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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!


Blog Posted:11/28/2019 6:00:00 AM


The HAPPIEST THANKSGIVING to everyone here at Poetry Soup!

My Great Uncle Lem used to say: "Sunlight can peep through a wee hole!"

Life has never been as difficult for me and mine as it is right now, yet there is a bounty of things I am thankful for, not the least of which are the good, honest, caring friends I have made here ...

It has become a peaceful refuge for me, and while no place is perfect in the social media world, there is a large percentage of sweet people here, and very few that add any bitter spice ...

The very best of health, happiness and heartfelt blessings to you and yours! <3



Oh, what an easy thought to find,
          The countless things I'm thankful for,
               Soft-spilling, joyous, as they pour
     From each deep recess of my mind ...

Like gold doubloons, they shine and spin,
          Each one a cherished treasure, fine,
               Such wealth, have I, that's wholly mine,
     Locked safe forever, deep within ...

Fast, they pass thru lifetime's sieve,
          Our loves and graces, big and small,
               And moments, rare, but most of all ...
     The grandest gift, to simply ... LIVE.


~ The Bard


(Photo is from a couple of years ago - we are still green here as of today, and in the 50's)

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Date: 11/29/2019 1:14:00 PM
Not sure how Keith can cheer you up by lamenting his horrible anus which would normally, at least for most, be a private issue, but then Keith has never been normal and certainly never boring. So perhaps with that consideration, a peek in the "rear" view mirror about issues "down there" deserve some condolences. That said, allow those gold doubloons to fill your heart and celebrate it all Dear Greg.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 11/30/2019 7:02:00 AM
You too, mate. You and I are living proof it's possible to be naughty and nice. Let's hope Santa agrees.
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craig cornish
Date: 11/29/2019 9:43:00 PM
Tossing some your way Keith - have a great holiday season!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 11/29/2019 6:34:00 PM
I'm feeling much better now, Craig, since wifey told me for the hundredth time to just pull my head out of my own a$$! I wish someone would throw a few doubloons my way for Christmas. That might cheer me up.
Date: 11/28/2019 6:21:00 PM
Well, the good thing about your annus horribilis is it's nearly over. I've had a similar year and it hasn't been easy. We don't have thanksgiving down here but if we did I'd be thankful I didn't have an anus horribilis. They're no fun either. Cheers.
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Date: 11/28/2019 5:34:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to you, Greg:-) So sorry you had a devastating, rough 2019. I wish you much brighter days ahead!
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Date: 11/28/2019 4:16:00 PM
Greg, Happy Thanksgiving to you! Sorry you have been dealing with a lot and life has been difficult these days. Hope brighter days are ahead for you soon! Take care my friend! :)
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Date: 11/28/2019 10:39:00 AM
"The grandest gift, to simply ...LIVE." Oh, how true, Greg. I wish you blessings on this Thanksgiving Day and thank you for your inspiring message and your heartfelt, beautiful "A Life Of Thanks" poem. Enjoy your balmy weather! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 11/28/2019 9:29:00 AM
Greg. thanks for this message and your heartfelt poem. I know your life has not been easy this year, so it's so good for you to remain as positive and grateful as you can for things. I was thinking OH NO, all that snow. But then I read the bottom note you wrote. We too have avoided the great part of snowfall from up north in Utah!! But we are in the 20's!! Enjoy those 50's! I will be alone today. I got to celebrate yesterday with my kids both here. Joe works this day always, so my thanksgivings are always on Wednesday!
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Date: 11/28/2019 9:04:00 AM
Happy Thanksgiving my great friend.. May God bless you and yours on this day of celebrating divine blessings given unto us all.
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Date: 11/28/2019 8:09:00 AM
Have a day of blessings...Poet, as life is a river to ride connected to its ever changing banks...Happy Thanksgiving
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Date: 11/28/2019 6:58:00 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, Greg. We don't celebrate this holiday in my country - more is the pity ... Regards, Su
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/28/2019 7:10:00 AM
Thanks, Suzette! And we don't celebrate it ENOUGH here, for it should be a daily thing for everyone ... I try, but "life" so often fogs the glass. Blessings, My Friend! <3

My Past Blog Posts

Christmas Concert - Video Update
Date Posted: 12/11/2019 4:55:00 PM
Christmas Concert - UA Schola Cantorum
Date Posted: 12/10/2019 5:45:00 PM
Three Years - Thank You
Date Posted: 12/6/2019 7:01:00 PM
Date Posted: 11/28/2019 6:00:00 AM
Too Brief, The Flame
Date Posted: 10/27/2019 10:56:00 AM
INSPIRATION - Arbitrium Divisa
Date Posted: 10/16/2019 2:53:00 AM
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

