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My Winter's Wishes Premiere Contest Winner

In the May-time of my life time bloomed each day a prickly boll – but I, like the softest cotton within such a sharp seed swaddled in the purity of security for what seemed like eternity a lamb in His white embrace especially when flocked in celebration; the magic of a special Midnight Mass when windows stained with the Way of Sorrows awakened in the first inky inklings of the morrow flaring with His passion.. though the sun did doze with blazing swords reposed not able to pierce the panes of pain – yet so they blushed and bled on the eve of His birth – and oh.. aloft in the ethereal eyrie of the choir-loft I felt close to God my fourth-grade soprano in sing-song psalm rose and fell from perfect O’s my mouth formed notes as airy as bubbles cast from a round wand light and bright.. and as devout as winged cherubs flitting above the Nativity yes.. they ascended from prayerful lips ..effortless.. I sang of an Angel heralding the birth of the newborn King and for all the faithful to come adore Him vocal music wafted in flight lifted and lilted to balcony heights turtle dove breaths filled with carols fluttered from a pious voice box a precious jewel box rich with brilliant tone shimmer aswirl like gold-flake in Advent candlelight whirling down like a spiral of sound in wispy wreaths as enchanting as the first falling snow’s pirouette sweet and graceful and praiseful sugar-dusting the Monseigneur and pews filled with pairs of ears delighted in the congregation below my parents.. so proud.. turned to look up at me.. and as I basked in their Star of Bethlehem glow indeed, I did feel close to God — O soul when did I stop searching for you? for in the heat of my summer daze I grew wild a thorny vine entangled in a picket-fence of events ruinous to the morning glory of my rosy-rosary youth – and by the height of August dank with humid cling my very own hurricane gusted and busted in flooding the faith from the parish of my mind; the corrosion of saltwater corrupting the holy water in my veins and by the downfall of my Fall days - in a haze of fog and battering waves - October’s no-name nor'easter sank a nameless boat broken in spirit for I was no longer afloat as a child of God --- alas.. my once hallowed hull long since hollowed humiliated by my lack of humility now in the December-time of my life hair as gray as the teary air I drag a deadened heart beneath leaden skies like the ghost of Jacob Marley drags his chains.. longing to find the blonde girl unfazed the fleecy lamb in His white embrace the little singer who sang prayerful songs; the soprano I shed like a poppy-bloomed sheds its sepals... I sit alone in the chill by my windowsill the first season’s snow makes opaque the glass my aged reflection pasted over - yet enchanting a clean canvas to create a new portrait.. a flurry of frozen fallen stars stir a blizzard of wishes; to surrender and understand to apologize and un-harm those I harmed to glide as a star child like the lost Pleiad searching for loved ones on the right side of Heaven - but - my most fervent winter’s wish - as vibrant as a holly berry aflame on a snowy branch - as hot as the candle’s fire flickering on my heart’s altar.. indeed, my most fervent winter's wish is to feel close to God once again! O God humbly I pray please don’t let my winter’s wishes melt like snowflakes on my trite yet contrite tongue Susan Ashley December 8, 2021 ~ First Place ~ Premiere Contest: Inspirational Christian Sponsor: Regina McIntosh ~ Eighth Place ~ Premiere Contest: Winter Wishes Sponsor: Chantelle Anne Cooke *boll: the rounded seed capsule of plants such as cotton or flax. Cotton bolls are sharp and likely to tear tender skin and injure hands *eyrie: a nest; a high position or place *the lost Pleiad: one of the seven sister stars in a celestial cluster called the Pleiades that is not easily visible to the unaided eye

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Date: 9/19/2022 12:07:00 PM
such beautiful thoughts here, expertly conveyed
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Susan Ashley
Date: 9/21/2022 6:18:00 PM
Dear Jack, I relish your wonderful presence and treasure your beautiful comments. Your appreciation is so very heartwarming. Thank you, my inspiring friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 9/11/2022 8:17:00 AM
Susan this is lovely and what you have written many experiences. Worshiping at first and then slowly withdrawing and eventually coming back in due season of December. This is such a myriad of feelings and thoughts being remorseful and seeking redemption. Your words used are conveying and uniquely put together, by a deep understanding. Shared this one with my wife Judith. She was impressed...
