm getting closer to starting SOME kind of book, Nina - so happy you like this one! (Email reply coming soon, my friend). Blessings, Dahling! ;-) <3
Date: 5/11/2019 4:59:00 PM
As always, sublime. Heartiest congratulations on your much deserving win, Greg:-)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/12/2019 1:57:00 AM
That's very kind of you Edward - thank you kindly, my friend! :-)
Date: 5/11/2019 4:26:00 PM
CONGRATUATIONS on your well-deserved win, Greg! This is some story! Janice
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/12/2019 1:57:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Janice, that's very kind of you! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 5/11/2019 4:26:00 PM
Congrats on a fine win with this excellent piece.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/12/2019 1:56:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Richard ... so glad you liked my poem! :-)
Date: 5/11/2019 2:55:00 PM
Riveting, dripping with drama read! Congratulations on your win Greg, xomo <3
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Date: 5/12/2019 1:55:00 AM
Thank you so much, Maureen ... greatly appreciated! :-) <3
Date: 4/6/2018 5:20:00 PM
Amazing alliteration and storytelling Greg, I see congrats are in order, no surprise there!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:08:00 AM
Thank you, my good friend - all the best to you, John!
Date: 4/3/2018 9:39:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Greg, excellent alliteration. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/4/2018 7:01:00 PM
Thank you very, very much, Eve, I'm pleased you liked it - blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/3/2018 4:02:00 PM
A delight to read, Gregory. Congrats on your fine win.
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Date: 4/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
Many thanks to you, Line - I so appreciate it! :-) <3
Date: 4/3/2018 7:56:00 AM
I agree with Susan. Many congrats on your win, Gregory. Elaine
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Elaine, thank you so very much, my friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/2/2018 7:03:00 PM
Splendid story-telling Gregory, with beautiful use of alliteration. Congratulations on your fantastic win. Warmest wishes..
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/4/2018 6:59:00 PM
Thank you so very kindly, Susan, this was a fun project, and I may make a longer story out of it. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/1/2018 3:18:00 PM
- The winners are named and it was great to see your poem on the winning list - Congratulations, Gregory :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 4/2/2018 7:03:00 AM
Oh, you are so sweet to me, Anne-Lise - thank you SO much, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/1/2018 3:04:00 PM
Great storytelling and use of alliteration Gregory.. Congratulations on your placement in the contest...
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/2/2018 7:02:00 AM
So very kind of you, Silent One - I am honored to place in your fun contest - blessings and thanks to you! :-)
Date: 3/31/2018 11:48:00 AM
Someone knows their Brioni from their Blahnik!! You two belong together me thinks Greg. Well done. Good luck.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/31/2018 10:53:00 PM
I prefer Armani myself, Jean, but I won't throw out a Brioni if it's a gift, (hahaha!) ... I'm pleased you liked this little story, thank you! I may write a prequel ... :-) <3
Date: 3/30/2018 9:21:00 PM
Reckon she needs a boy toy? Nice write, Greg. If only one could be so lucky. Good luck!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/31/2018 6:24:00 AM
Indeed - at least we have our wild artistic imaginations - next best thing! Thanks and blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 3/30/2018 7:37:00 PM
Well, that is one helluva bed time story Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/31/2018 6:17:00 AM
Thanks so much, John, so pleased you enjoyed it, my friend! :-)