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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 in December of 2016, and joined Poetry Soup at the same time. I am currently working on an R&B/Soul album for a major label, so, as has usually been the case, poetry does not get the time I'd like to give it, (though I plan to change that in the future, and write a book-or-two, a sci-fi novel and an autobiography) ...

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!

Arbitrium Divisa Finalized

Blog Posted:6/13/2019 4:29:00 AM

This was a tough one to judge, and as with a previous contest of mine, I had everyone a slot higher until I got to the two winners, which were set apart and above the rest ... they were two of the last few entries, and spoke to me a bit louder, so I felt I needed to scale the rest in respect to their quality. That has only happened once before in a contest of mine ...

But, what an amazing group of four-line Free Verse and Rhyme poems this was, and I thank you all so much for your kind participation! VERY little divided first from sixth, and it came down to minor things and emotional impact. There was also only ONE N/A again, due to it not being taken from a previous poem or being properly referenced, and a wonderful write, sadly ...

(Please read instructions, folks - I hate to N/A anyone) ...

I plan to do something similar for the next contest, so keep your eyes peeled ... this has proven to be a lot of fun for me, and a fun exercise for you, too, I believe, as it hones the edge of word usage and phrasing, and emphasizes the skill of saying the most with the least amount of words, ("filler" words muddy the waters). Blessings, Dear Soupers - have a great day!

       - The Bard

Arbitrium Divisa Results

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Date: 6/13/2019 8:26:00 AM
I love this type of contest you have invented, Greg! Thanks for my placement. I will enjoy going through this winner list as I recall seeing superb entries before you judged the contest!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/14/2019 1:33:00 AM
You are very welcome, Andrea, and thank you for "Vow To My Beloved", another lovely tribute poem that stands so wonderfully on its own - I enjoyed it very much! This is a fun format, I think! Blessings, Buddy! :-) <3
Date: 6/13/2019 7:40:00 AM
Greg, it was indeed a wonderful contest, and I am pleased with my placement and send congratulations to all who placed. Looking forward to your next contest ~
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/14/2019 1:31:00 AM
Thank you so much for your wonderful entry "Withering", which is a very poignant and touching piece - I loved it! Blessings! :-) <3

