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Spring's Kindness - a collaboration with Regina McIntosh

Cascading off the winter chill leaving warmth wherever it traces the edge of the daffodil, tulip or crocus spring shines its brilliant rays across the windowpane that mirrors the friendly praise coloring the seals with such sweet appeal lavender lilacs wave through camouflage branches succeeding in meeting my gaze with a fulfillment that sustains and, again, chases away the cold that held winter there with me too long in a gasp for kindness that was so alive in the sunlight rays which trailed the mornings of March winds who rained down showers of healing waters feeding the tender sprigs of spring grass glorious and graceful as the newborn calf that often comes on the eve of a springtide day warming me with such delicious kindness eager for the days to grow longer and surer of the laughing flow from small streams and creeks breaking across gray stones, smooth as skin but hard rocks so old and wise they hasten to cast a shadow of deliverance to the one who listens to the voice colored in hues of compassion from laughing rivers who praise from their gurgling voices closing the door on winter and the icy chill makes me want to hug the air as I breathe deeply almost hungrily, for the precious melody of dust particles making music with rays of sunshine brightening the streams of life flittering to and fro amid the brilliant colors of rainbow pastels and soothing gold tones in hues that drift across the mountain ridges caressing the warm, azure promise of sky that sinks down through pearlescent clouds of snowy white to touch horizon’s bluegrass pastures where springy spring lambs dot the lands reflective of April skies - of the air - of the mind nostalgia of innocent youth stirred by their tender frolic 'neath the revelry of the sun stealing time from the moon as gold’s-shine dims silver’s-luster much to her chagrin and quickens the pulses of the dormant earth to beat like timpani drums in bursts of buds reborn perennials in seasoned resurrection rouse my being to rise to stretch and reach like a fern in fine fiddle-head form unfurling like a graceful frond released from the long night’s grip to catch the light of life my spirit evergreen - a fertile crescent cradling my humanity - grows with appreciation for Her burgeoning imagination - Nature the Maytime artiste fills me with wonderment at Her creations peacocks painted in wavelengths of sapphire and jade living gems in full-plume and wind-chimes fluted by breezy sylphs whisk me from fen to fell on musical swells thunderstorms sculpted from cumulus clouds lift exultation through layers of rumbled atmosphere and humbled consciousness as the rushing river’s laughter rises and inspires me to close my eyes and lean into the wind as I aspire to be the clay on the potter’s wheel shaped by the mercy of these gingham moments - while snowdrops reminisce of the season past the forsythia yellow-laden flaunts my joy colorful whims of the morrow still embryos in sepals yet to flower and bare the beauty of what’s to come dusty sunbeams jazz up dusky nooks through open windows welcoming the season of grass and up in pine tree pulpits tweet soprano-sweet sparrows who praise from their trilling voices Regina McIntosh and Susan Ashley (a collaboration) March 29, 2021 Poet’s note: My full-hearted thanks go out to you, Gina, for your lovely invitation to collaborate with you on this special Springtime piece. Your lush imagination, loving soul and talented pen are gifts that I greatly admire and treasure. It was my delight to unite with you in this graceful vision, as our two voices became one in poetry. Thank you, my inspiring friend, for our poetic fellowship, for the joy I felt during this creative experience and for allowing me to flow with your muse. *fen is a type of wetland or lowland and *fell is a naturally raised area of land, not as high or craggy as a mountain

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Date: 4/10/2021 7:05:00 AM
Sorry my friend. I know that I commented on this very fine collaboration- seems it has vanished. This has happened several times before to my comments.. You and Regina have gifted us a masterpiece of beauty and Spring's glorious colors, inspirations and renewal! Bravo! Congratulations to both for such a fine collaborative gem. A fav...
