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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 _________________________ ~ Poem Of The Week ~ Week of July 29, 2018 It is an honor for me to share in this recognition with my gifted collaborators, Robert Lindley and Teppo Gren _________________________ My poet’s note: Dear Robert, mere words cannot express my great appreciation for extending your invitation to Teppo Gren and myself for a collaboration with you on this special spiritual poem of soul searching and soul learning. I am so fortunate to be able to create poetry with two such wondrously gifted poets and this lovely artistic experience was a thrilling and beautiful poetic journey for me to take with both of you. Thank you, Robert and Teppo, for sharing with me the treasures of your illuminating and creative talents, fruitful friendships and endless exquisite inspiration..

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Date: 8/17/2018 9:01:00 PM
Such a magnificent rhyme, dear friend.. Beautifully written words, by an amazing trio.. I felt totally in sync with this masterpiece!! A great pleasure to read.. Many Blessings, my friend..
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Susan Ashley
Date: 8/17/2018 9:10:00 PM
Dear Robertina, your beautiful comments are deeply appreciated and I'm so pleased you enjoyed our collaboration. Robert and Teppo are two of the finest poets here on the Soup and I'm so fortunate to be able to create poetry with poets that I hold in such high esteem, it truly is a joy! Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts that brighten my evening my dear friend.. Warmest wishes and blessing to you.. ~Susan
Date: 8/16/2018 10:41:00 AM
Hi Susan, 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. Hugs....Mike. XX. I hope the three of you shall collaborate again.
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Date: 8/16/2018 3:05:00 PM
Dear Mike, on behalf of Robert, Teppo and myself, please accept my heartfelt thank you. Robert and Teppo are such brilliant and creative poets and it was my tremendous joy to write with them. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our write and we are in the process of another collaboration. Your beautiful comments and your fave are held in my truest appreciation my dear friend. Have a wonderful Thursday as well .. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 8/2/2018 5:29:00 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: 8/2/2018 7:03:00 PM
On behalf of myself and my fellow mouseketeers.. err, I mean, musketeers.. lol.., I thank you, Winged Warrior, for your beautiful and inspiring comments and for the bow - a nice touch by the way.. Robert and Teppo are truly gifted poets who are such a joy to write with and their inspiration is magical. Warmest wishes my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/31/2018 11:27:00 PM
My dear sane twin you three are amazing!;) Your insane half
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Susan Ashley
Date: 8/1/2018 4:45:00 PM
My twisted twin, thank you for your appreciation for our poem. Writing with Robert and Teppo is such a joy and a wonderful creative experience. Their shining talents are as generous as the kindness that resides in both their hearts. Love and hugs to you my dear twinster.. Your sane half :)
Date: 7/31/2018 6:20:00 PM
A lovely trio, y’all make! Fave!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/31/2018 10:35:00 PM
On behalf of myself and my dear friends and gifted writing partners, Robert and Teppo, thank you, Kim, for your heartwarming comments and your wonderful kindness. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/31/2018 8:06:00 AM
Congratulations to three wonderful poets! xomo <3 <3 <3
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Date: 7/31/2018 10:39:00 PM
Maureen, on behalf of myself and my talented and esteemed collaborators, Robert and Teppo, your lovely comments and your heartwarming congrats are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes my lovely.. ~Susan
Date: 7/30/2018 11:59:00 PM
Susan 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 9:07:00 AM
Dear Maria, I relish you heartwarming comments and I'm so pleased you enjoyed our collaboration.. I'm so fortunate to have had the wonderful pleasure of writing with two such gifted and esteemed poets, my dear friends, Robert and Teppo, and I certainly enjoyed the magic of our collaboration. Your appreciation for our poem and your recognition of its POTW honors is held in my truest gratitude my lovely friend. Warmest wishes and hugs my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/30/2018 4:26:00 PM
Hello Dear Susan!! Best Congratulations to you, Robert, and T.J. here on the POTW honor!! I can see why this wondrously articulated rhyme was chosen for POTW. I read this one several times to get a very good feel for it. The tenor, tone, and depth of your poem here and how all three of you orchestrated it into the truly marvelous co-write it is, is beyond description!! Outstanding!! And, A FAVE!! Best Wishes to all three of YOU!! Gary
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Date: 8/1/2018 4:47:00 PM
Your lovely comments and heartwarming congrats fill me with joy, dear Gary. On behalf of myself, Robert and Teppo, thank you for your kindness and for the fav. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our poem as I certainly relished composing with two of the Soup's most gifted poets and my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/30/2018 2:55:00 AM
A we'll deserved POTW, Congratulations to you all. Tom
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Date: 7/30/2018 10:20:00 AM
Tom, your return visit is a delight. On behalf of myself and my dear friends and gifted writing partners, Robert and Teppo, I thank you for your heartwarming congrats and your wonderful kindness. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 9:02:00 PM
This lovely collaboration from the three of you astounds! The beauty of nature mixed with emotional longings takes this heaven bound! I love it! Into my FAVES! : ) I just noticed this got POTW! It is very deserving. Congrats to all of you!
