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     Oh ...

Have you seen my darling boy, blond hair, like corn silk, falling?
          Lost, his sparkling absinthe eyes, but still, my heart keeps calling.
     I thought I saw him run away, with a young girl, hand-in-hand ...
               Swallowed by the ocean mist, their footprints in the sand.

Oh, have you seen my darling boy, with a smile broad and bright?
          Seems he went a-wandering, in a full moon, late one night.
     While captured by his fancies, he's inclined to court a whim,
               So counting evening fireflies, would be grave concern for him.`

Oh, have you seen my darling boy, with dreams and hopes anew?
          He holds the mind to conquer, a kingdom, grand ... or two.
     And yet he'd rather spin you, tall tales that make you smile -
               Wise anecdotes, adventurous, to charm you and beguile.

Oh, have you seen my darling boy, replete with loves and life?
          He's apt to wink or tease you, suffused with virtue, rife.
     He's endeared to melancholy, yet he masks it with a laugh,
               His child's heart aches for others, but breaks on their behalf.

Oh, have you seen my darling boy? He sings an impassioned tune,
          Of swirling maelstroms, seas of suns, the faces of the moon ...
     He's oft' to feign a scoundrel, though he's chivalrous and kind,
               And loves to search a sunken heart, for the treasure he may find.

Oh, have you seen my darling boy? No ... I doubt you ever will,
          As I call to him across the years, but the air is hushed and still.
     So ... tho' I've chased him, wide and far, I'm quite sure I'll never see ...
               His corn silk hair and absinthe eyes, for that darling boy ...

     Was me.





