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My brittle bones are like this fence, so built, On throes of horrors shrouded with the hilt Of war's inanely senseless blade, now dulled, By all the precious souls that it has culled. Now ages gone, those boys amidst their dreams, And yet the air still trembles with their screams. So daubed in bleeding sun, how death imparts ... These fields of poppy roods ... and purple hearts. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Purple 2" Poetry Contest, Kevin Shaw, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Contest 545 Any Form, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor. (In honor of the poem by Lt Col John McCrae, and all lives given to war).

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Date: 2/18/2019 7:42:00 AM
Congrats on your beautiful poem, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/2/2019 5:42:00 PM
Thank you so much, Line! :-)
Date: 2/14/2019 6:38:00 PM
This poem is spectacular Greg, and so deserving of your first placement. I am putting it into my Faves! Congratulations! Happy Valentine's day my friend! : ) xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/2/2019 5:42:00 PM
I'm really pleased that you enjoyed this one, Connie, and thank you so much for fav-ing! Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 2/14/2019 6:13:00 PM
powerfully penned, great tribute to those brave men, many congrats Greg:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/2/2019 5:41:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Jan, thank you so much! :-) <3
Date: 2/13/2019 8:27:00 PM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing your great talent. God bless you.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/2/2019 5:40:00 PM
Many thanks, Beata, I so appreciate it! :-) <3
Date: 2/13/2019 3:14:00 PM
It is such an honor to have this poem written in honor of one's service in war. Congratulations!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/2/2019 5:40:00 PM
Thank you so much, Michael, and especially for your service and sacrifice! Blessings to you and yours! :-)
Date: 2/13/2019 1:21:00 PM
I see from the comments below this lovely amethyst was almost left out of the contest... I am so glad it got in and got its well deserved trophy! I wanted to pick out a favorite line...but can't--I like them all... Congratulations dear poet :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/2/2019 5:39:00 PM
Oh, thank you so much, PS, that's very kind, my friend ... it actually MISSED the first "Purple" contest, but was entered in the second. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 2/12/2019 9:02:00 PM
A great dedication Greg, awesome! Congratulations for taking 1st place in this contest. Blessings my friend ~Charlie
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/12/2019 10:07:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Charlie, I greatly appreciate the kind words ... these war pieces mean a lot to me, for it's one of the only ways that those boys didn't die in vain - that we keep their spirits alive. Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 1/19/2019 10:24:00 AM
Nicely penned, Greg. I kept thinking how the images you created compared to those in the classic "In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow." Gosh, I memorized that one long ago. Best wishes in the purple contest! Nice touch with the "purple heart." I was going to go in that direction too, but mine has not yet been composed.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/19/2019 4:53:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Carolyn, I was hoping to bring a bit of that original poignancy to this one ... I didn't get it entered in time, however, so it will NOT be in the contest. I checked and there were placements left, then tried to enter and - poof - gone! Another PS glitch, I believe. Your comment is my prize! ;-) <3