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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!

I Thank You & Apologize

Blog Posted:9/17/2019 12:29:00 AM

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I took down my most recent blog, and while I am VERY passionate about the reasons for posting it, (nepotism, favoritism, and the expectation to engage in them), I should NOT have done so in a state of anger and stress, because negativity of ANY kind serves no purpose, and in fact just feeds itself. In that, I hope you'll accept my sincerest apologies ...

But I also want to thank ALL those who voiced their opinions and offered their support - I didn't get a chance to reply to everyone, but please know that I read them all a number of times, and greatly appreciate you taking the time to speak up on this rather important issue, that originates in the rules of this site ... I'd like to hope that things will change, time will tell ...

Most of you folks on this site are truly good people, motivated by the love of poetry and sharing what you write in an honest and straightforward way, and I am blessed to be a part of that positive community, and honored to call you "friends". But we humans are imperfect, and the gears of social sites are greased in many ways, not all of which are respectable ...

Again, please excuse my angry blog, and thank you from my heart for your kind words. <3


Heartfelt Regards,

 - Gregory R Barden


( Trolling and negative comments will be deleted at this blogger's descretion )


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Date: 9/26/2019 8:30:00 PM
Hi Gregory, I missed your earlier blog - seems to be a case of bullying with individuals trying to impose their shortsighted views - so unfortunate.
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Date: 9/18/2019 9:31:00 PM
Let's make this viral with a statement - glad to see you're human.
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Date: 9/18/2019 1:19:00 PM
Don't sweat the small stuff, Greg:-) You did nothing wrong, my friend. No need for an apology because your blog wasn't offensive to anyone. I personally didn't find your blog angry. First of all, you had every right to voice your frustrations, and you were speaking for a LOT of us, believe it or not! Secondly, it's understandable to complain about someone giving you a rough time and trying to make you compromise your principles. And you know what? I'm actually glad you did! Keep on speaking your truth, my poet brother!:-)
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Date: 9/17/2019 1:50:00 PM
Dear Greg, no need to apologize. You have such a good heart. (If someone can't see that, they are not worth your time) From experience, never dwell too long on the negative around you. From what's in the World, to what someone has said. It will only bring you down. Keep writing your Amazing Poetry. Keep being You. :) You are appreciated. ~ Brandy
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Date: 9/17/2019 1:16:00 PM
Next to being a mom, being human is the toughest job out there. Humans apologize for wronging others, not for being human. Mark Twain: "if you never tell a lie, you never have to remember anything". Kinda relevant here (and always). Love true, well, consistently, often, easily. Be slow to anger. Blog on, Bard! :o)
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Date: 9/17/2019 7:27:00 AM
Nowhere in life where humans gather is idiot proof, and very often the idiots have a cult-like following. This site is no different. The trick is to not drink the kool-aid.
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Date: 9/17/2019 6:50:00 AM
Hey Greg, I was in traffic last night behind a truck with a bumper sticker that read ... ANGER IS A GIFT....
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Date: 9/18/2019 9:29:00 PM
Did ya blow the horn & give'm the finger LOL
Date: 9/17/2019 5:35:00 AM
Righteous anger at a despicable and corrupt demand to play the tit for tat game, is an understandable reaction my friend. As is this decision to remove your blog that exposed the dastardly game some play and now go forward with your great poetry. Sad that some few engage in such deceitful games to garner/praise/attention and a falsely crafted image but we all know such is just the evil in human nature. God bless my friend..
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Date: 9/17/2019 5:17:00 AM
Greg, I didn't comment on your initial blog for reasons I gave you privately. Your anger was not misplaced, and as an imperfect human you reacted to the spiteful soup mail with the blog. Your apology for it shows your true nature, which should never be in question. I'm also glad that you removed it and the reason(s) why you did. There are many problematic issues with PS; cheating, trolling, phony accounts...all of which could be corrected if a responsible management team maintained the site. Far too many complaints to them fall upon blind eyes and deaf ears. In return for the money some people pay for the right to post pictures and host contests, they should receive the compensation they deserve.
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Date: 9/17/2019 4:45:00 AM
Just being human. Don't change. As I said, I write poetry to destress; or when happy, sad, positive, negative ... great release valve. Keep writing and we will keep reading.
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Date: 9/17/2019 2:45:00 AM
Real people have emotions Greg,especially we 'God's poiema'.Stay creative.use your many giftings and bless others thereby.
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My Past Blog Posts

INSPIRATION - Arbitrium Divisa
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I Thank You & Apologize
Date Posted: 9/17/2019 12:29:00 AM
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Date Posted: 9/11/2019 12:26:00 AM
Thank You A Thousand Times!
Date Posted: 7/23/2019 4:43:00 PM
Arbitrium Divisa 2 Finalized
Date Posted: 7/17/2019 4:08:00 AM
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

