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I thrive for summer, dancing free,
     Yet, when autumn breathes a sigh -
          Whispers deep, that voice, to me,
     Shadows stretch to kiss goodbye
The nape of August, bound to die.

     Seems the seasons know us best,
          When we ache for change, it comes,
     Bright-adorned, October"s breast -
Crimsons, umbers, scarlets, plums,
     Shades cascade in countless sums.

          Still, what speaks to me the most -
     Sharp and keen, that mistral, fall,
Shoulders back a youthful ghost,
     Dressed as then, in passion's pall,
          Waiting, breathless, for her call ...

     Then, as now, my heart so beat
For the hope to catch her gaze,
     'Twas only there I was complete,
          Lost within her wondrous ways ...
     Lost to love ... those autumn days.




Submitted on January 31, 2019
To the "2019 Poetry Marathon Mile 14" Poetry Contest
Mark Toney, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 2/11/2019 9:12:00 PM
Congrats on your win, Gregory, with this lovely poem.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/11/2019 9:25:00 PM
Many kind thanks, Line, so appreciated! :-) <3
Date: 2/2/2019 7:18:00 PM
It was so nice to read your poem again, Greg, and happy to see it here on the marathon contest winner's list! Congratulations and best wishes for the next mile! Sandra :) <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/11/2019 9:25:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Sandra, I thank you so very much! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 2/2/2019 1:03:00 AM
Wow! Well-expressed sentiments. Congratulations. God bless you.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/11/2019 9:23:00 PM
Thank you very much, Beata, I so appreciate it! :-) <3
Date: 2/1/2019 7:15:00 PM
Greg, this is my first exposure to the Quintain (English) poetry form. "Seems the seasons know us best, When we ache for change, it comes..." Love it! Plus, autumn is my favorite season :) Congratulations on your win on mile 15 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon Contest. Thank you so much for supporting my contests. By continuing to place in the contests you are accumulating points toward the final. ~Mark
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/11/2019 9:23:00 PM
This means a lot to me Mark, as this poem is very special to me for a number of reasons ... you are somebody here whose opinion I really value and respect, and I am so thankful that you found this worthy of placement. Many blessings and thanks, my friend! :-)
Date: 11/11/2018 1:54:00 PM
Beautifully penned, Gregory. Congrats on your top win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/11/2018 2:30:00 PM
Thank you very much, Line!
Date: 11/5/2018 3:11:00 PM
Beautifully written, Greg, and so seasonally and metaphorically enchanting. 'Autumn' is my favorite time in many ways. Congratulations on your well-deserved top win! Sandra :) <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/6/2018 1:58:00 AM
This is so nice, Sandra, thank you so much ... this one was a joy to write, and I love the rhyme scheme - that's the best thing about contests for me, it forces me to try forms and styles and subjects that I might not otherwise, and I discover other things in the process. Blessings, Dear Friend! :-) <3
Date: 10/29/2018 5:45:00 AM
Congratulations on your top place, Gregory with this superb poem. I love the lyrical word flow. +Fav for me. // Barry
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 2:35:00 AM
Thank you so much for Fav-ing, Barry - I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, my friend! :-)
Date: 10/28/2018 3:00:00 PM
I knew this beauty would top the list Greg, but I am surprised and honored to join you in First place! Congratulations my friend! : )
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 2:35:00 AM
That is so awesome, Connie - I am honored to be on ANY list with you, Dear Poet! I'm hoping my schedule opens up soon and I can do some reading and commenting ... it has been so long, and I so enjoy it. Blessings and thanks to you! :-) <3
Date: 10/28/2018 12:49:00 PM
BIG CONGRATS to win top.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 2:33:00 AM
Thank you so much, Anisha! :-)
Date: 10/28/2018 4:54:00 AM
A beautifully written autumn poem, congratulations on your win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 2:33:00 AM
Thank you very much, Tania, so greatly appreciated! :-) <3
Date: 9/23/2018 4:59:00 PM
Francine can't help but love this exquisite offering for her contest Greg! The unique way you express the charms of autumn just blows me away. I am sure to see this gem at the top of the winner's list. This is going into my Faves! : )
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/27/2018 9:23:00 PM
Oh, you are so kind to me, Connie, and your opinion is important to me ... thank you so very much, I'm pleased you enjoyed this one, (forgive me - I'm just now seeing these comments, I'm so far behind in my thank-you's). Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 9/23/2018 11:43:00 AM
Beautifully written Gregory :) I enjoyed this .
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/27/2018 9:22:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Heidi! :-) <3
Date: 9/23/2018 9:55:00 AM
A beautiful poem Gregory :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/27/2018 9:22:00 PM
Thanks so much, Gary! :-)