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The gods awoke early that day,
For the sun had swallowed the moon
And left a ragged, gaping wound in the sky.
It bled darkness like cold oil,

Threatening to stain all that they had labored to create,
Not the least of which, humankind,
Had yet to suck a breath
Or betray its common senses.

What of Byzantium, they pondered?
The horizon still ached for sails,
But to weave an empty sky was doom,
Even for the regal bateaus of Valhalla.

Breach the canopy, they thought,
Sew the temporal seam with threads of divine intent ...
Net the stars like silver herring
And bind them to the gunwales en masse.

Grave the hulls on the cosmos,
And set the sextant to unholy dreams ...
The day be damned, it would end nonetheless,
And tomorrow would still come ... sail on!




~ 1st Place ~  in the "Standard Contest Number 145 Any Form" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 12/14/2018 8:07:00 PM
Fabulous write, Greg!:-) I absolutely loved this.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 3:21:00 PM
That's very kind of you, My Poet Brother, and IO so appreciate your wonderful comments! Blessings, Edward! :-)
Date: 12/14/2018 11:59:00 AM
It's interesting to ponder the concept of an "empty sky," Gregory, especially with the reference to Norse mythology. A thought-provoking and eloquently penned poem. Free verse allows the mind to wander unencumbered. Congrats on your win in Brian's contest. Best wishes, Carolyn
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 3:16:00 PM
This is a wonderful comment, Carolyn, and so thoughtful and sincere ... I SO appreciate you taking the time to explain your thoughts on each poem you read, it really means a lot, and is like an award all its own. Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 12/14/2018 7:53:00 AM
Congrats on placing in Brian's contest with this beauty!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 3:12:00 PM
Thank you very much, Nina! :-) <3
Date: 12/13/2018 9:09:00 PM
Your imagery is impeccably gorgeous, as usual. "The sun had swallowed the moon" - wonderful and metaphorically a wow! Great job.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:26:00 PM
Many kind thanks, Caren, that's so kind of you, my friend ... blessings! :-) <3
Date: 12/12/2018 11:06:00 AM
This awe inspiring poem conjures a dream like theme of the soul flying free amidst the cosmos. Lovely Greg! : ) xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:25:00 PM
Oh, that's very sweet of you, Connie, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! :-) <3
Date: 12/12/2018 10:03:00 AM
Hi Greg! I remember another brilliant poem of yours about ships that sail the sky. This feels like an apocalyptic sequel, and you are still managing to craft such vastness from your words. I love the dark dripping from the sky like cold oil, the stars netted like silver herring, and the sextant being set to unholy dreams! Fine work my friend!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/16/2018 3:15:00 PM
Yeah, pretty cool, huh? That was a first for me, and something I never dreamed would happen ... to say the least, lol. She and her hubby live in Florida, great folks.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/14/2018 7:53:00 AM
Wow!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:24:00 PM
Oh, I think you mean "To Sail the Sky" ... there is a line of that poem that a friend of mine is putting on her grave stone - "On the sands of time, we'll commend our dance, and return our dust ... to the great expanse." - I was so honored! Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 12/12/2018 9:39:00 AM
Great storytelling Greg....Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season..
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:17:00 PM
The same to you, Joseph, and thank you very much for the comments! Blessings! :-)
Date: 12/12/2018 8:31:00 AM
Awesome writing Gregory...ready for a big win...love & light...many happy endings and happy holidays my friend...^WW^
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:16:00 PM
Very kind of you, ^WW^, I thank you so very much, my friend! Blessings! :-)
Date: 12/12/2018 4:32:00 AM
Your words sail into orbit and return to earth. I loved your poem dear Gregory, Winning wishes xo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:15:00 PM
That's so kind of you, Pixie, that's very sweet of you to say! :-)
Date: 12/10/2018 3:04:00 PM
Howdy pard. I chose your latest write and I knew what I would find... again. A magic carpet ride into the wonderful unknown. Your kindness I found on my poem. I miss you guys so much but its asif I dare write and participate the world would explode. Were sitting here on bated breath waiting for the world to end. What would a poet do to change that? Forgive my feebleness. So much is hoing on here.... I dont know if I can even return but I renewed my subscription. Hang on Snoopy.Gift of the gab
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/13/2018 11:14:00 PM
Oh, Jannie, My Friend, I was so happy to see this comment ... so good to hear from you! I watch the news for all I can of your homeland, and what little gets to us here in the states is not very encouraging, (to say the least). I have another friend, (pharmacist), who is from South Africa, and he gives me more info than the news does! He says he has no intentions of returning, as it has "changed into something unrecognizable" to him ... so sad. Please stay in touch, Brother, and get back to writing - I miss your energy here! Blessings!