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Robert J. Lindley, Susan Ashley, Teppo Gren
(a collaboration - joining as one voice and one searching soul)

July 25, 2018

Poet's note: It was with great and deep pleasure that we three poets joined together to compose this poem. As our hearts and minds united to bring a harvest of beauty, treasures and soul finding solace within a journey through Nature's garden and its soul soothing solitude, covered in whitest of snowflakes and heart's seeking desires.
My heartfelt thanks goes to my two wonderful and awesomely talented co-writers, Susan Ashley and Teppo Gren. To have the true honor of creating with such dear friends is a blessing indeed!

Soul Searching Trek Along Winter's Snow Painted Trails Waking to cold blown tent, ground frozen icy hard woods are my love, as is poetry to a bard. Today starts my anticipated forest trek, seeking salvation from heart's emotional wreck, last night I watched stars twinkle in heavenly skies pondering how to overcome world's darkest lies. Now dawn breaks, sends fresher pair of gem seeking eyes desirous to find what Time, Fate and Earth denies, finding cold breeze that blows snowflakes from white cream ground, thankful for Nature's sanctuary here now found. First step taken, this soul takes its desperate flight, embrace anew, treasures that make life feel alright. Through drifted powdered paths my healing does begin rhythm of my brisk breath is like a cleansing hymn. Serenity in solitude is what I seek, in contemplative meditations I do speak amongst the frosted firs a chapel for my prayers in your Trust surrendering all worries and tears. To slow life’s commotion and hush harsh emotion, quiet communion in woodland is my potion - sweetest swells of ecstasy makes my spirit swoon in whitest snowdrop bloom my heart will follow soon. With every snowy step I purify a thought in this pristine Love I find absolution sought. The winding trail I followed with a downcast face and left behind the sorrow of my past disgrace. Ascending farther to the snowy mountains peak animated to discover my fate unique. I shall not let my courage waver, not this time, with weary steps I continue my forward climb. The final steps to reach my summits divine light, my mind virtuous as snowflakes of purest white, I inhale the essence of life at nature’s hem, finally free from chains of torment I condemn. With Fate and Time to blend with Earth, I shall redeem my dignity and recover my self-esteem. Robert J. Lindley, Susan Ashley, Teppo Gren (a collaboration - joining as one voice and one searching soul) July 25, 2018 Poet's note: It was with great and deep pleasure that we three poets joined together to compose this poem. As our hearts and minds united to bring a harvest of beauty, treasures and soul finding solace within a journey through Nature's garden and its soul soothing solitude, covered in whitest of snowflakes and heart's seeking desires. My heartfelt thanks goes to my two wonderful and awesomely talented co-writers, Susan Ashley and Teppo Gren. To have the true honor of creating with such dear friends is a blessing indeed!

