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A poet, you say? Oh no, not am I,
               There's only ONE poet, He writes on the sky ...

Of sunsets and stars, of space without end,
               A dazzling bright ink, an ethereal pen ...

Rainbows and sun dogs, anvils and rains,
               Mists from the moors, breeze-tickled plains.

Haze-shrouded hills, cloud-crusted peaks,
               Sunrise horizons with blush on their cheeks.

Green flash, auroras, comets, and moon,
               Fair constellations that rollick and swoon.

Bright, stabbing bolts that pierce the dark skies,
               Spiraling storms with the sun in their eyes.

All that He writes is authentic and true,
               Far beyond what MY words can construe.

But every-so-often, He blesses this fool,
               Imparts me the mercy to make me His tool.

I'd love to take credit, but I must keep in sight,
               That I'm just a pen with which He may write.

So, I may seem a bard, with the verses I've spun,
               But regarding TRUE poets, there's really ... just ...

ONE.




~ 8th Place ~  in the "Poetry Marathon Mile 21" Poetry Contest, Mark Toney, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Your Best Poem In The Last Year" Poetry Contest, Silent One, Sponsor.

~ 3rd Place ~  in the "What Inspires You To Write Poetry" Poetry Contest, Julie Rodeheaver, Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Any Poem That Got NA'd June - July 2017 Poetry Contest", Janice Canerdy, Sponsor.

~ 4th Place ~  in the "Creative Collective Anthology Series" Poetry Contest, Geraldine Taylor, Sponsor.

~ 2nd Place ~  in the "Best Rhyming Poem 3 Poetry Contest", John Hamilton, Sponsor.

* Recently featured in "The Creative Collective Anthology Series 2", published by Geraldine Taylor, available for purchase. *

