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Cob swan and I have met here many times, As heaven's hem is melting pink and peach, A waxing gibbous moon now peeks and climbs, Its timid cheeks soft-blushing like the reach. My dipping oars, with rhythm, cut the lake, While swan divides the silence, just behind, To wend the wondrous ribbons of my wake, And weave them to this covenant we bind. We two are old in more than but our years, Yet always yearn the romance of our youth, So here we share our travels and our tears, To hope for warmer days and sweeter truth. As swan, upon the breath of Autumn, flies, Last call for lonely hearts ... and empty skies. ~ 2nd Place ~ in the "Premiere IV - Open" Poetry Contest, Rob Carmack, Judge & Sponsor. ~ Honorable Mention ~ in the "Strand Select A - Any Form Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Your Best Sonnet July - December 2019" Poetry Contest, John Hamilton, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 3rd Place ~ in the "Favourite Poem From November 2019" Poetry Contest, Julia Ward, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 4th Place ~ in the "New Fall Sonnets" Poetry Contest, Emile Pinet, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "2019 Best Sonnet" Poetry Contest, John Hamilton, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 2/11/2020 4:08:00 AM
Wonderful poetry, Greg. My congratulations to you on your 2nd place win! Charlie
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Date: 2/11/2020 1:43:00 AM
The picture and your poem are a perfect match. Congrats and thanks for supporting my contests.
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Date: 2/2/2020 11:02:00 PM
Beautiful picture painting with words. Congratulations Gregory!
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Date: 1/12/2020 8:55:00 AM
Intriguing images sensitively described with great skill to wonderful poetic effect. This sonnet is a real delight to read.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/12/2020 9:52:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Geoffrey, and I greatly appreciate the comments, my friend. Blessings! :o)
Date: 1/8/2020 3:57:00 PM
I can't express how wonderful this poem is and so very true.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/8/2020 7:56:00 PM
This is such a nice comment, Michael, and I thank you so much for taking the time. Blessings! :o)
Date: 1/3/2020 9:25:00 AM
What a delectable delight for the soul. This is a wondrously written poem. Congrats on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/3/2020 6:12:00 PM
And a wonderfully heartfelt comment! Thank you so kindly, JC, I greatly appreciate it! :o)
Date: 1/2/2020 11:03:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in John Hamilton, Best Sonnet Contest. Hugs Eve
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/3/2020 6:12:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Eve - blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 1/2/2020 12:12:00 AM
Gregory, this is sonnet perfection in my book. Perfect in cadence, mood, and rhyme, and the melancholy is exquisitely understated. My favorite line is the sunset image - "As heaven's hem is melting pink and peach", but there are several others that I will look forward to re-reading in the future. A fav. Keep writing sonnets! ~ John
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/3/2020 6:11:00 PM
This is a very kind and thoughtful comment, John, and it means a great deal ... I'm so pleased you found this one so worthwhile, as it is special to me. I started writing three years ago, but I shied away from Sonnets for quite a while ... not sure WHY, because when I finally wrote one I fell in love with the form.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/3/2020 6:11:00 PM
(2) I don't write many of them because I want to retain a freshness each time. Thanks and blessings to you, my friend! :o)
Date: 1/1/2020 8:12:00 PM
Beautiful sonnet! Congrats on your win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/3/2020 6:07:00 PM
Thank you so much, Juliet - blessings! :o) <3
Date: 1/1/2020 4:13:00 PM
A gorgeous poem Greg, love the flow and the imagery! Congratulations on your win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/1/2020 4:23:00 PM
Thank you very much, Tania, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one. Blessings, Friend! :o) <3
Date: 1/1/2020 1:53:00 PM
just beautiful and well deserving of a win. Congrats dear friend x:-)-luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/1/2020 3:29:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Lu Loo - blessings! :o) <3
Date: 1/1/2020 1:10:00 PM
Congrats Greg this is a special write, congrats on shared best sonnet 2019!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/1/2020 3:29:00 PM
Thank you so kindly, John - this one is special to me. Blessings! :o)
Date: 12/17/2019 5:28:00 PM
Congrats on your winning poem Greg
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/20/2019 7:18:00 AM
Thank you very much, Gregory!
Date: 12/17/2019 10:14:00 AM
Did I not comment on this? Why? Why? I remember reading and enjoying. You create a beautiful moment of calm. God knows we need more of those. Beautiful medicine.
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Date: 12/20/2019 7:17:00 AM
Oh, thank you so much, Nina - I would NEVER remove a comment, (unless offensive), as I get very few as it is, lol - they are like gold to me, especially YOURS! I have another poem about a swan that you might have commented on (?). Blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 12/17/2019 4:44:00 AM
A wonderful sonnet, Greg, beautiful imagery and a meaning that resonates with me. Congrats on your win. John
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/20/2019 7:15:00 AM
I'm so pleased this touched your heart, John, and very thankful for your kind comments, my friend! Blessings! :o)
Date: 12/16/2019 7:49:00 PM
Long lasting understanding and beautifully stated. Breathless! Lonna
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/20/2019 7:14:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Lonna, thank you so much, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 12/16/2019 5:31:00 PM
Beautiful, Greg. Congrats on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/20/2019 7:13:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Dale, I greatly appreciate it, friend! :o)
Date: 12/16/2019 4:50:00 PM
This one is special G, not often I give a stand alone first place, but this one is one of your best and a personal fave of mine! congrats on a stunning poem!
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Date: 12/20/2019 7:13:00 AM
I know that's a rarity for you, John, and I so very much appreciate it ... this IS one of my best, I think, and it is very special to me. I knew you liked it cuz of your earlier comment, so I steered it your way again, lol. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Brother - you keep me going! :o)
Date: 12/10/2019 9:32:00 PM
A poetic feast, Gregory: Dazzling imagery, flow, and reflection. A masterpiece, really. (I think the roster of contest winners must have been upside down! This is magnificent.) Seasons best, Gershon
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:23:00 AM
You are very kind, GW, and I thank you very much for your heartfelt comments - your opinion means a lot to me, as you know, and this poem is a fave of mine, too! Blessings, brother! :o)
Date: 12/10/2019 9:23:00 AM
Greg, congratulations on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:22:00 AM
That's very sweet of you, Eve, as always ... and as always, I am thankful for your kindness and words. Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 12/10/2019 8:21:00 AM
Greg, this is so beautifully penned and a big congratulations on your win in the contest, well done !
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:21:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Constance, I'm very pleased that you like it. Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 12/10/2019 6:56:00 AM
A wonderful sonnet, profound, romantic and excellently penned. Congrats, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:20:00 AM
That's very kind of you to say, Kurt, and so very much appreciated. Blessings, Friend! :o)
Date: 12/10/2019 1:04:00 AM
Back with more congrats, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:20:00 AM
Thank you very much, Line! <3
Date: 12/10/2019 12:40:00 AM
Congrats on your winning poem Greg
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:20:00 AM
Thank you very much, Sir G, I greatly appreciate it, my friend! :o)
Date: 12/8/2019 11:07:00 PM
Awesome imagery.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2019 3:19:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Suzanna - blessings to you! :o) <3
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