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Tears For Apollo

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* For my beloved children ... more enduring than the stars, my love for you. *

Oh, my precious child, let me kiss away your weep -
     do not be troubled, the moon but bids good night,
          (stars whispering their ancient lullaby),
               swallowing not, the western reach,
                    but merely giving pause to the day, waking ...

So that the grateful star of morn should err its ease.
     Let not the salty seep of your cheek yet trill ...
          such certain and elegant iniquity there be,
               should a stain darken that pinafore, pressed.
                    A scandal be my name with thy mother,

If those sparkling eyes dampen your Sunday best,
     and for the sake of Apollo's languor? Nay ...
          'tis true his aged face did blush there, brief,
               dipping his countenance to the sea,
                    but it was for Sol's regard only,

Their goodnight kiss - and no misfortune was spun.
     We shall return, my child, sooner than soon,
          and you will bear witness their recurrence!
               Your old man moon will beg company again,
                    with his patient visage beaming ...

Shimmering bright for your adoration -
     oh, I vow this to you, my wee lass!
          You shall dance again on this shore,
               bound and prance, my tiny ballerina!
                    You will twirl in the breath of evening, I am sure,

Lit by the gangling glow, star-ward,
     and tonight's lament will seem a silly song,
          you shall see and be heartened, my little one!
               And should I yet kiss that weep away, too?
                    Ah, but joyous, those tears ... oh, my precious child!

Submitted on February 13, 2019
To the "2019 Poetry Marathon Mile 18" Poetry Contest
Mark Toney, Judge & Sponsor.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 2/18/2019 2:26:00 PM
This is so filled with love, Gregory. That love is shining through the poem. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 2/17/2019 1:26:00 PM
Congratulations on yet another sterling and stirring win,Greg. It is a such a heartwarming tribute to the precious gift of parenthood.
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Date: 2/16/2019 11:12:00 PM
Congrats on your silver medal win, Gregory. Beautifully penned.
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Date: 2/16/2019 4:09:00 PM
First time I am reading this, Greg, and I had to read it again, as it mirrors my own feelings about my three children in a way that I could never express as you do. Beautiful! Congratulations on your podium placement! Fave! Sandra <3
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Date: 2/16/2019 12:50:00 PM
I'm always in awe of your repertoire my friend. It is so much fun to watch, read and listen to all you share! Do not try this at home my friends - way too many delicious muses to trip on - seriously Greg, if minds could be sold Disney would be at your door this second--LOVE IT
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Date: 2/16/2019 12:43:00 PM
Greg, this is very heartfelt and special, bringing back many memories. A Fav for sure! Congratulations on your second-place win on Mile 18 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon Contest! Thank you so much for supporting my contests. By continuing to place in the contests you are accumulating points toward the final. ~Mark
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Date: 4/12/2018 4:29:00 PM
Delightful, delicious, tender-render of father-daughter love. Brings back fond memories of 'daddy's little girl,' (who is approaching her---gulp---40th birthday in New Jersey). Whither the time?! Enjoy your darling(s), Brother Gregory R! :) Gershon
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/26/2018 4:55:00 PM
Thank you, my friend! My "baby" will turn 30 this year, (my son 32, my eldest daughter will turn 37 - yikes!), and I am now a GREAT-grandfather ... at sixty!! (Not kidding) I do NOT feel "this" old, my friend, lol! ;-)
Date: 4/8/2018 8:43:00 AM
Another masterpiece, a brilliant painting of a father's love.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:39:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Becca - this one is very special to me, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! I'm not sure why this isn't getting any comments ... perhaps the traditional style? I'm a bit stumped, as I felt it rather good myself ... oh, well - can't win them all! ;-) <3