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Rest now O restless heart released in ebb to flow ride the other side of the king tide rising buoyant your movement in vertical rise with the flood Rise! to beyond where breakers break long-suffering shores pitiless the grind of stones and shells to grounds - ride the quiet swell to the quayside of the distant bay where the Moon judges you not as you pass through the m o m e n t of your body’s darkest hour -- let searchlight’s glow shepherd your soul as its bronze-beams breach the rampart of night rejoin from where you came; yonder duality of seeds sown in wombs farther from tears and laughter that tear apart or gather beyond hems of parched deserts edging frond oases longer than waking rays’ convergence to the compass East to a solar seam sewn in sacred union - the merge of salt and sage where surging squalls pall with ease a verge where dawn’s white sword cuts the bleak pleat with a slice of bright; a beacon for your spindrift adrift between the sequin sea and secret sky Go! where the first gate of departure was your last gate of entry; the lowest sphere of creation mid Earth and clouds ascend mountains of Angels spiral notes of seven strings’ stirred not stilled by death aspire peaks of pale petals absent of thorns immaculate the hallelujah lifting from tongues of sunrise flames emboldened and enfolded in hue of lapis blue -- shed stratum garments and trinkets constellated organic your orbit in solar system waltz through the universe star-spangled the ballroom but.. dulling your luster the tarnished song and dance with mirth and misery; ages ago the death of a star for the birth of your mortal being enshrined in young eyes glitzy bits of starshine sweet laughter light lilted by breaths of air as iron steeled your red with its stellar sacrifice supernova shrapnel the metal and mettle of your marrow’s armor.. courage against cowardice salvation against damnation for you were conceived a dyad born of cosmic formation and destruction aha! behold the contrary nature of Nature Aether inhales strands of cirrus weighing on you tying you down looped in the bow of the Great Mother’s apron strings; milkmaid’s yoke of vanity and guilt bends heavy - yes! heavy the heave the brood of your brag and bray a burden of modern sins and a bundle of rusted instincts shouldered in sacks across the wilted stem of your spine - now set aside untied and forgiven the ambitions of living ah.. unyoked from the gravity of flesh and blood speed across subtle sweeps of mystical motes of matter sands where the temple of time meets its demise where the last gate of re-entry was your first gate of departure Free! from separating stiffening specks of paradox free in asymmetry the rapture of purest energy indistinct indefinite infinite as your spirit was dressed so your spirit is undressed relieved of embryonic Dust received rest now O restful soul in Oneness Susan Ashley May 31, 2021 ~ Second Place ~ Premiere Contest: Open Poetry 5 Sponsor: Charlotte Puddifoot

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Date: 11/29/2021 2:12:00 PM
Dear Susan, your poetry always takes my breath away, and no exception for this one - the deep and profound thoughts, mastery of the incredible language, immense creativity - the beauty is unrivalled. Belated congratulations on this great gem. Love and warm wishes ~ Mala
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Date: 12/1/2021 9:55:00 AM
My dearest Mala, your golden presence wraps my soul in rays of sunshine. I am at once humbled yet elated by the generous beauty of your embracing words and kind congrats. Thank you for taking flight with me on the uplifting wings of poetry, that we share inspiring skies is indeed a cherished gift. Warmest wishes and love to you, my sweet friend.. ~Susan
Date: 11/8/2021 10:26:00 PM
Hi. Susan, I am thrilled I chose this poem from your list to read! It is so obvious how very much you love our la gauge, and how you like dancing with all its possibilities of motion while choreographing the meaning to steer the reader to a vaster dimension of thought. For this great poem. I am grateful. aFAV
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Date: 11/9/2021 5:17:00 PM
Dear Sally, the poetry of your comments takes my breath away. How beautifully expressed! I am thrilled, humbled and honored by your thoughtful words. Indeed, I do love our language, and yes, I love to dance with all its possibilities of motion.. and hopefully I don't trip over the many words and ideas I like to employ nor bury my reader in verbosity.. I treasure your amazing and heartwarming words, my friend, and thank you for the distinction of your fav. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/5/2021 7:40:00 AM
Susan... I am taken away with your vision..your magical, enlivened, courageous, momentous intelligence, depth and heart. A very belated congratulations on your win. I have FAV'd this. I must read it over and over to relive the depth and beauty you have created with your infinite mind. So masterful and pulsating...A beating heart and vibration soaring out into the universe forever. Love to you, Susan :)
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Date: 7/7/2021 5:48:00 PM
Dearest Susan, the generous thrilling beauty of your response to my poem leaves me breathless, reminiscent of the wonderful effect your exquisite poetry has on me as well. You are far too kind, my sweet friend. I am both humbled and honored by the depth and breadth of your amazing thoughts and heartwarming congrats. The distinction of your fav is held in my truest and deepest appreciation, alongside your lovely friendship. Warmest wishes and love.. ~Susan
Date: 7/5/2021 6:43:00 AM
After reading this twice, the second time with a dictionary (lol), I am even more amazed at your wonderful and stunning poetry mind and pen. Just one more to add to your list of golden gems. So well done, Susan. Congrats on your placement my dear friend. Warmest wishes...Charlie
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Date: 7/7/2021 5:35:00 PM
Ah, my dear friend, it's wonderful to see you! It's been awhile since we've both been here at PS at the same time. Your beautiful comments and kind congrats are a thrill to receive. Thank you, Charlie, your warmhearted presence always brings a smile. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/27/2021 8:49:00 PM
This is beautiful, rather dynamic imagery and feeling. Congratulations on your placement.
