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Star-dusted peaks you seek on love's golden moonbeam bliss, Feeling the rapture of whipped-cream desire in a whir; Human experience wrapped in euphoria's kiss, The ecstasy and agony of human nature... ~~~~~ Throes of living with woes, lost love's pathos reminisce, Soul-groaning, heart-moaning; unwanted guests' bereft slur; Wallowing human exist falls in nightmare's abyss, The ecstasy and agony of human nature. Susan Ashley October 13, 2017 *Painting by Paul Lovering - 'Agony And Ecstasy'* ------------------------------ ~ Tenth Place ~ Premiere Contest #105 Sponsor: Brian Strand Submitted: October 16, 2017

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Date: 1/21/2018 7:10:00 PM
Susan: I've reviewed your list of "comments" and have nothing I could add except: Keep them coming and thank you for continuing to share your work with all of us on the soup. oldbuck
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Date: 1/22/2018 4:29:00 PM
How delightful to find your friendly face on my poetry page Old buck! I'm pleased that you enjoyed my poem and I thank you for your wonderful comments and the lovely support. Your review of my poetry is truly appreciated my friend. Warmest wishes ~Susan
Date: 11/22/2017 4:57:00 PM
Having read these expressive words, I believe that you have tasted both phases of human nature, Susan...the rapture of desire and heartache. You chose a lovely painting which oozes inspiration. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 11/22/2017 8:37:00 PM
Paul, I wrote this poem and posted it first, then a few weeks later, I came across this stunning painting and I was so struck by it that I had to couple it with my poem - It was like they were made for each other lol! I really love this painting and all of its expressive quality. I think, as poets, we explore the far reaches of our emotional horizons more readily than most and are more appreciative of the fervid flavors of life.Warmest wishes always my friend. ~Susan
Date: 11/18/2017 10:04:00 PM
Very well done. Congrats on your win, Susan.
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Date: 11/18/2017 10:20:00 PM
Thank you so much Line for your lovely comment and your heartwarming congrats. I so appreciate your kind visit.. ~Susan
Date: 11/9/2017 12:19:00 PM
This is so good. It could be read to so many of his celebrity paintings. You have captured the agony and the ecstasy in words as he did with paint. Applause from me.
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Date: 11/9/2017 6:10:00 PM
Jonathon, your comment is so appreciated and it pleases me that you enjoyed my poem. I wrote and posted this poem and then went looking for an image and came across this painting by Paul Lovering and knew immediately that it was the perfect visual for my poem. I love the painting. Thank you for your awesome comment and visit.. ~Susan
Date: 10/30/2017 5:48:00 AM
Susan you are a true Wordsmith, I am amazed at how easily your words flow in its description. You my dear have poetry running in your veins. Bravo ...Maria
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Date: 10/30/2017 6:35:00 PM
Maria, your esteemed words mean so very much to me. I admire YOUR poetic mind and style immensely and I am so pleased by your response to my poem. Thank you for sharing your precious and uplifting thoughts with me and for the smile you put on my face! With much appreciation, my very warmest regards... ~Susan
Date: 10/30/2017 4:50:00 AM
Susan, such a creative, descriptive write on the highs and lows of life. Well done. John
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Date: 10/30/2017 6:31:00 PM
John, thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts with me. I'm happy you enjoyed this write, thank you for your uplifting and lovely comment and visit.. ~Susan
Date: 10/29/2017 12:31:00 PM
Inimitable ... nicely creative ... Love the poem ...
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Date: 10/29/2017 7:36:00 PM
Probir, your wonderful words are always read with much pleasure. I'm so happy you enjoyed this write and your comment touched my heart... thank you so much dear Probir.. ~Susan
Date: 10/29/2017 6:42:00 AM
Top notch in my boo, Susan. Sincerely, Elaine
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Date: 10/29/2017 7:32:00 PM
Elaine, thank you for leaving your sweet comment and for the wonderful visit. Your warm words were read with much appreciation.. ~Susan
Date: 10/27/2017 4:39:00 PM
wow, this is so good! Really descriptive and creative write.