~ 1st Place ~  in the "You And Yours, Lets Get Personal, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Your Choice, Any Form, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 3rd Place ~  in the "Your Personal Perfect Poem Pick, Any Theme, Any Form" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 2nd Place ~  in the "2019 Poetry Marathon Mile 8" Poetry Contest, Mark Toney, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 7/14/2019 12:03:00 AM
Your poem just sings its own unique melody Greg. You have outdone yourself on this masterpiece! It is so deserving of your first place win. I am putting this wonderful poem into my Faves! Congratulations! : ) xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/14/2019 1:20:00 AM
That's very sweet of you, Connie, thank you so much ... your opinion means a great deal to me, and this poem is special to me as well. Blessings, My Friend! :o) <3
Date: 7/11/2019 5:11:00 PM
beautiful verse , Greg, congratulations on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/14/2019 1:19:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Eve, you are always so good to me. Blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 7/3/2019 9:09:00 AM
I was swept away in the flowing wistful beauty and nostalgia of your poem, Gregory. Every line a precious gem. A mesmerizing piece. Congratulations on your wonderful win. Warmest wishes always my inspiring friend.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/4/2019 9:21:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Susan, I so enjoy seeing you've left a comment, as they're always so kind and beautiful, (like you) ... this one is VERY special to me, and while sad that we can never return to childhood, I had a joyful one, and looking back is the treasure in life! Blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 6/7/2019 8:42:00 AM
Congrats on yr 1st, Greg
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/24/2019 11:59:00 PM
Thank you so very much, LJ - blessings! :-)
Date: 6/5/2019 3:12:00 PM
Heartiest congratulations on a deserving top win, Greg:-) Instant fave for this masterpiece!
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Date: 6/24/2019 11:59:00 PM
You are very kind as always, Edward, and I am so thankful for your comments and friendship! Blessings, My Poet Brother! :-)
Date: 6/5/2019 2:56:00 PM
Sooo awesome! A fave for me! And that it turns out to be you in the end!
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Date: 6/24/2019 11:58:00 PM
Thanks to you, Kim, I'm pleased you liked this one, my friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 6/5/2019 2:28:00 PM
Bravo, Gregory. Awesome lyrical magic. Congrats on your most deserving gold medal. A FAVE for me.
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Date: 6/24/2019 11:57:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Line, I greatly appreciate it! :-) <3
Date: 6/5/2019 1:45:00 PM
Remarkably amazing and righteous of 1st Place indeed Gregory--my compliments, Aloha William ~FAVE~
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/24/2019 11:57:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, William, I am very grateful for your wonderful comments ... blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 1/7/2019 6:32:00 PM
I just love this, Greg. I wondered if it might be you...and it was! What a delightfully beautiful poem...a keeper and a FAVE for sure. Congrats on your well-deserved win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/8/2019 3:00:00 AM
Oh, Thank you so very much, Carole, that's very kind of you, my friend ... I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 1/5/2019 5:58:00 AM
Oh that's so beautiful, Greg. But you're still making indelible footprints on our minds!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/5/2019 10:26:00 PM
You are so sweet and kind to me, Wendy, and it means so much coming from such a wonderful poet as you ... thank you so very much, my friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 1/5/2019 2:01:00 AM
Congratulations Greg! You have such an awesome back catalogue to draw on, it must be hard to pick for this marathon... but this is an absolute beauty. Such exquisite word-choices. Well done!
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Date: 1/5/2019 10:24:00 PM
That's very sweet, Nina, and I thank you so much! It's rather time-consuming going back through the last two years to find something I feel is worthy, but a nice reminder of poems I've forgotten about. Two years of writing poetry and it is a blur. Blessings, dear friend!
Date: 1/4/2019 11:51:00 PM
I have read this poem and found it so well gorgeous and struggled to comment as I am now... It is hauntingly beautiful! Many congratulations!
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Date: 1/5/2019 10:19:00 PM
That's so kind of you, PS, and I greatly appreciate your thoughtful and heartfelt comments ... blessings to you and yours, my friend! :-)
Date: 1/4/2019 9:03:00 PM
Greg, I/we are so lucky you chose to write poetry because you were born to - I pray you never quite find that darling boy because the journey is such a joy!
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Date: 1/5/2019 10:18:00 PM
Such a wonderful comment, Craig, and I so appreciate it ... I have learned a lot from you and I am always impressed by the quality of your work, and thankful for your friendship. Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 1/4/2019 7:28:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved win! So beautiful! Janice
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Date: 1/5/2019 10:16:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Janice, thank you so much, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 1/4/2019 5:40:00 PM
I remember reading and commenting on this before Greg! many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/5/2019 10:13:00 PM
Thank you so much, Jan - so YOU were one of those that was eaten on "Glitch" day ... some folks lost poems, too. I DID lose a poem from here that day, but I had also posted it on FB, thankfully. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 1/4/2019 5:19:00 PM
Greg, the self-reflection reveal at the end is awesome! A Fav for me. Congrats on your win on mile 8 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon contest! You continue to accumulate points toward the final. ~Mark
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/5/2019 10:11:00 PM
I'm so honored, Mark, truly, and so humbled to be listed with such wonderful poets - I'd be happy to be on any list with these wonderful folks! This poem is very special to me for many reasons, and I greatly appreciate the placement. Blessings! :-)
Date: 10/24/2018 7:26:00 AM
Hi Gregory, this is excellent poetry from your pen. You are so creative in your writes. Your talent shines in this piece. This write shines. Have a wonderful Wednesday. your friend....Mike.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 1:41:00 AM
You are very kind with your comments, Mike, and I'm so thankful that you enjoy my writing! Blessings and thanks to you, Friend! :-)
Date: 10/21/2018 8:56:00 PM
Heya! I was here ;)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/22/2018 7:08:00 PM
Thank you so much, Mo - I'm sorry about the glitch - apparently it ruined a lot of peoples' days. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 10/21/2018 7:37:00 PM
Hi Gregory! I love this poem. How time flies, huh? Seems like not long ago we could look in the mirror and see youth looking back at us. Where did that image go?
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/22/2018 7:08:00 PM
Indeed, it goes much too fast, Carole - it makes your head spin! Many thanks and blessings - I'm pleased you liked it! :-) <3
Date: 10/21/2018 7:05:00 PM
To the three people who left comments - I hope you will leave your comment again, as this poem was removed by some kind of "glitch" in the Poetry Soup system today, (this happened to others as well), and I only got to see them briefly, planning to return and thank you this evening. Thank you SO much!
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