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Deep within the highland mists, white heather, bright adorning,
     I last beheld those flaring eyes, though tender as the borning.

I'd gone a-hiking, early snow, 'midst headland slopes and fells  -
     Their lullabies e'er sang to me - far flung from towns and dells.

She haunted castle ruins there, made home its ravaged posts,
     And spun her ballet in its bones, round-towers dark as ghosts.

That chilled All-Hallows Eve, I slept within its crumbling seams,
     And woke to moon and her above, clothed soft in just its beams.

Oh, never did I swim one soul 'twas sweet and broad as she,
     Like plunging deep in starlight, and drowning 'midst that sea.

The whitest heather ever known could not, like her, entrance,
     No swirling of the swiftest stream would match her lover's dance.

I saw my breath by moonlight, yet none came from her form,
     And while a frost was growing thick, I'd never felt as warm.

Thus as we reached crescendo, I clamped tight both my eyes,
     Then opened them to find her gone ... no moon, just barren skies.





Submitted on October 2, 2019
For the "Halloween Moon" Poetry Contest
Chantelle Anne Cooke, Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 10/6/2019 11:26:00 AM
- Congratulations Gregory, on your 1st place in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 10/6/2019 10:35:00 AM
Wow! Congratulations on your win Gregory. Each and every line is hauntingly beautiful :-) x
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Date: 10/5/2019 3:11:00 PM
Lyrically magic! Made me want to take out the guitar and start singing. Thank you for such a good read. Lonna
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Date: 10/5/2019 12:37:00 PM
Still hauntingly beautiful after the first/former read, Greg. Congratulations on your 1st place win.
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Date: 10/5/2019 12:35:00 PM
Gregory congrats on your win!;)
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Date: 10/5/2019 11:55:00 AM
Congratulations on your first place win in my contest. Absolutely Stunning! A fave for me. Well done my friend! :)
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Date: 9/30/2019 3:50:00 PM
Each line is a musical step that leads to that Crescendo so magically. I so loved reading this !! Congrats on a well deserved placement !! Excellent writing
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/4/2019 8:41:00 PM
Many kind thank you's to you, Debra, that's very sweet of you ... I'm pleased that you found my poem worthy of comment! Blessings, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 9/29/2019 5:32:00 AM
Congratulations on your win with this tantalizing poem, Greg.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/4/2019 8:36:00 PM
Thank you so much, Suzette, that's very kind of you ... blessings, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 9/29/2019 5:02:00 AM
Congratulations on your wonderful First Placement with this outstanding poem that romances the soul with mystery. I loved it! xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/4/2019 8:33:00 PM
Thank you very much, Connie, I'm happy you liked this one! Blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 9/28/2019 1:50:00 PM
I knew a girl named Heather, loved her lots--sweet she was tho' my neck of the woods, Hawaii--compliments to your placement my friend ~ Aloha always William
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/4/2019 8:31:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, William, for your kind words of encouragement ... I had a girl named Heather as well who was special to me. Blessings, Friend! :o)
Date: 9/28/2019 11:45:00 AM
Greg, congratulations on your first place win with your excellently penned hauntingly romantic poem!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/28/2019 1:42:00 PM
Thank you VERY much, Tania, for my placement AND the kind comments - I'm so happy you found my poem worthy. Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 9/27/2019 12:38:00 AM
Exotic ! Very well penned.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/28/2019 1:41:00 PM
Many kind thanks, Akham - I so appreciate the kind words - blessings, my friend! :o)