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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 ... How sweet, the tender moments on these sands, 'Midst moonbeams or the sun, love unrehearsed, How oft' we spoke of these dear mortal plans ... I never dreamed that you would be the first ... 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. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "N/A Re-Run" Poetry Contest, John Hamilton, Judge & Sponsor. (N/A'd on February 13, 2019, "2019 Poetry Marathon Mile 17" Poetry Contest) ~ ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Funeral, Eulogy, Or Memorial Service" Poetry Contest, Team Poetry Soup, Judge & Sponsor. (I call this form "Dodici Rima" or Broken Rhyme of twelve lines)

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Date: 5/21/2020 5:15:00 PM
Hello Gregory R. Barden, Sorry for your loss. She is with you in your heart. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 5/22/2020 1:21:00 PM
Hello Gregory Baden, you are welcome. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/21/2020 7:44:00 PM
Indeed ... and always. Thank you so much for your comment, my friend - blessings. <3
Date: 7/28/2019 1:17:00 PM
Your poem was very touching. Congratulations on your win. Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/28/2019 4:48:00 PM
Many kind thanks, Susan, I greatly appreciate the wonderful comment! Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 7/7/2019 10:42:00 PM
It was a pleasure to return and reread this exceptional and beautifully expressive poem, Gregory. Congratulations on your wonderful win. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/28/2019 4:47:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Susan, that's very kind of you, my friend ... blessings to you - I'm so pleased that you liked it! :o) <3
Date: 7/5/2019 1:06:00 PM
"Never dreamed that you would be the first"... touched many readers i am sure. Congrats to a visual work of art, with pen, not brush
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:51:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Barbara, for this especially kind comment - I so admire your work, and your opinion means a lot to me. Blessings, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 7/2/2019 8:28:00 PM
Beautiful verse, Greg, congratulations on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:49:00 PM
Thank you so much, Eve, I appreciate it! :o) <3
Date: 7/2/2019 2:07:00 PM
Beautiful and poignant poetic words for for a eulogy, Greg. Congrats on your deserved top win! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:48:00 PM
You are very kind as always, Laura ... thank you SO much! Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 7/2/2019 12:49:00 PM
Greg, Congrats on your win!
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Date: 7/5/2019 9:48:00 PM
Thank you so much, Gail - blessings! :o)
Date: 7/2/2019 10:44:00 AM
Greg, I know it must mean a lot for you to receive this recognition. It is very deserving. Congratulations on your top honors. A poignant and beautiful poem. xxoo
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Date: 7/5/2019 9:47:00 PM
It certainly does, Connie, thank you so much for that ... I'm still rather a "newbie" here compared to you marvelous veterans, so it means a great deal when my work gets noticed. Blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 7/2/2019 10:18:00 AM
I have heard many and knew someday I would find one that I will remember. today I did. thank you
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:46:00 PM
This is a very nice comment, Douglas, and I thank you for your kindness! Blessings, my friend! :o)
Date: 7/2/2019 10:17:00 AM
Greg, congratulations. This is very deserving of the first-place finish. You also have the knack for choosing the right GIF. Now you have a choice- coffee or beer? Kudos, my friend! ~Mark
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:45:00 PM
Ha! Thank you, Mark, that's very kind - and thanks for appreciating the GIF's ... I know some folks don't like images with their poems, but I think it can set a tone, or even help interpret sometimes. I like cold beer once-in-a-while, but I'm more of a mixed drink guy ... how 'bout a cup of coffee with a bit of Bailey's or Kahlua? ;-) Blessings, my friend!
Date: 7/2/2019 9:44:00 AM
Way to go, Greg. Awesome win for an awesome poem!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:22:00 PM
Thank you very much, Andrea - blessings! :o) <3
Date: 7/2/2019 9:05:00 AM
Congratulations Greg on your top win in the contest with your heartfelt poem about loss and love.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:21:00 PM
Many thanks to you, Tania, so appreciated! :o) <3
Date: 7/2/2019 6:47:00 AM
Beautiful, Gregory. Congrats on your gold medal win. A FAVE for me.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:20:00 PM
Thank you very much, Line! :o) <3
Date: 6/27/2019 9:02:00 AM
This is amazing hard to believe this was an N/A, I should not be surprised this was you. I perhaps was not clear on my criteria, should be a poem from the last six months, so my mistake. Congrats!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/5/2019 9:08:00 PM
Thank you so much, John, and I apologize ... I don't remember seeing that, and I'm usually good about such things. I so appreciate the placement and comment, my friend! :-)
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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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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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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Gregory R Barden
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
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