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The Age Of Summer Love Was Kismet Kissed

The Age Of Summer Love Was Kismet Kissed
(a Sonnet duet)

Our summer love began in Gemini 
with sultry eves of wooing escapades,
and as the moon did swoon as it drew nigh
my lust you stirred with strumming serenades.

Romance as rich as black queen tulip skies
adorned with precious gems of bijou light,
before they’d lose their lustre to sunrise
you’d shower me with diamonds of the night.

Impassioned kisses filled my sails with love,
a rhumba full of rapture neath the stars
with rhythmic teasing, undulations of
unbridled flame of Venus and my Mars.

The time of Libra brings a cool to days ~
still, autumn love sets aging leaves ablaze.


Yes my love, our joining was truly Fate
for immediately we both just knew,
hope had bellowed it is never to late
my destiny was love and life with you!

Love, ours glistening rubies and pearls
hot-love feasts served upon long golden trays,
memories, night love bathes in heated swirls
greatest treasure my soul embraces today!

In paradise my heart sought your soft touch
sweet embrace and curves of your luscious lips,
non-stop, crescendo was almost too much
on this earth, we took such heavenly trips!

Our fated romance proves that true love stays~
through it all, thick and thin, sorrowful grays


'The Age of Summer Love'
Susan Ashley 
May 15, 2018
(and in an inspired response)  

'Our Ageless Love Was Kismet Kissed'
Robert Lindley 
May 19, 2018

*(Black)Queen of Night Tulip: a velvety deep maroon-black tulip*

Susan's Note-

On May 17,2018, after I posted my Sonnet 'The Age of Summer Love', I received a lovely soup mail from my esteemed and kindhearted friend, Robert Lindley saying; 'Your poem so inspired me today!'  Robert had composed a beautiful Sonnet in which each of his stanzas and closing couplet was in response to each of mine. His poem was yet to be titled so he bestowed upon me this awesome honor of naming his poem, which was then titled; 'Our Ageless Love Was Kismet Kissed', posted on May 19, 2018. As you can imagine, I was moved and elated by his message and generous gesture.  I then suggested to Robert that I thought it would be wonderful to combine both poems into a 'Sonnet duet' format and repost our poems together under a combined title. To my great delight and appreciation, Robert agreed.  Thank you, my dear friend, Robert. I'm both honored and humbled by your talent and kindness. It is truly a blessing to share a friendship with you.

Here, I present our special tribute...

A tribute to inspiration and friendship!

My Note- 
I read Susan's wonderful creation and immediately sat down to write this sonnet in reply. I then sent it to her and told her how much her fine sonnet had inspired me and this creation was the result of that inspiration.
Together, we discussed combining the two sonnets, as in the new poem, now re-titled and given a new life.
A truly sincere act, was met by yet another - that of my friend suggesting that perhaps we present these two sonnets together, showing the second sonnet as the reply that it is..
We worked out the details and this is the resulting collaboration.
Hope you may enjoy this and see that friendship/fellowship in poetry is far, far better than competition/envy.

Here, presented is our special tribute...