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/13/2021 5:44:00 PM
My dear friend, I'm so sorry that your comments disappeared.. poets have complained about this glitch in the past as well. On behalf of both of us, thank you, Robert, for the embracing kindness of your comments and for the honor of your fav. It was a joy to compose this lovely poem with Gina. I admire and cherish her gifted pen and beautiful soul. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 4/2/2021 8:16:00 AM
After reading this beautiful collaboration I'll never look at spring the same again. You have both done an extremely good job, Regina & Susan. It was a pleasure to read, not once, but twice. ~ Warm wishes & hugs // paul
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/3/2021 8:26:00 AM
Paul, my dear friend, I am pleased that Gina and I could so inspire you and doubly pleased to know that your eyes graced our poem not only once, but twice! A rich reward. I relish your beautiful thoughts on our collaboration. Gina is a poetess whose heart and pen overflows with beauty and finesse. Thank you, Paul, for the pleasure of your gracious visit. Warmest wishes and hugs to you.. ~Susan
Date: 4/1/2021 5:29:00 PM
So beautiful are these words from two amazing poets. It was a joy to read this wonderful free verse poem expressing the wonders of Spring. Well done Regina and Susan. Blessings ~ Belle
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/1/2021 5:50:00 PM
Dear Belle, on behalf of both of us, thank you for the embracing kindness of your comments. It was a joy and a wonderful honor to compose with my inspiring friend, Gina. Her gifted pen and beautiful soul is to be admired and cherished. Warmest wishes, dear poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 3/31/2021 9:49:00 PM
WoW! to both of you for this beautiful tribute to the beginning of Spring. Love the way you say it makes you want to hug the air as you breathe in the sweetness of the season. Such beautiful description. Excellent. Wonderful verse. Love it. Kudos to both of you. God Bless, JB
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Susan Ashley
Date: 4/1/2021 5:46:00 PM
Dear Judy, thank you for your inspiring comments. Gina is a grand and generous poetess to compose with. Her splendid artistic vision took this piece and my pen to new heights of Spring beauty. It was a joy and an honor to create poetry with my dear friend, her gifted pen and lovely soul is to be admired. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/30/2021 7:44:00 PM
It's too bad an olfactory feature cannot be attached to this impressive poem. It would smell just as beautiful as it reads.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/31/2021 8:39:00 AM
Dear Robert, I appreciate your keen poetic observation.. it did occur to me as well, after posting, that the sense of scents on the breeze deserved its poetic due.. something to keep in mind for future writes. On behalf of both of us, thank you truly for your gracious visit and lovely comments. It was a joy and an high honor to compose with my inspiring friend, Gina, her gifted pen and beautiful soul is to be admired and cherished. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/30/2021 6:58:00 AM
What an airy and beyond words springtime beauty free verse. This is without a doubt a classic to be on every, "best of" list. Dear poetess, you and Regina McIntosh have created poetic perfection. I'm so happy to be friends with you both. God's blessings to you both. Hugsxx
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/31/2021 8:31:00 AM
Dearest Regina, on behalf of both of us, thank you for your amazing and uplifting comments. It was my heart's delight to mix ink upon the same page with such an awe-inspiring poetess who heart flows with graceful poetic beauty. Her gracious invitation to create poetry was indeed an honor to receive. Warmest wishes and hugs to you, my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 3/30/2021 1:32:00 AM
Well written verse Susan and Regina , a brilliant collaboration capturing the joys of spring. Tom
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/31/2021 8:26:00 AM
Thank you, Tom, for your inspiring comments. Gina is a grand poetess to compose with. Her splendid artistic vision took this piece and my pen to new heights of Spring beauty. It was a joy and an honor to create poetry with my dear friend, her gifted pen and lovely soul is to be admired. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/29/2021 6:27:00 PM
My heart is so very blessed to have shared in this experience with you, sweet lady. You're a joy, not unlike the season we've written about, filled with kindness and uplifting hues! I'll treasure your graceful pen always and know that I have been greatly blessed by your beautiful words. I love you and thank you again. God bless you, Love, Gina
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/31/2021 8:22:00 AM
My dear friend, thank you for your warm, rich words of kindness. It was my wonderful privilege and pleasure to create poetry with you, Gina. Your lush, vibrant imagery and golden inspiration stirred my muse to new heights in Springtime skies. I cherish what we've created and thank you for sharing the gift of your grand artistry with me. Our poetic fellowship is elevated and the roots of our friendship deepened by this beautiful poetic experience. Warmest wishes and love.. ~Susan