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Aye, Summer-tide ... On such divine evenings, thus, are perfect odes not freely spun? The Perseids, dancing their jigs - evanescent stripes of golden ire, under a tapestry of wonders ... Watching rapt, ever-attentive, streaking, burning ephemeral, as if the gods themselves trace their fingertips gently on a phosphorescent brine, but this, yet, a sea of suns. Could it be they are fleeting? Hopes of angels, perhaps, dying bright in the veil of Zion - plunging to earth as if mortal. Perchance, they're pearls of Sol, strands of liquid morning, pure, to adorn the breast of Heaven. Could they be forsaken souls? Lost spirits, given one last chance to burn - to sign their id on the firmament. Or even yet, the wishes of children, sparkling to life in the midst of their deepest dreaming ... and then gone. Oh, surely, it must be that! Their bright, momentary glory is meant for just such tender fancy, the imaginings of youth, the only fit and worthy vessel for such runes, and I, an ever-willing caretaker. Thus, on such divine evenings ... Aye, Summer-tide! ~ 2nd Place ~ in the "Shooting Stars" Poetry Contest, Nayda Ivette Negron, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Your Choice (5), Any Form, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "2019 Poetry Marathon Mile One" Poetry Contest, Mark Toney, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Cosmos" Poetry Contest, Thvia Shetley, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 4th Place ~ in the "Spring" Poetry Contest, Craig Cornish, Judge & Sponsor. ~ Poem of the Day ~ on Poetry Soup.com, awarded August 7, 2017.

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Date: 6/10/2019 11:49:00 AM
Congrats on you much deserved 1st, Greg-- my praise from last year stands resolute.
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Date: 12/22/2018 3:06:00 PM
Lovely, Gregory. Congrats on your gold medal win.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 2/4/2019 3:28:00 AM
Thank you very much, Line! :-) <3
Date: 12/22/2018 8:53:00 AM
Gregory, I enjoyed being captured by your beautifully expressive contemplations that gently stroked my imagination and elated my heart. Congratulations on your wonderful win with your exquisite poem. Warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season, my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 2/4/2019 3:28:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Susan, your opinion is important to me, and I'm so pleased you liked my poem! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/21/2018 11:28:00 PM
Congrats, Greg, on your first place win on Mile 1 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon contest. You had me at the end when your poem shifted to “the wishes of children.” Awesome :). ~Mark
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 2/4/2019 3:27:00 AM
Thank you so kindly, Mark, I was SO honored by this - and surprised! Blessed to be on a list with such wonderful writers, and humbled by my placement ... I can't believe I missed this thank you until now, lol. Blessings! :-)
Date: 4/30/2018 10:30:00 PM
A lovely poem, Gregory. Congrats on your high ranking.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 5/27/2018 3:52:00 AM
Thank you so much, Line! :-) <3
Date: 4/30/2018 8:50:00 AM
Congrats, Gregory,on your win-- I was even more impressed by this poem than when I read it last year-- you have touched on how the divine, the immortal, may interweave with nature:'..to sign their id...', etc. It is a poem that deepens on re-readings, because it is a poem of mystery, of mysticism....
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 5/27/2018 3:51:00 AM
This is such a wonderful comment, LJ, and I'm so sorry I didn't see it until now ... this means a great deal to me, and I'm so pleased you found it so worthy of praise. Blessings, friend! :-)
Date: 4/29/2018 6:33:00 PM
mo <3
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 4/29/2018 6:51:00 PM
greg <3
Date: 4/29/2018 6:10:00 PM
A wonderfully emotive write Gregory.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 4/29/2018 6:50:00 PM
Very kind of you, James, and I thank you so much, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/29/2018 6:10:00 PM
A wonderfully emotive write Gregory.
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Date: 4/29/2018 6:50:00 PM
Very kind of you, James, and I thank you so much, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/29/2018 4:24:00 PM
Back again, Gregory, to congratulate you once more on another fine win for this outstanding 'heavenly' spring poem. Sandra :)
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Date: 4/29/2018 6:48:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Sandra, I so greatly appreciate the kind comments! :-) <3
Date: 4/29/2018 3:43:00 PM
Congratulations on your placement win with this heavenly poem. I'm still enthralled with your 'way with words'. Enjoyed this. :)
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Date: 4/29/2018 6:48:00 PM
You're very sweet, Susan, and I'm so thankful for your kind comments, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/29/2018 1:57:00 PM
Greg, you continue to be a master of words and I'm not at all surprised to find you amidst the best.
