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The Daughter Of The North Wind Sings In Soprano


In riming realms of crystal contemplation - frozen water-vapor meditations and chilled flutes filled with zodiacal light musings of ancient cosmic dust dancing in the arms of Sol.. windswept operatic reveries rise and fall as her stirring soprano tickled by the chanting of icicle chimes gathers momentum in strengthening sprays of frosted musical notes drifting in broken chords... she bestrides a clouded steed colored mother-of-pearl flowing with fury within which beats a blustery heart surging at jet stream speeds she hearkens to hailstorm hooves from the streamered skies of the merry dancers they fly aloft on arctic gales of lyrical laughter igniting the imagination of her freezing fire burning now with a blistering whip and a nipping frostbite that sinks its tingling teeth deep sailing a supernatural stage amplifying -- her aerated soprano soars in polar vortex arias as an avalanche of glazed trinkets; descendants of her fertile femininity skydive in shivering sixfold symmetry falling in fierce flights of fancy as she cyclones on consecrated currents with wild abandon escalating in twirling trills of glass beaded squalls swirling her iced eiderdown skirts aflare baring tempest thighs storming with a Siberian sting ~ and as her electric eyes sparkle with luminous lightning she buries you in a blizzard of opalescent mistletoe berries and wanton whims. Susan Ashley February 20, 2018 ~ Fourth Place ~ Strength Thru Adversity Poetry Contest Sponsor: Gregory R Barden ~ First Place ~ Your Best Free Verse 2018 Contest Sponsor: John Hamilton ___________________________________ Poet’s note: For me, writing this poem was a breakthrough moment in my evolution as a poet. I allowed myself to let go and follow my heart while unleashing my imagination. This allowed me greater emotional and creative freedom to utilize imagery, alliteration and metaphors like I never had before. It was challenging to let go of apprehension and dare to be so free but well worth the magical feelings and the artistic growth I experienced in creating this piece.

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Date: 9/26/2019 1:24:00 PM
Just passed by to tell you that this poem is in the top 100 all time. I knew this was special, now the whole world will see it, as it should!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 9/28/2019 9:08:00 PM
Thank you, John, for your heartwarming visit and for letting me know about my poem being on the top 100 all time list - that's as humbling as it is wonderful. Your words of appreciation for my poem and your kindness move me deeply, my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 4/24/2019 11:37:00 AM
A very thoughtful and captivating poem. Truly deserving of praise and recognition. thank you for sharing.
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Date: 4/24/2019 7:22:00 PM
Your lovely and generous comments are received with joy, Val. Thank you for your gracious visit and for your kindness. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 4/3/2019 9:58:00 PM
Beautiful imagery and well written Susan, congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 4/5/2019 9:03:00 PM
Thank you, Eve, for your touching comments and kindhearted congrats. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem and I truly appreciate your lovely thoughts.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 4/3/2019 2:02:00 AM
Oooooooooh fabulous, this just gets better and better and is goes on! I love the way it builds up to that line “baring tempest thighs” - THAT is abandon! And then it ends with the opalescent mistletoe berries (her beautiful side) and wanton whims (her GRRR!! side!) Are you prepared to admit there is just a little bit of the poet in your creation? ;-)
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Date: 4/5/2019 9:01:00 PM
Your sumptuous comments are a joy and an honor to receive, Nina. Your fabulous thoughts made my day! I'm thrilled by your response to my poem.. and yes, I would have to agree that there is a bit of me (ok.. maybe a lot of me.. lol!) in this creation, but isn't there a little bit of the poet in all of our poetic creations..? I relish your gracious visit my talented friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 11/27/2018 5:58:00 PM
oh how nice. I came back and saw you left me a message, so it's even YOUR personal favorite!! That rocks!
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Date: 11/27/2018 6:28:00 PM
Your presence uplifts me, Andrea. You rock, my friend:))
Date: 10/15/2018 4:08:00 PM
I don't know if I ever congratulated this win but I notice not only did this win in the best free verse contest, it is your number one poem on your own personal best poems list. Congrats, susan. The title alone is worthy of praise!
