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Great Spirit whispers on breathing breeze; 'It is time', puce plume in saffron noon signals hunt's aborning, ThunderBeasts' harrowing hooves erupt Great Plains grime, soon will ail, widow's wail like a wild dove's mourning... Ancient wisdom, ebony eyes, high cheekbones wide, buffalo, he knows, mystical foes who fight back, astride, he rides his Spanish horse with native pride, his soul cleared, spiritual prayers 'fore the attack. Timeworn trails, bison beaten by shaggy stampedes, hunting grounds feared and revered, tribesmen o'er the brae, power potent, cloven cloud, hastened heart proceeds, ambush laid, panicked herd, embrace the bloody fray. Casualty's chance, horseback dance, drum lethal hoof beats, thunderous trample of ample prairie crocus, Sioux and beasts' sacred throes, their crimson flows 'neath feet, death has a way of bringing life into focus... Susan Ashley October, 24,2017 ~ Third Place ~ Contest: Tribute To Native Culture Sponsor: Line Gauthier

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Date: 12/16/2018 9:53:00 PM
Your poem is wonderfully written with internal rhyme that intertwines making these words slip off the tongue Susan. I loved it! Congratulations on your deserving win! Happy bolidays my friend! : ) xxoo
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Date: 12/17/2018 7:35:00 PM
Dear Connie, it is such a joy to receive your wonderful comments and your kind congrats. Thank you for sharing your lovely insight with me. Your presence here is ever enchanting and always appreciated. Warmest wishes for a joyous Holiday season for you and yours, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/15/2018 3:36:00 PM
Congrats, Susan, for this awesome verse - my kind of poetry. Many thanks for your kind comments re my entry. Best wishes as you continue your poetical journey and I wish for you and your family a Joyous Yuletide - Bob
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:14:00 PM
Bob, your wonderfully kind words are read with pride and pleasure, your beautiful comments are truly appreciated. Thank you for your gracious visit and for sharing your esteemed thoughts with me.. Warmest wishes for joyous Holiday season for you and yours, my friend. ~Susan
Date: 12/15/2018 1:13:00 PM
Hi Susan, dropping by with my congratulations on your well deserved win in the contest with this excellent piece. It does sing Native American lore from start to finish. It flows with such wonderful images, your words create. Such powerful story-telling. I found myself in the heart of a living piece, a part of the story. Has to be a fave. have a wonderful weekend. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:10:00 PM
Your wonderful response to my poem fills me with elation, my dear friend. I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed this poem which is very special to me. I relish your lovely thoughts and hold your beautiful comments and your fave in my truest appreciation, Mike. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/15/2018 12:06:00 PM
Perhaps the Thunderbeast is akin to the legend of the white buffalo in the Sioux tribe. Love the story that unfolds in your poem and the quick pace in each line. Excellent writing once again, Susan. Congratulations on your win in Line's contest. Sending wishes for holiday cheer, Carolyn
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:07:00 PM
Carolyn, I am so pleased by your lovely response to my poem. Your bright presence and your precious comments are truly appreciated. Thank you for your warm congrats and for your kindness. Warmest wishes for a wonderful Holiday season, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/30/2017 11:44:00 PM
You certainly painted me a picture with some very powerful and engaging words. Will look at some more of your work. Best regards David in NZ
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Date: 12/31/2017 9:40:00 AM
David, so pleased to meet you.. Thank you for delighting me with your lovely visit. Your wonderful comments are certainly appreciated. Warmest wishes for a happy new year! ~Susan
Date: 11/23/2017 11:02:00 PM
You have an excellent vocabulary and it played out most poetically in this powerful poem. I couldn't fit all the images that came to mind as I read, inside this wee box. Your imagination is as extensive as your vocabulary and I'm happy to enjoy both. Hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 11/24/2017 8:09:00 PM
It thrills my spirit that you enjoy my poetry CayCay! Just know that the enjoyment is entirely mutual as I find your poetry to be pure bliss. Thank you for your lovely presence and I always look forward to your visits and your beautiful, soulful comments.. Hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 11/21/2017 2:39:00 PM
ThunderBeast has fired up your imagination, Susan...and mine! A captivating write which takes us back many moons! Lovely imagery, movement and rhyme; superb ending. For a moment this poem reminded me of Cherl Dunn, a poetess @ Soup who passed away over a year ago. Warm regards // paul
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Date: 11/22/2017 7:42:00 AM
Good morning Paul, it's 8:27 a.m. here on the East Coast and I just want to say that I adore your lovely and lively comments and critiques of my poetry.Thank you for your insightful words that resonate with uplifting sincerity. Your gracious encouragement is accepted with a appreciative spirit and I'm flattered that even a moment my poetry would remind you of Cherl Dunn's style. Thank you for bringing my awareness to her wondrous work and thank you for your inspiring friendship. Warmest wishes always ~Susan
Date: 11/2/2017 12:20:00 PM
Fascinating! I had heard of the Thunder Bird beforehand...but never the Thunder beast - thank you, Susan! My very warmest regards. :) john P.s Still reading about them...and their association with the Sioux - great stuff! :)
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Date: 11/2/2017 6:50:00 PM
john, I am endlessly fascinated by the relationship the Sioux and other Plains' peoples had with the buffalo...I'm so happy you find this intriguing as well! Thank you for reading my poem and sharing your valued thoughts with me. Much appreciation.. ~Susan
Date: 10/31/2017 7:38:00 PM
A well written poem Susan with a powerful ending to think about too :)
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Date: 10/31/2017 8:25:00 PM
Heidi, it's so great to see you, you were missed and it's good to have you back... I'm so glad you enjoyed my poem. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts with me, your words are always so appreciated and your visits so happily received.. ~Susan
Date: 10/31/2017 1:04:00 AM
I love the mystical mysterious vibe to this poem Susan, You transport us readers to a bygone era with your wondrous words. I am in awe of your poetic genius. You are truly up there with the best my friend...Maria
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Date: 10/31/2017 6:31:00 PM
Maria, I am so pleased by your positive response to my poem. Your precious appreciation of my poem means so much and I cherish your thoughts and words you shared with me. Thank you very much for your encouraging and supportive sentiments.. ~Susan xo
Date: 10/29/2017 9:02:00 AM
Wonderful write Susan, filled with passion and color, loved the entire last verse, great work...
