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O April Premiere Contest Winner

O April how I’ve longed for your return to breathe new life into this gnarled body.. for these roots to be unfettered from the grasping earthen frost - the past season of fanged nor’easters gnashed me bare - leaving me mauled and dulled alone with stiffened limbs lifted to face the hard glower of old man winter with not a morsel of mercy to be gained but April now that you're here to share the innocence of the daisy and the honeyed scent of the sweet pea I feel inspirited like a sapling young and tender again; mild is the fog’s embrace in early morn as I taste your sweetened rainwater, and gentle is the rhythm of baptizing showers bathing dark days away.. and ever grateful is my grayed heart as it begins to beat with the fresh pulse of verdant rebirth oh April how easily you inspire my shy imagination to fly with the zephyr's muse to expand my artistry in an afternoon’s brushstroke of forsythia light dreams once frozen now thawed and golden eager to flourish in bloom awakening the poetry in a new leaf’s unfurling whisper - a whisper that grows a praising wind-psalm, as choirs of bursting buds celebrate revival with a rustling alleluia! star-shaped sails rouse in swishing sounds their lyrical breath one with the breeze my green-laden boughs now a wellspring of exuberant born-again voices a thronging rejoice lifted to the heavens on the whisk of the westerlies; supple is my sweep and sway ‘neath the soft-bellied skies of Spring dear lady, April how I revel in the glorious abundance of your Nature; your nurture enlivens my humble woody being and though gray may shade my weather-beaten heart.. evergreen is my soul Susan Ashley April 12, 2021 ~ First Place ~ Premiere Contest: April Sponsor: Regina McIntosh

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Date: 5/12/2021 3:20:00 PM
Hello Susa Ashley, A beautiful poem for the month of April. This year the month of April was a cold month. Instead of being on the warm side. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 5/30/2021 7:07:00 PM
Thank you, Darlene, for your beautiful comments. It's always such a pleasure to hear from you. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem. Please accept my apologies for my late reply, I haven't been on PS for a few weeks. Enjoy your evening, my sweet friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/11/2021 10:45:00 AM
live laugh love my grandkids too!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 5/12/2021 11:22:00 AM
Thank you, Georgia. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/1/2021 8:04:00 AM
Congratulations, Susan, on your top win. Your poem is mesmerizing - I am in awe! Sublime and magnificent images, metaphors, and personification! Your golden pen creates amazing poetry! To my faves. Love and best wishes ~ Mala
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Susan Ashley
Date: 5/6/2021 9:24:00 AM
Dearest Mala, I am humbled and inspired by the beauty of your comments and your heartwarming congratulations. Thank you, my sweet friend, for sharing in the imagination of this poem with me and for the grand honor of your fave. Please accept my apologies for my late reply, life has been extremely busy lately. Warmest wishes, hugs and love to you, lovely poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 4/27/2021 6:30:00 PM
Brilliant. How do you do the words flowing sweetly just for you? You're a Pro. Help me to the beauty of your vocab.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 5/6/2021 9:21:00 AM
Iris Elizabeth, your gracious visit and wonderful comments are delightful to receive and your soulful poetry is inspiring. Thank you, dear poetess, for your inspiring kindness. Please accept my apologies for my late reply, life has been extremely busy lately. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/26/2021 2:57:00 PM
I absolutely enjoyed your magnificent work of art, my dear friend.. Imagery is Amazing! As always, your talent shines! This is going into my faves, Dear Susan.. Many blessings to you..