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Date: 10/16/2018 4:25:00 PM
Lol! Yes, I think it is, by far, the best title that I will have ever thought of.. :)) Thank you for you return visit to one of my most favorite poems that I've ever had the pleasure to write - it was inspired by a series of blizzards we had last winter. Thank you, Andrea, for your beautiful comments and kindhearted congrats.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 8/17/2018 12:25:00 AM
Absolutely love this poem! So brilliantly written creating a vision. Cheers Susan
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Date: 8/17/2018 9:05:00 PM
Thank you, Jeffrey, for your beautiful and touching comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem and I truly appreciate your lovely thoughts.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 8/16/2018 3:39:00 PM
No wonder it placed first..How awewsome this is.
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Date: 8/17/2018 9:00:00 PM
Thank you, Charmaine. Your lovely visit is a delight and your beautiful comments are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 3/25/2018 11:32:00 PM
I am in awe of this poem; wondering how many years you spent selecting the words that slide easily into their paragraphs. I think this poem could win every single contest for imagery, vocabulary, and diversity of word choices. The adjectives resound off of the page. Remarkable, Susan.
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:24:00 PM
Caren, your beautiful comments fill me with joy.. your words are so uplifting and inspiring to me. It took me a few weeks (working on it on/off) to get all the poetic ideas to be expressed as you see here but it felt like 'years' lol! I appreciate the time you've taken to read and comment so you thoughtfully on my work.. thank you, my friend. ~Susan
Date: 3/22/2018 11:44:00 AM
Hello Dear Susan, Just now getting to read and comment on your free verse masterpiece here!! The words and images, and the tone and tenor of the verses are par excellence!! An automatic FAVE in my book!! And congratulations too on the "First Place" in John's contest!!Outstanding Work -- absolutely!! Best Wishes, Gary
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Date: 3/22/2018 4:03:00 PM
I so look forward to your visits Gary. Your comments always uplift and inspire me. Thank you for your insightful and kindhearted critique. Your treasured thoughts and congrats are truly appreciated as well as the fave, my friend.. Warmest wishes always. ~Susan
Date: 3/14/2018 10:15:00 PM
You are the one, the one that I love... Lol! OMG, Su, I need my beauty sleep but I can't stop reading your awesomenesses :) this is no surprise a first place! As it should be, as it is one spectacular piece of art! I love it!!! Going to fave for later reread ;) ~ all my loves ~
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Date: 3/16/2018 1:54:00 PM
Dearest Kina, I disagree, you don't need any 'beauty' sleep, my lovely friend..:) Your enthusiastic response to my poem just thrills me! Thank you for sharing your precious comments with me and for the fave. PS is just not the same when you're not here.. I'm so glad you're back :)) All my loves back at you dearest one.. ~Su
Date: 3/10/2018 7:18:00 AM
Your imagery is turning my morning into an enchantment experience. From start to finish your imagination soars thru your pen causing my own to rise before bowing to yours. A joy to read. Poetry hugs ... CayCay (I do not care for the fact that dates seem to have disappeared from each writer's poem list! Had to tell someone.)
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Date: 3/10/2018 11:24:00 AM
I love the way you share your expressive and lovely thoughts with me, dear CayCay. Thank you for your beautiful comments and I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem, I certainly did enjoy writing this piece.. I agree, I don't appreciate the 'no dates' on the poets lists either.. Love and hugs to you my friend. ~Susan
Date: 3/7/2018 2:19:00 PM
- Generous poem :) - Congratulations on your win, Susan !!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 3/7/2018 8:01:00 PM
Your lovely comments and warmhearted congrats are cherished Anne-Lise. Thank you! Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/6/2018 10:28:00 AM
Hi Susan, firstly, Congratulations on your win in the contest, much deserved with this exceptional write. This is free verse at its ultimate best. I have always said that free verse can give you more scope in the writing of a poem, you have proved this with your wonderful words, painting such deep images in the mind. This is poetry to aspire too. This write is a definite fave Susan. Have a wonderful Tuesday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 3/7/2018 8:00:00 PM
Thank you Mike for your most generous and beautiful comments and your very kind and heartfelt congrats. I agree with you that free verse can give you more freedom of expression, untethered from rhyme or meter.. although I love rhyme and meter... :) The fave and your lovely thoughts are cherished and I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem. Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
Date: 3/3/2018 1:15:00 PM
Awesome imagery, Susan. Congrats on your most deserved win.
