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Like anything There are two edges to this sword The ragged one has, for now, cut too deeply The reality of its cleaving And the intent of the hand it is wielded by Thickens the blood that weeps from its wounds To collect in a puddle of deep discouragement ... and frustration. The keen, clean edge shines as always Kept in precision by the kindness and friendship Of those whose genuine caring and appreciation of my work Has been the true motivation of this journey From the first moments I placed my feet on its path And I shall treasure it always, held close. But my weary eyes must turn from the darkness and animosity The nefarious creatures that move in the shadows Wend motivations that are contrary to my beliefs and cares My gaze seeks a bluer sky in day - a more dazzled vault in eventide A brighter reach to glow and call and stir within One with hope and encouragement and appreciation And perhaps, dare I say? The opportunities of publication and true craft. Perhaps it is a dream, that But dreams are what keep us young Dreams are what push us to keep searching for the righteous path And striving for the brighter meadows ... the truer stars. Oh, I will yet be about - a poem here, a contest there, a comment-or-two But only as the dancing ghost that I have become of late That I have been told - by indirect fashion - I am No longer a threat, competitor or antagonist But a friendly phantom, a role I much prefer ... and affirm to For after all, ghosts are never missed Nor are they needed. Blessings, Dear Poets. Submitted on February 18, 2020 To the "Strand Select T Any Form Any Theme" Poetry Contest Brian Strand, Sponsor.

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Date: 2/19/2020 4:43:00 AM
Having read Robert's poem I'm saddened to read your lines Greg - your poetry stands out above the crowds - rise up from the depths and write your wonderful words:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:44:00 PM
You have always been kind to me, Jan. Blessings. <3
Date: 2/11/2020 3:35:00 PM
by the way, if anyone can publish in a modern journal of poetry, it would be you. have you tried? However, I used to publish in vanity magazines and anthologies which I am sure the authors appearing in them never even read!! I believe for most of us, the only way to ever be truly recognized outside our Soup bubble home is to publish a novel. something I ought to try but I can't even see it happening with how busy I always am!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:44:00 PM
I'm going to try ... somehow. Thanks, Buddy. <3
Date: 2/11/2020 3:32:00 PM
Dramatic and very emotive metaphor, Greg. I love how you employ metaphors. You are extremely talented at it, as well as being skilled in all aspects of writing poetry. You are a wonderful poet and friend and never a ghost to ME!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:43:00 PM
Thank you, Dear Andrea, you will always be my Buddy. <3
Date: 2/11/2020 1:56:00 PM
A poet's gift is in the giving, in being read and appreciated. Your gifts are appreciated by me sincerely. Keep the ink flowing my friend! xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:43:00 PM
Blessings, My Dear Poet Friend, Connie. <3
Date: 2/11/2020 10:38:00 AM
I do agree with Robert's comment on the massive ego that I feel stalking here. Worse is the Supreme Selfishness I experience here, wherein the best poems receive little recognition And poetry that is idiotic, feeble gets many. I understand fully now why people block all comments. Best you acknowledge you. One can Soupmail a comment. Some collect them like pennies in a jar? As if comments WERE the poem. Eeeks Childish drivel. Panagiota xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:42:00 PM
Blessings, My Friend ... I completely understand.
Date: 2/10/2020 9:13:00 PM
My friend, your poetry always shines of a light born from a true poet's heart and soul. Yes this dark world has many that engage in writing to feed massive ego and some of those attack others to limit the influence they have on doing what is true and right. I sent you a link to an article in a soupmail. God bless...
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:42:00 PM
Blessings, My Brother - I shall continue as your wing man.
Date: 2/10/2020 12:24:00 PM
Hey, it’s not a bad idea to step away for a bit... although you’ll be missed. Soup can be quite consuming and you need to give yourself some time and space to write some stuff with the aim of publication. Do you wanna haunt my pen pot? It could do with a resident bard, even if he’s transparent. Blessings Greg!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:40:00 PM
Indeed, Nina - blessings. <3
Date: 2/10/2020 9:47:00 AM
A sad one for sure, you are valued much more than you can imagine, glad to hear you'll be around, please don't leave because of me!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:39:00 PM
I wish that were true, John. Blessings, Bro.
Date: 2/10/2020 7:00:00 AM
You, Greg, are not a ghost! I see this sight as one where we make friends, encourage one another, share and read. We all want to be read. So I do a great deal of reading and encouraging and hoping that I am encouraged too :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:39:00 PM
Thank you, Kim - you are a gem. <3
Date: 2/9/2020 9:17:00 PM
I am saddened to read this, at a loss for words. x
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/16/2020 6:38:00 PM
Thanks, Mo ...
Date: 2/9/2020 7:30:00 PM
"threat, competitor, antagonist..." insolent words to describe a poet...any poet on a site in which a brother/sisterhood of people should strive to be supportive of one another. How impudent is the mind of one who would infer such things, even by indirect fashion. I don't believe in ghosts either, but if you are now calling yourself a ghost writer, add me to that list, Greg, and let's dance.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2020 7:53:00 PM
Thank you for this, Lin ... I would dance with you anytime ... anywhere, Dear Poetess. <3
Date: 2/9/2020 6:12:00 PM
No place to hide! Besides I don't believe in ghosts.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/9/2020 6:38:00 PM
LOL - You're part of that shiny edge, Danny - always have been. You were one of the first here to reach out to me, and I'm thankful for you, Bud.