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Date: 4/26/2021 5:55:00 PM
Dearest Robertina, your gracious spirit is beautiful to behold. Thank you, my sweet friend, for your uplifting words, they take my heart above and beyond the clouds. Your shining friendship is ever cherished as is the high honor of your fave. Warmest wishes to you, lovely poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 4/25/2021 10:44:00 AM
Wow Susan...so very musical and vibrant and lovely and mesmerizing . You have birthed Spring and April so gloriously . I have so many favorite lines that bring magical images to my mind and heart. Putting it in my FAVS to read again and again. Thank you for your beautiful heart and pen. All the best, Susan :)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/25/2021 12:01:00 PM
Dear Susan, my heart soars on the wings of your cherished words. I'm elated by your beautiful response to my poem. Thank you for sharing in the imagination of this piece with me - it was inspired by our maple tree's "spring fever", bursting from buds to unfurling leaves at the first hint of bright sun and warm air. I relish your wonderful comments as well as the high honor of your fav. Warmest wishes, sweet lady.. ~Susan P.S. I will be by to bask in the glow of your wondrous poetry very soon :)
Date: 4/25/2021 9:53:00 AM
Vivid April!! Excellent write Susan!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/25/2021 11:57:00 AM
Your gracious visit and heartwarming comments are both truly appreciated, Smita. Thank you for sharing in the essence of this poem with me. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance and I will visit your poetry page very soon. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/24/2021 4:48:00 AM
What a beautiful ode to spring, Susan, and what clever use of metaphor (and personification)! No wonder this placed first! Congratulations. ~ warm regards & Hugs // paul
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Date: 4/25/2021 11:55:00 AM
Dearest Paul, your luminous presence shines upon my poem and radiates within my heart. Thank you for sharing your uplifting words and heartwarming congrats with me. Your lovely friendship is ever appreciated. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 4/23/2021 8:35:00 AM
As April is the month of my birth I must agree, though I have never looked at it in the way you have, After the new coat of paint you have given my month I need to look at it again...with different eyes, thanks to you...dear poet, dear friend
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/25/2021 8:55:00 AM
Ah, my wonderful April friend, I knew there was an something extra special kinship about you, as two of the few people closest to me, my beloved sister and father are both April born. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me, Frederic. I'm thrilled I could paint your month a different color for your romantic eyes and imagination to behold. Your gracious visit uplifts my heart and soul, dear poet and dearest friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/23/2021 12:45:00 AM
It is a brilliant piece - not a cliché in sight! I cannot select any single line to favour as I am in awe of the poem as a whole. Congratulations on your well deserved win, Susan. Faving it :))
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Date: 4/25/2021 8:49:00 AM
Dear Suzette, your gracious comments have made my day! I strive to avoid any hint of a cliché, and that you noticed this is truly elating. I savor your uplifting words and revel in your heartwarming congrats. The high honor of your fave is truly treasured, as well. Thank you, sweet and esteemed poetess. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/21/2021 10:40:00 AM
What an exquisite poem Susan! Clever how it’s from the point of view of a tree. No surprise you got First place in that contest. Congrats!
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Date: 4/21/2021 6:21:00 PM
Dear Jennifer, thank you for sharing in the optimistic and joyful spirit of this poem with me. It was inspired by our maple tree's spring fever, bursting into budding leaves at the first hint of bright sun and warm air. I relish your lovely response and your heartwarming congrats. Your inspiring presence is truly appreciated. Warmest wishes, my sweet friend.. ~Susan
Date: 4/20/2021 11:36:00 PM
Dear Susan, am in awe reading this April beauty... What beautiful imagery dear friend.. I have no words to express my happiness reading your poetic gem. My fav for sure... Thank you for sharing this and congrats on your well deserved win. Have a blessed day... Hugs.. ~ Ani
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/21/2021 6:18:00 PM
Dear Ani, my heart is enriched by reading your cherished words. I'm elated by your response to my poem, it lifts my spirit to the skies. Thank you for sharing in the imagination of this poem with me - it was inspired by our maple tree's spring fever, bursting into budding leaves at the first hint of bright sun and warm air. I relish your wonderful comments as well as the high honor of your fav. Warmest wishes, my sweet friend.. ~Susan
Date: 4/20/2021 12:12:00 AM
A beautiful April free verse Susan, wonderful expressive words. Congratulations on a well deserved win... Belle
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/20/2021 9:18:00 AM
Thank you, Belle for your wonderfully expressed comments and heartwarming congrats. Both are truly appreciated, my dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 4/19/2021 9:42:00 PM
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/20/2021 9:22:00 AM
Hi Timothy! That’s very odd, indeed!! It’s a glitch that has bedeviled me as well. I hope you can comment and/or soup mail freely going forward. Your comments are always cherished and your attempt to comment on my poem is certainly appreciated as well. Warmest wishes, my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 4/19/2021 9:43:00 PM
Weird. Tried writing a comment on one of your poems and it gave me a “System 500” error. Then I tried sending you Soup Mail and it gave the same error. Very odd!
Date: 4/19/2021 12:23:00 AM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing your talent, exemplified once again in this muse of yours, making me behold and experience God-blessed APRIL in this "Springless" country of ours. (I live in the Tropics.) God bless you.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/20/2021 9:26:00 AM
The heartfelt beauty of your precious comments touch me deeply, Beata. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts and kind congrats with me. I love all four seasons here.. each has its special qualities that I find so inspiring. Warmest wishes, dear poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 4/18/2021 6:38:00 PM
Wow! I love the imagery and personification you used. Beautifully written, Susan! Congrats on your well deserved 1st place win! Blessings, Kim M
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Date: 4/18/2021 7:12:00 PM
Dear Kim, thank you for sharing in the optimistic and joyful spirit of this poem with me. I relish your lovely response and your heartwarming congrats. Your presence here is uplifting and truly appreciated. Warmest wishes, dear poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 4/18/2021 10:47:00 AM
Congratulate you on your win. WOW!!! I love April and I love this amazing story/write. Have a blessed day...............
