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Patch of grass – Kröller-Müller Museum

Hell-and-gone, my dreams are the bane of angels Crimped with light, yet ceded to swim in shadows Darkened wings that tremble with aching portent Yesterday's heaven I'm the fool that wandered the Van Gogh grasses Just a jest, with love made there in the meadow Callow flesh, thus burning for more than sunlight Merging in madness Bright and light, on toe-shoes a girl came dancing How she twirled, with tempo to set my heartbeats Dark desires through waterfalls and the moonlight Joined at the marrow Life did cleave us, bound to a course its choosing Washed and swept by fates to a distant shoreline Breaths and death left nothing to us but distance Partings, unspoken 'Leave them gone', those angels now softly whisper Broken dreams are nightmares so left unspoken Turn your head to sight your eyes on the moment Wisdom's sweet burgeon. ~ 1st Place ~ in the "Sapphic Stanza With A Jux" Poetry Contest, Craig Cornish, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 3/5/2019 1:35:00 PM
When you win in a Craig Cornish contest.....that says a lot! Masterful Greg!
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:17:00 AM
Many kind thanks, my poet brother, I so appreciate it! :-)
Date: 2/14/2019 8:21:00 PM
This is truly stellar Greg...wonderful work!
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:15:00 AM
Thank you very kindly, David, I greatly appreciate the wonderful words! Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 2/14/2019 8:17:00 AM
Your string of Sapphic stanzas, written with apparent ease, is indeed a worthy winning combination, Greg. Congratulations! ~ Regards // paul
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:14:00 AM
That's very kind of you, Paul, and I so appreciate the wonderful comments, my friend! :-)
Date: 2/13/2019 6:55:00 PM
Impressive, especially with five stanzas. Congrats on taking first place.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:13:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Rob, I so appreciate it, my friend! :-)
Date: 2/13/2019 1:20:00 PM
The third verse is my favorite! Congratulations, Greg!
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:09:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Kim, I so appreciate it - blessings! :-) <3
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:09:00 AM
And thank YOU, Nina! :-)
Date: 2/13/2019 12:03:00 PM
Wow! How have I missed this gorgeous piece. Again you made the form disappear and only poetry remains! Congratulations on your well deserved first-place honor!!!
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:08:00 AM
Oh, that's so kind of you, PS, and I'm so thankful that you liked this one, my friend! Blessings! :-) <3
Date: 2/13/2019 10:01:00 AM
It is truly a rare feat to write this well within the parameters of this form! Or any form for that matter.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:07:00 AM
Thank you SO much, Craig, I'm so happy with my placement, and so pleased to learn a new form - I love it! Blessings! :-)
Date: 2/11/2019 3:19:00 PM
This is gorgeous writing as always, Greg.I kept reading it the way the meter should be and I believe it is all metered as it should be. i know in a few places of my own sapphic stanza, I was unsure. I think it's about the way WE listen to our own thoughts. For example, some might hear "best" in your last stanza with stress.but also I can hear it the other way if I let myself. I think this same thing happens with iambic pentameter. I struggle with this form, so i did not dare do more than ONE!!!
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 3/22/2019 2:07:00 AM
I know what you mean - you can approach meter from different directions, and that has so much to do with perception of rhythm. I'm so happy you liked this one, Buddy, and I thank you so much! :-) <3
Date: 2/11/2019 4:11:00 AM
Hi, Gregory thank you for your comment on my poem,,,,so glad to be able to read this wonderful classical poetry,,and no comments,,yes i'm surprised...but that's folk for you...it'll be interesting to see how Craig views this..His contests always attract great poems...
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 2/11/2019 4:33:00 AM
Thank you so much, Harry, for your kind comments and for taking pity on me, lol ... I so appreciate it! Blessings, my friend! :-)