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A glint in the black, like stars
    Pearly, polished, pointy peaks of a fiend
      Fangs of self-deprecation, puncturing every effort
    Coursing the flow of doubt, discouragement and defeat
I may not see your face, beast, but your teeth betray you in darkness

Dripping with the blood of my best effort and intention
    Inexperience and ignorance, clotting ...
      I am but a babe in the woods of poetic expression
    Searching like Hansel, for crumbs of excuse and artistic insight
Oh, I see your vestiges, hear the gnawing of your dismal disregard

And your umbra shades every scribble ... every keystroke
    But I know you well ... I know who placed you there
      Yet, with a sword forged in kind encouragement and friendships, rare
    I will stand on the battlements, and fight to the end
And should you gain the last word, it shall be inscribed ... in my blood.




Written and submitted on January 23, 2019
For the "Plucking the Poisonous Parrot" Poetry Contest
Maureen McGreavy, Judge & Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 1/28/2019 9:16:00 PM
Poe~Potent! Lovely done Greg! Congrtulations for your win and thank you <3 xomo!
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Date: 1/28/2019 8:15:00 PM
Wow that is one scary beast, Gregory. Shine up your suit of armor and go get him!
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Date: 1/27/2019 9:33:00 PM
Damn....that's one helluva parrot.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/28/2019 12:02:00 AM
Thank you, John! Blessings, my friend!
Date: 1/26/2019 10:53:00 AM
Gnawing of your dismal disregard, love it!! Masterful poe-esque write!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/27/2019 6:36:00 PM
Thank you so very much, John, I am honored that you found this worthy, as it is one I'm very proud of, and far outside the "ordinary", I believe. Blessings! :-)
Date: 1/24/2019 1:06:00 AM
sounds like e.a. poe...intriguing
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/26/2019 5:29:00 AM
Thank you, Sand Blown, much appreciated! :-)
Date: 1/23/2019 10:50:00 PM
WOW! A haunting write...I was shivering while reading this scary delight. A fav for me.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/26/2019 5:30:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Chantelle, I thank you very much - so pleased that you enjoyed this one! :-) <3