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Colors daubed for seasons' scenes
          I sift through life for what it means
               In spite of chaos, shades and flings
     It comes down to the simple things

The mountain tops, the dark abyss'
          Have ground my egos down to this
               Of all the chance and spheres I'm of
     Life's worth and essence is ... but LOVE

Indeed, I've lived big moments, too
          The raptures and sweet rendezvous
               Moving mountains - burning skies
     Bright lilting lashes, soft lullabies

Shedding poisons like second skin
          Too few dreams to wear them in
               I dared the devil, danced with death
     Swore for mercy's whisp'ring breath

So just when ends seemed all to be
          This extra chance was proffered me
               Don't take for granted or yet waste
     That vigor gained from rigors faced

Don't tend concerns to end or start
          It's what's between that fills a heart
               True meaning - love's enduring kiss
     A life's no less or more ... than THIS.




~ 7th Place ~  in the "Favourite Poem From May, 2019" Poetry Contest, Julia Ward, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "The Meaning of Life" Poetry Contest, Chantelle Anne Cooke, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 7/6/2019 4:29:00 PM
Each of these stanzas would stand alone as a beautiful poem making this all together perfect. Several lines that are breathtaking...and that second stanza, well I think that's my favorite. Thank you for sharing this poem with us! It is a FAV for me :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/6/2019 5:44:00 PM
You are very sweet, PS, and I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem! Thank you so kindly for the marvelous comment, and for fav-ing! Blessings, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 7/6/2019 4:00:00 PM
I was captivated by your exceptional introspection on life, Gregory. The mountain highs and valley lows and all the challenges and gifts in between are so artistically expressed with beautiful imagery and emotion. Congratulations on your wonderful win. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/6/2019 5:42:00 PM
What a gorgeous comment, Susan, and I thank you so very much for taking the time to write such kind words. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem - blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 7/6/2019 1:27:00 PM
A fine poem, so it did well in my contest. Congratulations, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/6/2019 5:41:00 PM
Thank you very much, Julia, I'm pleased that you found it worthy. Blessings! :o)
Date: 6/15/2019 8:45:00 PM
What a beauty... This can really make the readers fall in love with life and of course your poem too. Congrats
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/27/2019 7:41:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Debjani, I'm so pleased that you liked my poem! Blessings and peace to you, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 6/12/2019 1:09:00 PM
Such a lovely poem Greg! Congratulations on your win! -Smita
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/12/2019 10:02:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Smita, and I thank you kindly for your wonderful words. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 6/7/2019 11:12:00 AM
Gee, I don't see my comment yet I know I wrote one Greg. Congratulations on this wonderful poem receiving a trophy. So well deserved! : ) xxoo
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Date: 6/12/2019 10:01:00 PM
I KNOW you write a comment, Connie - very strange, (although they've been having "glitches" again of late). Please know how important your opinion is to me, and that I would NEVER delete a comment of yours, (even if it was negative). Many thanks, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 6/5/2019 5:23:00 PM
Hello Gregory R. Barden, Love this poem. It is so beautiful. My fav verse is the last one, it speaks to me. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/12/2019 9:59:00 PM
You have a wonderful evening as well, my friend - thank you so very kindly for this marvelous comment! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 6/5/2019 5:08:00 PM
"Don't take for granted or yet waste That vigor gained from rigors faced" I loved this bit of counsel Greg. What a wonderful piece of poetry. Well done! Dean
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/12/2019 9:57:00 PM
Oh, such a wonderful comment, Dean, and it means a great deal ... thank you so much, my friend! Blessings to you! :-)
Date: 6/2/2019 3:28:00 AM
You are one, stupendous Poet. This is totally a FAV.I am moved beyond words, honestly. You are a winner in this poem and with your pen, on my follow list.God Bless From California with love, Panagiota xoxo
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Date: 6/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
Oh, this is such a wonderful comment, Panagiota, and I know it is heartfelt and sweet like you! Many kind thanks and blessings to you, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 5/30/2019 8:55:00 AM
Congrats on another great win G, you deserve all the accolades for this one, an all time great poem, I have to fave this one!!
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Date: 6/2/2019 3:59:00 PM
Many thanks to you, John, I'm very happy you liked this one, Bud! Blessings! :-)
Date: 5/30/2019 4:28:00 AM
Brilliant as ever Greg, you've filled in all the empty spaces with love. Congrats on this winner.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/2/2019 3:58:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Phil, thank you so kindly, my good friend! :-)
Date: 5/29/2019 10:48:00 AM
Beautiful, Gregory. Congrats on your well deserved gold medal win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/2/2019 3:58:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Line! :-) <3
Date: 5/29/2019 10:03:00 AM
Congratulations on your Trophy winning poem! Once again a stellar masterpiece! You give life color and emotion with your exalted writing! Well done!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/2/2019 3:57:00 PM
This made my day, Chantelle, and I am honored that you found it worthy of such wonderful placement! Many thanks and blessings to you, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 5/29/2019 9:27:00 AM
This is fantastic writing, breathtaking. Congratulations on your trophy but the poem outshines it! Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 6/2/2019 3:56:00 PM
That's very kind of you to say, CayCay, and I'm so pleased you liked it! Many thanks and blessings to you, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 5/29/2019 9:23:00 AM
Stupendous piece Greg! Absolutely wonderful, a fave ;o* Congratulations on your top win! xomo <3
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Date: 6/2/2019 3:54:00 PM
Many kind thank you's to you, Mo, I am so appreciative and happy that you found this one worthy! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 5/29/2019 8:36:00 AM
I love your beautiful poem, Greg, and it's going straight into my Faves! You have grasped so well the real meaning of life. Congratulations on your well-deserved Trophy win! Sandra <3 :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/2/2019 3:53:00 PM
Why, THANK you, Sandra, I so greatly appreciate the Fav-ing ... I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 5/28/2019 9:09:00 AM
This one is special G, loved every word,I sense a winner has arrived!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/2/2019 3:53:00 PM
Thank you very much, John - you called it! Blessings, Bud! :-)
Date: 5/28/2019 8:58:00 AM
So many great points made - living big moments, shedding poisons and true meaning love’s enduring kiss! A beautiful write, my friend! A fave!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/2/2019 3:52:00 PM
Thank you SO much, Kim, I came at this one from a very honest perspective ... sometimes it works, sometimes it's a disaster, lol, I think it worked OK this time. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3