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My Affair With A Frost Flower State Of Affairs



There’s a beguiling danger in beauty… seduced as I was by the fickle fingers of fate musingly stroking my hair, I envisaged this lusciously lavish landscape of sun-raptured heavenly hills and valid valleys to be a lush, plush place for me to land ~ alas, such deception my naive perception did offer. Buried beneath the facade of a fertile dream-come-true and a mesmerizing mirage of natural light and zephyrus breaths - where your thoughts hugged the horizons of my mind like clouds on the edges of prairie dog skies and where your stampeding passions trampled my inhibitions - were delicate bandeaux of ice; finespun and feathery like polar gossamer that formed on the stems of your ruptured dreams that then became my nightmare when you had your hard freeze while warm sap still flowed through your veins, pumped and pushing through your broken being and freezing on contact with the chilled clime cocooning me, in a sudden silken surge of your glazing gauze holding me, in the vivid wild magic of your frosted crystallized clutches - fossilizing me, in icy opalescent ribbons of ornate whorls. Unable to escape the grasping glacial petals of your exquisite pain, your frost flowers plunged me into the frigid heart of your bitter big-bluestem prairie winter... There’s a beguiling beauty in danger hypnotized and hijacked as I was by the rhythmic sways of your tall grass ways - your flickering tongue tasting my air as my emotions were extorted till I was bled white - obviously oblivious that I was being preyed upon by a stealthy force of nature motivated by indigenous instincts. Susan Ashley March 13, 2018 _________________________ ~ First Place ~ Contest: Poetry for the Sake of Poetry Sponsor: John Lawless * big bluestem: tall grass native to the Great Plains with bluish leaf sheaths * * frost flower: thin layers of ice extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. These thin ice layers form beautifully dainty ‘ribbons’ or ‘petals’ *

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Date: 6/8/2018 6:00:00 AM
Beautifully done Susan. I just love the section where you are turned to frost and ice. I could feel the frosty filigree inching through my veins. Brrrr. Congratulations on your trophy win!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/8/2018 2:45:00 PM
Nina, you make me smile! :)) Thank you for sharing your delightful thoughts with me. Your beautiful comments and heartwarming congrats thaw my frost and ice and make my day! :)) Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 9:43:00 PM
A most delightful read, Susan. Truly a wonderful piece. Congratulations on your well-deserved first place win!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/8/2018 2:42:00 PM
Angel, your delightful comments and heartwarming congrats are truly appreciated. Thank you and warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 10:04:00 AM
Sound! the (((Trumpets)))...all poetry stops here...no more to write, no more to say...move along, please... mesmerizing and exquisite work of Art my dear Susan...I might as well retire lol...love and light...^WW^
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/8/2018 1:28:00 PM
Lol! Don't you even think of retiring, my poetic brother - the PS community will be up in arms and I will be leading the charge!!! Lol! Your generous, heartfelt and eloquent wit touches my heart and a lasting smile ensues.. Thank you for your lovely congrats and wonderful kindness and friendship. Warmest wishes always my dear Winged Warrior! ~Susan
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Date: 6/7/2018 10:04:00 AM
...And Congrats!!!!!!!...!'st place...yahoo!!!
Date: 6/7/2018 9:47:00 AM
What beautiful imagery and presentation, Susan. Congrats on your well deserved gold medal win.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/7/2018 10:11:00 PM
Thank you Line, your heartwarming and beautiful comments and kind congrats are deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 9:39:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win Susan, your beautifully written poem is exceptional and inspirational, absolutely brilliant my friend. :)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/7/2018 10:09:00 PM
Roy, your visits are always such a joy! Your kindhearted congrats and thoughtful comments are truly treasured my wonderful friend. Thank you! Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 8:39:00 AM
Congratulations om your well deserved win, it is a masterpiece, full of metaphors and turns, I loved reading it
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/7/2018 10:01:00 PM
Faraz, it's always a pleasure to hear from you and I relish your lovely comments and kind congrats. Thank you for your kindness. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 8:25:00 AM
Congratulations my friend...to borrow from you...there's a beguiling beauty in your poetry...
