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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!

QARINAGE - Results Posted

Blog Posted:6/10/2018 9:27:00 PM

Some really great entries of a VERY difficult form, and I was impressed by every single poem. Sadly, however, NINE entries did not resemble the form whatsoever, and I have trouble understanding why not, (especially with clear directions AND an example), as syllable counts, rhyme scheme, etc., had no connection at all to what I had asked for. It saddens me, because they were really good writes, but weren't even close ...

There were some with questionable rhyme, syllable counts slightly off, grammar and spelling errors, and the sequence of lines slightly off, but if they were at least ATTEMPTING the form, I placed them, and as I say, ALL were enjoyable reads and had worthy, substantive content. There was a very specific rhythm I was looking for, and the two top poems nailed it ... some came very near ...

It's clear to me that the more involved the directions, the more variations and errors ensue, (and that makes sense), but there are so many wonderfully capable writers here, and despite the nine that I had to disqualify, I enjoyed very much your interpretation of the tempo, and the different directions that you took with the theme. If you'd like specific reasons for placement, Soup Mail me and I will do my best ...

As usual, however, it comes down to whatever hits me the deepest, and small placement differences had to do with small errors in form, rhyme, spelling, grammar, etc.. Thank you SO much for entering my contest - this was a lot of fun! And those who didn't place - PLEASE read the directions in the future, and give yourself a true chance at a win ... it's a very basic thing, and pretty crucial to life in general. Blessings, ALL! :-) <3

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Date: 6/12/2018 2:55:00 PM
thanks for having me on the winners' list, and I really loved your form!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/16/2018 10:24:00 PM
Thanks so much, Andrea - blessings, My Friend! :-) <3
Date: 6/11/2018 12:08:00 PM
Thanks for setting us a great challenge and for my placement in the contest, such a shame that so many poems didn't fit the criteria as the rules couldn't have been clearer. My congrats to all the winners:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/16/2018 10:24:00 PM
That's very sweet of you to say, Jan, and I'm so pleased you joined the fun! Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 6/10/2018 10:34:00 PM
Greg, thank you for a great contest and challenge. I enjoyed writing my poem for you and thank you so much for my placement and congratulations to all your winners ~
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/16/2018 10:23:00 PM
My pleasure, Constance - it was a lot of fun! Blessings! :-) <3

