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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!

QARINAGE - Results Posted

Blog Posted:6/10/2018 9:27:00 PM

Some really great entries of a VERY difficult form, and I was impressed by every single poem. Sadly, however, NINE entries did not resemble the form whatsoever, and I have trouble understanding why not, (especially with clear directions AND an example), as syllable counts, rhyme scheme, etc., had no connection at all to what I had asked for. It saddens me, because they were really good writes, but weren't even close ...

There were some with questionable rhyme, syllable counts slightly off, grammar and spelling errors, and the sequence of lines slightly off, but if they were at least ATTEMPTING the form, I placed them, and as I say, ALL were enjoyable reads and had worthy, substantive content. There was a very specific rhythm I was looking for, and the two top poems nailed it ... some came very near ...

It's clear to me that the more involved the directions, the more variations and errors ensue, (and that makes sense), but there are so many wonderfully capable writers here, and despite the nine that I had to disqualify, I enjoyed very much your interpretation of the tempo, and the different directions that you took with the theme. If you'd like specific reasons for placement, Soup Mail me and I will do my best ...

As usual, however, it comes down to whatever hits me the deepest, and small placement differences had to do with small errors in form, rhyme, spelling, grammar, etc.. Thank you SO much for entering my contest - this was a lot of fun! And those who didn't place - PLEASE read the directions in the future, and give yourself a true chance at a win ... it's a very basic thing, and pretty crucial to life in general. Blessings, ALL! :-) <3

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Date: 6/12/2018 2:55:00 PM
thanks for having me on the winners' list, and I really loved your form!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/16/2018 10:24:00 PM
Thanks so much, Andrea - blessings, My Friend! :-) <3
Date: 6/11/2018 12:08:00 PM
Thanks for setting us a great challenge and for my placement in the contest, such a shame that so many poems didn't fit the criteria as the rules couldn't have been clearer. My congrats to all the winners:-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 6/16/2018 10:24:00 PM
That's very sweet of you to say, Jan, and I'm so pleased you joined the fun! Blessings, Dear Poet! :-) <3

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
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 Jemaa el-Fnaa - Assembly of the Dead Free verseadventure,arabic,city,met
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 - Contest 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 Cover To Cover Free verseanalogy,appreciation,beau
8/15/2019 Tartarus Free versedark,deep,metaphor,
8/13/2019 Phantom Free verseanalogy,introspection,met
8/13/2019 A Word Or Three Free verseaddiction,death,emotions,
8/11/2019 Journey Ninetteadventure,appreciation,bi
8/9/2019 Fair Wings and Following Seas Rubaiyatbird,nature,ocean,sea,
8/8/2019 Sommer, Lily Rhymeappreciation,beauty,daugh
8/8/2019 Cost of the Creative Free verseappreciation,art,introspe
8/7/2019 Others Hiding, Dark Versedark,introspection,
8/6/2019 Morning, Bright and Bare Rhymelonging,lost love,love,mo
8/5/2019 Time's Shadowy List Listanalogy,metaphor,time,wis
8/3/2019 Curse Of Quiet - SOS Free verseanalogy,fate,metaphor,sil
8/2/2019 Nana's Hands Rhymeappreciation,food,grandch
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 Ambrosia Haikuanalogy,love,metaphor,pas
7/28/2019 Magnificent Myth Free verseanalogy,heart,metaphor,wi
7/27/2019 Quixotic Query Free verselonging,love,passion,roma
7/25/2019 The Rain In Maine Limerickpoetry,rain,writing,
7/25/2019 Out For A Spin Free verseanalogy,family,loss,memor
7/21/2019 Beautiful Sadness Rhymeage,analogy,family,father
7/20/2019 Hard Truth, Soft Shell Free verseabsence,conflict,heartbro
7/19/2019 Infidele Infini Free versebeauty,dark,introspection
7/16/2019 Little Sandpiper Rhymeanimal,appreciation,beach
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

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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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