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"I love you" moistens on your lips
    I watch it, breathless, as it drips
        Coating, sweet, my foolish heart
            Now hopeless in its guileful grips.

Once, I trilled that phrase to you
    Unsweetened, it was naught but true
        Yet now there's bitter aftertaste
            That whispers sourly ... of adieu.

How often have I played this game
    And uttered myths, the very same
        Fomenting, then, those like replies
            That light the apt and artful flame?

I feign to count them in my head
    Those subtle stories told instead
        Of placing faith in righteous love
            And by my honest heart, be led.

So, now the gambol's back to me
    To teach its cold inclemency
        Insuring then, the last guffaw
            Will not be wasted on a plea.

You drizzle damp, the lie again
    (It thus has ruined stronger men)
        I swallow deep, the poison, mine
            And tend my heart its last ... amen.




* FIRST PLACE in the "Love Poem" Poetry Contest, Heidi Sands, Sponsor. *

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Date: 4/11/2018 11:24:00 PM
Congrats, Gregory, on your top gold finish medal. I particularly love the closing stanza.
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Date: 4/9/2018 1:03:00 AM
Congratulations on your fine win, Greg.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:19:00 AM
Thank you very much, Subimal.
Date: 4/7/2018 1:52:00 AM
Congratulations on your win with this well-written impressive Rubaiyat (which I have to look up).
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:19:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Susan, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! I LOVE Rubaiyats - one of my favorite forms, as it has exquisite rhythm, (and I am a musician), and one of my favorite childhood poems is one. I hope you will become as fond of the form as I am! Blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2018 11:55:00 AM
SUPERB--Congrats on another well-deserved first-place win, Greg! Janice
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:17:00 AM
Thank you very kindly, Janice - so appreciated! :-) <3
Date: 4/5/2018 9:02:00 AM
Thank you for entering my contest Gregory. Congratulations for your win! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 1:14:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Heidi - I am honored and humbled to be on a list with such wonderful poets, and so pleased you enjoyed my poem! Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/18/2017 7:37:00 PM
This is jaw dropping to say the least. I have never held many favorites but this shall be one!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/23/2017 12:26:00 PM
Thank you SO much, Shadow, what a wonderful comment! I'm honored that you would choose this as one of your favs ... blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 12/12/2017 1:11:00 AM
Among all the entries was one poet who impressed us with his amazing write as well ‘Sweet Poison, Mine’ by you Greg. Congratulations Greg on your brilliant write and for entering my contest. Your entry also deserved a place and we decided to award another prize of Lariese Purely Organic products worth AUD$50. Once we have your mailing details that will be off to you too. Please feel free to include ‘Placed Fourth’ on your entry....Maria
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/12/2017 8:11:00 AM
This is so very kind of you, Maria, and I am so appreciative of your (and the other judges) kindness ... blessings and a happy holiday to you and yours! :-) <3
Date: 12/11/2017 10:17:00 PM
HI Gregory. I wanted you to know that I think this is a great poem and I just love the use of "ye old English".
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Carole Duet
Date: 12/15/2017 11:56:00 PM
Your English may be "current" in your eyes but I certainly haven't heard anyone speak (or write) the way you do. Your writing is so artfully composed that it's a pleasure to read. Carole
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/11/2017 11:13:00 PM
Thanks, Carole, (I think some of your comment disappeared?), I appreciate that. I think all my English is current, though. ;-) Blessings.
Date: 12/2/2017 3:20:00 AM
Another strike from an esteemed poet. Beautiful beautiful. The photo says a mouthful too. Blessings to you
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/2/2017 6:08:00 PM
And the same to you, my friend - really pleased you liked this one! I was a bit of a player in my younger days, but karma always comes back around, and it doesn't taste quite as sweet as when we're the ones serving it up, lol. Wisdom? It rarely comes without a price, haha! All the best, Dear Poet! :-)
Date: 11/30/2017 1:18:00 PM
Gregory, I have read many of your poems and have concluded through their underlying threads you and I may have left similar footprints that may or may not have been evidence of youthful exuberance
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2017 2:59:00 PM
I have gotten the same feeling reading yours, Frederic - some might call us scoundrels, (in our younger days), but I kind of like that word, lol. I had a very strong compulsion when I was young to "experience" every type of beautiful or exotic woman I could, and I did so with little regard to anything but my own libido.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2017 2:59:00 PM
Yes, I was a cad, but it was those years of experimentation that taught me just how much better and more rewarding "making love" is over having "sex" ... there is no comparison, and I could not go back to the other if I tried. Live and learn ... though I DID have fun learning. ;-) Blessings, My Brother!
Date: 11/30/2017 10:52:00 AM
I so admire the way you write Greg! This is another amazing piece. Good luck in the contest! A sure winner!!! ~ Judy
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2017 2:54:00 PM
You are very sweet, Judy, and I so appreciate it - this one flowed so easily, and for some reason got into my heart. Some poems you just like more than others, even though you can't always get WHY - this was one of those for me - I love it! (I can't say that about much that I do, lol). Blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 11/29/2017 10:02:00 PM
Reminds me of my exes reading this. I was pulled in and spit out. Lies, every word that came out their mouth. But it doesn't mean they haven't changed since then. I'm past the pain and hate. I like the way you pour out your thoughts in this. Nicely penned Greg! :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/30/2017 12:23:00 AM
Thank you so much, Julie, I so appreciate the kind comments! I'm so sorry you went through that - I think we are all lied to at many times, especially in love, but the human heart is a resilient thing, and we learn that pain is a part of love - an important part - for without it we wouldn't appreciate the good parts. Blessings, my friend - I wish you love and happiness that lasts! :-) <3