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
1/18/2019 Take That, Yuri Dramatic Monologueadventure,moon,time,
1/18/2019 The Long Gray Line Limerickanalogy,language,metaphor
1/17/2019 Moonlight Lanyard Dramatic Verseadventure,passion,romance
1/15/2019 Crater Lake - Sleeping Beast Free verseimagery,metaphor,nature,
1/14/2019 African Queen Clerihewadventure,romance,romanti
1/13/2019 Savory Senryukiss,love,passion,sensual
1/13/2019 Touch Talk Senryubody,love,romantic,sensua
1/12/2019 Prisoner Senryulove,metaphor,romance,rom
1/11/2019 R Kelly, Beast Free verseabuse,
1/10/2019 Blue Free verseanalogy,blue,color,metaph
1/9/2019 Reflections In Water Free versegoodbye,history,longing,l
1/8/2019 I Wish Rhymeanalogy,break up,heartbre
1/8/2019 Cold Limerickhumorous,winter,word play
1/6/2019 Arrived Yet Early Fibonaccibaby,birth,grief,loss,par
1/6/2019 Sunday in Spain Rhymeadventure,passion,romance
1/5/2019 But A Moment Prose Poetryappreciation,love,passion
1/5/2019 Persona Non Grata Free versecity,community,conflict,c
1/5/2019 Oh Voices Mortal Rhymeallusion,analogy,apprecia
1/4/2019 A Length of Pipe Limerickfunny,humorous,marriage,
1/4/2019 January Acrosticappreciation,beauty,janua
1/3/2019 Strange Fruit Free verseallusion,hate,metaphor,na
1/2/2019 Paradise, Lost - WWII Sonnetbeach,beauty,hero,sad,sea
1/1/2019 Misery, Masked Enclosed Rhymeallusion,analogy,dark,int
1/1/2019 Umbra Of Night Rhymeallusion,dark,metaphor,su
12/31/2018 My New Year's Resolution One-Liner Monokuappreciation,introspectio
12/31/2018 Shades Of Black Free verseconflict,dark,introspecti
12/31/2018 Oh New Year, Burn Bright Lyricappreciation,dream,hope,n
12/30/2018 Breath of Life Monokuappreciation,life,
12/29/2018 Stirring the Pot Limerickappreciation,humorous,poe
12/29/2018 Brandon Free versebirth,child,father son,so
12/28/2018 Thanks For Stopping By Free verseappreciation,friendship,p
12/28/2018 Christmas Sweets Rhymeanimal,appreciation,cat,l
12/27/2018 Dance With A Demoness Free verseaddiction,life,strength,s
12/27/2018 Winter Wonderland Sonnetappreciation,beauty,natur
12/26/2018 Bright In the Dark Free verseappreciation,dark,fear,li
12/26/2018 So, Marley Was Right After All Free versechristmas,dark,death,fant
12/25/2018 Life In A Line Monokuappreciation,life,love,
12/24/2018 Heart of Christmas Monokuchild,christmas,faith,hea
12/23/2018 To Run the Race, Human Monokuanalogy,appreciation,life
12/23/2018 Farewell Filigree Haikubreak up,farewell,goodbye
12/21/2018 Mrs Claus Knows Her Man Haikuappreciation,christmas,de
12/21/2018 Would You Still Love Me Free verseanalogy,love,relationship
12/20/2018 Pray, Gone Forever Monokugoodbye,lonely,lost love,
12/19/2018 Of Captains and Cradles Coupletappreciation,history,poet
12/19/2018 Misnomer Free versejudgement,trust,wisdom,
12/19/2018 Cute Christmas Couplet Coupletchristmas,dog,humorous,pe
12/18/2018 A Christmas Coupling Couplet Coupletchristmas,love,metaphor,p
12/18/2018 Hollywood If It Could Monokuhumanity,metaphor,politic
12/17/2018 Wink Me Farewell Free verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