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Date: 6/28/2021 10:00:00 PM
Dear M. L., thank you for sharing in the imagery and feelings of this poem with me. I’m so glad to now you enjoyed the journey. Your beautiful comments and kind congrats are held in my truest appreciation, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/20/2021 3:33:00 AM
HI THERE POETRY SIS, SUCH A DESERVED WIN AND SUCH POETIC UNRIVALED CREATIVITY AND STUPENDOUSLY MASTERFUL IN SUBSTANCE. A CERTAIN FAVE FOR ME. HUGS AND BLESSINGS, JENNIFER
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Date: 6/26/2021 8:05:00 AM
Hello, my dearest Jennifer! I have missed you, my sweet friend. Thank you for your golden presence which inspires me in such a wonderful way. I relish your beautiful comments and cherish your fave. Your lustrous friendship is as valued as your brilliant poetry, my dear poetry sis! Warmest wishes, love and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 6/8/2021 2:27:00 AM
Dear Susan: Such sweeping lines. A journey through time and space on an ocean of words. Congratulations on your epic poem, Blessings, SuZ
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:53:00 AM
Dear SuZ, thank you for both your beautifully uplifting comments and heartwarming congrats. I am, indeed, honored that you think so highly of my poem, my friend. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 8:29:00 PM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing this, and for sharing your talent... God bless you.
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:35:00 AM
Dear Beata, thank you for your gracious visit and heartwarming comments. Your kind congrats are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 10:38:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. WOW!!! What a creative story/write. I love your line, "as your spirit was dressed so your spirit is undressed." Enjoy your win with blessings.............
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:56:00 AM
Dear Paula, thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and kind congrats with me. I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. Your lovely presence is always so appreciated, my friend. I hope you're enjoying a nice weekend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 6:54:00 AM
Wonderful. Congratulations!
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:34:00 AM
Dear Christuraj, thank you for your gracious visit and kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 6:44:00 AM
Congratulations, Susan! A stellar write! So many memorable lines like "...dulling the dance with mirth" and ..."let searchlight's glow find your soul." Alliteration throughout is truly arresting + remarkable. Best wishes on this starry epic. Brian
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:52:00 AM
Ah, how I relish your gracious visits, Brian. Thank you for your wonderful comments and heartwarming congrats. Your golden presence imparts a generous shine upon my poem, and, your lustrous thoughts are as treasured as your brilliant poetry. Warmest wishes, my dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 5:44:00 AM
Back to Congratulate you on the win with this incredible write. Still wish I could do more than merely fave it. It's exquisite. God bless you. Love, Gina
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:38:00 AM
Dearest Regina, that you hold my poem in such high regard is so rewarding to me. Thank you for your return visit, your golden presence and kind congrats inspire me more than you can imagine. The honor of your friendship and fave are deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes, my sweet friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 5:33:00 AM
Hi Susan and congratulations on your win, it was well deserved, with this gem going to my fav, your words are so heartwarming, and your symbolism is just superb. I wish you all the best, have a great weekend and enjoy this great honor.
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:33:00 AM
Dear Lasaad, thank you for both your beautifully uplifting comments and for the honor of your fav. I am, indeed, honored that you think so highly of my poem, my friend. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 4:16:00 AM
this is a real epic! a tour de force of language, with some great alliteration and wordplay, a deep and profound read - congrats on your win in my contest!