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Date: 10/29/2017 7:41:00 PM
Charlie, your wonderfully kind words were read with pride and pleasure. Your beautiful comment meant so much to me, thank you for sharing your esteemed thoughts with me.. ~Susan
Date: 10/29/2017 8:41:00 AM
A powerful poem packed with imagery, Susan, great last line:)
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Date: 10/29/2017 7:38:00 PM
Jo, thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me and I'm happy to know that you enjoyed this write. Thank you for your visit and beautiful comment.. ~Susan
Date: 10/28/2017 5:40:00 AM
Great imagery, subtle alliteration and a powerful punch! Well done! All the best, John.
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Date: 10/28/2017 3:10:00 PM
John, your wonderful comment means so much to me. Thank you for your time to visit and read my poem and I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate you sharing your wonderful thoughts with me as well.. ~Susan
Date: 10/27/2017 6:55:00 PM
I find this an amazing piece of poetry Susan, great theme, rhyme and use of words, inspirational poem. :))
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Date: 10/27/2017 9:53:00 PM
Roy, your kindhearted words warm my heart .. I appreciate your precious comments. Thank you for your support and appreciation for my poem. My warmest regards always.. ~Susan
Date: 10/27/2017 6:48:00 PM
Very nicely penned Susan..best wishes
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Date: 10/27/2017 9:54:00 PM
Joseph, I appreciate your visit and your warm words. Thank you so much. Warmest regards.. ~Susan
Date: 10/27/2017 12:56:00 PM
Captivating and inspiring dear Susan! Superb imagery!
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Date: 10/27/2017 3:56:00 PM
Demetrios, your words of appreciation for my poem mean so much to me. Thank you for your generous and heartfelt comment and for sharing your treasured thoughts with me. ~Susan
Date: 10/27/2017 6:10:00 AM
Music of sound ... Wealth of nicely chosen words ... A joy to read ...
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Date: 10/27/2017 3:52:00 PM
Probir, it is with much appreciation that I receive your warmhearted comment. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem and your esteemed words put a smile on my face. Thank you my valued friend! ~Susan
Date: 10/26/2017 9:14:00 AM
This is WONDERFUL Susan! Your last three lines end this poem so beautifully. Brava! I loved it! : )
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:32:00 PM
Connie, Thank you for your beautiful comment and enthusiasm for my poem. It thrills me that you loved it!! Much appreciation for your warmhearted words and visit. ~Susan
Date: 10/26/2017 8:48:00 AM
Wow! Your imagery is so evocative! Captures the taut atmosphere and the action with such a visceral urgency! And yes, that last line is a great way of summing up the scene. Inspired write, Susan! :)
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:29:00 PM
Bernard, I'm so happy you enjoyed this write. Your wonderful comment thrills me and I appreciate, immensely, your thoughts and feelings you shared with me. Many, many thank you's for your insight and kindness! ~Susan
Date: 10/26/2017 8:08:00 AM
- A really amazing poem, Susan - (Sorry I have not been on the "soup" in the last two weeks) - Best wishes for a lovely day :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:15:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise for your lovely heartfelt words. I've noticed that you've been gone, my friend, and you've been missed... you've been in my thoughts as of late and I hope all is well with you and yours. I appreciate you sharing your precious thoughts with me and my very best wished to you! ~Susan
Date: 10/25/2017 7:48:00 PM
wow, susan, this is very intelligent writing of the native american. It really took me back to their time, back before the bison were all vanquished from the plains. That last line is genius!
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:25:00 PM
Andrea, it's with great appreciation that I receive your kind comment. I'm so happy to know that my words took your imagination to another time and place.., Thank you so much for taking the trip with me and for sharing your thoughts.... :)
Date: 10/25/2017 7:01:00 PM
I love this Susan :)
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Date: 10/25/2017 8:39:00 PM
I'm so happy you enjoyed! Thank you for your wonderful comment Gary. ~Susan
Date: 10/25/2017 8:07:00 AM
Very well written, Susan--well chosen words--feels mystical, just as intended!
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:09:00 PM
Vijay, I'm glad you're back, you've been missed... Thank you for your wonderful words, as always, they are deeply appreciated! ~Susan
Date: 10/25/2017 6:00:00 AM
You are really into your mythical lore at the moment and the language you used is fitting for the theme.. Great last line, which is so true.. Another well written poem with great use of words..
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:02:00 PM
I'm in a mystical mood these days Silent One, exploring classic relationships... Thank you for sharing your wonderful and precious thoughts with me. As always, I receive your kind insight with great appreciation... ~Susan
Date: 10/25/2017 3:51:00 AM
Wow, this is quite a fabulous write my friend! You have a way of writing that I enjoy a lot! The free flowing nature of your pen is very soothing, but jarring when necessary...like this poem expresses! I really loved your remarkable poem here this morning! What an amazing piece, Great Work!!
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Date: 10/26/2017 5:06:00 PM
Russell, it is always such a joy to receive a comment from you. Thank you for sharing your lovely insights and appreciation for my poem with me. You never fail to put a smile on my face! My warmest regards always! ~Susan
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