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Flight To Midnight Premiere Contest Winner

O albatross guide my loosed soul from the shipwreck seized by sandy shoal persuasive Polar Star in quiet pull a sailor’s tired eyes gone dark I will dream while we fly on wings that span horizons east to west I ride upon a cloud your belly white above the plunging breakers of unrest above the chaos cast by spindrift spite hush of broken clouds unveils tranquil sea of stars – midnight innocence ..midnight innocence the zero hour a blameless bridge between the dark tale and the blank page absolving sins of the late day while the midnight hour holds the past at bay while the midnight hour sends forth a new day the moon kisses eyelids closed for the last time ah, midnight innocence blame cannot stain your cloak of mystery nor sully your exposé as the midwife bringing forth a newborn day a beauty rosy-glowed sired to suckle from the teats of sunrise growing fat on milky streams of sunbeams O midnight hour your callow nature shallow nested in the dark hollow of the future — O midnight hour your youthful nature truthful untainted and untried yet to meet the temptress or the tempest unfeathered unfledged and unflustered yet to fly and survive the weathered sky of the white albatross yet to open morning eyes of blue – serene the aquamarine the storm yet unseen — yet to wean from the breast of daybreak yet to witness Nature’s wrath yet to suffer or rejoice a choice yet to rise in the fire of dawn only to fall in the brazen blaze of sundown doomed from conception by deception as crowds of wildfire-clouds seize the glory and the crown from the abdicating sun the day burned the remains returned the black horizon your urn soil and surf and silhouette smothered in the dust of falling dusk soft as soot — alas, rosy dawn an angel face yet to know of sunset’s coup de grace O albatross.. minder of souls lift a sailor bled on gnashing shoals untethered from Earth horizontal your flight and vertical your height wave whisperer fluent in fluid language wind rider your heart the compass rose we follow the double-edged fleur-de-lis in directions south to north from damnation to forgiveness North towards midnight innocence for the midnight hour bares the beauty and the late day laid to rest bears the blame Susan Ashley June 14, 2022 ~ First Place ~ Premiere Contest: Flight Two Sponsor: Chantelle Anne Cooke ~ Poem Of The Day ~ June 16, 2022 (Crystalline- Kimo- Quatrain- Haiku- Free Verse)

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Date: 8/13/2022 8:54:00 AM
I have no words dear Susan! Congratulations on your TRophy win and for the honour of POTD. A fave to be read for years and years to come. More power on your mighty pen.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 8/14/2022 9:46:00 AM
Dear JCB, your golden presence shines upon my poem and my heart. I am humble and honored by your heartwarming response and by the distinction of your fave. Thank you for the pleasure of your gracious visit and generous kindness, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 8/1/2022 10:18:00 PM
So GORGEOUS and GLORIOUS composition. Big Congrats to win TOP. Most Deserving Poem. Love.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 8/2/2022 6:31:00 PM
Dear Anisha, your beautiful comments and heartwarming congrats are a delight to receive! Thank you for your gracious visit, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/18/2022 12:24:00 PM
I had to read this beauty twice. So pleased this got 1st place & was also POTD, Susan - excellent work, as ever
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/27/2022 7:26:00 AM
Dearest Jack, it's such a delight for my heart and my poem to be graced by your uplifting presence. Thank you for sharing in the emotions of this poem with me and for sharing your beautiful thoughts, which I treasure, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/12/2022 12:11:00 AM
My lovely poetry sister, with your words I am in a hot-air balloon, floating noiselessly high above the din of daily drudgery. I am riding on the updraft of matchless and exquisite imagination and immaculate imagery. "Suckling from the teats of sunrise", "wildfire-clouds seize the glory and the crown from the abdicating sun"; all these pearls form a long, flowing necklace of beauty, creativity, and soulful expression. "From damnation to forgiveness North towards midnight innocence", my goodness, I feel intoxicated and must call an Uber to drive me home from your dizzying and delightful demonstration of poetry in flight! To my Favs without further ado... huge congrats on your trophy win, your POTD, and for gracing our site with your splendor ~ your proud PoBro
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/27/2022 7:24:00 AM
My heartwarming PoBro, I am speechless as I savor the beauty and zest of your inspiring comments and kind congrats. I am enchanted by the blissful spell your uplifting presence casts upon me as I revel in your thoughts. Your grand poet's heart and soul fills me with elation and gratitude for you.. and giggles at the precious thought of you calling an Uber for feeling intoxicated.. :)) how amazing your genuine heart is to uplift mine on the wonder of your words.. I am humbled and honored by your glorious friendship and fav, John. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~your inspired PS-PS
Date: 7/7/2022 12:27:00 AM
Dear Susan, may I start by congratulating you on your very much deserved p.o.t.d. and trophy awards. Secondly, a big round of applause for managing to combine these various poetry forms without sacrificing anything in the process. Thirdly, I am in awe at how naturally you express your thoughts, while using rich vocabulary and technical poetic elements. Another poem that goes to my favs! ~ Warm regards & hugs my dear friend. // paul
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/16/2022 11:24:00 AM
Dearest Paul, how I relish your wonderful visit! Alas, we seem to cross poetic paths all too rarely these days.. unfortunately, such is the busy-ness of life that pulls us away from our poetry and precious friends. So I celebrate this visit and raise a glass to you that spills the brim with appreciation for your beautiful and inspiring comments. They are treasured, as are your heartwarming congrats and the high honor of your fav. Thank you, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 7/5/2022 2:33:00 PM