12/15/2018 The Prong and Short of It Limerickanimal,christmas,funny,hu
12/15/2018 Christmas Angel, Lost Free versechristmas,sad,
12/13/2018 The Grandest Little Balsam Rhymeappreciation,christmas,na
12/10/2018 To Heal A Vacant Heaven Free versefantasy,
12/10/2018 Skin Dive Free verseappreciation,body,metapho
12/10/2018 The Old Park Bench Enclosed Rhymeabsence,childhood,christm
12/10/2018 Sunset Free verseappreciation,beauty,metap
12/10/2018 Summer of Wonder Free verse7th grade,appreciation,de
12/8/2018 Neytiri Free versefantasy,metaphor,moon,pas
12/8/2018 Eye of the Storm Rhymeanxiety,emotions,feelings
12/8/2018 Bubblegum Rhymeappreciation,metaphor,mus
12/8/2018 Wild Fire Free verselove,lust,metaphor,passio
12/7/2018 The Color Of My Heart Sonnetanalogy,appreciation,fait
12/7/2018 A Little Kindness Never Hurts Free verseappreciation,love,wisdom,
12/7/2018 It Shines, Still Free verseappreciation,christian,ch
12/4/2018 Too Many Echoes Free versebereavement,birth,childre
12/3/2018 Prisoner, Mine Rhymedream,lost love,love,reme
12/2/2018 The Bite of Betrayal Rhymebetrayal,love hurts,
12/1/2018 Dark Matter Free versegrief,introspection,pain,
12/1/2018 Proud Star of Bethlehem Free verseappreciation,christian,ch
11/30/2018 Quenched Free verseappreciation,metaphor,pas
11/29/2018 A Life of Thanks Enclosed Rhymeappreciation,blessing,lif
11/27/2018 The Road Not Taken - Wiz Rhymeadventure,fantasy,
11/27/2018 Christmas Mourning Rhymechild,childhood,christmas
11/27/2018 Last Kiss Rhymebeauty,death,earth,holoca
11/26/2018 Tomorrow, Today Lyricappreciation,love,metapho
11/26/2018 Sipping Cider With My Sweetheart Rhymeanalogy,christmas,love,me
11/25/2018 Swallowed by the Night Rhymeanalogy,break up,heartbre
11/21/2018 Dream Not Rhymedark,dream,night,
11/18/2018 Supernova Free verseanalogy,metaphor,passion,
11/18/2018 A Cheesy-Breezy Holiday Rhymeappreciation,christmas,fo
11/14/2018 Black Powder, Paradise Free verseanalogy,death,fire,horror
11/10/2018 Raising Hades in the 80's Blank verselife,memory,nostalgia,
11/10/2018 Life, Cried To Sighed Rhymeanalogy,birth,death,life,
11/9/2018 Broken Angel Rhymeanalogy,angel,courage,vio
11/9/2018 Red Umbrella Rhymeappreciation,autumn,kiss,
11/6/2018 The Song, Life Free verseappreciation,childhood,da
11/4/2018 Oh, But Your Hand Free verseappreciation,body,passion
11/4/2018 Twilight Plunge Free verseimagery,love,metaphor,nat
11/4/2018 To Read You Free verseappreciation,metaphor,pas
11/4/2018 CReAtiVe CoNForMiTy Free verseappreciation,art,creation
11/3/2018 Two Sixteenths Tied Shapemusic,
11/3/2018 Winter Wildflower Rhymeflower,life,metaphor,natu
11/2/2018 The Truth Of Rainbows Rhymeanalogy,emotions,metaphor
11/2/2018 God's Good Week ABCanalogy,animal,creation,e
11/2/2018 Envy Chokaanalogy,appreciation,emot
11/2/2018 Secrets of the Sahara Rhymeabuse,adventure,change,fr
10/31/2018 Heaven's Tears Lyricanalogy,lost love,love hu
10/29/2018 Poets, All Senryupoems,poetry,poets,writin
10/29/2018 Alone-To-Lonely Free verseanalogy,change,loneliness
10/27/2018 Three Wishes Rhymeanalogy,appreciation,fant

