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      Listen for me in the rain -
          The rhythm never changes,
             The music stays the same ...
              Listen for me in the rain -
             As constant as a sunrise,
          The solace for your pain ...

     If I'm gone and you're weary,
 If your tears are cried in vain,
If you need to know I love you ...
 Throw wide your windows to the storm -
     And listen for me singing in the rain.

                            ~

                Listen for me in the rain -
                    A soft and certain cadence,
                       A temperate refrain ...
                        Listen for me in the rain -
                       The fluid flow of harmony,
                    A pattern, unrestrained ...

              If I've left and you're hurting,
          If your heart is sore again,
         If you need to know I'm near you ...
          Just turn your face up to the sky -
              And listen for my voice within the rain.

                                 ~

                     Listen for me in the rain -
                         A thrum of water, sweetened,
                            As droplets fall arranged ...
                             Listen for me in the rain -
                            The gentle running meter,
                         Its patter on the panes ...

                 If you and I are parted,
             Your sorrows still remain,
            If you need to know I love you ...
             Just turn off all the sounds of life -
                 And listen for my song inside the rain.

                                    ~

                        Listen for me in the rain -
                            Nature's soothing lullaby,
                               The atmospheric strain ...
                                Listen for me in the rain -
                               Warming heaven's teardrops,
                            As swollen clouds complain ...

                    If I'm no longer with you,
                If you need me to explain,
               If I need to reassure you ...
                Just remember all the life it brings -
                   Sating rivers, lakes and springs,
                       Remember you're my everything ...

                            And listen for me singing
                             In the rain ...
                           The rain and I will always sing ...
                        Your name.





Submitted on June 29, 2019
To the "Poetry Anthology - Music Theme" Poetry Contest
Geraldine Taylor, Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 2/23/2018 10:31:00 PM
Beautiful, Gregory. A lovely romantic FAVE for me. Bravo.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/24/2018 3:36:00 AM
Many kind thank you's to you, Line, for always being so kind and caring ... you are a special person, and a wonderful poet! Blessings, Dear Friend! :-) <3
Date: 2/23/2018 8:20:00 PM
Wow, Greg. I am surprised I had not seen this one yet. It's so song-like. Will you put it to music? It's smooth flowing and a very well deserved win! Congratulations.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/24/2018 3:35:00 AM
Considering it, Andrea, and wrote it with that, (and my children), in mind ... so pleased you enjoyed it, Buddy! :-) <3
Date: 2/23/2018 5:31:00 PM
Greg, I'm with Carole. As I read this I found myself falling into a song-like meter. Well Done and congrats on your placement
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/24/2018 3:32:00 AM
Thank you very kindly, John, I may actually turn this into a song, (though I don't have room on my current project for another tune) ... so pleased you enjoyed it, my friend! :-)
Date: 2/23/2018 4:08:00 PM
This is so beautiful, Greg, but I think you should change the form to lyric because it would make such a great song. I also used the theme of singing in the rain. Anyway, congratulations on placing 3rd in the contest.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/24/2018 3:31:00 AM
Thank you so much, CayCay - I hope to read yours and the rest this weekend, (if I finally get some free time), and look forward to enjoying this wonderful theme from others' perspectives ... it was fun, wasn't it? Congrats as well, my friend, and blessings! :-) <3
Date: 2/23/2018 1:57:00 PM
It's a joy to read and re-read this poem. The cadence, the flow, the refrain---everything seamlessly stitched. it's certainly a very well-deserved trophy win, Gregory! Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 2/23/2018 9:54:00 AM
Lovely listening and reading. Congratulations Greg.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/24/2018 3:13:00 AM
That's very sweet of you, Janis, and I thank you so very much ... your opinion is very important to me, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 2/23/2018 8:27:00 AM
SO BEAUTIFUL, Greg! CONGRATS! Janice
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/24/2018 3:12:00 AM
Thank you very much, Janice! :-) <3
Date: 8/31/2017 9:07:00 AM
Congrats Greg on your win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/1/2017 11:10:00 PM
Thank you, Vijay! :-)
Date: 8/31/2017 12:22:00 AM
Congratulations, Greg for your win with a beautiful poem.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/31/2017 12:32:00 AM
Thanks so much, Subimal, very much appreciated ... so pleased you enjoyed it, Friend! :-)
Date: 8/30/2017 5:18:00 PM
I like the repeating of the "listen for me in the rain. This truly expresses your song that is never ending. Congratulations on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/31/2017 12:31:00 AM
Thank you so much, Janis - I wanted to give it a sing-songy quality, and the repeating phrase worked well, and kept that idea forefront. So pleased you enjoyed it, my friend! <3
Date: 8/30/2017 2:13:00 PM
"The panacea for your pain..." Beautifully expressed. you brought uplifting to a whole new level. thank you and congrats :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/31/2017 12:29:00 AM
Thank you very much, Laura, I am very grateful for the placement, and even more pleased that you enjoyed my poem! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 8/30/2017 1:18:00 PM
There is such a wonderful flow and rhythm to this poem. Congratulations on your win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/31/2017 12:28:00 AM
Thank you very much, Carol - I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :-)
Date: 8/30/2017 1:14:00 PM
Congratulations Greg ! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/31/2017 12:27:00 AM
Thank you so much, Heidi! <3
Date: 8/30/2017 1:05:00 PM
Wonderful sad , but uplifting write, Greg, congratulations on your win :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/31/2017 12:27:00 AM
Thank you very kindly, Eve, I truly appreciate that! :-)
Date: 8/6/2017 3:44:00 PM
This is such a great lyrical poem Greg I enjoy it every time I read it especially the refrain, it is so song like, the rhymes sometimes falter, but all in all a beauty of a write!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/6/2017 4:10:00 PM
Thank you, John - much appreciated.
Date: 6/5/2017 9:52:00 AM
Beautiful words with deep meaning. Well done
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/5/2017 10:45:00 PM
Thank you very much, Frances ... much appreciated! :-)
Date: 5/13/2017 4:05:00 PM
This is so wonderful in it's sadness, what a complete masterpiece of lyrical poetry this is. It would make a sad song with a few alterations, just love the refrain, I guess even poems can have a hook, your songwriting chops are shining through!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/15/2017 5:28:00 PM
Thanks so much, John, that means a lot to me - your competency both as a songwriter and poet is something that I value highly when it comes to critique, so I am always highly appreciative of your comments. So happy you enjoyed this - it may be a song one day!
Date: 5/12/2017 9:08:00 AM
Oh, this poem melts me away. It is incredible Greg. I would so much like to hear you sing this, I think it is a song. It's imagery, gentle emotion, and palpable love in it is so well put into words. This is a gem, my friend.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/15/2017 5:26:00 PM
Thank you, Darren - this is actually NOT a song, (despite the title and rhythm), but it may one day be, and I wrote it in that kind of tempo for that reason - thinking that I might make it into a song eventually. So happy you liked it, D! :-)