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Full moon ... or nearly ...
          I sit on the pier as it groans with swells,
               Dangling my nostalgic heart in the freezing Atlantic,
     Forty-plus years gaze back at me, frowning.

          (Is it my heart that speaks my name?)

Then - my girlfriend and best friend, also a girl,
          Three mad musketeers on a runaway train of endorphins,
               Lost in a chaotic swirl of confused emotional surges ...
     Freedom, hormones, a van. the warm summer evenings.

          (Is it my heart that fans the flame?)

I'd sneak in the sliding glass doors at six every morning,
          Sleep a couple of hours, work in the family store from ten-to-six,
               Drive the forty-five minutes to pick up the girls,
     Then off ... the islands, the beaches, the city, the lake ...

          (Is it my heart that seeks to blame?)

Craziness and music and all things that teenage kids shouldn't do -
          Repeat the process the entire summer ... yeah, entire ...
               How did we survive? How did we live on just three hours sleep?
     Why is my soul the only one drowned in this bay?

          (Is it my heart that feels the same?)

Why is mine the only forlorn spirit that wanders back, sullen?
          The god on a cloud tossing pixie dust -
               Watching it sink to the cold depths ...
     With those damned, hopelessly hopeful dreams.

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Date: 4/17/2019 7:25:00 AM
Greg, this gave me chills as I closed my eyes and saw myself after reading this gem. You're such a great poet my friend and you have a great way of saying things..making all you write SO real. Belated Congratulations on your POTD. Blessings...Charlie
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Date: 4/12/2019 6:43:00 PM
I was swept up in the beautiful nostalgia and forlorn feelings of your poem, Gregory. A shining gem. Congratulations on your wonderful and well deserved recognition with POTD honors. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/12/2019 11:59:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Susan, this is such a kind comment and it means so much ... I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem - that it touched your heart in some way. Blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/12/2019 3:06:00 PM
Congrats on being in the top 100 new poems! Also Congrats on POTD status.
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Date: 4/12/2019 11:58:00 PM
Very kind, Richard, I thank you so much, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/7/2019 1:36:00 AM
We only have to sit quietly and think about our youth and it all comes flooding back - congratulations on POTD a creative, well presented poem with incredible imagination. Well done Gregory, Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 4/8/2019 7:46:00 PM
If only it would come back in actuality ... many people say they wouldn't go back, but I would in an instant. I'd probably make all the same mistakes, though, hence why nature doesn't allow it, I think. ;-) Many thanks and blessings, Friend! <3
Date: 4/6/2019 6:50:00 PM
Gregory, I see you had gotten POTD for this beautifully nostalgic poem. I can see why. Who doesn't look back on the hopes and dreams of their youth? The key is always: What have we learned? And, even though all our dreams may not come true, we must never give up hope for something new and maybe even better. Love this poem though. FAVED
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Date: 4/8/2019 7:43:00 PM
Yes, thank you so much, Carole! We just change our dreams as WE change, I think, but never really lose them ... as far as what I've learned, for me, not nearly enough, it seems, lol. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 7:26:00 PM
Congratulations on your POTD honor for sharing this part of your youth. : )
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Date: 4/8/2019 7:39:00 PM
Many kind thanks, Connie - blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 6:25:00 PM
Those were the days, when moments were light and carefree. Adventurous!! Ahh, they still are- just in a different way. You have expressed this so beautifully, and with such emotion. Congratulations Greg, on Poem of the Day! My best to you my dear friend. ~ Brandy
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Date: 4/8/2019 7:37:00 PM
Oh, this is so very sweet, thank you so much, Brandy ... I'm very pleased that you enjoyed this one. Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 1:33:00 PM
Congrats Greg on POTD, everything you write could be POTD. Nostagia get's us everytime, but two girls? You were a scoundrel weren't you? Loved the rhyming refrain really makes this poem POP!!
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:50:00 PM
Ha - yes, one was just my best friend, though, and far too intelligent to ever actually DATE me, lol, (and she is an amazing poet - even then!) ... but certainly a scoundrel, was I. Many thanks and blessings, Buddy! :-)
Date: 4/5/2019 11:11:00 AM
Congrats on your POTD, Greg!
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:49:00 PM
Thank you muchly, Agnes - bless you! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 9:43:00 AM
Beautifully told nostalgic image!!! Congratulations!
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:48:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Sunlite - blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 9:40:00 AM
Swept away in time and space, a wonderful read! Fantastic piece Greg. Congratulations on POTD my friend! xomo <3
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:48:00 PM
I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one, Mo, and thank you for the kind comments - blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 9:21:00 AM
Perfect imagery you've created a romantic canvas and written free verse, Greg. Have a nice weekend. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:47:00 PM
That's very sweet of you to say, Eve, I thank you very kindly, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 8:43:00 AM
Well crafted verse my poetic bro...Congrats!!! on POTD!! Gregory...love & light...^WW^...{*J*}
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:47:00 PM
Thank you so much, Brother - so appreciated! I'm happy you found this one worthy, ^WW^ - blessings! :-)
Date: 4/5/2019 7:27:00 AM
Nothing beats youthful energy..Congrats on POTD Greg..
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:46:00 PM
Many kindly thanks to you, Joseph - I'm pleased you liked it, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/5/2019 6:32:00 AM
Really enjoyed this, Greg, the older we get the more we think back to the craziness of our youth and wonder how we survived it and wishing we could re-live it. Congrats on POTD. John
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:45:00 PM
Amen, John, as crazy as it was, I would go back in an instant - it was the best period of my life. Thanks you, Brother! :-)
Date: 4/5/2019 6:21:00 AM
An artfully penned, reflective piece Gregory. Outstanding poetry. Congratulations on a great POTD.
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:44:00 PM
You are very kind, my friend, and I so appreciate the comments - blessings WH! :-)
Date: 4/5/2019 5:37:00 AM
A deep and creative write Gregory, a well deserved POTD honour. Tom
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:44:00 PM
That's very kind, Tom, thank you so much! :-)
Date: 4/5/2019 4:49:00 AM
A great write Greg, it shows your wonderful talent and creativity, congratulations on POTD!!
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:43:00 PM
Thank you very much, Tania - blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2019 4:09:00 AM
- Excelent written, Gregory :) - Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:43:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Anne-Lise - blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/4/2019 3:05:00 PM
Absolutely enchanting in its creativity, emotion, wondrous depths, inner thoughts and beauty my great friend! A fav, truly a precious gem..
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:42:00 PM
Thank you so much, Robert - I so appreciate it, my friend! :-) (I owe you a Soup Mail - coming!)