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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:9/17/2022 12:57:00 AM


humans come, while humans go
as poets do, (we poets know)
but rare and few, you find a friend
who winds their way to kindly wend

with whimsied wiles, into your heart
and there, before objections start,
they plant the sweetest little seed
and tend it with such care and need

that, 'fore you know, it's brightly bloomed
and your defenses, (deftly doomed)
are turned to blossoms, quite unique -
a twinkled eye, a smiled cheek

and though the chance to meet may be
what chance can't grant, you still can see
that this dear orchid's quite sincere
they share each joy, and wipe each tear

they truly FEEL what you convey
and gift you in their special way
with phrases meant to brighten up
your day, and fill your "better" cup

to overflowing, and when through
you know they've made you more like "You"
and brought to you this precious thing:
the song of You you're meant to sing!

oh, blessed was I to hear this song
my dear friend - Connie Marcum-Wong
but since the angels set her free
this tender music's gone from me

still, I'll recall her "those" and "that's"
and cherish all our cheery chats
her comments, kind, and emails, sweet
the pains she'd take to not compete

her child's heart and gentle phrase
that always warmed the chilly days
her poems of romance, love and charm
that settled like a dreamy balm

her wistful wit - the way she'd nurse
a line to cleanly craft each verse
her careful clause, her kindness' kiss
oh, all these things, I'll dearly miss!

but I'll miss Connie most of all
when all my darkness comes to call
and tears (like these) fill up my eye
to give her Soup Mail one more try ...

but I won't get ... her dear reply.


Copyright © Gregory Richard Barden, September 17, 2022

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Date: 9/19/2022 11:49:00 AM
Greg, your amazing tribute to Connie is so beautifully-written. Your words are so heartfelt and echo the sadness we all feel inside- but you were able to express it so well. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece with all of us. She will be greatly missed. Sandra
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 9/29/2022 1:50:00 AM
Thank you so kindly, Sandra ... she will be missed.
Date: 9/19/2022 6:20:00 AM
Greg, a truly beautiful tribute to Connie. I love this, blessings ~
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 9/29/2022 1:50:00 AM
Thank you very much, Constance. <3
Date: 9/18/2022 9:54:00 PM
Bard, you have distilled the essence of Connie so aptly, and have also captured the heartache of giving her up to the angels. My favorite lines are "her wistful wit - the way she'd nurse / a line to cleanly craft each verse". Beautifully said, my friend. Yes, we miss her. She lives on in her poetic creations, and in the memories of her we shall treasure up in our hearts. Thank you for this ~ John
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 9/29/2022 1:51:00 AM
Well-said, Sir John, and thank you so much.
Date: 9/17/2022 5:12:00 PM
"but rare and few, you find a friend." I completely agree. When found, cherish that friendship and never let go. This is such a beautiful tribute to Connie. Your thoughts caress gently around me and my heart. Many wonderful blessings to you, Gregory. Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:52:00 AM
And to you, Sweet Brandy, you are a ray of sunshine that I miss. Thank you for the blessings. <3
Date: 9/17/2022 10:37:00 AM
Beautiful tribute Gregory, she will be missed here on soup. May she rest in heavenly peace. Tom
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:52:00 AM
Amen, Tom. Thank you, my friend.
Date: 9/17/2022 8:58:00 AM
Heartfelt and beautiful Greg. A lovely Poem reflecting Connie and her interaction with you. Thank you for sharing. You were one of the lucky ones to know and interact with her. She was such a special human being and your tender words convey this. I hope your heart can weather the storm of a loss, because this is a great one. Your last line brings the reader to a touching and heartfelt realization. Wonderfully written by you and a fav...
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:53:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Michael, your words mean a lot - I'm so pleased you felt this one deeply, for that's the affect Connie had on us all. Blessings.
Date: 9/17/2022 7:56:00 AM
Poignant elegance. And that last line, yes, I REALLY get THAT, Greg. So many lovely tributes are overflowing here for Connie. Thanks for another one, Greg. I feel bad. I cannot ever match the beauty of all the ones I am seeing. I am glad she affected you as much as she did so many others of us.
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:55:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea, I'm glad you approve ... I was so worried I wouldn't do her spirit proper justice. What a sad loss. I miss her sunshine. Blessings, Buddy.
Date: 9/17/2022 7:54:00 AM
A beautiful and heartfelt tribute, Gregory. We will all miss her and yet she is with us in spirit.
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:55:00 AM
Amen ... and thank you, kind friend.
Date: 9/17/2022 6:15:00 AM
Thanks for this tribute to dear Connie. God bless you.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 9/29/2022 1:55:00 AM
My sincere honor, Beata - blessings.
Date: 9/17/2022 4:17:00 AM
Hello Gregory, You have done well on this tribute for Connie. I hope her poetry wiil remain on the poetry site for everyone to read. Just to read i know there will be no comment coming back/ Enjoy your day my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 10/1/2022 5:05:00 AM
Hello Gregory, you are welcome. She is already missed. Yes we will treasure her words and sunshine spirits. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 9/29/2022 1:56:00 AM
Thank you so kindly, Darlene ... we will always treasure here words and her sunshine spirit.
Date: 9/17/2022 3:57:00 AM
Hi Greg : A beautiful heartfelt tribute to Connie. She was the real deal…..and if it was within her power she would- answer that Soupmail. We will all miss her here.
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:57:00 AM
Thank you, Suzanne - I only hope I did her proper justice, as she was so loved, and now so missed. Bless you.
Date: 9/17/2022 3:54:00 AM
Greg, a beautiful tribute poem to Connie, she will be missed here on PS!
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Date: 9/29/2022 1:58:00 AM
Thank you so much, Tania ... she will, indeed ... for a LONG time to come.

