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Fragile is Life

"Life is fragile and temporary. The faces of today quickly become the faces of the past. Sorrow, pain, and anger... it all fades, except love. Love is forever and there after, even when we've fallen to our graves." ~ Lee Argus "How fragile is life in nature's forceful wind..." Dylan Thomas wrote of October winds and their punishing frosty fingers. He called them an "autumnal spell." Autumn...the season when leaves hang trembling. Christina Rosetti's lines have been well read.. "Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by." Shakespeare spoke to zephers, "Blow, blow," he wrote, declaring their breath to be not as rude as man's, but in my observances, I find them circumspect with crude treatment of many fragile things. Spiders weave gossamer webs to rival Chantilly lace in labyrinthine patterns, with lengths of silver thread. Tiny arachnids, do not let nature's force tatter the tangled trammels you tenaciously spin. Dandelions, awash in golden petals, does the wind whisper, "Prepare yourself to fly with me on a magical flight?" You, the delicate dreamer... the wind, a wily schemer. He'll pluck your blooms with blustery swirls and sweep your seed tufts away with gusts and puffs. Percy Shelley composed an ode in which he labeled the wind an "impulsive destroyer," His thoughts are sad but true. I worry over such trivial things, painfully aware that there is little I can do. I frown as a snowflake melts when its misfortune is to settle on my cheek. Tumbled from the sky to its demise when it touches me. There's a word for my melancholia... whispered with a smile ~ a m b e d o ~ A gentle word that's not allowed to float upon the wind. "Come, come, thou bleak December wind, and blow the dry leaves from the tree!" Coleridge called out, but to him it signaled death. The breath of gales takes many lives; not just leaves, but the bird and the butterfly. I wept like a child of four when a butterfly I found lay dead upon the ground, and I think it quite profound that a creature whose name ends in 'fly' is killed when it tries to aviate as it was meant to do. In such moments, I realize how hard it is for them to survive and sorrow finds a shadowed place deep within my heart where too often it thrives in the dark. Yeats penned the lines, "What need have you to dread the monstrous crying of wind?" My rebuttal would be... "What need has the wind to judge what lives or dies?" And once again I realize... How fragile is life in nature's forceful wind. November 3, 2020 Ambedo Poetry Contest Sponsored by: Silent One

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Date: 1/26/2022 7:22:00 PM
Jenna, Your poem is remarkable in multiple ways--in knowledge, in flow, in imagery, in dramatizing the unmanageable power of nature, and in overarching poetic excellence. I wish I had written it. Kudoes, and hugs. Paul
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Jenna Logan
Date: 1/27/2022 8:39:00 AM
Paul, I appreciate that you found this poem, written long ago. Your comments made me smile. Thanks so much.
Date: 12/3/2020 3:28:00 AM
The image created of the forceful wind by your words is incredible, thank you for the pictures, your words are beautiful. Jenna.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 12/9/2020 6:56:00 PM
Thank you very much, Chantelle.
Date: 12/1/2020 12:38:00 PM
So beautiful and elegant. <3
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Jenna Logan
Date: 12/2/2020 4:39:00 AM
Thank you, Jessie.
Date: 11/27/2020 6:56:00 AM
wow so nice
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/30/2020 3:18:00 AM
Thank you, sanjay.
Date: 11/20/2020 10:45:00 AM
Hello Jenna Logan, I hope you won a contest for this poem. Excellent! Enjoy your day my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 11/22/2020 10:30:00 AM
Hello Jenna Logan, I am proud of you. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/21/2020 4:13:00 AM
Thank you, Darlene. It got 2nd place in a contest.
Date: 11/18/2020 2:35:00 PM
No wonder you are in the top hundred. Your talent has no bounds. excellent. Well done. Inpired.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/20/2020 4:21:00 AM
well, thank you so very kindly, Pete. That's quite encouraging.
Date: 11/18/2020 12:21:00 PM
Congrats Jenna..you are in the top 100 Of best liked Poems. That's really something Pangie xxx
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/20/2020 4:20:00 AM
Thanks for letting me know, Pangie. How kind you are.