My Past Blog Posts

Arbitrium Divisa Finalized
Date Posted: 6/13/2019 4:29:00 AM
Rithimus Divisa Finalized
Date Posted: 5/1/2019 11:06:00 PM
Strength Thru Adversity - My Last Premiere Contest
Date Posted: 4/3/2019 2:53:00 PM
Movie Magic Contest Finalized
Date Posted: 3/23/2019 9:11:00 PM
Movie Magic UPDATE
Date Posted: 1/16/2019 5:43:00 PM
Date Posted: 12/24/2018 8:22:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Nina!
Date Posted: 12/12/2018 6:14:00 AM
The Dog Days Endure - Finalized
Date Posted: 12/1/2018 3:41:00 AM
For Paradise, CA
Date Posted: 11/19/2018 2:31:00 AM
Date Posted: 8/21/2018 1:18:00 AM
QARINAGE - Results Posted
Date Posted: 6/10/2018 9:27:00 PM
MINUANETTA - Results Posted
Date Posted: 4/29/2018 11:46:00 AM
Not So, the Gifted Few
Date Posted: 4/7/2018 2:20:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/26/2018 6:24:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/11/2018 7:50:00 PM
Water & Sky Results Posted
Date Posted: 1/24/2018 5:10:00 AM
Happy New Year & Thanks, Fellow Soupers!
Date Posted: 1/1/2018 1:12:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/17/2017 7:16:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
7/15/2019 To the Heavens For Hope Dramatic Verseabsence,adventure,africa,
7/15/2019 My Muse Once Sleeping Is Awake Rhymeanalogy,life,love,muse,wi
7/14/2019 Last Dance Rhymeappreciation,beautiful,da
7/14/2019 Between Storms Chokachild,death,health,heart,
7/14/2019 Kid Coyote Rhymefreedom,humanity,sad,yout
7/14/2019 Strings Free verseappreciation,science,univ
7/14/2019 The Mockingbird Personificationanimal,appreciation,beaut
7/13/2019 Life and Breath Senryuappreciation,death,life,l
7/12/2019 Beautied Panther Rhymeanimal,appreciation,beaut
7/11/2019 Perspective Free verseanalogy,irony,perspective
7/10/2019 Ghosting Free verseintrospection,rainforest,
7/10/2019 Daybreak Free verseappreciation,beauty,morni
7/10/2019 A Letter To Mr H Dramatic Versehistory,romance,war,
7/10/2019 Youth's Bounty Free verseappreciation,childhood,fa
7/9/2019 Earnestly, Ernest Free verseappreciation,literature,m
7/8/2019 Blown Away Carpe Diemappreciation,life,
7/8/2019 Queen's Appreciation Rhymeanger,conflict,corruption
7/7/2019 A New True Dynasty Free verseamerica,appreciation,socc
7/6/2019 Part Time Poet Free verseimagination,introspection
7/6/2019 Universe Free verseappreciation,beauty,space
7/5/2019 Slow Love Free verseappreciation,kiss,lust,pa
7/5/2019 Jester's Gist Free verselove,passion,relationship
7/5/2019 Dandelion Rhymeappreciation,beauty,flowe
7/4/2019 Tempted Free verselonging,love,metaphor,pas
7/4/2019 Servility, Sweet Free verseappreciation,kiss,love,pa
7/4/2019 In the Key of Baby T Free verseanalogy,animal,youth,
7/3/2019 A Hard Lesson Limerickfunny,humorous,word play,
6/30/2019 reply from the nonexistent Dramatic Monologuefriendship,loss,memory,mi
6/28/2019 Blood Diamond Ottava rimabeauty,betrayal,corruptio
6/28/2019 Soul Quotient Dramatic Monologueanalogy,appreciation,eart
6/26/2019 Thief On A Hill Haikuanalogy,betrayal,imagery,
6/26/2019 Just Love Remains Rhymefamily,forgiveness,health
6/23/2019 Barricade Rhymeanalogy,kiss,love,metapho
6/23/2019 Facets To Fodder Diamanteappreciation,beauty,earth
6/21/2019 I Am Cancer Free verseanalogy,anger,cancer,heal
6/21/2019 Or Not To Bees Haikuanimal,food,humanity,inse
6/20/2019 What It's Worth Free verseappreciation,death,father
6/20/2019 My Eyes Turn Back Free verseage,growth,introspection,
6/17/2019 A Dance With Mad Molly Rhymedark,drug,fantasy,moon,oc
6/15/2019 In Your Ruins Rhymelove,love hurts,metaphor,
6/15/2019 Fire and Eyes Free verseappreciation,beauty,metap
6/14/2019 Flicker Free versedark,innocence,psychologi
6/12/2019 God Mode Free verseanalogy,life,love,metapho
6/12/2019 Red Square, So Rare Free verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
6/11/2019 Dancing With Mom Coupletanalogy,dance,joy,life,lo
6/9/2019 Rhythm, You Free verseanalogy,body,love,metapho
6/8/2019 Playing God Free versedeath,fantasy,life,scienc