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 3/4/2019 10:10:00 PM
I love this! FAV! Congratulations!
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Date: 3/3/2019 2:10:00 PM
What a great poem,Greg in both content and flow.I do believe that all our gifts are God-given and to be shared and used wisely. It was such an unusual rhythm which I really enjoyed. I'm about to go and look up the poem which Craig noted below!
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Date: 3/4/2019 12:35:00 AM
Oh, that's very kind of you, Wendy, and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this one ... yes, I too agree we are just conduits, and that the gifts we've been blessed with are just that - blessings, and to be used for something much greater than ourselves. It's really is quite a special gift. Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 3/3/2019 12:32:00 PM
I'm reading this and while loving it all the meter haunted me until it came to me--Clement Moore's A Visit From Saint Nick and your use of similar meter here helps deliver your message--bravo once more Greg!
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Date: 3/4/2019 12:32:00 AM
Ha! Yes, you are absolutely correct, Craig, and that was indeed the inspiration for the meter I used ... I think I've used it only ONE other time, and not very successfully at that. Thanks and blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 3/3/2019 12:24:00 PM
Greg, an inspirational couplet and your word choice is brilliant! Congratulations on your win on Mile 21 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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Date: 3/4/2019 12:31:00 AM
I am truly honored that you found this worthy of placement, Mark - I know it's a bit on the corny side, but I think it teaches an important lesson. Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 3/3/2019 12:05:00 PM
Elegant write, and a beautiful praise to our Creator! Adding to favs.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/4/2019 12:29:00 AM
Thank you so much, Juliet - blessings! :-) <3
Date: 11/19/2018 3:12:00 PM
I beg to differ with you, Gregory. You are most certainly a great poet...and when you are in tune with the divine you are a chosen one (poet)...which you obviously are. Love this poem. FAVED
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/19/2018 4:16:00 PM
Oh, you are so sweet, Carole, and I greatly appreciate your kind comments, and I'm so pleased you enjoy my work! Best wishes and many blessings to you, Dear Poet, I am so thankful for your friendship and kindness! :-) <3
Date: 2/8/2018 11:20:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Greg! Great choice for the contest. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 2/10/2018 9:29:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Eve - blessings to you, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 2/5/2018 8:50:00 PM
Congrats on an awesome poem, Gregory. It is a beautiful feeling to feel divinely inspired.
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Date: 2/10/2018 9:28:00 PM
That "flow" - to be in touch with the "Creative Conscience" - is really quite amazing and humbling ... and so NOT from within! Blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 2/5/2018 7:30:00 PM
Returning with congratulations Gregory on your excellent win with this joyfully vivid and beautifully expressed poem. Warmest wishes ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/10/2018 9:27:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Susan, and I thank you so much, my friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 2/5/2018 3:52:00 PM
An excellent poem with many great lines and a great comparison between God and poetry.. Congratulations on your placement in the contest, I am happy you entered and the poem will be showcased..
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/10/2018 9:26:00 PM
Thank you so much, S1, I am honored and humbled to be on a list with such wonderful writers! Blessings!
Date: 11/22/2017 2:09:00 PM
This is wonderful. Congratulations. If anyone tells you to change some of the rhyme or verse, don't do it. I especially appreciated your imagery of nature and how the whole poem is about God being the true poet and creator.
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Date: 11/23/2017 8:06:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Gracie, and I so appreciate that ... I'm very pleased you liked it! Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 9/18/2017 4:08:00 PM
AWESOME poem - no wonder you won so many prizes.
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Date: 9/18/2017 8:46:00 PM
Thank you, Line - this does seem to be a popular one ... it was one of those "joyful flows", as I call them, and I believe they come from a place far greater than my own limited means. So pleased you enjoyed it - it's very special to me! :-) <3
Date: 9/4/2017 8:53:00 PM
Hi Greg, a beautiful poem in content, imagery, rhythm and rhyme. Fabulous expression throughout. Congratulations on your win! :)
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Date: 9/18/2017 8:44:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Susan - I greatly appreciate that, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 9/3/2017 4:12:00 AM
Superb write, Greg!! Great imagery and flow; very humble, too. Looks like you're collecting quite a few well-deserved accolades for this beauty!! All the best, John.
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Date: 9/3/2017 6:56:00 PM
Thanks so very much, John, that's very kind of you - so pleased you enjoyed this one! :-)
Date: 9/3/2017 12:51:00 AM
Adding this one to my favorites!
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Date: 9/3/2017 3:41:00 AM
Aww ... that's very sweet of you, Anita - I'm very pleased you like this one, as it is special to me! Blessings and thanks so much!
Date: 9/2/2017 10:26:00 PM
Greg, thank you for entering my contest, CONGRATULATIONS on your win. Janice
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Date: 9/2/2017 11:00:00 PM
Thank you SO much, Janice - what a nice surprise to come home to! Blessings! :-)
Date: 8/27/2017 10:29:00 AM
Awesome pen Greg :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/27/2017 3:46:00 PM
Thank you, Maureen.
Date: 7/26/2017 11:32:00 AM
Brilliant write "Greg" - makes one think just where are we getting the words and lines we write from - I go to say a beautiful write - who ever the boss is I am sure he picked the right one to dicipher some very nice lines - deserved to be a 1st - Indiana x x x
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Date: 7/26/2017 4:21:00 PM
Such wonderfully kind words, Indiana, and I so greatly appreciate them! I call it "The Creative Conscience", some say "God", we are all searching and I'll never figure out, that's for sure, but being open to being used as a tool for such is what it's all about for me ... keeping in a state that allows that energy to enter us and use us for a greater purpose ...
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Date: 7/26/2017 4:21:00 PM
... whatever that means to each of us, I think in the end it's the same thing. Thank you so much, and blessings to you! <3
Date: 7/10/2017 9:47:00 AM
This creatively engaging poem had me mesmerized from start to finish, Greg. Love how you used the Creator/creation contrast in this beautiful poem. Pure poetry on display, my friend. Love and more love to you and yours.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/26/2017 4:17:00 PM
Thank you, thank you, Freddie! I greatly appreciate your kind words, and I'm so pleased you liked this one ... it was a joyful experience for me to write, just tapping into that divine energy that comes without us - blessings, my friend!
Date: 7/3/2017 2:22:00 PM
Beautiful flow Greg and the images you brought to mind were vivid and colorful. Very well done. He must favor you indeed. Regards, Dean
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/4/2017 12:40:00 AM
Such very kind comments, Dean, and so appreciated, my friend! Thank you! :-)
Date: 6/23/2017 3:51:00 PM
Congratulations! :)
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Date: 6/23/2017 10:58:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Heidi! :-)
Date: 4/21/2017 1:00:00 AM
Wonderful flow and imaginative word play, Congrats!
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Date: 6/23/2017 10:56:00 PM
Thank you so much, Brian - very kind of you!
Date: 4/19/2017 8:14:00 PM
Great words, great poem!! Congrats!
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Date: 4/19/2017 9:23:00 PM
Thank you kindly, Sushma, so very much appreciated! :-)
Date: 4/19/2017 1:38:00 PM
This is one of my favourites from you Greg, loved the rhymes and the content, congrats on a great win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/19/2017 9:23:00 PM
Thanks so much, John, I greatly appreciate the award and the kind comment - blessings!
Date: 3/5/2017 8:46:00 AM
I love this poem Greg. A favorite :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/14/2017 11:22:00 PM
Thank you so much, Heidi - that means a lot to me! :-)
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