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I am a fool's fool Haunted by a feral phantom Decades of loves and mutability (Since "then") ... Yet, it is YOU who wounds my twilight Piercing the rib of my dreams To stain my waking hours With the blood of your memory Voltaic skin ... lucent smile ... Sugary-tart flavors of your portions All have seeped into my mind's marrow And the reveries of my slumber. It is folly, I know, yet I wonder ... Do such sleep-time vagaries visit you? Do you find my tameless form in the nethers of night? Do I still wander the mists of your meanderings? Or have you expunged me from your thoughts Pressed my heart like a flower ... And placed it within the ancient leaves Of a love story, long-forgotten? Those, questions I'd rather not have answered But keep to the dark, wild depths of the nameless Lest their truth turn those yearning, soul-sad dreams ... To nightmares. ~ 2nd Place ~ in the "Feral" Premiere Poetry Contest, Anthony Slausen, Judge & Sponsor. ~ 10th Place ~ in the "A Special Secret" Poetry Contest, Lewis Raynes, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 8/14/2018 8:59:00 AM
Awesome poetry Greg, congratulations on your win...All the best, Charlie
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2018 8:37:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Charlie - I appreciate that! :-)
Date: 8/13/2018 1:58:00 PM
Congratulations on your first place win my friend. Know that your poetry brings such joy that it should be shared. This poem, needless to say, is going into my Faves! I hope you will consider putting your poems into a book I can hold in my hands and cherish. Bless you, Connie
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2018 8:36:00 AM
You've really touched my heart here, Connie, I honestly had no idea anyone would find my scribbles worth putting into print ... I must check into it soon! Thank you again, my friend, this means so much to me! <3
Date: 8/13/2018 1:56:00 PM
I yearn to have your wonderful poetry as a keepsake, inked on paper, bound in a book so that I may peruse its pages and let serendipity choose the poem as my fingers leaf through the pages and pick the perfect poem for me to read for that moment in time when I need my spirit lifted by your poetic genius. This poem left that kind of impression on me today. Cont'd.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2018 8:35:00 AM
What a wonderfully sweet and heartfelt comment, Connie - I wish I knew how to submit, (or where) ... I'm going to start digging into that soon. I'm so happy that you find my work worthy of such, as you are such an accomplished poet yourself! Thank you SO much, Dear Friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/12/2018 6:23:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. Much to ponder here. The first verse is compelling. The last verse very wise. :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2018 8:33:00 AM
Thank you very much, Susan, I'm very happy that you enjoyed this one ... more questions than answers, really, but I think that's a core of the "human condition", and our endless curiosity about the Universe around us. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/11/2018 8:27:00 AM
Congrats on your podium finish, Gregory. Well penned.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/12/2018 5:42:00 AM
Thank you very much, Line - blessings! :-) <3
Date: 8/11/2018 5:08:00 AM
Wow, Exquisite!! Well done Gregory.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/12/2018 5:42:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Francesca, that's very sweet of you, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 8/10/2018 6:09:00 PM
...ingenious twist on the theme Gregory. Beautifully written....
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/12/2018 5:41:00 AM
Thank you so very much, John, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :-)
Date: 8/10/2018 3:24:00 PM
A blast from the past! Congrats on your win :) xomo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/12/2018 5:40:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Dear Mo! :-) <3
Date: 8/10/2018 12:56:00 PM
Amazing is your sad and heartfelt take on the theme, Greg, so very moving and emotionally rendered in your beautiful, flowing Free Verse poem. Congrats on your fine Podium placement! Sandra <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/12/2018 5:39:00 AM
I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one, Sandra, thank you so much for your kind comments! :-) <3
Date: 8/10/2018 4:28:00 AM
So many poetically inventive lines of which the penultimate verse was my favourite. Those leaves again, Gregory!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/10/2018 7:38:00 PM
Ha! Yes, indeed, Wendy - this is an older piece, so I will defer my excuse to old habits ... at least it will always spawn a sweet comment from your sweet self, so don't be surprised if I keep it going, (that's also an excuse to cover me in the future, cuz I'm bound to forget, lol). Blessings, Dear Friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/14/2017 8:11:00 AM
Gregory, congratulations on your placement. Merry Christmas. ~ Sonia
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/14/2017 10:33:00 AM
Thank you, Sonia - Merry Christmas to you and yours! <3
Date: 12/13/2017 9:04:00 PM
I loved this poem Gregory, great writing,for me especially the second verse, congratulations on ur placement.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/14/2017 6:10:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Lewis, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, and honored to be placed!
Date: 10/27/2017 9:51:00 PM
Sometimes those questions are best unanswered like you described so well in this poem. I keep asking myself questions like these. Then I forget about them because I know the answers would just depress me. Nicely penned, Greg!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/28/2017 12:31:00 AM
Indeed, you are correct, Julie, and very wise ... we can only truly rationalize and appropriate for ourselves, the actions and behavior of others is beyond us, and sometimes not worth digging into too deeply. We are not responsible for what others do to us or say to us, but we are responsible for how we react, and often it's best to not react at all. Blessings, dear friend. <3
Date: 10/27/2017 9:39:00 PM
Those a questions that I oft questioned after I lost a girlfriend when I was younger! Though I was only in my youth, I had really strong feelings and my emotions were easily hurt by things like this! I really enjoyed this incredible poem this evening my friend! I am impressed by your skill at writing this dark poem! Though it does take a spin towards hope when you say you'd rather not have them answered...but the nightmares, they are so horrid! You have been in my thoughts, Great Work!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/28/2017 12:25:00 AM
Thank you so kindly, my dear friend, you have been in my thoughts as well, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed this and could relate ... our young hearts are so impressionable, and we seem to feel things so much more deeply then, though love can be confusing as well. Blessings, Buddy! :-)
Date: 10/27/2017 9:29:00 PM
No doubt a smart conclusion. That second last stanza tickles me senseless, love it. Bless ya dear xomo
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Date: 10/28/2017 8:13:00 AM
Do you really speak Gaelic?! <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/28/2017 12:23:00 AM
Aye, bless ya, Lassie - 'tis a bit o' the blarney ya have there, deary! Gabhaim buíochas mór duit, mo chara! ;-)