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/12/2019 Time Respires Rictameteranalogy,appreciation,meta
12/12/2019 Snow Globe Free verseanalogy,christmas,
12/10/2019 Descent Free verseappreciation,death,metaph
12/8/2019 Shadow Man Rhymeabsence,death,eulogy,fath
12/6/2019 The Night Before Christmas Rhymechristmas,funny,humorous,
12/4/2019 Pale Shelter Free verseanalogy,angst,childhood,l
12/3/2019 Too Bright A Journey Quintain (English)adventure,analogy,mystery
12/3/2019 Yours In Mine Epigramappreciation,beauty,feeli
12/3/2019 The Spirit In Me Coupletspiritual,
12/2/2019 Expanding Santa Limerickchristmas,light,
12/1/2019 To the Ends of the Earth Kimoanalogy,imagery,metaphor,
11/28/2019 A Life Of Thanks Rhymelife,thanksgiving,
11/26/2019 Last Year's Nests Free verseanimal,bird,environment,m
11/26/2019 Sarto Sorridente - Smiling Tailor Rhymeappreciation,beauty,cloth
11/26/2019 Dreams Too Sweet Sonnetdream,metaphor,night,pass
11/24/2019 Goosebumps Free verseanalogy,appreciation,body
11/24/2019 Reverie Of Wonder Free verseappreciation,life,love,na
11/24/2019 Earnestly, Ernest Free verseappreciation,writing,
11/23/2019 Earth Dies, Fawning Free verseallegory,appreciation,ear
11/22/2019 Disarray Free versebreak up,lost love,moon,n
11/21/2019 Love Burns Cold Free versefantasy,love,romantic lov
11/20/2019 In A Word I do not know?death,grief,loss,moving o
11/18/2019 First Shines November Free versebeauty,christmas,fantasy,
11/14/2019 Scented Leaves Free verseimagery,lost love,memory,
11/14/2019 Gobblin' Goblins Rhymecat,fun,halloween,humorou
11/13/2019 Twist Of Faves Rhymephilosophy,truth,
11/13/2019 Pit Rhymedark,heartbreak,introspec
11/13/2019 Frigid Rhymedeath,depression,emotions
11/12/2019 Google Awakens Free versecomputer,internet,introsp
11/12/2019 Marzipan Rhymelove,metaphor,passion,sen
11/12/2019 Wanted: Heart Rhymeanalogy,heartbreak,lost l
11/9/2019 On Water and Wing Sonnetanalogy,appreciation,bird
11/8/2019 Little Man's Eyes Free verseappreciation,childhood,fa
11/7/2019 So Gifts the Sandman Free versedream,fantasy,imagination
11/6/2019 Hors D'oeuvre Haikuappreciation,beauty,body,
11/6/2019 Narcissus Falls In Love Epigrambeauty,introspection,love
11/4/2019 A Dance With Mad Molly Rhymeanalogy,dance,dark,fantas
11/1/2019 Summer School Free verseappreciation,lust,mystery
10/31/2019 Angels Fall, As I Free verseanalogy,angel,introspecti
10/28/2019 Barren Edge Free verseanalogy,father,father son
10/27/2019 Too Brief, The Flame Quatrainappreciation,bereavement,
10/23/2019 Unanswered Questionkudeath,missing you,spiritu
10/21/2019 Witchy Twitchy Itch Rhymefunny,halloween,humorous,
10/20/2019 Ambrosia Free verseappreciation,kiss,love,pa
10/18/2019 Morn On the Wing Rhymeappreciation,beauty,
10/18/2019 Ice To Eyes To Ice Free verseanalogy,imagery,introspec
10/18/2019 Busy Business Above Rhymeanimal,happy,home,image,i
10/18/2019 Nude, Descending Free verseappreciation,beauty,body,
10/17/2019 Lesson Learned Free verseforgiveness,friendship,sa
10/14/2019 Good Host Rhymeangst,conflict,dark,intro
10/14/2019 Lost, Yet Free verseanalogy,confusion,depress
10/9/2019 A Captain's Confession Rhymeadventure,horror,mystery,
10/9/2019 How Can I Care About Poetry Rhymefather,grief,loss,love,me
10/8/2019 Jitterbug July Rhymeappreciation,insect,natur
10/8/2019 Sweetest Sugar - PET Rhymeanimal,appreciation,cat,l
10/6/2019 Homeward Free verseadventure,conflict,nature
10/5/2019 Town Children Rhymeappreciation,children,cit
10/4/2019 October's Magic Pantoumappreciation,autumn,beaut
10/3/2019 Autumn Magic Sonnetappreciation,autumn,high
10/3/2019 Kaput Haikuconflict,farewell,how i f
10/2/2019 Life At A Glance Rhymeappreciation,beauty,earth
10/1/2019 Most Beautiful Day - QD Verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
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
9/20/2019 Happy Birthday Mom and Dad Sonnetappreciation,birthday,dad
9/18/2019 Mountain Matron Free verseadventure,appreciation,au
9/16/2019 If I Weren't Afraid Rhymeanalogy,appreciation,conf
9/15/2019 Oferta del Diablo - Part One Dramatic Verseadventure,analogy,fantasy
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

My Photos

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 Free versedeath,goodbye,
Be Yourself Free verseconfusion,courage,emotion
A Kiss Remembered Rhymelove,
Mister Joe Jangles Free versepoetry,poets,
Rape Free verseabuse,
INDIAN PIPE Versedeath,nature,
As I Journey East Free versebeauty,journey,
LAKE'S MUSIC Free versepeace,river,song,
When I No Longer Love You Romanticismlove,romance,
Under the Stars Verseautumn,love,poetry,romanc
HIS EVENING'S MYSTERY Lyriclove,mystery,
I am Every Woman Biobeauty,deep,emotions,enco
as cold sudden rain Haikulove,nature,
In Silence Personificationautumn,death,
O, the murmuring waves -- Versespiritual,
My Unborn Child Sonnetbaby,
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,
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,
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,
Collecting teardrops Free versefriendship,lost,
As the Year Matures Monorhymejune,
Have a lovely day Rhymegoodbye,
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,

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