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I am a man of many interests - TOO many, I think, lol - and because of that I never gave writing the attention I should have when I was young. I started writing poetry about two years ago, in the fall of 2016, and joined Poetry Soup in December. I am currently working on an R&B/Soul album for a mojor label, so, as has usually been the case, poetry does not get the time I'd like to give it ...

I like to incorporate classic styles and phrasing into a modern frame when I write poetry, and try to cover a wide range of genres, but I enjoy the darkly sensual the most, despite its limited audience. I hope you'll give my rather unusual style a chance, read a piece-or-two, and leave a comment, if you'd be so kind. I also hope you'll visit my music web site as well, (at the following address under my moniker "Bahku") - mostly (very) old recordings there, but also a snippet of the first single coming, and more new stuff soon!

Thanks for stopping by my page - blessings!

Not So, the Gifted Few

Blog Posted:4/7/2018 2:20:00 AM

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"Oh, you're SO talented - so gifted!"

Do you ever hear that phrase or something similar? How do you answer? I always try to say, "Thank you - so are YOU!", and pray it leads to the following discussion. I think we "artistic" types sometimes feel ourselves of rarefied air, and while we writers DO have a talent with words, that just makes us poets, and not an elite class. Yes, poetry is a rare talent, (one I'll never perfect), but talent is not rare ...

EVERYone is gifted - EVERYone has talent and exceptional abilities, but everyone is DIFFERENT, and sometimes those talents and abilities are not as readily visible, or even as tangible, as they are for others. YOU are talented and gifted, (perhaps in ways you've yet to discern), whether you realize it or not, and if you don't, it's still waiting for you to discover it ...

Or maybe you have multiple gifts but haven't found one that inspires you. Just because that gift may not be considered "artistic" or "creative", doesn't mean it's any less noteworthy or important, any less substantive or integral, or any less of a gift, especially when it comes to the contributions you can make to humanity, or the blessing you can be to others by way of your talents ...

FINDING those gifts is not always an easy task, as there are many things that we pursue simply because we love them, (things that we may not have an inclination toward or talent for), and many things we may have a talent for that are simply not a part of our lives, or are not placed in our paths, due to circumstances or timing. Einstein said this, quite correctly:

"Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

FIND your gift and develop it, whatEVER it may be, and never think that it's not as wonderful or important as anyone else's, simply because you can't frame it and hang it on the wall, or put a cover on it for publishing, or perform it on stage, or win the Nobel Peace Prize with it. Enjoy it and share it with the world, be proud of it and find joy within it, (and always stay humble). Maybe you're a fish, and trees are just not your thing ...

So ... SWIM!!

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Date: 4/12/2018 10:29:00 AM
Your last couple of sentences are so important.....yes we are all different, and each person may have a talent that contributes something wonderful to humanity (we hope)..., but staying humble is often the key to standing out above the crowd . I love this blog :) !! Wise words !
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/14/2018 11:06:00 PM
Thank you SO much, Carrie, and you are so correct ... arrogance is a major turn off, and good work will always speak for itself. Blessings and thank you for the comment, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/11/2018 7:51:00 PM
Einstein quote: priceless. Great Blog. Perhaps if we saw a spectrum of gifts and track their impact across humanity, we'd better accept how these essential talents are distributed and take what we've been blessed with and offer ours freely for the common benefit. Then all would likely discover their inherent contribution vehicle and seek only to serve one another. A return to a Garden so to speak. :-)))
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 10:55:00 PM
Very well-said, Wayne, and a profound insight that we would all benefit from ... it would certainly serve to offer humanity a more nurturing and creativity-inspiring environment. Return to the garden, indeed!
Date: 4/11/2018 6:48:00 PM
Finding out the gifts you have to offer humanity takes some a lifetime and I agree with all you have said Greg. Wonderful advice!
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 4/11/2018 11:20:00 PM
For sure Greg. Look at Grandma Moses who began painting at age 78. : )
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 10:53:00 PM
Indeed it does, Connie - I didn't start with poetry until about two years ago, and even that wasn't "seriously" ... it's never too late, my friend, for new discoveries as well! :-) <3
Date: 4/10/2018 12:27:00 AM
Talent doesn't always mean success. Everyone has talent but not everyone has the perseverance to succeed.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:37:00 AM
Andrea - I am quite sure some of those people have not discovered their true gifts yet, sadly ... some people WANT to be great singers, and just don't have the correct gift. Ouch! :-) <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:35:00 AM
Absolutely - well-said, and I completely agree, my good friend!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/10/2018 5:40:00 PM
and not all those with perseverance succeed, especially on American Idol!
Date: 4/7/2018 2:40:00 PM
:) ....a very true and introspective perspective Greg. Enjoyed this greatly.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:33:00 AM
Thank you so much, FJ, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, my friend! Blessings! :-)
Date: 4/7/2018 10:39:00 AM
An inspiring blog, Greg!! Many here with MANY gifts!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:32:00 AM
You are so right, Andrea ... indeed! <3
Date: 4/7/2018 9:44:00 AM
sometimes learning is the ability to allow yourself to fail with everyone watching
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Date: 4/11/2018 12:32:00 AM
Absolutely, my friend, and very well-stated ... nothing good comes without sacrifice, and that sacrifice can be painful. Blessings, Frederic!
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FJ Thomas
Date: 4/7/2018 2:38:00 PM
Wisdom in a kind man's words :)
Date: 4/7/2018 9:12:00 AM
...said the momma fishy, swim if you can and they swam, swam, swam, right over the dam.....
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/11/2018 12:31:00 AM
You must be of similar era, John - that was popular in scout trips back in the day. Blessings, my friend! :-)
Date: 4/7/2018 8:28:00 AM
Smart fishes spend more time in schools! I entirely agree with your blog, Greg.
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Date: 4/11/2018 12:30:00 AM
Ha! Indeed you are correct, my friend ... blessings, Keith!
Date: 4/7/2018 7:58:00 AM
I don't think it could have been said any better than this. Very encouraging blog, Greg.
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Date: 4/11/2018 12:29:00 AM
Thank you so much, Becca - blessings, Friend! :-) <3
Date: 4/7/2018 7:41:00 AM
Wonderful blog Greg! I'm finding myself right now in middle age discovering I have such a gift (not writing), your words a timely gift. I love the quote. My toe is in the water, getting ready to dive in... <3
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Date: 4/11/2018 12:29:00 AM
Yes - dive deep, my friend ... and swim with joyous abandon! :-) <3
Date: 4/7/2018 4:31:00 AM
As Ephesians 2:10 has it Greg,'we are His 'workmanship' (poiema ((work of art))....Education or better yet..should be how we discover our god-given giftings in all manner of areas of life.I am thankful I found mine,even if a little late in my life.
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Date: 4/11/2018 12:28:00 AM
Well-said, my friend ... well-said, indeed!

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