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Date: 7/30/2018 10:11:00 AM
Your lovely comments and heartwarming congrats fill me with joy, Connie. On behalf of myself and Robert and Teppo, thank you for your kindness and for the fav. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our poem as I certainly relished composing with two of the Soup's most gifted poets and my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 4:44:00 PM
What an exquisitely beautiful poem! I just love it...definitely a FAV. And, congratulations on getting POTW.
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Date: 7/30/2018 10:10:00 AM
I relish your precious comments, Carole. On behalf of myself and Robert and Teppo, thank you for your heartwarming congrats and for the fav. Composing with Robert and Teppo is a sheer joy and creating poetry with them is a magical experience. I'm so pleased that our poem touched you. Warmest wishes my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 3:16:00 PM
what incredible poetry many congrats to you all on POTW:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 7/30/2018 10:07:00 AM
On behalf of myself and Robert and Teppo, thank you Jan, for your beautiful comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our collaboration. It truly was a wonderful experience to write with two of the Soup's most gifted and inspiring poets, my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes always my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 12:36:00 PM
A trilogy of words weaved with most capable and talented pens! Salvation & redemption ... the pursuit of many. Congratulations on POTW award!! Warm regards // paul
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Date: 7/30/2018 10:06:00 AM
Dear Paul, on behalf of Robert and Teppo, and myself.. thank you for your beautiful comments and your heartwarming congrats. It was indeed a great joy to compose this soulful piece with two such talented poets and wonderful friends, Robert and Teppo. Your presence inspires me always my dear friend. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 10:20:00 AM
This is just "over the top." I don't know a superlative to express what I think. I wish I could write like any one of you, and will certainly fav this poem. I will vicariously take your walk of healing. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/30/2018 10:01:00 AM
Your lovely comments and heartwarming congrats fill me with joy as does reading your beautiful poetry, Sunlite. On behalf of Robert and Teppo, thank you for your kindness and for the fav. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our poem as I certainly relished composing with two of the Soup's most gifted poets and my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 7:07:00 AM
This is a fantastic poem, certainly a masterpiece and one of the best I have read on poetrysoup, no wonder that when three great poets combine to write a poem, that poem is suppose to be way better than words can explain, good luck, and yeah many congratulations on your poem being chosen as POTW,it is indeed a beauty and a fav for me
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Date: 7/30/2018 9:56:00 AM
Faraz, on behalf of myself and Robert and Teppo, I thank you for your beautiful comments, your fav and kindhearted congrats. For me, it was indeed a true pleasure and a magical experience to create soulful poetry with two of the Soup's finest poets and my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/29/2018 5:18:00 AM
Please accept my sincere congratulations for achieving POTW with this beautifully written poem to all three amazing poets, thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspirational write, well done Susan, Robert and Teppo. :))
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Date: 7/30/2018 9:55:00 AM
Dear Roy, on behalf of Robert and Teppo, I thank you for your beautiful comments and kindhearted congrats. It is indeed a true pleasure and a magical experience to create soulful poetry with two of the Soup's finest poets and my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/27/2018 8:49:00 PM
I read this over at Teppo's page. FANTASTIC poetry!!
