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In the spirit of the incomparable Robert Frost, and a poem I learned in childhood.
 


                              My mind to arms to hands to oars to lake

               I cleave the sunrise glass-like surface, still

With just my lonely friend, a mallard drake

               Thus set adrift, my thoughts, upon the wake

                              So buoyed by the breath of morning's chill ...



Oh, how I long to know the somber deep

               To let my weary soul sink with the bream

                              But I have many vows that I must keep

               My web-toed friend and I have loves to reap

And many lochs to row before we dream ...



Yes, many lochs to row ... before we dream.




Submitted on November 11, 2018
To the "Standard Contest Number 135 Any Form Or None" Poetry Contest
Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 2nd Place ~  in the "Rhyme Time II" Poetry Contest, Laura Loo, Sponsor.

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Date: 11/12/2018 4:20:00 PM
Congrats on your top win, Gregory.
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Date: 11/12/2018 3:13:00 PM
Ah, you brought this joy back out for us! Thanks Greg! Must fave it this time :)
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Date: 4/26/2018 9:20:00 PM
A lucid, lyrical poem with the immediate uncomplicated appeal of a watercolour. By the way, congratulations on reaching number one in the contest league.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/29/2018 12:28:00 AM
Very kind of you to say, Geoffrey, and I so greatly appreciate it, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/25/2018 9:25:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Greg, wonderful poem ..Hugs Eve ~`*
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/29/2018 12:27:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Eve - blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/25/2018 7:18:00 AM
Gregory, one of the best I've read here. A beautiful truly poetic piece. A great write that speaks solitude.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/29/2018 12:26:00 AM
Wow - what an amazing comment, and I so greatly appreciate the kind words, James! Blessings! :-)
Date: 4/24/2018 8:43:00 PM
Lovely, congrats on your win, Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/29/2018 12:25:00 AM
Thank you, Line!
Date: 4/24/2018 7:19:00 PM
Congratulations on your lovely poem and win. Well done. and different. Love, Joyce
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/29/2018 12:25:00 AM
Thank you so much, Joyce - blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/24/2018 5:24:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. Was right there while I read... like the "Thus set adrift, my thoughts..." Well done!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/24/2018 7:07:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Susan, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one - blessings to you, friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/24/2018 1:33:00 PM
I love this! The world stood still as I read it. I’ll have to take a look at the Robert Frost poem - it’s not one I know. Congrats Greg!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/24/2018 7:06:00 PM
That's so very kind of you, Nina - I am very proud of this one, and so pleased you found it worthy! The Frost poem is called "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening", and it is an analogy of life and death, and one of the first poems I ever memorized ... so beautiful! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/24/2018 8:52:00 AM
beautifully expressed dear Gregory! lovely poem congratulations and thank you ;) -luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/24/2018 7:00:00 PM
Thank you very much for my placement, Luloo, to be on a list with such great poets is an honor, indeed! I will keep trying to improve and keep striving for a top spot with you, but very thankful for any placement ... my great uncle used to say that when we stop learning and growing, we stop living, and I think I agree - knowledge and growth keep us young. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/23/2018 7:50:00 AM
There is a conservation area a few miles down the road from where I live. A river runs along it and within its boundaries, a lake. It is the place I go to find serenity as you have so beautifully conveyed in this poem. Thank you for reminding me how blessed I am. Elaine
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/23/2018 8:30:00 PM
That is such a wonderful comment, Elaine! I live on a nature preserve, and was raised by a lake, so I have always felt at home in the wild, and spent most of my growing years in the woods ... that was my version of video games! Many thanks and blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/22/2018 7:56:00 PM
Ah! so reminiscent of Robert Frost's "the Road Not Taken"---'barden-melted in a lake! Eloquent excellence! :) gw
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/23/2018 8:28:00 PM
Thank you so much, Gershon, that was indeed the inspiration for this poem. Blessings, Friend! :-)
Date: 4/21/2018 7:19:00 AM
I don't remember poets or poems well from childhood like you do Greg, but the lines that inspired you here I made an exception for. I see you have reached the top spot and deservedly so. Congratulations.
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JEAN MURRAY
Date: 4/21/2018 6:57:00 PM
That's so nice to hear Greg. Thank you.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/21/2018 9:55:00 AM
This is such a sweet comment ... thank you so much, Dear Friend! You are a favorite of mine - poetry AND personality, (just wanted you to know). Blessings, Jean! :-) <3
Date: 4/19/2018 1:16:00 PM
Frost would approve. Well done, Greg.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/20/2018 5:35:00 PM
Very kind of you, Lin - thanks so much! :-) <3
Date: 4/19/2018 12:21:00 PM
I feel the undertow. <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/20/2018 5:34:00 PM
Thank you, Mo! :-) <3
Date: 4/19/2018 9:13:00 AM
So dark and beautiful, Gregory. Brings my thoughts to Robert Frost's 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening.' He's my favorite poet. Love your poem...a Fave for me. Sandra
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/20/2018 5:34:00 PM
Thank you so much, Sandra, you are very kind ... that's the poem that inspired this, (dedication), that I memorized as a child. I actually memorized quite a few, but that was one of the first, (Wreck of the Hesperus, Out of the Cradle, Cadenus and Vanessa, etc.), and it has always been a fav. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3