6/8/2019 A Macabre Dance Versedance,dark,fantasy,moon,
6/6/2019 First Night, Detox Free verseanxiety,depression,drug,e
6/5/2019 dagger of disguise Senryuabuse,
6/3/2019 World's Greatest Toy Limerickclothes,funny,humor,humor
6/1/2019 Lost In Cyborg Eyes Free versebeauty,fantasy,love,scien
5/30/2019 Home Again Sonnetappreciation,beauty,color
5/29/2019 Hormones' First Howl Rhymeappreciation,feelings,pas
5/28/2019 Life, To Me Quatrainappreciation,friendship,l
5/27/2019 Holding On Free versegrowing up,introspection,
5/25/2019 Jar of Stars Lanterneanalogy,fun,insect,light,
5/25/2019 borne bright on the breeze Haikuappreciation,flower,natur
5/24/2019 Triple Treat Quatrainlust,passion,sensual,sexy
5/21/2019 The Payment, Past Epicjourney,longing,love,soul
5/20/2019 Night Shoes Free verseappreciation,body,dance,m
5/20/2019 China Doll Free versebaby,childhood,dream,fath
5/19/2019 My Toofy Gwin Rhymechild,childhood,funny,hum
5/19/2019 Still, A Cold Rain Verseappreciation,christian,fa
5/18/2019 To Roam Midst Twilight Fells Rhymedream,fantasy,imagination
5/16/2019 It's Back Free verseappreciation,body,sensual
5/15/2019 Precious Taaffeite Rhymeappreciation,beauty,color
5/13/2019 Hope's Harlequin Free verseheartbreak,lost love,love
5/11/2019 A Door In Paris Rhymeadventure,fantasy,fear,mu
5/11/2019 Ultraviolet Free verseanalogy,appreciation,dark
5/11/2019 Hi-Hat Cinqkuanimal,appreciation,bird,
5/10/2019 We Wind Together, Stream and I Rhymeappreciation,beauty,fishi
5/10/2019 The Sojourn, Self Rhymeanalogy,appreciation,intr
5/9/2019 Bobbing Bells Trioletappreciation,beauty,flowe
5/8/2019 Parentum Dolorum Free verseappreciation,child,childr
5/7/2019 A Curse, Human Sonnetanalogy,fantasy,planet,sc
5/4/2019 The Longest Walk Crystallineanalogy,change,love,metap
5/3/2019 Moonchild Rhymechild,childhood,fantasy,m
5/3/2019 Queen Anne's Lace Ethereeappreciation,beauty,flowe
5/3/2019 Sail The Stars Lyricanalogy,metaphor,spiritua
5/2/2019 Scrumptious Free versebody,love,metaphor,passio
4/30/2019 Snubs To Nubs Free verseconfidence,dedication,ins
4/30/2019 Atonement Rhymeanalogy,feelings,heart,lo
4/29/2019 Kiss Your Eyes Coupletappreciation,kiss,love,
4/27/2019 Whirlpool Terza Rimafantasy,history,mythology
4/27/2019 Cup O' Fancy Free verseanalogy,imagination,life,
4/26/2019 Sacrifice Your Light For Me Free verseanalogy,fantasy,imagery,l
4/26/2019 If But Stone Free versebetrayal,conflict,fantasy
4/25/2019 Travel Light Dramatic Versechild,children,loss,war,
4/25/2019 I've Got Your Back Free versecrush,high school,longing
4/25/2019 What Is A Miracle Free verseappreciation,life,meaning
4/22/2019 Adventureland Rhymeappreciation,child,childh
4/22/2019 Hope, Hushed Sapphic stanzabeauty,flower,longing,lov
4/22/2019 Wisdom Of Invictus Quatrainappreciation,confusion,in
4/20/2019 Anything But Free verseanger,break up,lost love,
4/19/2019 Soften, Spring Rhymeappreciation,nature,sprin
4/19/2019 Peepers Choir Free verseanimal,appreciation,natur
4/19/2019 Last Hope Free versegoodbye,hurt,kiss,loss,lo
4/18/2019 Love, The Only Why Free verseanalogy,child,father daug
4/18/2019 To Heal Thyself Free verseappreciation,death,love,s

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Fav Poems

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 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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Phil Capitano Canada Flag Canada Read
Jannie Breedt South Africa Flag South Africa 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
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
Judith S United States Flag United States Read
JEAN MURRAY Ireland Flag Ireland 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
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
Nina Parmenter United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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charles messina United States Flag United States Read
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