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Date: 4/29/2018 6:47:00 PM
Thank you so much, Craig - I'm honored and humbled to be on a list with such wonderful poets!
Date: 4/29/2018 1:35:00 PM
This is a lovely Ode to Spring......and instead of most who think of flowers and green, you took us to the heavens! Heavenly it was ! Congrats to you, Gregory !
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Date: 4/29/2018 6:45:00 PM
Thank you so much, Carrie, that's very kind - I'm glad you liked the direction I took this in. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 10/19/2017 10:26:00 AM
I like this very, very much-- it pulls one in, never an easy thing to do....
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 4/10/2018 6:00:00 PM
Thank you so much, LJ - I greatly appreciate the kind words, my friend! :-)
Date: 10/15/2017 5:01:00 PM
Exquisite, Gregory! Congrats on your well-deserved Trophy win! Sandra
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/16/2017 12:29:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Sandra, I greatly appreciate that, my friend! Blessings!
Date: 10/13/2017 8:39:00 PM
Congrats on another wonderful write and another number 1 win, I would say that you are finally getting recognized Greg, and in a big way...that's what happens to gifted ones.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/13/2017 11:11:00 PM
Thanks so much, John - You are too, too kind my good friend, and I so appreciate the kindness - if not for your encouragement I would probably not be here now, and I have been so blessed by all the friendship you and others have shown me. Just on a lucky streak with contests, I think, as I had a blank streak there for a while. :-)
Date: 10/13/2017 7:54:00 AM
Congrats on your top win, Gregory. Truly a lovely poem. I must have missed the POTD - belated congrats for that as well.
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Date: 10/13/2017 11:08:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Agnes, thank you! POTD was Aug 7. Blessings, friend! <3
Date: 10/13/2017 4:05:00 AM
Grats my dear friend. Nice trophy :)
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Date: 10/13/2017 11:06:00 PM
And many kind thanks to you, Buddy - I so appreciate it! :-) <3
Date: 10/13/2017 12:58:00 AM
Congrats my friend...simply divine...first place again lol...you have the golden magic touch...like King Midas...god bless...*WW*
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Date: 10/13/2017 1:01:00 AM
And congrats on potd too...yahoo!..your friend...WW
Date: 10/12/2017 11:49:00 PM
Impressive Greg.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/13/2017 11:05:00 PM
Thanks so much, Rob!
Date: 10/12/2017 10:58:00 PM
And I'm back again! You hit this one out of the park and past the moon :) Congratulations on your first place finish Greg, Stellar! xomo
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Date: 10/13/2017 11:03:00 PM
Thank you so much, Mo, you are very sweet, my friend ... so glad you liked this one! :-) <3
Date: 10/12/2017 9:59:00 PM
Congratulations, Greg on your grand win and wonderful placement with equally wonderful poem.
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Date: 10/13/2017 11:03:00 PM
Oh, thank you so much, my friend, that's very kind ... so pleased you enjoyed it, Subimal! :-)
Date: 10/12/2017 9:25:00 PM
Congratulations on earning first place in my contest The Cosmos. You nailed it with this piece. It is the exact fusion of poetry and the cosmos I was looking for. Truly stunning write that took my breath away. Saving to my favorites.
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Date: 10/13/2017 10:59:00 PM
Thank you SO very much, Thvia, I am so honored and humbled by the placement in your contest! Blessings to you - it put a smile on my face! :-)
Date: 9/5/2017 11:27:00 AM
This is one of the best writes I've read on Poetry Soup so far. Truly inspired and full of wonders. Enchanting.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/7/2017 7:31:00 PM
Thank you very kindly, Bernard - I'm honored that you found my little gem worthy! Blessings! :-)
Date: 8/23/2017 10:29:00 PM
Your poetic prowess and magical musings are heavenly Greg. This celestial beauty is gorgeous on the surface and deep in the Soul. Congrats with POTD honors with this sparkling gem :)
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/7/2017 7:30:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Susan, that's very sweet of you - blessings, my friend! :-)
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