Date: 11/14/2020 4:57:00 PM
Hi Jenna! Your poem is phenomenal. I hung on every word of from start to ending. You put heart and soul into it and I loved it!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/16/2020 1:42:00 AM
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments.
Date: 11/9/2020 6:44:00 PM
This write is a masterpiece Jenna, I agree wholeheartedly with John W, it's like a poetry history lesson with wind as the theme. It is true life is fragile, see my latest post! This is an automatic fave, we are truly blessed to have you on the soup!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/10/2020 3:45:00 AM
Oh, John, your comments are more of a prize to me than a first place win, which this write did NOT get. It took some research, but it was a worthwhile effort, for it allowed me to read the poetry of the great poets I quoted. Thank you ever so much for your generous thoughts and for faving it. It's people like you that allow me to continue as a member.
Date: 11/7/2020 6:00:00 AM
I like your unique take on the theme Jenna, I especially liked the Dandelion stanza, Great write, Congrats on your win..
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/10/2020 3:42:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Joseph. I'm pleased you liked it.
Date: 11/5/2020 6:36:00 PM
Back to congratulate you for this emotion-filled write, Jenna!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/5/2020 10:24:00 PM
Thank you, John.
Date: 11/5/2020 12:23:00 PM
- Congratulations on your great winning poem, Jenna :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/5/2020 10:24:00 PM
Thank you, Anne-Lise.
Date: 11/5/2020 8:40:00 AM
Jenna I love the examples you have given of such profound writers on their creative interpretations of the wind. These fine examples you have given, are a well appreciated lesson. I applaud your effort in delivering such examples from these gifted writers. This piece of yours is a great example of your abilities and talent. A favorite for me. Congratulations truly enjoyed reading...
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/5/2020 8:50:00 AM
Your remarks are so very encouraging, Michael. I appreciate each one, and made my research very worthwile. Thank you sincerely.
Date: 11/5/2020 6:16:00 AM
Jenna, I like the way you tackled this contest, I really like the opening part and how you felt each poet described the sensation of ambedo... Congratulations on your placement in the contest..
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/5/2020 6:18:00 AM
Thank you.
Date: 11/4/2020 2:01:00 AM
Very creative Jenna, love the references to the greats. Tom
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/4/2020 3:39:00 PM
Thanks so much for appreciating my inclusion of those wonderful poets.
Date: 11/3/2020 12:06:00 PM
This reads like an Homework Assignment; you passed! Aloha! Rico
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/3/2020 6:43:00 PM
Thanks, teacher. lol I'm glad you approve. We've much to learn from the wisdom of the great poets whose lines I've quoted.
Date: 11/3/2020 11:24:00 AM
Jenna, this was a scintillating read. Your collage of many poets was like attending a very intriguing poetry history class, with the wind as the common thread. The beginning and ending refrain form profound bookends and leave the reader with a sense of wonder at the fragility of life and the images you weave together of spiders, butterflies, snowflakes, and dandelions all add to the marvelous effect. A fave for me, I wish you all the best in the contest, I envision this as a winner ~ John
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/3/2020 11:36:00 AM
Hello, John. Thank you for such glowing remarks about this one. I knew I wanted to begin and end with my original thought, but to think of them as bookends is very astute of you. I'm delighted that you've faved this one, and my thanks could not be more sincere.
Date: 11/3/2020 7:59:00 AM
Life is fragile indeed as pointed out by the deep thoughts within this verse. I will ponder your words, Jenna. Best of luck in the contest. Glad to see you posting, I was starting to get worried about you. Hugs, John
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/3/2020 11:35:00 AM
I'm fine, John. I had to take a few days off to help family members with some problems. All is ok, and I'm grateful you noticed I hadn't been around. Thanks for your kind comments. I really do wonder about what to others may seem trivial.
Date: 11/3/2020 6:05:00 AM
Hi Jenna! Nice to see you. This is a very moving and poignant write. The wind is a mighty warrior. Best wishes for the contest! Linda
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/3/2020 11:33:00 AM
Hi Linda. Thank you for your soup mail a few days ago, checking to be sure I was ok. I appreciated your concern. I'm glad you like this write and thanks for the best wishes in the contest.