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/18/2021 5:45:00 PM
Dear Paula, I am so very uplifted by your wonderful response to my poem and your kind congrats. I'm elated that you enjoyed my poem. Warmest wishes, my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 4/18/2021 10:20:00 AM
well, I can sure see how this garnered a trophy win. WOW. You really outdid yourself with this one. BIG congrats to you, my friend.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/18/2021 6:57:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Andrea. Your wonderful response to my poem and your kind congrats are inspiring! I truly appreciate your lovely presence, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/18/2021 5:34:00 AM
Hi Susan, Dear friend, I am coming back to this poem again to congratulate you on your first place win!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/18/2021 5:48:00 PM
My sweet friend, your return visit and warm-hearted congrats means so much to me. Thank you, Carol, for both your treasured friendship and precious thoughts. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/18/2021 1:17:00 AM
I am so pleased to see you win the trophy for this fantastic offering Susan. I am Faving this exquisite work of art! Congratulations my friend. Blessings xxoo
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/18/2021 6:46:00 PM
Dear Connie, your gracious presence is so very uplifting. I relish your shining heart, your beautiful comments and kind congrats, as well as the grand honor of your fav. Thank you, dear poetess. It's elating to see you back again.. Warmest wishes and hugs sent to you on a sweet pea breeze.. ~Susan
Date: 4/17/2021 12:49:00 PM
Congratulations Susan on a wonderful piece of work. Well deserved win... Blessings and love.. Janis
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/18/2021 6:37:00 PM
Thank you for your kind congrats and lovely comments, Janis. Both are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/17/2021 10:11:00 AM
O dear rhyme time friend, this is divine, sublime and just plain superb! Never before has April been dressed in such a magnificence of stunning words and images like "fanged nor'easters." Your gentle shadow of excellence bathes us in its richness of creativity, dear poetess. Love the personification. Definitely a fav. You set a standard to reach for. Sending you April blessings and congratulations!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/18/2021 6:31:00 PM
My dear rhyme time friend, the pleasure is mine every time you sweetly chime the rich lovely comments you send! Your inspiriting words inspire my heart to sail on April's gentle zephyrs with you, my musing friend, as we get lost in poetic clouds, with not a worry of sharp bites from "fanged nor'easters" in Winter past :) I relish your beautiful comments that flow from your exquisite heart, Sam. I delight in our wonderful friendship and I'm humbled by the grand honor of your fav. Thank you, lovely poetess. Sending you my warmest wishes and sweet pea hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 4/17/2021 7:51:00 AM
This is brilliant, sweet friend. I enjoyed it so much and am always so stunned by your way with words. God bless you and Congrats on your top win. Love, Gina
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/17/2021 8:39:00 AM
Dear Regina, I am beyond thrilled by my placement in your April contest. I was inspired by the old stalwart maple in my backyard. That you found my poem worthy is a humbling honor indeed. I am grateful to be among the talented poets/poetesses listed. Thank you, my dear friend, for your gracious comments and congratulations to the winners. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~ Susan
Date: 4/16/2021 10:07:00 AM
Such a masterpiece - your poem is quite breathtaking dearest poetry sis, April for you is the portal to summer and for us the portal to Winter. However having said what I have just said, we have had very little summer when it was summertime, it seems that climate change reverberates around the world as our summer has arrived two weeks ago! Blessings and hugs and love, Your poetry sis Jennifer.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/17/2021 10:14:00 AM
My wonderful poetry sister! Your beautiful thoughts are treasures given from the your golden heart. Thank you for your rich comments. How fortunate am I to enjoy a friendship with you, dear Jennifer.. Climate change does indeed put the seasons in a state of flux. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones, my sweet lady. Warmest wishes, love and hugs sent across the seas.. ~Susan
Date: 4/14/2021 10:27:00 AM
Such a great piece Susan, fine imagery and expression to get one looking towards spring. Blessings always,Gordon
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/16/2021 6:19:00 PM
Dear Gordon, your kind visit and gracious comments are both truly appreciated. Thank you for your uplifting presence, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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