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Fav Poems

A Midsummer Night's Beach Free versebeauty,color,creation,sea
Valentine May My Love Say Dizaindesire,devotion,love,roma
Highveld Storm Rhymebreak up,longing,
The World Around US Rhymeearth,environment,war,
The Ride Iambic Pentameterimagination,memory,sad,
Never Shame a Woman Quatrainpassion,women,
Surely, I Shall Prosebirth,death,
Cry For Wind Quatrainanalogy,animal,beautiful,
Love of Nature Coupletnature,
AURORA AT DAWN Rhymebeauty,inspirational,morn
My Big Fat Gypsy Poem Rhymehumor,marriage,wedding,
A Prince for Roseanne Rhymefantasy,
Picture Perfect Rhymeamerica,corruption,deep,p
It don't really matter Rhymefun,humor,love,
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - EMOTIVE WRITE Rhymeabuse,bullying,house,lone
Broken Soldiers Rhymeage,humanity,soldier,
I DANCE Prose Poetryabuse,dance,music,pain,
Love will come to you Lyricintrospection,longing,lov
Violin Free verselonely,muse,romance,roman
Gutter Pavement Runway Flight Free verseaddiction,appreciation,da
The Potter and the clay Narrativechange,character,conflict
Worlds Of Ice Free versedream,love,memory,sleep,w
May Showers Contest Haikunature,rain,
Time Lost In The Current Verseemotions,fear,ocean,
Yet not broken by the blues Free verseanti bullying,holocaust,m
Lost Childhood -Part 4- Rhymeabuse,child,child abuse,c
Freedom Is Written In Stars And Moon Free verseabuse,change,dark,freedom
Diamonds From The Sky Blank versebeautiful,beauty,desire,e
Starshine and silhouettes Rhymebeauty,dance,desire,image
Hollow man Rhymehappiness,introspection,i
From glory to dust-2 Acrosticangst,confusion,corruptio
Rainless Clouds Pantoumblue,sad,
Landscape - Beach Scene Quatrainart,
What Poetry Is Free verseimagery,poetry,words,
A Candid Rainscape Free verseflower,imagery,nature,rai
White Rainbows Imagismcolor,garden,imagery,
Amethyst Fate Ottava rimaflower,imagery,metaphor,
Love Lies Bleeding Rispettoflower,metaphor,
TOUCH -Sharon's Acrostic contest Acrosticspiritual,
my solitary wandering Free versememory,solitude,
MAWU AMONGST STARS Sonnetbeauty,magic,memory,
Real Men Wear Pink Rhymecharacter,funny,humor,per
POETS Rhymeappreciation,encouraging,
Sea of Love Rhymelove,love hurts,sea,
Collateral damage Dramatic monologuecharacter,courage,freedom
The Pearl Free versebeauty,blue,love,moon,nig
Morning Cues Versebeautiful,
Words-The Heart of Imagination Free verseuniverse,words,
He Has My Heart Verseart,longing,lust,passion,
July Free versesummer,
Transition to Death - Part I Free verseabsence,anger,dark,death,
a night of passion Couplethappiness,lust,passion,ro
The Stars and Beyond Sestinaspace,stars,
For the Fisher King on His Golden Jubilee Sonnetbirthday,friend,
NEVER TO BE MINE Free versegrief,i miss you,memorial
GOODBYE, MY LOVE Versedeath,goodbye,
Be Yourself Free verseconfusion,courage,emotion
A Kiss Remembered Rhymelove,
as cold sudden rain Haikulove,nature,
In Silence Personificationautumn,death,
O, the murmuring waves -- Versespiritual,
Snow Falling Personificationbeauty,winter,
Realization Sonnetlife,
You Echo, Silent Still Free verselost love,
DESPICABLE Free verseabuse,evil,girl,
Insomnia Rhymeanxiety,imagery,lonelines
For the Love of Poetry Blank versepoetry,poets,words,
Rape Free verseabuse,
ulan at sinag ng araw: pagmumuni ng isang tulirong isip Free verseangst,feelings,introspect
Chasing the man in the moon Free verseabsence,childhood,father
Miss Allegheny Mountain Monorhymeimagery,mountains,nature,
Mister Joe Jangles Free versepoetry,poets,
I am Every Woman Biobeauty,deep,emotions,enco
LAKE'S MUSIC Free versepeace,river,song,
Moonlight tango Dramatic monologuedance,desire,men,moon,rom
Shadow Free verselost love,
Memories, In The Silent Dust Prose Poetrychildhood,nostalgia,old,
If I Let My Mind Meander Free verselost love,metaphor,
What Might Have Been Verselost love,
Late Summer Nights Dream at the Cat in the Hat Coupletimagination,nonsense,
46 Free versebereavement,brother,love,
INDIAN PIPE Blank versedeath,nature,
Collecting teardrops Free versefriendship,lost,
Under the Stars Verseautumn,poetry,romance,sta
HIS EVENING'S MYSTERY Lyriclove,mystery,
As I Journey East Free versebeauty,journey,
As the Year Matures Monorhymejune,
When I No Longer Love You Romanticismlove,romance,
Fated Hell Monorhymedeath,destiny,evil,
Love's Eternal Death Sonnetemotions,lost love,
One Last Time Free verselost love,
Prisoner Of Words Free versemetaphor,poetry,words,
Laws Of Attraction Free verseabuse,addiction,forgivene
When Her Roses Bloom Romanticismlost love,rose,
Crystal Blue Waters Rhymenature,
Poetry Rhymeart,meaningful,poetry,poe
Nestled Under Your Wings Free verseimagery,inspirational,upl
A Chorus Sang Its Last Concerto Elegybeach,emotions,
Dance of the Firebird Free versebeautiful,dance,sensual,
AUTUMN ROYAL Rhyme royalautumn,sad,

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John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
Terry O'Leary France Flag France Read
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Edward McCall United States Flag United States Read
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Sunlite Wanter United States Flag United States Read
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D William L Germany Flag Germany Read
Vijay Pandit United States Flag United States Read
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Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
John Michaels United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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Michael Vacek United States Flag United States Read
Thvia Shetley United States Flag United States Read
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JEAN MURRAY Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Kim Bond United States Flag United States Read
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