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Death Is The Bane Of My Existence



In mournful shrouded clouds my darkest mood does dress
in desolated winter drear no spring can bless.
Your death did steal my breath and heartbeat like a thief,
I’m nothing but a dying tree without a leaf;
barren branches bland reaching skyward in drab brown -
doomful gloom, I ache and pray winds to take me down.




June 17, 2018



Contest: What I Really Like Poetry Contest 
Sponsor: Maureen McGreavy 








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Date: 3/4/2019 10:36:00 AM
Congratulations on your win, Susan, beautifully written with great depth and feelings.
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Date: 3/4/2019 7:51:00 AM
Susan, your language is lush, and captivating~ which is not easy to do for me, too lush becomes an overgrown tangled mass of words I can't get through. This one did, that last line kept pulling me back to get there again. Congratulations on your win Lovely! :) xomo
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
I relish your precious and heartfelt comments, Mo, and I am truly honored for my poem’s placement amongst the esteemed poems on your winner’s list. Your kind congrats are appreciated as well, my lovely. Warmest wishes always.. Susan <3
Date: 3/3/2019 9:12:00 PM
A most poignant poem, Susan. Bravo for your well deserved win.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/4/2019 8:57:00 AM
Thank you, Line, for your wonderful comments and for your kind appreciation for my poem. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/15/2018 6:33:00 PM
Hi Susan, an immensely beautiful write within its deep sadness. You write from the heart and its arrow strikes home so swiftly. The tears that wish to fall as I read each sorrowed line. An exceptional, poetic gem from your golden pen. Your pen shall always sing Gold Susan. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 12/15/2018 7:29:00 PM
I relish your deeply felt, emotional response to my poem, my dear friend, and I treasure your sentiments. Thank you, Mike, for your beautiful comments that lift my spirit to a wondrous place. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem. Warmest wishes for you to have a lovely weekend my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 11/19/2018 10:36:00 AM
Poweful and emotional stuff, Susan. Delighted to see this was PotD (albeit months ago!!!). Always a pleasure to read your work. Regards, John.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/22/2018 12:37:00 PM
You’re wonderful response to my poem truly delights me, John. Your thoughtful comments are eagerly read and deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 8/21/2018 7:17:00 AM
life is tough so are you death is a part born to die thanks for the lovely poem
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Date: 8/21/2018 12:49:00 PM
Thank you echoing greens for your thoughtful comments. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 7/18/2018 1:30:00 PM
This really sums it up so stark and real. 100% raw emotion wrapped in creative word choice. I especially like "doomful gloom."
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Date: 7/18/2018 10:39:00 PM
Thank you, Larry, for your appreciation for my poem. I relish your meaningful and heartfelt comments and your kindness is held in my deepest gratitude. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/2/2018 2:31:00 PM
Nice write... Moods can take you far away places... Congrats... All the heat Susan
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Arturo Michael
Date: 7/3/2018 8:29:00 AM
I know... I am here ... Really hot... Ice then fire..
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/2/2018 10:57:00 PM
It's so nice to hear from you, my dear friend Arturo. Your kindness always makes me smile. Your wonderful comments and heartwarming congrats are cherished mon ami. I hope you're staying cool, it's been sweltering in Mass.. All the best to you always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2018 5:16:00 AM
Dual congratulations my dear dear friend Susan, I really don't know how I missed your POTD, and now I can see that this amazing poem has also won a trophy prize. So proud of you. You really do shine my friend.....Maria hugs....PS I have sent you quite a lot of pics of our trip :)
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Date: 6/24/2018 8:15:00 PM
Thank you, Maria, for the delight of your visit. You dual congratulations and beautiful comments are twice as nice and doubly appreciated. Thank you for the email and the pics.. you and your beautiful family look amazing and happy.. my replies will follow soon my dear friend. Love and hugs always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/23/2018 9:18:00 PM
Back with congratulations on your great win :) ... Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 6/23/2018 10:07:00 PM
Thank you Eve for the delight of your return visit and kindhearted congrats. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 6/23/2018 8:23:00 PM
Very moving, Susan! CONGRATS. Janice
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Date: 6/23/2018 10:07:00 PM
Thank you Janice for your wonderful comments and kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/23/2018 4:14:00 PM
A moving and lovely poem Susan, congrats :)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/23/2018 10:08:00 PM