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8/15/2022 joy is a choice Rhymejoy,
8/15/2022 dreams to delirium Rhymepassion,
7/26/2022 black ice Free verseanalogy,
7/23/2022 gone, wither, wend Free verselost love,
7/23/2022 fond reflection Rhymelove,
7/22/2022 going my way Free verseallegory,
7/22/2022 black swan Free versefantasy,
7/17/2022 of camels and straws Free verseabuse,
7/17/2022 bittersweet Free versepassion,
7/17/2022 BadAzKillR Free versetribute,
7/17/2022 queenly grace Rhymeallegory,
7/17/2022 frisco free Rhymesuicide,
7/17/2022 coiner Free versewriting,
7/16/2022 Uvalde Rhymemurder,
7/16/2022 The 15 Priorities of Fishing Free verseallegory,fishing,
7/16/2022 revenant return Free verseallegory,allusion,spiritu
7/16/2022 reticence Free versebreak up,
7/16/2022 raver Rhymedark,
7/16/2022 promised land Rhymelove,
7/16/2022 sword Free versegrief,
7/16/2022 pretty poison Free verseheartbreak,
7/16/2022 as I squander Free versewriting,
7/16/2022 why Free verseheartbreak,
5/2/2022 Sugar, g'bye Free verseabsence,analogy,cat,death
4/30/2022 poet Free verseanalogy,metaphor,poets,wi
4/30/2022 mortamorphosis Free versecat,death,pets,
4/23/2022 voyeur Free versekiss,metaphor,passion,sen
4/19/2022 but a moment Free versedeath,imagery,nature,rela
4/9/2022 elegy, ours Free verseanalogy,appreciation,life
4/5/2022 dichotomy Free verseanalogy,break up,conflict
4/5/2022 lane change Free verseanalogy,appreciation,chan
4/2/2022 wonder, full Free verseanalogy,faith,science,wis
3/30/2022 Valhalla Weeps Free verseanalogy,god,mythology,wis
3/14/2022 born of breakers Rhymeanalogy,animal,horse,love
3/3/2022 as knight falls Free verseanalogy,appreciation,hist
2/25/2022 runes of rue Free verseappreciation,lost love,
2/21/2022 take my word Free verseanalogy,appreciation,lang
2/19/2022 oh yes, I think Rhymeanalogy,heartbreak,
2/17/2022 still the one Rhymeanniversary,
2/6/2022 tell her you saw me Free verseallegory,heartbreak,lost
2/6/2022 black rose Free verseanalogy,flower,passion,
2/2/2022 tear Free verseanalogy,relationship,
1/27/2022 Valentined Rhymevalentines day,
1/25/2022 snow leopard Free verseanimal,appreciation,beaut
1/25/2022 dark as we Rhymeanalogy,dark,introspectio
12/29/2021 nonetheless Free verselost love,moon,ocean,
12/28/2021 Litter-ally Rhymeword play,
12/10/2021 legacy Rhymeearth,humanity,moon,wisdo
12/6/2021 ceremony Dramatic Monologueaddiction,analogy,introsp
12/5/2021 the cedar tree Dramatic Monologuelove,romance,true love,yo
11/16/2021 sea of trees Free versenature,suicide,
11/16/2021 reflections in water Free verselost love,memorial,
11/11/2021 Hesperus Dizainhistory,sea,tribute,
11/2/2021 tear tracks Free versebetrayal,night,wisdom,
11/1/2021 a moon's madness Free versehorror,love,passion,
10/30/2021 little island Free versememory,wisdom,
10/27/2021 Richard T Barden 1926 - 2019 Rhymedad,death,memorial,
10/23/2021 a macabre dance Free versehorror,introspection,
10/16/2021 keeper of the dust Free versedeath,
9/5/2021 I Am Lyricanalogy,god,introspection
9/5/2021 The Ones Who Touched My Heart Quatrainanalogy,appreciation,chil
9/2/2021 vagabond dreams Free verseamerica,city,dark,life,me
8/28/2021 Jemaa el-Fnaa - Morocco Imagismadventure,appreciation,ce
8/27/2021 last swim Free verseanalogy,death,metaphor,pe
8/16/2021 voice of glory Free verseanalogy,life,wisdom,