A tribute to inspiration and friendship!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 6/23/2018 4:51:00 PM
So beautiful and romantic. Filled with so much love, even the soft touch of passion. You both collide your pens perfectly together. Simply Breathtaking. ~ Maia
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Date: 6/12/2018 5:55:00 AM
A beautiful duet of sonnets crafted and embroidered in golden threads of pure romance and sensuality and passion by two great poets Susan and Robert. My congratulations... I've been overseas again and am now trying to catch up...Maria xxx
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/14/2018 7:51:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Susan is truly a wonderful writing partner and we both enjoy being collaborators.
Date: 6/8/2018 10:05:00 PM
This is wonderful Robert. Both of the sonnets combine to make an intensely passionate piece and I don't think I have felt such in my lifetime. Beautiful verse.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/11/2018 11:40:00 AM
Thank you my friend. With the inspiration given by way of Susan's brilliant sonnet, my muse came to aid me. And my pen sought to try to meet that very high mark set by Susan's sonnet gem...
Date: 6/6/2018 3:39:00 PM
absolutely outstanding Robert and Susan i do love reading poems inspired by another poet and this is an absolute gem. I used to have black tulips in my garden in the UK (we got them on a visit to Keukenhof gardens in Holland) adding this gem to my faves:-) hugs Jan xx
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/7/2018 9:10:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. Always a pleasure to hear from you and read your fine poetry. Thanks for the fav. and your being a true friend.
Date: 6/4/2018 9:18:00 AM
A rich tapestry of sonnets my friends...enjoyed & light...^WW^
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/4/2018 10:37:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Always a pleasure to hear from you and read your fine poetry. Susan's inspiring sonnet gave me cause to up my game and seek to match the beauty and glow of her romantic sonnet.
Date: 6/4/2018 5:47:00 AM
Robert, you have created an inspirational, beautifully written duet of sonnets with Susan. Brilliant. T.J
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/4/2018 9:08:00 AM
Teppo, my good friend I am so pleased to hear from you! Hoping you will have the spare time to start again posting your superb poetry here. Who could not be inspired to write and even write better when reading and composing with our friend Susan? Sending you a pm, my friend..
Date: 6/3/2018 9:32:00 PM
This is truly a wonderful write my friend and Sue is most remarkable! My sane twinster lol! Robert your words are as poetic as they come and every write is the best I have ever read! Remarkably beautiful my dear friend! Love your friend Always Brenda
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/3/2018 9:40:00 PM
Thank you my good friend. Susan's inspiration with her original sonnet gem inspired me to write above my norm. What a truly great poet and kind lady she truly is. I too, value her friendship and generous nature. Her verses make this collaboration shine.
Date: 6/2/2018 10:25:00 PM
IMO the highest honor a poet can achieve is to inspire another poet to write. I have already commented on Susan's wonderful sonnet so to you Robert i say well done. You have written the "yang" to her "ying"
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/3/2018 11:10:00 AM
Daniel, thank you my friend. So true , inspiring another poet to write is indeed a great achievement , IMHO. Susan's original and exceptional sonnet, 'The Age of Summer Love', did just that. I love your description of " the "yang" to her "ying". As her "ying" beamed so bright as to induce this old poet to that blue, blue morn write!
Date: 6/2/2018 6:57:00 PM
You've got a unique poetic style...combined with Susan...there's going to thunder...All the best Robert
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/3/2018 11:05:00 AM
Thank you my friend. You are correct in that working with my dear friend Susan can give rise to thunder and far greater fruits. Aside from her great poetic talent she is a very generous soul, and world-wise individual with great insight.
Date: 6/2/2018 5:09:00 PM
This is absolutely beautiful! So well written. Congratulations to the both of you ! :)
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/3/2018 11:01:00 AM
Thank you my friend,this sonnet duet was the brainchild of my immensely talented writing partner. I merely wrote a sonnet inspired by the fine poetic sonnet gem that she had posted here. Far greater credit should be given for her original and truly inspiring first sonnet that gave rise to this collaboration.
Date: 6/2/2018 5:07:00 PM
A perfect poetic duet by two gracious and accomplished poets. Two Outstanding sonnets with one heartbeat. Bravo, Robert & Susan!
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/3/2018 10:57:00 AM
Thank you my friend, I give far greater credit for this creation to my kind-hearted and gracious writing partner for suggesting and adding so much more to this creation. Truly a very,very talented and generous soul.
Date: 6/2/2018 4:51:00 PM
My dear friend, Robert, thank you for sharing your shining inspiration and friendship with me. I am both humbled and honored to have shared in this beautiful poetic experience with you. I truly treasure the depth of your wonderful talent and the warmth of your generously kind heart. Warmest wishes always my good friend.. ~Susan
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Robert Lindley
Date: 6/3/2018 10:44:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend, for suggesting we present this new poetic creation as a sonnet duet. Such forethought and kindness floored me and has truly been an honor to work with you. A most pleasing and treasured memory this great and sincere gift from you is! Warmest wishes always my good friend..