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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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3/17/2019 The Surge, Life Sonnetappreciation,beauty,envir
3/17/2019 El Capitan Tankaadventure,courage,earth,j
3/16/2019 Sleepy Seeds - Word Morph Rhymedream,fantasy,Lullaby,sle
3/16/2019 My Little Book Worm Free verseanalogy,appreciation,book
3/14/2019 Heads Or Tails Free verseanalogy,metaphor,
3/14/2019 Dream Acrosticdream,fantasy,imagination
3/13/2019 A Legacy Worth Bearing - FV Free verseappreciation,family,fathe
3/13/2019 I'm Always Right Here Lyricabsence,death,life,loss,s
3/13/2019 Boundless Lanterneanalogy,courage,flower,li
3/12/2019 A Scraping of Shovels Free verseanalogy,death,memory,
3/12/2019 Legend's Last Moon Free versefantasy,moon,myth,nature,
3/12/2019 War Postponed - No Clouds Free versecelebrity,film,nostalgia,
3/11/2019 Baptism Rhymeanalogy,loss,war,wisdom,
3/8/2019 Marzipan Free verselove,metaphor,passion,sen
3/8/2019 What Is Love Sonnetappreciation,childhood,lo
3/7/2019 Civil Twilight Free verseappreciation,beauty,memor
3/5/2019 Sweet and Sour Lanternelove,metaphor,passion,sen
3/4/2019 Why I Should Win 1st Place Rhymefunny,humorous,irony,
3/4/2019 Sutures Free verselove,metaphor,pride,wisdo
3/4/2019 Sand Dance Enclosed Rhymeappreciation,dance,heart,
3/3/2019 Mortality's Mantle Free verseanalogy,dark,death,intros
3/1/2019 Tapestry of Seasons - HC Haikuanalogy,life,metaphor,sea
3/1/2019 Godspeed Free verseappreciation,conflict,lon
2/28/2019 I, of the Storm Rhymefaith,humanity,relationsh
2/27/2019 No Country Free verseanalogy,conflict,film,met
2/26/2019 Until the Sandman Comes Rhymeappreciation,child,leavin
2/26/2019 Just Another Valentine Rhymelove,romance,romantic lov
2/24/2019 A Childhood Memory Roundelappreciation,childhood,me
2/24/2019 My Hobby, My Life Free verseintrospection,music,wisdo
2/24/2019 Just Three Words For Heaven Acrosticsky,star,universe,
2/23/2019 Self-Plus-Seven, Saved Dramatic Monologueadventure,appreciation,fi
2/23/2019 Soft, The Bells Quatraingrief,loss,lost love,soul
2/23/2019 Her Captain's Call Tritinadance,lost love,moon,ocea
2/21/2019 The Questions I See Free verseanalogy,appreciation,huma
2/21/2019 The Monster's Mask Alliterationanalogy,child abuse,corru
2/21/2019 Uninvited Free versedream,lost love,love hurt
2/19/2019 Between Bells Rhymecrush,cute,high school,lo
2/18/2019 Oh Lordly Warbler Rhymeanimal,beauty,bird,metaph
2/18/2019 Hope Floats Light Verseanalogy,earth,light,natur
2/18/2019 Images In Ivy Rhymeappreciation,lost love,me
2/16/2019 The Gemini's Gist Quatrainappreciation,hero,music,t
2/15/2019 Order of the Mind Free verseintrospection,wisdom,
2/14/2019 Steps of Olympus Rhymeanalogy,dream,fantasy,hea
2/14/2019 The Trump Card Free verseperspective,political,
2/13/2019 El Jaleo Free verseappreciation,art,beauty,
2/13/2019 Sundial Personificationmetaphor,sun,time,wisdom,
2/12/2019 The Blade, Abiding Free versebreak up,emotions,goodbye
2/10/2019 Coyote Kid Rhymebetrayal,childhood,confli
2/10/2019 Strings Free versescience,
2/9/2019 Press Enter Free versecomputer,humanity,politic
2/9/2019 Dry, The Well Free verseanalogy,dark,inspiration,
2/7/2019 Yesterday's Shadows Sapphic stanzaappreciation,lost love,me
2/7/2019 Properly Punctured Crystallinelove,metaphor,romance,val
2/7/2019 Love's One Arrow Crystallinelove,metaphor,romance,val
2/6/2019 B What U Can B Lyricappreciation,inspirationa
2/6/2019 Mavia of the Saracens Free verseappreciation,arabic,beaut
2/6/2019 Aim Well, Cupid Senryulove,romance,valentines d
2/5/2019 One Last Tear Rhymeanalogy,rain,sad,
2/5/2019 Chill Comin' On Lyricbreak up,love hurts,muse,
2/3/2019 Bahku - Avatar Biointrospection,
2/2/2019 Safe Harbor Rispettoanalogy,appreciation,fant
2/2/2019 Sandman, Come Than-Baukfantasy,night,sleep,
2/1/2019 Not That It Matters Free verseanalogy,break up,introspe
2/1/2019 Robin Hoodie Limerickanalogy,funny,history,hum
1/31/2019 Complex Romantic Biointrospection,
1/31/2019 Mr and Mrs Dumpty, Egg-cidental Death Haikufun,humorous,
1/30/2019 Petals Rhymeanalogy,feelings,life,met
1/30/2019 Rural Rhymecry,depression,sad,solitu
1/30/2019 Goeth, Ye Patriots Free verseanalogy,football,fun,humo
1/28/2019 Midnight Dip Free verselove,metaphor,romance,rom
1/28/2019 The Courage Behind A Smile Free verseconflict,courage,emotions
1/28/2019 To Rise Unseen Free verseappreciation,beauty,moon,
1/28/2019 Purple Paradise Dramatic Versefantasy,imagination,scien
1/27/2019 Wavy Wealth Haikuimagery,metaphor,moon,oce
1/27/2019 Contrition of the Cross Monokuchristian,easter,jesus,me
1/26/2019 Buzzards and Flamingos Free verseappreciation,bird,drink,f
1/26/2019 Slayed Diminished Hexaversefeelings,love,passion,sen
1/25/2019 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Clerihewappreciation,history,love
1/25/2019 Fields Of Life Villanelleanalogy,introspection,lif
1/25/2019 This Old House Free verseanalogy,growth,introspect
1/25/2019 Opportune Monorhymeanalogy,appreciation,life
1/24/2019 Through the Keyhole Rhymeanalogy,betrayal,change,m
1/23/2019 Mediocrity Monstrosity Free verseanalogy,introspection,met
1/23/2019 Sour and Sweet Free verselove,metaphor,passion,rom
1/22/2019 Charged By Phantoms Rhymeadventure,mystery,
1/21/2019 Polka Dot People Free verseanalogy,hate,humanity,pre
1/21/2019 Second Chance Free verseanalogy,appreciation,life
1/20/2019 Day's Delicious End Monokuanalogy,beauty,color,eve,
1/20/2019 Shadow Play Rhymebody,love,metaphor,passio
1/19/2019 Schrodinger's Monster Free verseanalogy,emotions,fear,hor
1/19/2019 Where I Stand Coupletpoetry,writing,
1/19/2019 Return To Flanders Fields Rhymehistory,loss,war,
1/18/2019 Take That, Leonid Free verseadventure,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

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A Midsummer Night's Beach Free versebeauty,color,creation,sea
Joy May Our 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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Terry O'Leary France Flag France Read
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Line Gauthier Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
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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
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Judith S United States Flag United States Read
JEAN MURRAY Ireland Flag Ireland 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
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Teppo Gren Finland Flag Finland Read
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
Nina Parmenter United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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