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Date: 3/3/2018 6:06:00 PM
Thank you Line for your wonderful comments and kindhearted congrats. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/3/2018 2:19:00 AM
Absolutely beautiful imagery....
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Date: 3/3/2018 6:07:00 PM
Pashang, your visit delights me. Thank you for sharing your wonderful comments with me. Warmest wishes. ~ Susan
Date: 3/1/2018 10:49:00 PM
Amazing write, Susan. I wish I could write free verse period! It is a form I try not to write. However, I do believe this is free verse at it's finest. Wonderful imagination!! I used to work on an oil rig and i have survived many a blue northern. You describe it perfectly and poetically.
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Date: 3/2/2018 6:04:00 PM
Thank you Daniel for your heartwarming comments, that you enjoyed my poem truly makes my day.. I can't imagine how fierce the weather experienced on an oil rig might be - but it must be as awe-inspiring as it is terrorizing.. I deeply appreciate the precious thoughts you've shared with me, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/1/2018 8:25:00 PM
WOW, you really took the prize with your wonderful free verse. I remember being so impressed by this the first time I saw it. BIG congrats to you. Free verse win very well deserved.
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Date: 3/2/2018 5:57:00 PM
Thank you so much Andrea for your lovely thoughts. Your generous comments and kind congrats are sincerely appreciated.. ~Susan
Date: 3/1/2018 6:44:00 AM
An amazing story, I have a love of mythology, And this is how i see this wonderful poetry, up there with the best, Susan.
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Date: 3/1/2018 7:25:00 PM
Thank you Harry, for your lovely and insightful comments. I like how you see my poem and that you love mythology. I am fascinated by it as well but I am not well versed on the subject. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem as I enjoyed your treasured thoughts. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 2/28/2018 5:41:00 PM
Hello Susan, this poem is so magical,that is the feeling I get when reading this poem. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 2/28/2018 7:11:00 PM
Darlene, thank you so much for your beautiful comments. That was exactly the feeling I was trying to create 'magical'. Your heartwarming thoughts and kind visit are cherished. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem :) Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
Date: 2/28/2018 11:21:00 AM
Absolutely enchanting, Incredible work FIRST PLACE here and among the Faves
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Date: 2/28/2018 7:09:00 PM
Donna, thank you for your beautiful comments and for the wonderful fave. Your lovely thoughts are cherished.. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 2/28/2018 10:34:00 AM
GORGEOUS. Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations on your win! xomo :)
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Date: 2/28/2018 7:07:00 PM
Thank you Maureen for your heartwarming comments and your kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 2/27/2018 4:26:00 PM
Susan, congratulations on your well-deserved First Place win for this beautiful poem with such amazing imagery and metaphors! Over and beyond beautiful and amazing! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 2/27/2018 5:44:00 PM
Sandra, your beautiful comments thrill me beyond words. I am so happy that you enjoyed my poem. Thank you for your generous sentiments, your heartwarming congrats and for sharing your cherished thoughts with me.. Warmest wishes and hugs my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 2/27/2018 4:09:00 PM
Your poem belongs right at the top Susan! As you know it is a fave of mine! Congratulations on your first placement! : )
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Date: 2/27/2018 5:54:00 PM
Connie, thank you for the delight of your return visit that makes it twice as nice for me.. :)) Thank you for your lovely and heartwarming comments and your wonderful congrats. I deeply appreciate that your fave, dear friend, was among the first for this poem.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 2/27/2018 9:29:00 AM
What can I say Susan that has not been said about this stunner, this is stupendous, splendiferous, I think I just made that one up, I'm out of superlatives, if not for Greg's masterpiece this would be a stand alone win!
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Date: 2/27/2018 5:47:00 PM
John, thank you for your generously lovely comments. I am honored by my placement in your contest but more so to share the winner's list with such talented poets/poetesses. Your contest was a joy to participate in and I thank you for your sponsorship.. Warmest wishes my friend.. ~Susan
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