8/11/2021 Paradise Perspective Free verseadventure,appreciation,be
8/3/2021 progeny Free verseappreciation,children,fat
7/24/2021 voyeur Free verseanalogy,angst,heartbreak,
7/21/2021 mothman Free verseadventure,fantasy,moon,my
7/17/2021 swift, the rills Rhymeanalogy,appreciation,deat
7/16/2021 whisper Free verseanalogy,imagery,love,pass
7/16/2021 frozen farewell Rhymeanalogy,heartbreak,
7/12/2021 thus and so Free verseanalogy,imagery,love,meta
7/8/2021 venom Free verseanalogy,body,kiss,passion
7/2/2021 blood moon Free verseanimal,dark,horror,
6/29/2021 i swear Rhymeanalogy,beauty,longing,lo
6/24/2021 eyes of the orient Free versebeauty,metaphor,wisdom,
6/17/2021 Tears For Apollo Free verseappreciation,father daugh
6/14/2021 the beauty and the grace Rhymeanalogy,appreciation,beau
6/13/2021 peeve, personal Free verseangst,conflict,fun,metaph
6/11/2021 beauty in black Rhymeanalogy,beauty,dark,wisdo
6/9/2021 bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
6/8/2021 shiver Free verseanalogy,
6/4/2021 here and gone Free verseanalogy,death,metaphor,wi
6/2/2021 down the road Rhymeage,fate,heart,love,toget
5/27/2021 never forget Rhymenew york,tribute,
5/26/2021 solo esto Rhymegoodbye,kiss,wisdom,
5/14/2021 summer love Sonnetimagery,love,metaphor,nat
5/10/2021 then Free verselost love,love,memory,
5/6/2021 geisha Free verseimagery,longing,memory,me
5/4/2021 fires, unfaithful Free versebetrayal,lust,metaphor,pa
5/2/2021 untruths, tender Free verseimagery,love,metaphor,pas
4/26/2021 moon, you Free verseanalogy,love,metaphor,pas
4/24/2021 moment ashore Free verselost love,nostalgia,ocean
4/21/2021 fragile Free verseappreciation,life,wisdom,
4/20/2021 dear little wee one - nursery rhyme Rhymechild,children,father dau
4/20/2021 sacrifice your light Free verseanalogy,appreciation,intr
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Highveld Storm Rhymebreak up,longing,
A Midsummer Night's Beach Free versebeauty,color,creation,sea
The World Around US Rhymeearth,environment,war,
Zest May Our Love Say Dizaindesire,devotion,love,roma
The Ride Iambic Pentameterimagination,memory,sad,
Surely, I Shall Prosebirth,death,
Never Shame a Woman Quatrainpassion,women,
Cry For Wind Quatrainanalogy,animal,beautiful,
Yet not broken by the blues Free verseanti bullying,holocaust,m
Worlds Of Ice Free versedream,love,memory,sleep,w
I DANCE Prose Poetryabuse,dance,music,pain,
Love will come to you Lyricintrospection,longing,lov
May Showers Contest Haikunature,rain,
Love of Nature Coupletnature,
Landscape - Beach Scene Quatrainart,
AURORA AT DAWN Rhymebeauty,inspirational,morn
The Stars and Beyond Sestinaadventure,space,stars,uni
My Big Fat Gypsy Poem Rhymehumor,marriage,wedding,
What Poetry Is Free verseimagery,poetry,words,
NEVER TO BE MINE Free versegrief,i miss you,memorial
A Prince for Roseanne Rhymefantasy,
Violin Free verselonely,muse,romance,roman
GOODBYE, MY LOVE Free versedeath,goodbye,
Picture Perfect Rhymeamerica,corruption,deep,p
A Candid Rainscape Free verseflower,imagery,nature,rai
It don't really matter Rhymefun,humor,love,
Be Yourself Free verseconfusion,courage,emotion
White Rainbows Imagismcolor,garden,imagery,
Lost Childhood -Part 4- Rhymeabuse,child,child abuse,c
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - EMOTIVE WRITE Rhymeabuse,bullying,house,lone
Amethyst Fate Ottava rimaflower,imagery,metaphor,