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:29:00 AM
Dear Charlotte, thank you for the wonderful honor of my poem's placement in your contest, and for your deep and detailed comments, they are as encouraging as they are enlightening. It is a pleasure to share the podium with the gifted poets/poetesses listed. Congratulations to all. Your contest sponsorship is greatly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/6/2021 4:13:00 AM
WoW! I am speechless! Superb! Congratulations!
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Date: 6/26/2021 7:26:00 AM
Dear Rama, thank you for your enthusiastic comments and kind congrats. Both are truly appreciated. warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/4/2021 8:56:00 AM
WOW Susan... what a poem!?! You always rise to heights that can not be spoken of, only imagined within a heart who is steadfast and strong. Your words often remind me of the psalms and that is the highest praise I can imagine. God bless you sweet friend and thank you for your poems. They grace the page like a dusting of music embracing the soul. I love your words so!
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Date: 6/5/2021 8:48:00 AM
My dearest Regina, the power of your inspiring words illuminates my heart. Thank you for your shining presence and for your beautiful comments, both are held in my deepest gratitude, my sweet friend. Your lovely, expressive thoughts are treasured always as is the gift of your valued friendship. Warmest wishes, love and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 6/3/2021 3:08:00 PM
How so very beautiful and perfection in your literary genius writing, dearest starbright poetess. This wondrous poem reminds me of my dear late husband's sudden and unexpected passing last year. I feel much comfort in reading it. Another big favorite, dear lady. My warmest Best Wishes for the contest!
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Date: 6/5/2021 8:42:00 AM
My dearest friend, Regina, I am sorry for the sudden and unexpected passing of your beloved husband. I had no idea you had suffered such an immense loss. Please accept my condolences, my heart goes out to you and yours. I'm so pleased to know that you found comfort in my poem, it was written with a loved one in mind and gives me comfort as well. I find your lovely comments to be greatly inspiring, thank you, sweet lady for your kindness and for the honor of your fav. Warmest wishes and love.. ~Susan
Date: 6/3/2021 1:56:00 AM
"restless heart"! That's a heart in motion, in life.. Ride the storm before you anchor securely.. taste what is bitter and soar and then appreciate all that is sweet.. Embark on journeys, walk the paths of growth.. "ascend", and ever lend a wise and a compassionate hand.. Befriend mountain peaks, merge with Nature and illuminate your sight.. Unload your burden, untether your very soul.. be light to be able to wing to Light.. Wordless! Just allowing my pen to flow.. Dear friend and poetess, what a gem of inestimable value ! I was beholding it and relishing every facet gasping for words from wonder! Every single line leads to a path of Wisdom! Every single word opens wide the gates of the heart and mind to drop its Light! So entranced by the mystical dimensions of your great work! Thank you so much for sharing so wonderful and enlightening a work of Art! Dearest soul sister Susan, I salute your beautiful soul! Deepest regards and blessings. Love and hugs.
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Date: 6/5/2021 8:37:00 AM
My dearest friend and esteemed poetess, I adore the way your pen flows in contemplation, so beautiful are your musings connected to mine. We are connected across the many miles by poetic threads of thoughts and expression, how thrilling to my very heart and soul, Besma! I am an avid and appreciative recipient of your gracious nature and grand presence, I am so truly honored by the beauty of your comments. I am so deeply touched by your grasp of every facet of my imagination and inspiration, dearest soul sister. Thank you for your light which shines upon my poem so generously. Warmest wishes, love and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 6/1/2021 9:51:00 PM
This is a masterpiece dear Susan! The use of alliteration makes it more delightful! This is a sure win! Best wishes! A fave for me!
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Date: 6/2/2021 7:40:00 AM
Dear JCB, your esteemed presence shines upon my poem and my heart. I am humble and honored by your golden comments and the distinction of your fave. Thank you for the pleasure of your gracious visit and generous kindness, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/1/2021 5:26:00 AM
How often we ignore what our bodies are telling us, we keep going regardless until such time our weariness slows us down. You never disappoint us Susan, a spectacular write. I hope you are well, enjoy your week and best of luck in the contest. Tom
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Date: 6/1/2021 6:21:00 PM
Indeed, you are right, Tom. We don't listen to our body's wisdom nor warnings... and definitely time marches on with or without us. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and generously kind comments with me, my friend. I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. I am well and I hope you are too, dear poet. Enjoy your week ahead as well. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan