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I wade into the surf and stand alone,

     Enfolding in my arms, the dust of You,

               I hear the raving wind lament and moan,

          As if the summer storm is mourning, too ...


I breathe your wispy ashes as they're thrown,

     And whisper your name softly while I do,

               I lost you once, and now I've lost again ...

          As all my tears are lost ... in summer rain.



Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 11/5/2018 8:10:00 AM
Gosh. I’m sitting in a hospital waiting room (not for any alarming reason) but it’s not a good place to read that! That really punched me in the stomach. Love it Greg.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/5/2018 2:01:00 PM
Thank you so much, Nina, that's very kind of you ... I thought you might like this one. Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 9/24/2017 9:00:00 PM
See now here's the proof when you don't succeed, try, try again, I thought this should have won the other contest, but I am a little partial to your writing, congrats on another win! It looks like you're getting your footing here, wouldn't you say?
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Date: 9/26/2017 4:20:00 AM
You are the BEST, John, and I seriously don't know what I'd do without your encouragement and friendship - you have ALWAYS been one of my dearest supporters, and I hope I can be the same for you! Seems you were right about this one, too, and I'm thankful you were. Blessings, my good friend! :-)
Date: 9/24/2017 8:02:00 PM
Gregory, congratulations on your lovely poem, 'Summer Rain.' You are the poet! Sincerely, Sonia.
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Date: 9/26/2017 4:18:00 AM
Bless you, Sonia, for such a kind comment - I'm so pleased you enjoyed it - thank you! :-) <3
Date: 9/24/2017 8:02:00 PM
wow, Gregory. I never saw this one before. OUTSTANDING work, and a FAVE
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Date: 9/26/2017 4:17:00 AM
Awww ... that's really very sweet of you, Andrea, and it put a smile on my face! Thank you! :-) <3
Date: 9/24/2017 8:18:00 AM
Greg, such an emotional poem so well penned, congratulations!
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Date: 9/26/2017 4:16:00 AM
Thank you very much, BW, so kind of you to say so! :-) <3
Date: 9/24/2017 7:43:00 AM
Gregory, your poem of loss and goodbye really spoke to me with its image. Despite the heavy subject, your poem has an elegant lightness through its impeccable meter. Fave. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 9/26/2017 4:15:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Agnes, that's really a very beautiful and heart-felt comment, and I appreciate it very much! Blessings to you, my friend! <3
Date: 9/23/2017 10:29:00 PM
Beautiful. This poem breathes new life into the subject of lost love. I LOVE the line ..I hear the raving wind lament and moan" five stars!
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Date: 9/24/2017 2:21:00 AM
Awww ... that's so very sweet of you, Gayle, and I appreciate the kind words and sentiments! This one is very special to me, so I'm very pleased you enjoyed it - blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 9/11/2017 7:49:00 AM
Hi Greg, To me that is the proper way to say goodbye.btw. I wrote you two lengthy emails long ago but no reply as yet. I know you were relocating so I understand. Fact is Ive been all over the place as well. HuGs Jannie
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Date: 9/24/2017 2:20:00 AM
Thank you so much, my dear friend, and I apologize about not replying you yet, this has been a very difficult time, (with my folks especially), but I will reply you soon, Brother. I know you are going through a lot and you're in my thoughts and prayers. Talk soon and thank again for your kindness! <3
Date: 8/28/2017 12:50:00 PM
Love the flow of this poem and a bittersweet one it is. love phyl
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Date: 8/28/2017 8:21:00 PM
That's very kind of you, Phyllis, I'm so pleased you liked this one! :-) <3
Date: 8/28/2017 11:09:00 AM
Nicely done my friend...great Ottava Rima Greg...best of luck and god bless...^WW^
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Date: 8/28/2017 8:18:00 PM
Thank you so very much, my friend, I greatly appreciate the kind words! :-)
Date: 8/27/2017 8:37:00 PM
This is bittersweet lovely! I can't imagine throwing ashes into the water. A superb description of mourning. This could be the winner! Saving!
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Date: 8/27/2017 9:15:00 PM
So pleased you liked this one, Kim, as I wasn't sure about writing OR sharing it ... even just one positive comment makes it worthwhile. Thank you so much! <3
Date: 8/27/2017 6:44:00 PM
A soulful heartfelt and heartbreaking write Greg! Smooth flow, rhythm and rhyme. I truly enjoyed your poem this evening:)
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:10:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Susan, thank you SO much! Have a great rest-of-the-evening, my friend - you deserve it! :-) <3
Date: 8/27/2017 12:03:00 PM
Wow Greg, so well done(applause, applause) brought tears to my eyes, this should do well in the contest, a winner in my eyes for sure!
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:09:00 PM
Thanks so very much, John, really pleased you liked this one, Brother! :-)
Date: 8/27/2017 10:15:00 AM
Stunning piece Greg xomo
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:09:00 PM
Glad you liked it, Maureen - thank you, friend! <3
Date: 8/27/2017 9:25:00 AM
I'm faving this one, Greg:) so beautiful in its sadness, especially those last two lines:)
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:08:00 PM
Aw, that's very nice of you, Jo, and I'm thankful that this touched you in some way - blessings! :-)
Date: 8/27/2017 8:27:00 AM
This had the tears welling up in my eyes. Death can be very hard to bare. Nicely penned, Greg!
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:07:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Julie, I'm so pleased this touched your heart! <3
Date: 8/27/2017 7:44:00 AM
oh Greg this is a real tearjerker of a poem - I am to be scattered I must leave a note to son to make sure its not a windy day! Good luck in the contest:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:07:00 PM
Thank you so much, Jan - if they're like me they'll be thankful for the chance to breathe you in, so you'll always be a part of them! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/27/2017 6:00:00 AM
Lovely rhythm and flow! Good luck for the contest, Greg.
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Date: 8/27/2017 8:05:00 PM
Thank you so much, Vijay - much appreciated!