A Kiss Remembered Sonnetlove,
Freedom Is Written In Stars And Moon Free verseabuse,change,dark,freedom
Laws Of Attraction Free verseabuse,addiction,forgivene
Love Lies Bleeding Rispettoflower,metaphor,
Broken Soldiers Rhymeage,humanity,soldier,
Mister Joe Jangles Free versepoetry,poets,
Diamonds From The Sky Blank versebeautiful,beauty,desire,e
Love's Eternal Death Sonnetemotions,lost love,
Starshine and silhouettes Rhymebeauty,dance,desire,image
Rape Free verseabuse,
Collecting teardrops Free versefriendship,lost,
Hollow man Rhymehappiness,introspection,i
TOUCH -Sharon's Acrostic contest Acrosticspiritual,
INDIAN PIPE Versedeath,nature,
One Last Time Free verselost love,
From glory to dust-2 Acrosticangst,confusion,corruptio
You Echo, Silent Still Free verselost love,
If I Let My Mind Meander Free verselost love,metaphor,
ulan at sinag ng araw: pagmumuni ng isang tulirong isip Free verseangst,feelings,introspect
When the Sun Drowns in the Sea Rhymelost love,
AUTUMN ROYAL Rhyme Royalautumn,sad,
Nestled Under Your Wings Free verseimagery,inspirational,upl
In Silence Personificationautumn,death,
Christmas time Rhymechildhood,christmas,night
A Chorus Sang Its Last Concerto Elegybeach,emotions,
Snow Falling Personificationbeauty,winter,
Rainless Clouds Pantoumblue,sad,
Time Lost In The Current Verseemotions,fear,ocean,
What Might Have Been Verselost love,
46 Free versebereavement,brother,love,
Life Lessons From 'The Notebook' Rhymeinspirational,life,love,
As I Journey East Free versebeauty,journey,
Floccinaucinihilipilification And Very Little Bread Rhymeappreciation,art,characte
Dance of the Firebird Free versebeautiful,dance,sensual,
I wanted to Lyricfather,feelings,forgivene
You Foolishly Once Thought You Had It Bad: A Collaboration Rhymedream,fear,
Pondering Castle Ruins At Dusk Free versebeauty,betrayal,
Gutter Pavement Runway Flight Free verseaddiction,appreciation,da
Goodbye Darling Peter Pan Rhymechange,growing up,love,mi
LAKE'S MUSIC Free versepeace,river,song,
When I No Longer Love You Romanticismlove,romance,
Still I Run Villanelleautumn,death,truth,
Prisoner Of Words Free versemetaphor,poetry,words,
DESPICABLE Free verseabuse,evil,girl,
Saturated in Solitude Rhymesolitude,
my solitary wandering Free versememory,solitude,
Under the Stars Romanticismautumn,love,poetry,romanc
Nothing Lasts Forever Rhymefire,home,
HIS EVENING'S MYSTERY Lyriclove,mystery,
Midnight Romance Sonnetdesire,dream,imagery,long
A Gift of Love Sonnetlove,mother,
MAWU AMONGST STARS Sonnetbeauty,magic,memory,
The Potter and the clay Narrativechange,character,conflict
I Yearn For Him to Strum My Chords Rhymelost love,passion,
Sunset Lullaby Rhymebeauty,sunset,,Lullaby,
Rain Harp Quatrainblessing,imagery,miracle,
To Know She Still Loves Me Rhymelove,
Dream Analysis - There Is A Brighter Side 3 Rhymedog,dream,
A Daydreamer's Love Rhymelove,passion,
Of Wizards and Wands Rhymejourney,
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT Free verseflower,romantic,sensual,s
Memories, In The Silent Dust Prose Poetrychildhood,nostalgia,old,
A Tear-ful Conversation With My Daughter Free versei love you,i miss you,mot
Summer Love Sonnet Sonnetappreciation,nature,summe
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In Midst of Life - Fragility Of Dreams Quatrainassonance,death,
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