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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!

The Dog Days Endure - Finalized

Blog Posted:12/1/2018 3:41:00 AM

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My Dearest Fellow Soupers -

Thank you all SO much for the extraordinary work presented for this contest ... there were only TWO disqualifications, and those were not Rubaiyats or anything close. The top three were set above the rest, but not by much, and the remaining thirty entries were all wonderful, so PLEASE do not be discouraged if you didn't place, as again, very little separated them, and all were a joy to read in one aspect or another ...

Those placed lower may have been because of rhythm, as Rubaiyats have set meter throughout, (though I allowed for poet's discretion as to the type or length of meter), or it may have been a number of other small differences like grammar or spelling, (I do NOT take off for presentation or punctuation). But what a fantastic group of poems - my best entries yet! For that reason it was VERY difficult to judge, as "premiere" contests only allow for TEN placements ...

I do premieres every-so-often just to balance it out, but cutting twenty-three poems that you enjoy, (after the DQ's), is torture. Thank you for your patience as well, as I have been deathly ill and missed Thanksgiving, but I am hopefully on the mend, (tests coming). I pray your holiday was a bounty of blessings and love, and I thank you for entering - please watch for my next contest, and have a Merry Christmas! :-) <3

Much Love & Respect

~ The Bard

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Date: 12/3/2018 8:54:00 AM
Thank you for another fine, inspiring contest, Greg. I enjoyed writing for it, and I am so honored to be on your winner's list. For sure it must be difficult to narrow down to just ten winners when we have so many talented and skilled poets here that participated. My sincere congratulations to all!
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Date: 12/2/2018 12:29:00 PM
Congrats to all the winners ~
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Date: 12/1/2018 9:18:00 AM
Greg, I enjoyed your blog and my win as well. Thanks and my congrats to your winners. I adore dog days!!! Don't put yourself through the torture. Do the other type of contest. I will never do a premiere again after the torture it gave me when I tried it. Will do a standard Xmas contest soon!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/4/2018 5:51:00 PM
if many people do really good work, why not lots of placements? It's not like i place all 35.
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craig cornish
Date: 12/2/2018 10:15:00 PM
I totally disagree, if you can't or choose not to place the entries based on your rules and judgement you shouldn't even run a contest, because it is otherwise not a contest... if everyone gets a "participation" trophy it is a joke not a contest.
Date: 12/1/2018 6:53:00 AM
Congrats to the winners, and to you as well for sponsoring the contest. May the Lord continually bless you with good health... God bless you, your family, and your endeavours as a bard and as a musician.
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
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 Search For Tomorrow Rhymeabuse,adventure,freedom,h
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
10/27/2018 Something New Rhymebody,love,metaphor,passio
10/25/2018 Antarctica Free verseadventure,earth,environme
10/25/2018 Blame The Moon Quatrainpassion,sensual,
10/24/2018 Heart Wanted Quatrainheart,heartbreak,heartbro
10/22/2018 Six-Word Couplet Series Encore Coupletadventure,appreciation,be
10/21/2018 My Darling Boy Quatrainanalogy,boy,childhood,inn
10/21/2018 By Hope's Own Hand Free versedark,humanity,irony,judge
10/20/2018 Lighthouse Free verseappreciation,boat,history
10/19/2018 Autumn-ku Haikuautumn,color,love,romance
10/16/2018 Vermilion Fall Coupletappreciation,autumn,beaut
10/15/2018 Sky of Horror - Io's End Rhymeadventure,fantasy,planet,
10/12/2018 Easy Free verseanalogy,longing,love,meta
10/11/2018 Manna From Nana Haikuappreciation,food,metapho
10/11/2018 Return To the Highland Mist Free verseanimal,language,love,memo
10/10/2018 Avaricious Free verseanalogy,animal,nature,sno
10/4/2018 Parable of the Talents Rhymebible,christian,religion,
10/4/2018 The Spiritualist Spirit Rhymeanalogy,mystery,myth,myth
10/1/2018 Her Eyes Were Like Fireflies Free versejuly,love,metaphor,romanc
10/1/2018 Last Tour Senryuappreciation,life,meaning
9/30/2018 Mischief I do not know?adventure,mystery,myth,
9/29/2018 Expression Expressed Rubaiyatappreciation,introspectio
9/29/2018 A Moment's Rain Carpe Diemdance,joy,memory,rain,sis
9/29/2018 Still The One Coupletmarriage,memory,relations
9/28/2018 tropic triangle Haikubeautiful,nature,ocean,pa
9/27/2018 Six-Word Couplet Series Coupletamerica,appreciation,corr
9/26/2018 Ancient Embers Coupletappreciation,farewell,fat
9/26/2018 To The Hilt Free verseanalogy,break up,dark,lov
9/26/2018 Lumiere Free verseappreciation,beauty,heave
9/25/2018 Oh, Moon Free verseanalogy,earth,humanity,me
9/24/2018 Beautiful Mystery Sonnetdream,lost love,memory,my
9/23/2018 The Short Of It Light Versefunny,humorous,light,sati
9/23/2018 Lost To Autumn Quintain (English)analogy,appreciation,autu
9/23/2018 And It Shall Be Given Free verseanalogy,kiss,love,metapho
9/23/2018 Hush Free versemoon,night,ocean,romance,
9/22/2018 Symposia Enclosed Rhymefood,humorous,stars,unive
9/20/2018 Nature, Human Free versemetaphor,nature,passion,r
9/20/2018 Hallows Spooky Night Rhymeadventure,halloween,horro
9/19/2018 Mended With Gold Free verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
9/18/2018 Hope S Gaughan Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 RIP M T Pocquettes Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 Here Lies Festus Sleape Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 D S Gruntled RIP Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 RIP Nephyr E Nuff Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 Here Lies Laise E Brother Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,
9/18/2018 Tom E Aiken Epitaphdeath,eulogy,humorous,lig
9/17/2018 If But One Free versedesire,kiss,metaphor,pass
9/16/2018 Missing Muzzles Light Versefun,light,word play,words
9/16/2018 Silhouettes In Moonlight Dramatic Monologueadventure,fantasy,fear,
9/15/2018 RTB Rhymeappreciation,dad,father,l
9/14/2018 Ache Of Autumn Haikuautumn,beauty,metaphor,na
9/13/2018 Falling Like Leaves, Again Acrosticautumn,memory,romance,sou