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Date: 9/12/2022 8:01:00 PM
Dear Michael, your beautiful response to my poem lifts me with elation. Thank you for sharing in the emotions of this piece with me and for sharing my poem with your wife, Judith. I am humbled and honored by both your uplifting thoughts, and I am ever grateful to share in friendship and poetic kinship with you. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/5/2022 9:42:00 PM
Reading this masterpiece was sheer ecstasy, Susan. Congratulations on your win. Blessings and hugs, Evelyn
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Date: 6/8/2022 7:49:00 PM
Dear Evelyn, I am thrilled to receive your amazing comments and heartwarming congrats. It’s so wonderful to know you enjoyed my poem. Thank you, my sweet friend, for sharing your precious thoughts. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/1/2022 12:23:00 AM
Hi Susan, dear friend - thought about you often and last night I left your page till last so that I could concentrate on your superb poetry. Time ran out but here I am early in the morning reading your touching write, and from the first line to the last word your wisdom rang out loud and clear, surrounding my heart and cleansing my soul. No surprise to me that you won a trophy. Congratulations dear poetry sis and may your talent ever grow from strength to strength Hugs Blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 4/3/2022 8:12:00 PM
Dear Jennifer, my lovely friend, it's great to see you! I adore your new pic, it captures your vivacious spirit so wonderfully. Your beautiful comments touch me deeply. Your precious thoughts and heartfelt congrats are truly appreciated. I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this poem. I hope all is well with you and your treasured family, my sweet poetry sis. Warmest wishes, love and hugs to you across the many miles.. ~Susan
Date: 3/8/2022 9:24:00 AM
Back with "Congratulations" on this new win. Your "My Winter's Wishes" is an amazing/wonderful~~story/write. Have a great/blessed day....................
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/31/2022 2:20:00 PM
Thank you, my dear friend, Paula. Your wonderful comments and heartfelt congratulations are received with joy and gratitude. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 3/7/2022 10:17:00 AM
Dearest Rhyme Time friend! My heart leapt for joy at seeing this spectacular poem from a pilgrim's heart at the top of the winners list. Congratulations! High fives! Kudos! This is magnificent in every way from over the top imagery to metaphor to poetic expressions - every line a mined gem! Thank you for again taking us as companions on your journey of faith! You make a journey of faith so relatable with your compassionate heart! Sending blessings on wings of joy!
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Date: 3/26/2022 7:32:00 AM
My dearest Rhyme Time Friend, I am both elated and truly humbled by your beautiful and deeply moving words. Your shining presence is ever heartwarming and your precious thoughts are ever rewarding to receive. You are such a fount of encouragement and radiant joy, sweet Sam, and I am grateful to share in friendship and poetic kinship with you. Thank you, for your return visit with such gracious and uplifting congrats! Warmest wishes sent on vibes of joie de vivre.. ~Susan <3
Date: 3/7/2022 10:16:00 AM
Susan, your spirit wafts above us all to sing faith's praises so prominently. You use every poetic device in your quiver to pierce the craven hearts in shod of your words, even my soulless ears. A masterwork of faith and the heartbeat of your soul. Don't think for a moment that I am lost and that your poetic missionary is for naught. Far from it, you confirm my belief in the universal consciousness and that we are all one. For me, it was a cosmic dash towards the one. Beautifully done.
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:31:00 AM
Dear Greg, the wondrous spirit of your words takes my breath away. Thank you for gracing my poem with your inspiring presence. My heart is both elated and humbled by the deep nature of your comments. It is my honor truly, to know that you enjoyed this poem. I'm filled with gratitude that you shared in the emotional journey of this piece with me. Please accept my heartfelt apologies for my late reply to your gracious comments. Life's commitments have been many lately. Warmest wishes to you, my dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 3/6/2022 4:00:00 AM
Your poetry always take me always takes me away to a very special place, Congratulations on your 1st place win, loved it .
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:24:00 AM
Dearest Rose, your wonderful presence here is truly appreciated as are your heartwarming words of congrats. Thank you, my sweet friend. Please accept my heartfelt apologies for my late reply to your gracious comments. Life's commitments have been many lately. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/6/2022 12:05:00 AM
This is absolutely fantastic, Susan, congratulations:)
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:23:00 AM
Dear Jo, your wonderful presence here is truly appreciated as are your heartwarming words of congrats. Thank you, my friend. Please accept my heartfelt apologies for my late reply to your gracious comments. Life's commitments have been many lately. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/4/2022 7:49:00 AM
this is such a beautifully written & heartfelt write, my friend - I'm moved to tears
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:21:00 AM
Dearest Jack, your return visit to this poem fills me with gratitude for your heartwarming friendship and poetic kinship. Thank you for sharing in the emotions of this poem with me. Tears are treasured. Please accept my sincere apologies for my late reply to your inspiring comments. Life's commitments have been many lately. Warmest wishes, my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 1/29/2022 3:02:00 PM
What an engaging life story. This is a beautifully written poem, Susan. I feel your pain or regret, and I feel your heartfelt desire to feel God's Love and presence again. Bless you, Bill His Love is unconditional and forever. He loves you, Susan.