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Date: 6/7/2018 9:58:00 PM
Thank you dear Frederic for your heartwarming comments that never fail to leave me smiling. Your kind congrats are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 7:45:00 AM
Congratulations on a brilliant trophy win Dear Poetess! xomo <3
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/7/2018 9:56:00 PM
Thank you for your delightful visit and kind congrats lovely poetess! <3 Warmest wishes always dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/7/2018 7:35:00 AM
What a magnificent metaphoric story of love's twists and turns layered in images and passionate poetic word couplings....Well done Susan....a double WOW! WOW! and a Boston WICKED PISSA!!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 6/7/2018 9:51:00 PM
I am both humbled and honored by the placement of my poem in your wonderful contest, John. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it so! I hail from the Whaling City on the South Coast so in response to your Bostonian exclamation; a S. E. Mass., WICKED COOL, MAN!!! Lol! Thank you so much my friend! Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 3/30/2018 11:12:00 AM
This is mind blowing poetry Susan, like others mention your alliterations and imagery, what struck me were your unique word combinations...zephyrus breaths...prairie dog skies...polar gossamer...icy opalescent ribbons, I could go on and on, obviously a fave.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/30/2018 12:05:00 PM
John, your esteemed and treasured opinion means so much to me and your 'mind blowing' and beautiful comments are so deeply appreciated. Thank you for your embrace of my word combinations, I relish that your were 'struck' by them and many thanks for the fave. Warmest wishes always, my friend. ~Susan
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Date: 3/30/2018 11:14:00 AM
also indigenous instincts...just wow!
Date: 3/29/2018 12:05:00 PM
This is exquisite, Susan. I love the language and the metaphors, all of which create stunning imagery.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/30/2018 11:29:00 AM
Dale, your precious comments mean so much to me. Thank you for the sense of elation filling me after reading your beautiful thoughts.. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/27/2018 4:45:00 PM
You took me on one wonderful ride Susan, bravo indeed! Must I say masterpiece? A joy to read, a fave;-)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/27/2018 7:39:00 PM
Keith, thank you for your wonderful response to my poem - high praise indeed and truly appreciated. Many thanks for the kindness of your fave as well.. Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
Date: 3/27/2018 12:10:00 AM
OMG...to be able to write like that! I love all of it...but this, got me "where your thoughts hugged the horizons of my mind like clouds on the edges of prairie dog skies and where your stampeding passions trampled my inhibitions ~ were delicate bandeaux of ice finespun and feathery like polar gossamer - that formed on the stems of your ruptured dreams that then became my nightmare when you had your hard freeze and warm sap still flowed through your veins.."
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/30/2018 11:20:00 AM
You uplift me Leanne and inspire me to reach ever higher!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/27/2018 7:53:00 PM
Leanne, your visits are away a highlight for me. Thank you for your expressive response to my poem - high praise indeed from a poet of your calibre. Many thanks for the kindness of your fave as well.. Warmest wishes always. ~Susan
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Date: 3/27/2018 12:11:00 AM
another to read again, in my favourites.
Date: 3/25/2018 11:24:00 AM
Love the beauty, intensity, depths and harmonious flow of this gleaming jewel my friend. As well as the vibrant color and insightful references to Nature and its majesty. A fav....