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Date: 8/16/2018 10:45:00 AM
Hi Robert, what a totally exceptional write all three of you have created. It encompasses all i love in nature. A most glorious piece where all three poets bring their skills to the write and it seems written by one. I could read this wonderful jewel over and over. This has to be a fave my friend. Have a wonderful Thursday. Your friend always....Mike. I hope the three of you shall collaborate again.
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Date: 8/5/2018 8:40:00 AM
Robert, I love the rhythm and rhyme woven so gracefully into the deepest thoughts and emotions of our human/divine connection. The setting is vivid and invigorating. Thank you, Brother.
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Date: 8/5/2018 9:36:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. My immensely talented collaborating partners, Susan Ashley and Teppo Gren joined with me and their magnificent verses made this poem a gem we all three are so very proud of....
Date: 8/2/2018 5:28:00 PM
A masterful tapestry of poetic gems...woven by the three musketeers of poetic beauty and charm...we bow...love & light...^WW^
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Date: 8/5/2018 9:33:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. We three did our very best to present a poem that is enjoyable to read, carries an important message and speaks of Nature, ITS DEEP BEAUTY AND MAN'S NEED TO SEEK OUT AND LET THAT BEAUTY AND SOLITUDE HEAL HIM.
Date: 7/31/2018 6:21:00 PM
A wonderful write from a talented trio!
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Date: 8/1/2018 8:20:00 AM
I thank you my good friend on the behalf of myself and my two wonderful co-writers Susan Ashley and Teppo Gren. We worked as a team to create this piece and all truly enjoyed the journey while doing so!
Date: 7/31/2018 12:06:00 AM
Robert my dear friend, what a wondrous treat for the reader, three of PS's best poets together, taking us on a breathtaking Soul Searching Trek Along Winter's Snow Painted Trail. The very title itself draws the reader in, eager to trek the trail with you, inhaling the essence of life at nature’s hem. Absolutely loved it. What a deserving choice for POTW, take you a bow you 3, you so deserve it....Maria hugs
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Date: 8/1/2018 8:18:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. We each put our heart and soul into this collaboration with the goal of giving a message that would benefit the readers and be helpful in life. Noting that sometimes heading out into the woods alone, to find in that solitude, the ability to think clearly is a great course to take. With the added bonus of viewing the beautiful scenery and breathing the fresh air.
Date: 7/28/2018 6:34:00 AM
What a masterpiece you three have created. So deep, profound and spiritual. This one goes to my fav's. Sincerely, Elaine
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Date: 7/28/2018 7:14:00 AM
Thanks my good friend. Very glad to find you enjoyed this so. Our goal was to present the Light , Hope and Peace found when one seeks to go out into Nature and search for deeper understanding of this too oft dark world and the meaning of Life, even its sorrows that come.. Ever seeking greater understanding and oft being rewarded.
Date: 7/27/2018 8:50:00 PM
As I told the other two poets, you all did excellent work here. Splendid in imagery and message.
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Date: 7/28/2018 7:09:00 AM
Thanks my good friend. This was a joy to write and in such a joining of poetic hearts, souls and minds , we were able to finish this collaboration and present it with pride. I am so deeply grateful for the friendship and kindness of my two co-writers that presented such brilliantly deep verses!
Date: 7/27/2018 5:54:00 AM
This is a wonderful collaboration composed by three very talented poets..You are all amazing and you all did an amazing job with this soul searching poem...Love it and a fav for me...All my very best to you, Robert...Charlie
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Date: 7/28/2018 7:04:00 AM
Thanks for the fav.....
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Date: 7/28/2018 7:03:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. I am indeed very blessed to have such amazingly talented friends to write with! Their verses were outstanding and right on the mark!
Date: 7/26/2018 5:33:00 PM
Wow a poetic Trio, brilliant to read, loved it to the very end. Harry
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Date: 7/26/2018 11:34:00 PM
Thank you my friend. It was a true joy to create this poem with such exceptional poets and great friends as are my great friends, Susan Ashley and Teppo Gren.
Date: 7/26/2018 1:12:00 PM
Your poem is reminiscent of Salvador Dali's long titled paintings but now we have three artists!
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Date: 7/26/2018 3:21:00 PM
Thank you my friend. It is truly a great honor for me to be friends with and compose with such fantastically talented and kindhearted poets as are my dear friends Susan and Teppo.
Date: 7/26/2018 12:22:00 PM
Kudos to you Robert for this masterpiece of poetry. Nothing but the best from three talented poets. Your collaboration with T. J. and Susan shines with beautiful imagery. Kudos to T. J. and Susan as well! Thanks to everyone for sharing.
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Date: 7/26/2018 3:19:00 PM
Thank you my friend. This is the result of three poets, coming together to bring out the best in each other while giving poetry and a message of the Hope that rests within each human soul. Hope that can oft be found when journeying through Nature , seeing its magnificent beauty and allowing that Light to penetrate into heart and soul.
Date: 7/26/2018 9:06:00 AM
WoW! Robert, I just read this masterpiece on Susan's page. I didn't mind reading it again. You all rock and write so well together . I couldn't tell who wrote what. Will you all blend your ink together again? You all are three of my favorites on the soup. This should be nominated for poem of the week. Excellent job! PS, I look forward to seeing you soon:-) Alexis
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Date: 7/26/2018 10:07:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. I truly hope that we three may find the time to do this again! As this has been not only a great gift given me by my dear friends but also a deeply rewarding venture from start to finish. Susan and Teppo have both made this a most treasured experience with their verses, dedication to and their comradeship in this our poetic journey.
Date: 7/26/2018 8:16:00 AM
The trio is perfect... Brewing a magical soup to share... All the best Robert
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Date: 7/26/2018 10:01:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. Your kind words mean a lot to this tired, old poet, as does your sincere acknowledgment of both my great writing partners and their wondrous verses that make this poem shine.
Date: 7/26/2018 2:17:00 AM
When three of soups finest get together, this is the result,pure gold. Congratulations to you all. Tom
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Date: 7/26/2018 9:58:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. I am so very pleased that you have found this creation by myself and my two wonderfully talented good friends a pleasure to read this morn.
Date: 7/26/2018 1:39:00 AM
A great collaboration indeed. Personally I love the woods and snow and a snowy woods is really quiet and beautiful and truly spiritual to me.
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Date: 7/26/2018 9:56:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. I too love the wood especially in early Spring or snow covered winter! Nature's beauty, its magnificent gifts have always been a treasure and a retreat I can journey into to heal my wounded soul or broken heart.
Date: 7/25/2018 10:45:00 PM
This is lovely, such beautifully imagery and collaboration. Wide applause and appreciation from my muse and I. Nice!
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Date: 7/26/2018 9:49:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I hope both you and your muse have a wonderful and prosperous day. This collaborative poem is the blessing given me by my two very special friends, Teppo and Susan. Truly their verses make this new creation shine..
Date: 7/25/2018 10:43:00 PM
Excellent collaboration, seamless, well done all. regards, Viv
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Date: 7/26/2018 9:46:00 AM
Thank you my good friend. I am truly blessed to be friends with and writing partners with two such brilliant poets as most assuredly are my friends, Susan and Teppo!!
Date: 7/25/2018 9:46:00 PM
Thank you dear Robert, for your wonderful invitation to collaborate with you and Teppo Gren on this beautiful spiritual piece of finding one's self. It was such an honor, a privilege and a pleasure for me to have shared in the creation of this glorious poem with both you and Teppo, and I relish your gifts of immense talent, friendship and shining inspiration that you both freely shared with me. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/26/2018 9:44:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend for this wonderful message. . Both you and my great friend Teppo are a true joy to write with and read your poetry and thoughts on its many aspects of beauty, depths, emotions, love, heart searching and imaginations, gifted to be read by others! Always an honor to be friends with and collaborate with two such fantastically gifted poets! ~Robert