Beautiful wisdom ~ another timeless treasure. Thank you.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/9/2022 8:14:00 PM
Thank you, P.M. I am honored to receive your inspiring comments. It’s wonderful to see you, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/27/2022 5:24:00 AM
praise would be futile and redundant....an honor to stand in your shadow....well done Susan
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Timothy Ray
Date: 6/27/2022 4:11:00 PM
thank you Susan...i joined Poetrysoup to leave my hermitage...and at present this is as far as i want in wander...it has been such as you i have found comfort in this walk...the sharing here means everything to me
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/27/2022 4:03:00 PM
Dear Timothy, your radiant poetry keeps you standing in the light always. It is my honor, dear poet, to receive your gracious visit and heartwarming words. Thank you, my eloquent friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/26/2022 9:50:00 PM
Big Congrats to win Top Blessings
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/27/2022 4:05:00 PM
Dear Anisha, a big thank you for your lovely visit and kind congrats. It’s so nice to see you! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/26/2022 7:39:00 AM
Susan back with big hugs and heartfelt congratulations on your first place win !! How wonderful and no surprise here . Your work reveals your undying heart , your spiritual intelligence and your enormous vocabulary all of which are on full display here ! Yay !! Sending love always, Susan xx :)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/30/2022 11:56:00 AM
Dearest Susan, my poetry sister, I embrace you with heartfelt gratitude. I relish your thoughtful return visit and uplifting spirit. Thank you for the honor of your beautiful words, your thoughts inspire me so, as does your kind congratulations. Your heart shines in friendship and I bask in its glow. Warmest wishes and love sent on the wings of the white hawk.. ~Susan
Date: 6/25/2022 4:27:00 PM
Am thrilled to see your first place win, this is so deserving, many happy congratulations my friend!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/28/2022 11:10:00 AM
Dear Michelle, I receive your return visit and uplifting congrats with my truest appreciation. Thank you, my sweet friend, your thoughtful words fill me with joy, as does your wonderful friendship. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/25/2022 1:07:00 AM
A long and beautiful poem. Congratulations!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/28/2022 11:05:00 AM
Thank you, Christuraj, for your gracious comments and heartwarming congrats. Always a pleasure to see you! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 7:19:00 PM
Congratulations Susan on your wins! A plaintive portrait of midnight; an intricate arabesque of phrasing. Your subject is as defiant and exuberant as it is transient and haunting. A marvel! Best I Am Anaya
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Date: 6/28/2022 11:04:00 AM
Dear I Am Anaya, your treasured comments are truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me and for extending your heartwarming congrats. Both are received with gratitude. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 7:07:00 PM
I wonder how I missed this gem as POTD. Thank God I could sup on the metaphoric imagery of this stunning dish served in the silver platter of imagination as it secured the trophy win in the flight contest. Susan I am at a loss for words to admire you for the profundity and beauty of this stunning piece. This poem also shows the depth of your soul big enough to embrace all elements of nature. We were together in your untethered flight to the heavens! Hearty Congratulations, dear!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/28/2022 11:00:00 AM
Dearest Valsa, the elegance of your heartfelt and heartwarming comments take my breath away. I am both humbled and honored by the depth of your thoughts and treasure the beauty of your words and kind congrats. They touch my heart very deeply. I embrace you, my sweet friend, with gratitude and joy for your lovely presence gracing my poem and my heart. I'm thrilled you journeyed with me, "together in untethered flight to the heavens" - so beautifully said, dear poetess! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 4:47:00 PM
stunning, dear poet dear friend, absolutely stunning, the majesty of your words fills my eyes with your soul's creative imagination...a fav
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/26/2022 10:19:00 AM
Dear poet dear friend, I truly cherish the wholehearted beauty of your precious thoughts. Thank you for soaring the skies with me, I am elated by your presence, Frederic. The high honor of your fav is only surpassed by the grand honor of your friendship. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 1:32:00 PM
Congratulations my Dear Rhyme Time Friend! I am not one bit surprised that this poem of magnificence took the trophy! Your words just soared in imagery and metaphoric delight! And I soared on your majestic quill into sheer mesmerizing delight, per usual, poetry sis! What an inspiration you are! Your amazing gift gives wings to all who would soar with you for you invite us into the airy heights of pure excellence. Thank you dear friend. Sending blessings on "midnight innocence" and beauty!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/26/2022 10:12:00 AM
My Dearest Rhyme Time Friend, we fly on wings of elation, you and I. Thank you for taking flight with me and for sharing in the journey of my heart and imagination. I relish your amazing words that inspire me so and lift my spirit to soar like the albatross! Your return visit to my poem with your heartfelt congrats fill me with gratitude for your precious friendship and poetic kinship. Warmest wishes sent on the white wings of the wind rider.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 11:58:00 AM
Wow! What stunning vivid imagery! Susan, you should be congratulated on the excellent writing you produced. Kindest regards
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/25/2022 9:45:00 PM
Dear Lasaad, your wonderful presence here is uplifting. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts and heartwarming congrats with me. Warmest wishes, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 11:51:00 AM
Back with "Congratulations" on this New win. What a wonderful write. Have a blessed day/weekend writing away..................
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/25/2022 9:44:00 PM
Dear Paula, your wonderful return visit is truly appreciated. Thank you for your heartwarming congrats. Your kindness shines, my sweet friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 10:41:00 AM
Wow Susan! What a magnificent entry that has trophy written all over it. Belated Congratulations on having this glorious sailors homage chosen for POTD! Your lexicon lavishes us in the beauty of the elements and combines with your internal rhyme’s magnificence. This beauty is going into my faves! Bravo! Blessings xxoo
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/25/2022 9:41:00 PM
Wow! Connie, you were my good luck charm! I'm elated over your response to my poem. Thank you for your amazing comments, that lift my spirits to beyond the clouds, and for the grand honor of your fave. I am filled with gratitude for your illustrious presence gracing my poem and for your heartwarming congrats. Warmest wishes and hugs, my dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/24/2022 8:08:00 AM
Have I also mentioned I love your exquisite vocabulary? Temptress, tempest, shoal and fleur-de-lis, are only a few of your magnificent brush strokes! And I also find inspiration more active at night, it does seem to hold more elusive beauty~
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/25/2022 9:35:00 PM
Dearest Michelle, your embrace of my poem fills me with gratitude. Thank you for gracing my poem with your beautiful comments. I cherish your esteemed friendship, which is both heartwarming and uplifting. Warmest wishes, sweet lady.. ~Susan
Date: 6/22/2022 11:49:00 PM
My goodness you combined all those forms? Stellar work, Susan
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/23/2022 9:44:00 AM
Haha! Yes I did! I'm hoping it flowed seamlessly. Thank you for your wonderful comments. It's always a pleasure when you visit. Warmest wishes, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/21/2022 11:17:00 AM
Wow! Such beautiful imagery! Congratulations on POTD!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/21/2022 6:34:00 PM
Dear Kim, it’s a pleasure to see you. Thank you for your heartwarming comments and kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2022 5:32:00 PM
I was absolutely captivated by your verse, dear Susan. Really enjoyed this Masterpiece! Exquisite and Magical!! Belated congratulations on your POTD.. Many blessings to you, dear Poetess.. Going to my favs!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/20/2022 10:50:00 PM
Dearest Robertina, my wonderful friend, I have been absent from PS for the last few months and am delighted to hear from you. I’m overjoyed by your response to my poem. I am both humbled and honored to receive you kind words and your fav. Your gracious and graceful heart shines ever so brightly, sweet lady and inspiring poetess. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 6/18/2022 11:17:00 AM
I queued up "Albatross" by Fleetwood Mac as I read this. You have presenred a wonderful tale of the sea. I will search your library for more. Best - Ken
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/20/2022 10:44:00 PM
Dear Ken, “Albatross” by (early) Fleetwood Mac is such a hauntingly beautiful piece. Thank you for pairing this song with my poem and for your gracious visit. Your wonderful comments are truly appreciated, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/16/2022 8:26:00 PM
Dearest Susan, beyond majestic midnight, the magical compass of day- you create another masterpiece for all to admire. Your words have wonderful wings and upon them, I softly glide. This is beautiful, captivating and so awe inspiring. Congratulations my dear sweet friend, on Poem of the Day. My best to you. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/20/2022 10:39:00 PM
Dearest Brandy, I am humbled and elated by your beautiful response to my poem. It is always such a delight and an honor whenever your heart shines upon my poem’s page. Thank you for sharing your imagination with mine, together we soar the poetic space. Your heartwarming congratulations are truly appreciated as is your enchanting friendship. Warmest wishes and hugs, my sweet friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/16/2022 2:09:00 PM
Susan, beautiful poem and congratulations on receiving the POTD honor, blessings ~Constance
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/20/2022 6:08:00 PM
Thank you for your lovely comments and heartwarming congrats, Constance. Your kindness is held in my truest appreciation. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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