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:17:00 AM
Dear Bill, I treasure your beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing in the emotions of this poem with me. Please accept my heartfelt apologies for my late reply to your inspiring comments. Life's commitments have been many lately. Warmest wishes to you, my poetry friend.. ~Susan
Date: 1/17/2022 10:34:00 AM
Hi Susan, Forgotten me I fear to hear, No Christmas wishes have I sent or whispered in your ear, Happy New Year, You are always in my heart my dear friend, From my thoughts You never part, Will forever be big pals, You and me two gals who live across a pond but who have formed a strong, strong bond. Congratulations on being Selected, although never a doubt, for 'Soup's awesome ANTHOLOGY PUBLICATION So proud your poems do read, my dearest friend, Best pals to the end. OXOXOXOX, Jennifer
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:14:00 AM
My dearest Jennifer, please accept my heartfelt apologies for my very later reply to your beautifully poetic and uplifting comments. Your words fill me with elation for our friendship and poetic kinship.. "You and me two gals who live across a pond but who have formed a strong, strong bond." - indeed, my sweet sister, indeed! I treasure you and your shining heart. Congratulations to you too, for being selected for the PS Anthology.. so proud to share the pages with you! I hope 2022 has been full of kindness, good health and good fortune for you and yours. Warmest wishes sent to you across the many miles, my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 1/15/2022 12:06:00 PM
Dearest Susan, I have missed you- your heart and soul, your wisdom and your humility, your breath and your fire, your memories and your voice. You are a guiding light and a shining star. I am honored to read your words. Thank you for opening your heart in this revealing and intimate poem. A fav for me to reread. You are a true inspiration in so many ways. Sending you blessings and fulfillment of your Winter's Wishes.I am so very honored to be on this journey of life with you. Love Susan xx :)
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Date: 3/25/2022 7:03:00 AM
Dearest Susan, my lovely friend, your inspiring presence lifts a heart filled with gratitude for your friendship and poetic kinship. Your natural light casts a gentle beauty upon my humble words. I cherish you and hold the honor of your fav in my truest appreciation. What a grand reward to know that you enjoyed this poem, thank you, my sweet sister. Please accept my apologies for my very later reply.. though our poetic journey is interrupted our lifes' journey continues. Warmest wishes and love.. ~Susan
Date: 1/6/2022 9:28:00 PM
I'm late here to read this and wow to be blown away with such depth of your feelings and emotions, Susan. Beautiful poetry.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/7/2022 5:49:00 PM
Dear Harry, I am elated by your beautiful response to my poem. Thank you for sharing in the emotions of this poem with me. Your precious thoughts are held in my deepest appreciation, as is your wonderful friendship. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/6/2022 3:24:00 PM
This is truly brilliant! Adore this so. God bless you friend. Love, Gina
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Date: 1/7/2022 5:47:00 PM
Dear Gina, it's so wonderful to see you! I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this poem. Your beautiful words touch my heart, my sweet friend. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a happy new year filled with light, love and inspiration.. ~Susan
Date: 1/6/2022 5:26:00 AM
this is truly a wonderful write, my friend - loved it so much, I had to read it twice. I hope you have a blessed 2022 x
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Date: 1/7/2022 5:14:00 PM
My dear friend, Jack, it is always such a pleasure when your wonderful words grace my poem. Thank you for sharing your amazing thoughts with me, I am doubly delighted to know that you read it twice! :)) Warmest wishes for a happy new year filled with light, love and inspiration.. ~Susan
Date: 1/1/2022 1:13:00 PM
Beautifully written! Liked the metaphors! Great!
