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I made for you, a castle
     But I built it in the sand
          I steadfastly tried to constrain the tide
               But the bastions didn't stand

I planned for you, an Eden
     With needs to see us through
          But the ripened fruits had corrupted roots
               And I fed them all to you 

          Tell the night to hold me
          I no longer have your arms
          I'll brood and swoon, cradled by the moon
          Still pining for your charms

          Tell the night to hold me
          June no longer follows May
          'Til the moonbeams, blue, drift me back to you
          I'll forget about you ... every day.

I dreamed for you, a family
     With two parts that acted one
          Yet my truth's demise only bred goodbyes
               Lucid of the tales I'd spun

I wished for you a future
     Ripe with jubilance and mirth
          Still I left recanted and took for granted
               The measure of its worth

          Tell the night to hold me
          I no longer swim your eyes
          Instead I stare into vacant air
          And count the countless why's

          Tell the night to hold me
          'Til Apollo's old and gray
          For until the stars are not mine, but OURS
          I'll forget about you ... every day.

I desired for you a partner
     Who would stand beside you, true
          Though that came to be, that man wasn't ME
               And it broke my heart in two

I promised you'd be happy
     And in ways, that's come to be
          Wed a man who's good - loves you as he should
               I just wish it had been me

          Tell the night to hold me
          It no longer heeds my will
          As I feared the most, I've become a ghost
          And I haven't tears to spill

          Tell the night to hold me
          For I've no more left to say
          Please remand what's just as I turn to dust
          And forget about you ...

Every day ...

          'Til I'm swept with wind, away.





~ 1st Place ~  in the "N/A The Day Away" Poetry Contest, Lu Loo, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Your Choice (2), Any Form, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Poem of the Day" Poetry Contest, Richard Lamoureux, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 2nd Place ~  in the "Screwed XX" Poetry Contest, Rob Carmack, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Last Letter To My Beloved" Poetry Contest, Silent One, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Piece De Resistance" Poetry Contest, The Name Forsakes Me, Judge & Sponsor.

~ 1st Place ~  in the "Lost Love 2017 Poetry Contest", John Hamilton, Judge & Sponsor.

~ Poem Of The Day ~  on Poetry Soup, featured and awarded on July 7, 2017 - thank you kindly, Admins!

