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* Dedicated to my friend and (talented) fellow poet, TAAI TEKAI - a true "islander", (which I someday hope to be ... again). *

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'Twas the night before Christmas, and ... (THE REQUEST) Reclining my hammock, very still (Far too lax to persuade its swing) I contemplate my Mai Tai's chill And what I'll plead dear Santa bring ... Hmmm ... My hut, provisioned with all I need Near enough, the white sand beach A Tahitian wife - ravishing, indeed An outdoor fridge within my reach ... Big white towel, (perchance it rains) iPhone charged and up-link fine Fridge well-stocked to numb my pains A seafood glut on which to dine ... My greatest need, I have to say ... A NUDGE ... to make my hammock sway! (THE ADMISSION) I must confess I've not been good I did not send my cards this year Declined to wassail, (like I should) My rosy cheeks - quite tan, I fear The palm tree never got its trim Tahitian choir was short a Bass My snowman efforts, pretty slim And cookie baking, WAY off-pace I have no place to hang a sock Haven't wrapped a package yet No burning need to watch a clock Or rush the Tahitian sun to set You see ... When first I saw that sun, I felt ... My state-side Christmas spirit ... melt! (THE RATIONALE) I know I've come up short this season Not a perfect Christmas paradigm And while I've not a decent reason Perhaps he'll grant my wish this time I try to trouble not, the breezes Fill the ice cube trays when bare Bless my wife whene'er she sneezes Watch her tend the prickly pear ... And while its meager stuff to most A swinging hammock's bliss to me So I don't wind up Tahitian toast But rocking sweet, perspiration-free So ... While a nudge may seem a trivial thing ... What Christmas joy ... a sway can bring! ~ 1st Place ~ in the "From Your Lips To Santa's Ears" Poetry Contest, Phillip Garcia, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 5th Place ~ in the "The Night Before" Poetry Contest, Joseph May, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 12/12/2018 2:23:00 PM
Congrats, Greg, for your well-deserved win in the contest for this very creative verse! Many thx for your kind comments re my win. Best to you as you continue your poetical journey - Bob H
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/9/2019 9:47:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Bob, I'm very pleased you enjoyed this one - it was such fun to write! Blessings, my friend! :o)
Date: 12/12/2018 6:27:00 AM
Congratulations Greg: Such an enjoyable poem full of wit and word play. You get on Santa’s ‘nice’ list with this one lol. Keep on writing- Christmas Hugs, SuZ
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2018 6:45:00 AM
Oh, what a wonderful comment, Suzanne, and you put a smile on my face this gloomy day - you are too kind, (there will be something special in your stocking this year ... my thanks!). :-) <3
Date: 12/9/2018 5:12:00 PM
what a unique take on the theme Greg, many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/10/2018 4:42:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Jan ... so appreciated! :-) <3
Date: 7/6/2018 1:51:00 PM
Greg, congratulations on your first place win in Phillip's contest with this amazing write, well done !
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/13/2018 10:58:00 PM
Many thanks to you, Constance, I'm glad you liked my palm tree prose! Blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 7/3/2018 9:09:00 PM
Smiled all the way through this! What a life! Congratulations on your #1 win. I love your humor!! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/13/2018 10:58:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Susan, I'm so happy that this made you smile ... this was a completely wonderful project! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 7/3/2018 7:07:00 AM
What a delightful poem to enjoy reading during this heatwave we are having here in central Canada. Congrats on your well deserved gold medal, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/13/2018 10:57:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Line, I'm pleased you enjoyed my little South Seas romp! :-) <3
Date: 1/1/2018 12:13:00 AM
Wow. This is an overlooked gem! So creative and unique. Love it!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/2/2018 12:10:00 AM
I had some fun with this one, Rhoda, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it - thank you, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/30/2017 4:28:00 AM
Really a fun write, Greg, hope you get your wish fulfilled:)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/30/2017 11:40:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Jo, I'm pleased you enjoyed it! I don't do many humorous pieces, but they're fun! Blessings, Friend! :-)
Date: 12/29/2017 9:19:00 PM
This is unique and reads so well!! I hope it does very well in the contest :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/30/2017 11:39:00 AM
Thank you so much, Sneha - I had fun with this one. I don't do a lot of humorous pieces, but I enjoy it when I do! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3