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Date: 7/28/2018 10:25:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, for your precious and prized comments. I'm so fortunate to have had the opportunity to compose with two of Soup's most talented and esteemed poets. Writing this poem with Robert and Teppo truly was a magical experience. It is always a pleasure when you visit.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 7/27/2018 11:55:00 AM
Susan, what an wonderful blend of the talents of three outstanding poets. Congrats to all three of you for this beautiful sould searching poem. John
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Date: 7/27/2018 2:44:00 PM
Thank you John, for your beautiful comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our collaboration. It truly was a wonderful experience to write with two of the Soup's most gifted and inspiring poets, my dear friends, Robert and Teppo. Warmest wishes always my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 10:33:00 PM
You all blend your thoughts together so perfectly, and your thoughts touch my heart. There are many moments and emotions in this. "I shall redeem my dignity and recover my self-esteem" This statement moves me. ~ Brandy
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Date: 7/28/2018 10:28:00 PM
I relish your precious comments, Brandy. Thank you for your lovely kindness. Composing with Robert and Teppo is a sheer joy and creating poetry with them is a magical experience. I'm so pleased that our poem touched you. Warmest wishes my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 2:04:00 PM
Dear Susan, it was a great pleasure and an honor to write together with you and Robert to create this lovely soul searching poem. It is always a joy to write together with such talented poets as you and Robert. Thank you so much for both of you to include me in this effort. Love & hugs. T.J
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Date: 7/27/2018 2:55:00 PM
Dear Teppo, it was sheer joy for me to compose with you and Robert. Thank you for being a part of this creative collaboration for it was a wonderful honor for me to write with two inspiring poets whose beautiful talents I hold in the highest regard. Warmest wishes my dear friend. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 1:15:00 PM
Dear Susan, Robert and Teppo.....As I was walking along your, Winter's Snow Painted Trails, at every turn, I encountered another priceless Rembrandt! May I please enroll in your word painting school?
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Date: 7/30/2018 9:50:00 AM
Thank you Chuck, for your precious comments. Based on your beautiful poetry you've already graduated at the top of the word painting class :)) I'm so fortunate to have had the opportunity to compose with two of Soup's most talented poets. Writing this poem with Robert and Teppo truly was a joyous experience. It is always a pleasure when you visit my dear friend.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 10:40:00 AM
a beautiful collaboration - well done to you all
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Date: 7/28/2018 10:36:00 PM
Thank you Jack. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our collaboration. Both Robert and Teppo are superb and inspiring poets. I'm so fortunate to have the opportunity to compose with my gifted and dear friends. Thank you for your beautiful comments my friend.. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 9:00:00 AM
Wow! Susan, You three write so well together. I can't tell who wrote what. All I know is this a masterpiece of words. I look forward to seeing you all blend your ink together again. You three are part of my favs on the soup because you all are so talented. This like a poem of the week write!PS, I hope to see you soon:-) Alexis
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Date: 7/28/2018 10:37:00 PM
Thank you Alexis, for your precious comments. I'm so fortunate to have had the opportunity to compose with two of Soup's most talented and esteemed poets. Writing this poem with Robert and Teppo truly was a magical experience. It is always a pleasure when you visit.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 8:12:00 AM
Well written... A true gem of a poem... Congrats to the three of you... A wonderful combination indeed...
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Date: 7/30/2018 9:35:00 AM
Dear Arturo, your heartwarming comments mean so much to me and your kindness is truly appreciated. I'm thrilled to have had the chance to create such soulful poetry with two of the Soup's most gifted poets. Their golden verses made this piece shine. Warmest wishes always mon ami.. ~Susan
Date: 7/26/2018 6:47:00 AM
A fave for me! A seemless lovely write! Hugs to the triumphant trio!
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Date: 7/30/2018 9:34:00 AM
Thank you Kim, for your beautiful comments and for the fave. Your kindness is truly appreciated. I'm thrilled to have had the chance to create such soulful poetry with two of the Soup's most gifted poets. Their golden verses made this piece shine. Warmest wishes always my lovely friend.. ~Susan
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