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Date: 9/21/2019 4:08:00 PM
Wow G over 6000 views, this one is special, I said it would win every contest you enter it.....see....see...I told you! Back for the 41st read and still get the chills!!! Creeping into the top 15 of top 100 all time woohoo!!
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Date: 9/7/2019 9:05:00 AM
So glad to see this piece has garnered another win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/10/2019 9:15:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Richard, this one has been popular, at least by my meager standards, lol. So happy you enjoyed this one, my friend - blessings! :o)
Date: 9/7/2019 7:41:00 AM
OMG, this masterwork was N/A? Really, Greg? Color me shocked! This was one of the very first poems I faved, just so you know. Congrats on your well-deserved top win!:-)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/10/2019 9:14:00 AM
Oh, thank you, thank you, Sir Edward - that means a lot to me, as does this poem, which goes back to my "early" days of writing - almost three years now. I'm so pleased and thankful, and blessings to you, Good Friend! :o)
Date: 9/7/2019 2:03:00 AM
I love that you went back all they way to 2017- the rhyme spot on and rhythm perfect. I could hear a melody in the background as I was reading it. Great poem dear Gregory. Thank you for your participation and congratulations on your placement :)-luloo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/10/2019 9:12:00 AM
Thank you SO much, Lu Loo!! This one is special to me, and one that has stood the test of time, (well, the couple years I've been writing anyway, lol), and brought me a lot of exposure, so I'm very pleased you found it worthy of placement. Blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 6/8/2019 7:25:00 PM
It is such a pleasure to return and offer my heartfelt congratulations for your win with this extraordinary poem and to partake of its beauty once more. It is so worthy of another top placement, Gregory. Warmest wishes always, my friend.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/9/2019 12:24:00 AM
That's so very kind of you, Susan, and I thank you so much for the thoughtful and heartfelt comments you've given ... you are such a wonderful poet, and always so honest with your words ... this means a lot to me! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 6/6/2019 1:20:00 PM
Good to see this amazing poem on the winner's list. Congratulations, Greg!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/7/2019 12:02:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Carol, this has been a real gem for me, and time well-spent. Blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 6/6/2019 11:15:00 AM
Congratulations on your deserving first place win with this award winning poem my friend! : )
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/7/2019 12:02:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Connie, and I thank you so kindly ... blessings to you, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 5/3/2019 8:24:00 AM
Blessings to you as well Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 5/3/2019 8:32:00 AM
Thank you, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/27/2019 5:41:00 PM
So happy to be back again to congratulate you on yet another win for this amazing Lyric poem, Greg! Poem of the Day is not a small thing! I have only experienced it twice in nearly five years! Happy to see this at the top again! Sandra <3 :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:18:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Sandra, it IS rather fun to get a POTD nod and all the wonderful comments that come with it ... I wish it happened more often, lol. Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 4/26/2019 7:11:00 AM
Greg, I had not seen this poem before, I'm glad you entered it in this contest or I never would have seen it. It has won many well deserved accolades, congrats on this latest one. John
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:17:00 AM
That's very kind of you, John, and I'm so thankful that you found it worthy of praise. This was an early one, but it has stood up well over time. I MUST record it as a song soon! Blessings, My Friend! :-)
Date: 4/26/2019 12:41:00 AM
I remember this beauty Greg. I am not surprised to see it win the Trophy. Congratulations on your deserving success with this wonderful entry. : )xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:16:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Dear Connie - I can always count on you for wonderful comments and amazing poetry! Blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/25/2019 4:13:00 PM
Well, another accolade for this fine lyrical write Greg! ‘‘Tis a legend among the chosen ones! A Prince of POTDs! I’ll stop now ;-)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:15:00 AM
Thank you very much, Nina, I'm pleased that you liked this ... it's special and always will be. Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 4/25/2019 9:47:00 AM
Congratulations on winning the coveted gold trophy, Gregory! Contests such as this one give us the chance to read beautiful poem (such as this one) which had previously escaped our attention. Well done. Blessings // paul
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:14:00 AM
Oh, you are far too kind, my friend, but I am so thankful for your encouraging words! Blessings, Paul! :-)
Date: 4/25/2019 9:10:00 AM
And mo Congratulations Greg! Hugs n' Love, xomo <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:13:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Maureen - I greatly appreciate it! :-)
Date: 4/25/2019 9:08:00 AM
Congrats on top honour in my contest. Exceptional poetry. Thanks for entering my contest.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/28/2019 8:13:00 AM
Thank you SO much, Richard, I am humbled and honored to have placed so highly, and so pleased you found my poem wothwhile - this one will always be special to me. Blessings! :-)
Date: 2/20/2019 5:29:00 PM
Hello Gregory R. Barden, I great poem. I like it, I like it. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 2/22/2019 8:16:00 AM
Your welcome.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/20/2019 9:09:00 PM
I'm so pleased you liked my poem, Darlene ... many kind thanks to you, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 2/13/2019 9:16:00 AM
Back with mo mo congrats <3 & hugs!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/20/2019 9:09:00 PM
Thank you very much, Maureen - blessings! :-)
Date: 2/12/2019 10:37:00 PM
Thank you and congrats.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 2/12/2019 10:48:00 PM
Thank you - much appreciated.
Date: 1/31/2019 12:35:00 AM
Wow that is so beautiful. Very well written.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/31/2019 9:38:00 PM
Thank you very much, Maxie - much appreciated, my friend! :-)
Date: 12/22/2018 2:27:00 PM
Never get tired of reading this beauty, it will win any contest you put it in, congrats again Greg! Don't ever leave ok?
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/31/2019 9:05:00 PM
Thank you so much, my friend ... I renewed for another year, so I gotta get my money's worth, ha! :-)
Date: 12/16/2018 11:52:00 AM
I got chills reading this, Beautifully written. Congrats on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 5:52:00 PM
That's very kind of you, DM, and I'm glad you enjoyed my poem! :-)
Date: 12/16/2018 11:46:00 AM
- Beautiful written :) - Congratulations on your 1st place in the contest, Gregory - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 5:52:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Anne-Lise ... I greatly appreciate your kindness, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/16/2018 11:39:00 AM
Hi Greg, You are such a gifted and talented writer. This piece was no exception. The tile, the content and the repeated use of the title made an exceptional piece even better. Congratulations on your 1st place win, it was well deserved:-) Alexis
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 5:51:00 PM
Oh, you are so sweet, Alexis, and I thank you SO much for the kind and thoughtful comments ... I'm very happy that you liked my poem, and my writing in general! Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 12/16/2018 11:06:00 AM
Simply beautiful Gregory, sadly castles in the sand wash away though.. Congratulations on your first place in the contest..
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 5:48:00 PM
Thank you so much, Silent One, I'm very pleased that you found my poem worthy of such placement ... and you're right, they certainly DO wash away, which is why solid relationships are built on strong foundations of friendship and faith. Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 9/10/2018 4:04:00 AM
Absolutely love this... x
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/19/2018 6:51:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Jane, I greatly appreciate it! Blessings, friend! :-) <3
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