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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,
Life or Death Tweet 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,
as cold sudden rain Haikulove,nature,
In Silence Personificationautumn,death,
O, the murmuring waves -- Versespiritual,
A Kiss Remembered Rhymelove,
For the Fisher King on His Golden Jubilee Sonnetbirthday,friend,
NEVER TO BE MINE Free versegrief,i miss you,memorial
Snow Falling Personificationbeauty,winter,
Realization Sonnetlife,
You Echo, Silent Still Free verselost love,
DESPICABLE Free verseabuse,evil,girl,
The Stars and Beyond Sestinaspace,stars,
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
GOODBYE, MY LOVE Versedeath,goodbye,
LAKE'S MUSIC Free versepeace,river,song,
Moonlight tango Dramatic monologuedance,desire,men,moon,rom
Shadow Free verselost love,
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
Be Yourself Free verseconfusion,courage,emotion
HIS EVENING'S MYSTERY Lyriclove,mystery,
As I Journey East Free versebeauty,journey,
a night of passion Couplethappiness,lust,passion,ro
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,
Snow Birds Softly Sing Versebeautiful,bird,dance,dece
Midnight Romance Sonnetdesire,dream,imagery,long

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Kunda Chamatete Zambia Flag Zambia Read
Jannie Breedt South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Carolyn Fish United States Flag United States Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Monica Vance United States Flag United States Read
John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
Terry O'Leary France Flag France Read
Maureen McGreavy Canada Flag Canada Read
Edward McCall United States Flag United States Read
Jo Daniel India Flag India Read
Sunlite Wanter United States Flag United States Read
Darren White Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Kim Rodrigues United States Flag United States Read
White Wolf Australia Flag Australia Read
Dale Gregory Cozart United States Flag United States Read
Freddie Robinson Jr. United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
John Anderson Australia Flag Australia Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Carole Duet United States Flag United States Read
Harshath Vidheya India Flag India Read
Jay Vee United States Flag United States Read
D William L Germany Flag Germany Read
Vijay Pandit United States Flag United States Read
Russell Sivey United States Flag United States Read
Line Gauthier Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
John Michaels United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Julie Leigh Rodeheaver United States Flag United States Read
Michael Vacek United States Flag United States Read
Thvia Shetley United States Flag United States Read
M Braimah Saaka United States Flag United States Read
Benyamin Bensalah Algeria Flag Algeria Read
Sherifat Aduku Nigeria Flag Nigeria Read
Anita Harris United States Flag United States Read
Judith S United States Flag United States Read
JEAN MURRAY Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Kim Bond United States Flag United States Read
Sara Ella United States Flag United States Read
Lemuel Giviens United States Flag United States Read
Janis Thompson United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Alexis Y. United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Brandy Nicole United States Flag United States Read
Susan Gentry United States Flag United States Read
Teppo Gren Finland Flag Finland Read
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
Nina Parmenter United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read