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/25/2018 8:15:00 PM
Thank you Robert, for your thoughtful and awesome comments. Your appreciation for my poem thrills me and I treasure your lovely thoughts always. Thank you for the fav as well, my friend, your kindness I hold dear.. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/19/2018 10:28:00 AM
You've given a whole 'new meaning' to the term, 'platonic love affair:' Normally conceived of as cool, intellectual, detached---yours is as steamy and tempestuous as they come. Once more with feeling, Bravo, Susan!! :) gw
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/22/2018 5:00:00 PM
I truly appreciate your wonderfully expressive comments Gershon. Your heartwarming sentiments and lovely visits are always such a pleasure. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/17/2018 1:49:00 PM
such attention to details about nature and lovely expressions of fondness delight me... i was there with you, sue... lovely!..huggs
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/18/2018 9:15:00 AM
Thank you Nette for your beautiful comments and for sharing this poetic experience with me. Your lovely visit is such a delight! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/17/2018 12:34:00 PM
Hi Susan, as always i come and find exceptional poetry on your page. You draw the reader into your images so easily. Your words paint such a wonderful canvas of colour. You paint nature with such fluidity. This is an excellent piece Susan. This is a definite fave. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/18/2018 9:09:00 AM
Your wonderful visit and beautiful, thoughtful and meaningful comments are treasured Mike. I'm so happy you found enjoyment in my poem. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts with me and for the fave. My appreciation is boundless, my friend. I think your poetry is amazing :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 3/17/2018 11:40:00 AM
Very descriptive and expressive work. I have seen on TV where some states are still being hit with snow and ice. I could almost see the ice in your work. Thanks for the visit to my page. Sara
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/17/2018 8:33:00 PM
Sara, it's such a pleasure to see you here. I relish your beautiful comments and yes, I live in South Eastern Mass and we just had a huge blizzard here last Tuesday with maybe more snow to come this week! I'm happy you enjoyed my poem. Thank you for spending some time with my poetry. Your's is divine. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/16/2018 8:21:00 PM
very descriptive in your observations of mother nature and her ability to be both beauty and the beast, a love affair caught by your emotions swept onto the prairies by passion's winds to be warmed by the majesty of your poetic verse...dear poet
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Date: 3/17/2018 8:24:00 PM
Thank you for your beautiful comments Frederic. Your words are so poetic and insightful. Yes, the nature of my poem is about the duality of being both beauty and beast are the same time - a feat which Mother Nature - and some people pull off with aplomb.. Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
Date: 3/16/2018 8:18:00 AM
Dear Susan......What can I say to a wordsmith....when I can't even keep up with the Joneses!
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Date: 3/17/2018 3:49:00 PM
Dear Chuck, I relish your visit and your beautiful comments. Thank you for sharing your time with me. I love your beautiful lyrics and the splendid poetry you create, my melodious and talented friend! Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/16/2018 12:21:00 AM
Very welled penned. Your very in tune to mother. I enjoyed this write very much. Thank so much for sharing.. Harriet (Derena)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/17/2018 2:16:00 PM
Harriet, it's so nice to meet you! Thank you for the delight of your visit and for your beautiful comments. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/15/2018 10:32:00 AM
Ooh I love this! You had me at the fickle fingers of fate and carried me through your musings! What wonderful images are in your head!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/17/2018 2:15:00 PM
I relish your beautiful comments Kim. Thank you! I was happy to carry you away.. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/15/2018 8:53:00 AM
Hello, my dear friend...I bow to your brilliancy...a fav in the light...^WW^
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/16/2018 6:08:00 PM
Thank you, Winged Warrior, for your treasured comments and the fav. Your wonderful visit is pure joy, dear friend! Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/15/2018 4:44:00 AM
Mesmerized by the depths, imagery, color and flow on this excellent piece my friend! Tho' I myself, attempt to write like Frank Stanton(in simpler style) ,I truly appreciate this intense, fast flowing and much deeper imagery generated. Your tremendous talent doth shine* as the sun at dawn does rise* I long to taste the flavors of such word-wine* Admiring the depths and beauty of every word wise.* A FAV....
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/16/2018 4:28:00 PM
Robert, your heartfelt, in-depth, generous and beautiful comments mesmerize me. I always learn so much from your wise and thought provoking insights. Are you referring to Frank Lebby Stanton from Charleston, South Carolina, first poet laureate of Georgia? I cherish your lovely and poetic sentiments and I'm so proud to be able to call you my friend! Thank you for your support, encouragement and the fav, dear Robert. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/15/2018 12:54:00 AM
Wow, Susan the Golden Pen strikes again. Where do I even start my friend? You truly are an extraordinary poetess and a wordsmith of the highest realm. Great lines each one better then the other, outstanding imagery and delivery of true brilliance. Bravo and a fave....Maria xxx
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/16/2018 4:02:00 PM
Ohh, dear Maria, 'Susan the Golden Pen' - I think I could get used to that title lol! I will wear the golden crown proudly :) I relish your beautiful and generous comments and I'm thrilled you enjoyed my poem, sweet friend. Thank you for your presence, encouragement and support of my writings and for the fave. Your friendship is cherished! Warmest wishes. ~Susan
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