I relish your lovely comments Gary and your heartwarming congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/23/2018 7:40:00 AM
A heartfelt and beautiful piece. Filled with great imagery and emotion. Well done. God Bless and congrats. JB
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Date: 6/23/2018 10:10:00 PM
I relish your beautiful comments, Judy, and your heartwarming congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/22/2018 5:28:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this awesome poem and your POTD! This touched my heart.
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Date: 6/22/2018 9:58:00 PM
Thank you Susan, your precious comments and warm congrats are truly appreciated. Many thanks for your kindness my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/22/2018 1:39:00 AM
Great work, Susan. Congratulations.
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Date: 6/22/2018 9:57:00 PM
Thank you for your wonderful comments and kind congrats, Subimal. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/22/2018 12:13:00 AM
Congratulations, Susan on your well deserved trophy win with this beautiful poem brimming with wealthy images ... Congratulations for the POTD as well ...
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/22/2018 9:56:00 PM
Probir, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. Your beautiful comments and heartwarming congrats are cherished. Thank you my friend.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/21/2018 6:28:00 AM
You shine with a dual honor on this poem, Susan..poem of the day and first place winner in Silent's contest. Your poems are always awesome, adorned in cherished words. Congrats!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/21/2018 2:03:00 PM
I relish your beautiful comments and lovely congrats Vijay, they light my heart with their glow and inspire me greatly. Your kindness is deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 8:38:00 PM
An awesome heartfelt write Susan! Belated congrats on POTD and many congrats on a fine first place well deserved win my friend!~Che :)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/21/2018 2:01:00 PM
Thank you my lovely and poetic friend for your heartwarming words of congrats and your kind comments. Your delightful visit is truly appreciated Cheryl. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 7:03:00 PM
- Third time's a charm, Susan :) - It must have been difficult to judge, I think everyone is amazing, with different themes - Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise: )
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Date: 6/21/2018 1:59:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise for your three-peat visit and for your heartwarming comments and kind congrats.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 6:49:00 PM
Congrats on your trophy win! … Now, as for your 'dying tree' image: I'm gonna leaf that one alone. (Ugh, right?) Blessings always, Gershon
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/21/2018 1:57:00 PM
Lol! Gershon, your charming presence always brings a smile to my face.. Thank you for your heartwarming congrats and your endearing kindness.. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 3:29:00 PM
Melancholic six lines Susan that express sadness in detail... Also congrats on POTD.. Congratulations on your first place in the contest..
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/21/2018 1:54:00 PM
Thank you Silent One for the honor of first place in your wonderful contest. It was a joy to participate and I relish your lovely comments and kind congrats. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 1:04:00 PM
Hi Susan...stopping by with belated congratulations on p.o.t.d. award. Even in tackling a dark theme you have the ability to light it up with poetic beauty. Hope you and yours are keeping well, my friend. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 6/21/2018 1:40:00 PM
Dear Paul, my wonderful friend, it's always such a joy when I see you here. I cherish your lovely thoughts that touch and light my heart with the glow of inspired beauty. Thank you for being a treasured friend, for your heartwarming sentiments and for your very kind congrats.. Warmest wishes and hugs always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 7:52:00 AM
Susan, wishing you a belated congrats on POTD for the beautifully written sad emotional poem. All the best. John
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Date: 6/20/2018 11:02:00 AM
Thank you John, for your kind congrats and beautiful comments, both are treasure my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2018 7:16:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved POTD Susan, an exceptional piece of poetry. :))
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Date: 6/20/2018 11:03:00 AM
Roy, thank you my friend, for your beautiful comments and kind congrats.. both are treasured! Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/19/2018 7:51:00 PM
well said - congratulations for POTD
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Date: 6/20/2018 11:05:00 AM
Virginia, thank you for the delight of your visit, your precious comments and kind congrats.. all are truly cherished.. Warmest wishes always ~Susan
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