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Date: 1/7/2022 4:59:00 PM
Dear Lynn, thank you for your gracious visit and beautiful comments. I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/31/2021 7:38:00 AM
Dear Susan this is such an epic uplifting poem which speaks deeply to my soul and touches the heart. The topic is one which becomes closer when old age starts to creep on us. I just noticed the placement in the contest...and I am lost for words!! The wealth of technical points is there for all to see. To my favs it goes, my friend. ~ I wish you and your loved ones a Happy & Peaceful New Year. Warm regards & Hugs // paul
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Date: 1/7/2022 4:58:00 PM
My dear Paul, my heart leaps as I read your amazing comments. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me, I hold your endearing words in my deepest appreciation. Knowing that the essence of my poem spoke to your soul and touched your heart is so very rewarding, as is the grand honor of your fav, a cherished prize. Warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy and gentle new year too, my inspiring friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/30/2021 4:33:00 PM
O Susan, my dear PS-PS, once again you have composed a poetic tour-de-force that absolutely floors me. The intimacy and vulnerability with which you wrote this is so immediate, for by its nature, any spiritual experience is private and intimate... the reader feels as though you had permitted them a peek into your most personal diary. You rose to the occasion with your dazzling breadth of emotional vocabulary, poetic prowess, and mastery of imagery. The boll and thorny vine metaphors, the maritime and winter analogies, all supporting so beautifully the narrative of your spiritual journey evolving like one season seamlessly into the next. So profound and so inspiring in every sense, another masterpiece... my congrats for your win and #1 in best new poems, this is totally worthy of all acclaim. We are so blessed to have you sharing at this site. Happy New Year to you, sis. Warmly ~ John
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Date: 1/7/2022 4:23:00 PM
My dearest PS-PB, I am left breathless and so very humbled by the depth and breadth of your comments. My heart and soul are floated to beyond the mountain tops by the generous and intoxicating beauty of your amazing analysis and your ability to emotionally connect with my words. I cherish your rich golden comments as much as I relish the magnificence of your precious poetry, John. Your gracious visit and heartwarming congrats are received with immense gratitude. Thank you, John, for sharing in the emotions of this poem, that you took this journey with me fills me with appreciation and joy. Your poetic friendship is truly prized. Warmest wishes, my wonderful PS-PB, for a happy new year filled with light, love and inspiration.. ~Susan
Date: 12/30/2021 1:51:00 AM
Happy to see this gem of a poem being placed Top 1 in the best poems list dear Susan... Congratulations and hugs... ~ Ani
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/2/2022 7:11:00 PM
Dear Ani, I so appreciate your thoughtful return visit with your heartwarming congrats. Your beautiful heart shines and I gratefully bask in its glow, my sweet friend. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 12/28/2021 7:03:00 PM
I believe that this epic is exactly 100 lines, Susan. I am trying to comprehend the deep subliminal message implicit therein, but having failed, alas, to discern it, I am now plunged into the depths of despair... Who knows if or when I shall emerge. Pray for me... ~ Dungeon-dweller
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Susan Ashley
Date: 12/31/2021 9:37:00 AM
Lol! O dungeon dweller, please don’t despair, I pray that someday you’ll see the light ;) Your wonderful presence is ever appreciated, dear Gershon. Warmest wishes to you for a happy new year filled with emergence, lots of light, and inspiration:)) ..~Susan
Date: 12/28/2021 6:17:00 AM
Dearest Susan, revisiting to congratulate you on your topmost place among most popular poems. Letting you know how amazed and inspired I get when reading your masterpieces with the most gifted pen. Wishing all the best in 2022 - A Blessed New Year to you and your loving family. Hugs ~ Mala
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Date: 12/28/2021 9:12:00 AM
Dearest Mala, your thoughtful and touching return visit is received with my truest appreciation. Thank you, my sweet friend, for your elevating words. I'm honored to welcome these inspiring comments and kind congrats from your beautiful heart. Luckily, I had the good fortune of humbly following in the wonderful wake of your amazing poetic gem "Writing Unwraps My Soul". Warmest wishes to you and yours for the new year to be filled with light, love and inspiration.. ~Susan
Date: 12/24/2021 5:03:00 AM
Aww... What a splendid write dearest Susan... As always your magical ink never fails to inspire and surprise us with your poetic prowess... I repeat this for every poem of yours because you are SO gifted a poetess. Adorned with so many beautiful poetic devices, this is another MASTERPIECE!!... Another FAV... Wishing you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and a very happy 2022...Hugs...~ Ani
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Date: 12/28/2021 7:43:00 PM
My dearest Ani, thank you. I am humbled by your elevating and generous comments and so honored by your shining presence and fav. Your warm and wonderful words reach deeply into my heart where they are held in my deepest appreciation. I relish your gracious visit, my sweet friend. Warmest wishes to you for a happy new year filled with light, love and inspiration.. hugs and smiles.. ~Susan
Date: 12/23/2021 5:48:00 AM
Susan, your poetry is a beautiful and as genuine as your precious golden pen. You never tend to fail to amaze me. Stunning! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year! Love & hugs always, Charlie
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Susan Ashley
Date: 12/23/2021 10:27:00 AM
Thank you, for your precious comments, Charlie, they are received with my truest appreciation. You honor me with your inspiring presence and humble me with the generosity of your words. Your friendship is treasured. Warmest wishes to you and your family to enjoy a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.. ~Susan
Date: 12/22/2021 2:42:00 AM
No need for me to be a believer (and, indeed, I am not) in order to enjoy this splendid poem, Susan. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience. Beautifully structured.
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Date: 12/23/2021 10:22:00 AM
Dear Andrew, I relish your precious thoughts. Thank you for sharing in the imagery and emotions of this poem with me. It's amazing the amount of framework I built to express a few winter wishes.. lol! Your inspiring presence here is truly appreciated. Warmest wishes for a Holiday season filled with peace and joy.. ~Susan
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