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10/18/2019 Ice To Eyes To Ice Free verseanalogy,imagery,introspec
10/18/2019 Busy Business Above Rhymeanimal,happy,home,image,i
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10/17/2019 Lesson Learned Free verseforgiveness,friendship,sa
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10/8/2019 Sweetest Sugar - PET Rhymeanimal,appreciation,cat,l
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10/5/2019 Town Children Rhymeappreciation,children,cit
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10/2/2019 Life At A Glance Rhymeappreciation,beauty,earth
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9/30/2019 Indiscernible Void Enclosed Rhymeappreciation,heart,intros
9/30/2019 Cracked Rhymeintrospection,life,
9/30/2019 Mighty Tatonka Sonnetanimal,appreciation,men,n
9/29/2019 Windows Free versedeep,introspection,life,w
9/26/2019 Haunted Highlands Coupletfantasy,passion,spiritual
9/25/2019 Psalm Of Joys Rhymeappreciation,forgiveness,
9/23/2019 I'm Just Getting Started Rhymeemotions,love hurts,trust
9/23/2019 Brooklyn Bound Tetractysappreciation,city,imagery
9/22/2019 Primeval Rhymeappreciation,beauty,natur
9/22/2019 Pristine Free verseappreciation,beauty,journ
9/22/2019 Serendipity Rhymeappreciation,love,passion
9/22/2019 Vagabond Free verseanalogy,appreciation,body
9/21/2019 Where Bumbles Bounce Rhymeanalogy,deep,introspectio
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9/18/2019 Mountain Matron Free verseadventure,appreciation,au
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9/15/2019 Nip The Nep Free versefriendship,introspection,
9/13/2019 Tutankhamun Verseadventure,appreciation,hi
9/11/2019 9-11 Free versecourage,freedom,memorial,
9/9/2019 As Summer Sets Free versefarewell,goodbye,metaphor
9/9/2019 You, of All Free verseappreciation,metaphor,sou
9/8/2019 El Capitan Free versedeath,
9/8/2019 Too Late Rhymeappreciation,family,heart
9/7/2019 The Blessing of Mistakes Free verseappreciation,life,motivat
9/7/2019 The Dutch Boy Comes Of Age Light Verseanalogy,humorous,metaphor
9/5/2019 I Have Dreamed Senryuappreciation,love,passion
9/5/2019 Angels Danced Haibunangel,appreciation,beauty
9/4/2019 Stranger In Paradise - CYS Rhymeappreciation,beauty,parad
9/3/2019 It's Not the Size of the Needle Limerickfunny,humorous,light,
9/3/2019 The Fire Rages On Acrosticanalogy,lost love,memory,
9/3/2019 Rhetorical Free versebreak up,conflict,divorce
8/27/2019 Cover To Cover - Jessica Alba Free verseappreciation,beauty,celeb
8/22/2019 Upon The Sand Enclosed Rhymeage,beach,loss,ocean,sea,
8/22/2019 Quis Sum Free verseallegory,dark,deep,god,sp
8/22/2019 Fallen Down Rhymeimagery,metaphor,muse,pas
8/20/2019 Best Fiend Forever Free verseaddiction,analogy,dark,in
8/20/2019 Love, Torn Free verseheartbreak,lost love,meta
8/19/2019 Asteria Quintain (English)beauty,dream,fantasy,meta
8/19/2019 The Mortal Bright Blank verseanalogy,change,courage,da
8/18/2019 A Wayra, Pneumatic Free verseappreciation,imagery,love
8/17/2019 As June's Sun Sets Rhymeappreciation,beauty,child
8/16/2019 The Other Free verseappreciation,dark,life,lo
8/15/2019 Jemaa el-Fnaa - Assembly of the Dead Imagismanalogy,appreciation,beau
8/15/2019 Tartarus Free versedark,deep,metaphor,
8/13/2019 Phantom Free verseanalogy,introspection,met
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8/11/2019 Journey Ninetteadventure,appreciation,bi
8/9/2019 Fair Wings and Following Seas Rubaiyatbird,nature,ocean,sea,
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8/7/2019 Others Hiding, Dark Versedark,introspection,
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8/3/2019 Curse Of Quiet - SOS Free verseanalogy,fate,metaphor,sil
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8/1/2019 To Paint With Words Rondeauappreciation,art,metaphor
7/31/2019 Of Eternity Free verseappreciation,life,metapho
7/30/2019 Impaled Rhymeanalogy,beauty,love,metap
7/30/2019 Smorgasbord Haikuanalogy,love,metaphor,pas
7/28/2019 Magnificent Myth Free verseanalogy,heart,metaphor,wi
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7/25/2019 Out For A Spin Free verseanalogy,family,loss,memor
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7/20/2019 Hard Truth, Soft Shell Free verseabsence,conflict,heartbro
7/19/2019 Infidele Infini Free versebeauty,dark,introspection
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7/14/2019 Last Dance Rhymeappreciation,beautiful,da
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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,
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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
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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 Free 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,love,poetry,romanc
HIS EVENING'S MYSTERY Lyriclove,mystery,
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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,
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Crystal Blue Waters Rhymenature,
Poetry Rhymeart,meaningful,poetry,poe
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