Get Your Premium Membership

He's Not Heavy

Poet's Notes
(Show)

Become a Premium Member and post notes and photos about your poem like Gregory R Barden.


(For my beloved big brother, Mike, who is facing a very difficult time ... I love you so much. This is my brother and I at age five and one, respectively - he has always watched out for me, now ... I will watch out for him).


I know you face a darkness, nigh unknown,

               But as with all such hardships,

       You won't face it alone ...



Before you yawns a crevice, dark and deep,

               Still, I am with you, Brother,

       To light its somber keep ...



And if you find its fearsome depths too wide,

               I'll put you on my shoulders,

       And we'll reach the other side.




~ 1st Place ~  in the "Kimo Therapy" Poetry Contest, Carol Connell, Judge & Sponsor.

Syllables counted at HowManySyllables.com

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Mid August 2018 Standard Any Form Or None" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




Post Comments
Please Login to post a comment
Date: 8/17/2018 6:29:00 AM
A wonderful piece of work, so deeply profound and heartfelt. A deserved win. Faux
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2018 7:52:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Faux, and I so appreciate the comments, my friend! :-)
Date: 8/15/2018 10:15:00 PM
Oh my! Congratulations on your #1 win again! Deservedly so too. Well-written, heartfelt poem of love and giving. :)
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2018 2:26:00 AM
Many kind thank you's, Susan, I'm so happy you enjoyed this one! :-)
Date: 8/15/2018 9:54:00 PM
Congratulations on your #1 win. An expression of love the world needs more of.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2018 2:26:00 AM
That's very sweet of you, Susan, thank you so much! :-) <3
Date: 8/15/2018 4:01:00 PM
Wow the best poem on brotherly love I have ever read, Gregory.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2018 2:25:00 AM
Wow - thank you SO much, Line, that means so much to me! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 8/14/2018 10:17:00 AM
A beautifully somber write Greg, double honors on this one I see, writing aside, being healthy is a blessing, hoping for the best for your brother, you are good brother as it should be.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/16/2018 2:24:00 AM
Very kind of you, my friend, and I so appreciate the kind words and good wishes ... so pleased you liked this one, Bud! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 8:55:00 PM
Great poem, congrats on a fine win.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:21:00 PM
Thank you so much, Richard! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 7:56:00 PM
Greg, I love to see siblings who have a strong loving relationship. This is a beautiful tribute for your brother. Congratulations on your first place win! Wishing you both well, Connie : )
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:21:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Connie, you are always so kind to me, and so supportive ... it means a great deal! Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 8/13/2018 5:15:00 PM
Back with congrats on your richly deserved win, Gregory! Best wishes, Gershon
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:20:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Gershon! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 5:09:00 PM
Greg, your poem is so beautiful and heartfelt...a brother's deep, unending, and powerful love. Very meaningful to me...my husband is facing this with his younger brother...I know the pain. Congratulations on your well-deserved First Place win. Hugs, Sandra
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:19:00 PM
Thank you SO much, Sandra, that means a lot to me. My brother and sister would do anything for me, so I do not hesitate to be there for them ... that's what love is about. I hope things work out well with your hubby and his brother - I will put them in my prayers, dear friend. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 8/13/2018 4:56:00 PM
Family is all we have...love is all we can give...write on bro...great poetic response...congrats! Greg...light & family love...^WW^
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:11:00 PM
Thank you so much, ^WW^ - I greatly appreciate it! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 4:24:00 PM
Wonderfully touching Greg and I just love Kimo with rhyme! Love it when rhyme sneaks in when it kinda shouldn’t! Makes me want to do a little fist pump. Anyway. I’m sure with a heart as big as yours obviously is, you will be the best ally your brother could need. All the best.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:09:00 PM
Thank you so much, Nina ... I am new to this poetry thing, and there is nothing about rhyme either way with Kimo on the PS forms page, so I assumed it was fine. If it is NOT fine, I have no issues with being removed from the contest. I want to learn new forms correctly from the start, and also do not want any issues or hard feelings with ANYone. :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 3:48:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in my very first contest, Greg! This poem touched my heart with it's theme of brotherly love and flowed so nicely with rhyme also. Well done!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:02:00 PM
Thank you so much, Carol - I'm honored that you found my poem worthy, and humbled to be on a list with such wonderful writers! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 8/13/2018 2:42:00 PM
Congrats for the win with Brian. Very well deserved.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:01:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea ... much appreciated! :-) <3
Date: 8/13/2018 12:56:00 PM
Such a touching, heartfelt promise in the last three lines, Gregory. You will be your brother's "bridge over troubled water." Kudos. Gershon
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 9:01:00 PM
Thanks so much, Gershon ... siblings are (usually) our longest relationships in life, and my brother and sister and I have always been close. I am so blessed for that. Blessings, friend! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 1:54:00 AM
A beautifully written tender and heartfelt verse, Gregory. It reminded me of the song "he's not heavyt he's my brother". Best wishes for the contest(s). T.J
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 4:49:00 AM
That's very kind of you, TJ, I'm so pleased you liked this one - that's a great song, and an old fav of mine! Blessings! :-)
Date: 8/10/2018 9:58:00 PM
I felt your tenderness and was touched by your love.. such a great write!
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/13/2018 4:48:00 AM
That's very kind of you, LM, thank you! :-)
Date: 8/10/2018 5:45:00 PM
wow, outstanding work on your kimos, GReg. I wish your brother well. Sorry he has fallen on such hard times, but you will be his comfort. You are a very good brother.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/10/2018 6:57:00 PM
Thank you so much, Andrea, I'm pleased you like it! He would do the same for me, without question. :-) <3
Date: 8/10/2018 7:03:00 AM
I believe you would too, this one is heartfelt, and reflects a helpful, kind bard.
Login to Reply
Barden Avatar
Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/10/2018 6:56:00 PM
Thank you so much, Caren ... Love is everything in this life, the only TRUE golden treasure that we have. I would do anything for those I love ... I'm sure you would, too! Blessings! :-) <3