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Date: 10/27/2017 10:25:00 PM
Becca, it's such a pleasure to receive your lovely comment. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem and I appreciate you sharing your treasured thoughts with me. Thank you! ~Susan
Date: 10/21/2017 4:12:00 PM
The agony and ecstasy of human nature. Nowt so queer as folk . We are either at our level best a stroke of genius like a work of art or dark sadistic black magic. The good is the whipped cream the agony is the abyss
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Date: 10/21/2017 4:22:00 PM
Thank you so much Christopher for reading my poem and sharing your thoughts with me... I agree, human emotions and motivations seem to be like a pendulum swinging one way or the other but rarely satisfied to rest between the two.., ecstasy or agony, unfortunately... I so appreciate your visit - thanks again!
Date: 10/19/2017 10:33:00 AM
Dear Susan, please accept my congratulations for winning with this awesome piece! You just continue to churn out amazingly beautiful pieces - winners all in my books! Perhaps, one day, I'll write like this - like a true poet! Hugs and best wishes always! Pandita
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Date: 10/20/2017 9:22:00 AM
Dear Pandita, it's always such a pleasure to receive a visit from you and your wondrous words of kindness. Thank you for taking the time to read my poems, share your lovely thoughts with me and for you warmhearted congrats.., and, my lovely friend, you already are a tried and true, beautiful poetess... Hugs and my very warmest regards always... ~Susan
Date: 10/18/2017 10:10:00 PM
Back with congrats on this beauty, that's an accomplishment to be on a short list of winners, knew this was good!
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Date: 10/20/2017 9:14:00 AM
John, I am so very happy that you enjoyed this write. I value and prize your opinions and comments, so your response to my poem fills me with joy. Thank you so much for reading my poetry, for your warmhearted congrats, for being wonderfully encouraging and for being my friend in poetry... ~Susan
Date: 10/18/2017 5:20:00 PM
Awesome win, Susan. This is what our lives are all about!!
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Date: 10/18/2017 8:46:00 PM
Thank you so much Andrea for your wonderful comment. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem and share your thoughts with me. ~Susan
Date: 10/18/2017 2:20:00 PM
You have such a great poetic mind, how easily you weave words in your poetry..
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Date: 10/18/2017 8:30:00 PM
It is with great appreciation that I read your kind words Silent One. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my poem and share your warmhearted thoughts with me. ~Susan
Date: 10/18/2017 9:02:00 AM
Congratulations on your winning write.
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Date: 10/18/2017 8:29:00 PM
Thank you so much Janis. Much appreciation for your time to read my poem and share your thoughts with me. ~Susan
Date: 10/18/2017 8:42:00 AM
Absolutely beautiful, Susan. So profound and well-written. Congratulations on your placement on the short list of winners. Sandra
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Date: 10/18/2017 8:20:00 PM
I so appreciate your congrats and lovely comment Sandra. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem and share your thoughts with me. ~Susan
Date: 10/17/2017 8:08:00 PM
Wow! A powerful read. Love your descriptions and passionate piece. You have a great gift. Thank you for sharing! The ecstacy and agony..profond writes...my friend.
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Date: 10/18/2017 8:18:00 PM
Hi Suzanne, thank you so very much for your wonderful visit and kind compliment and comment. I appreciate your time to read my poems and share your thoughts with me. ~Susan
Date: 10/17/2017 7:52:00 AM
Nice! Susan.
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Date: 10/17/2017 7:28:00 PM
Thank you very much Klio for you lovely visit and kind comment. ~Susan
Date: 10/16/2017 3:29:00 PM
Great lines throughout, Susan! "Love's golden moonbeam bliss" and "whipped-cream desire in a whir" are my favorites. Captures eloquently what it is to be human. Enjoyed! :)
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Date: 10/16/2017 7:47:00 PM
Hi Bernard, it's always such a pleasure to receive your heartfelt comments. Thank you so very much for your visit and for sharing your appreciation for my poem with me. Your kind words mean so much! ~Susan
Date: 10/15/2017 8:02:00 AM
Excellent piece of poetry Susan, I loved the metaphors, rhyme sequence and theme, so talented. :))
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Date: 10/15/2017 6:16:00 PM
Thank you Roy for your visit to read and comment so generously on my poem. I appreciate so very much your lovely compliments but most of all, it makes me extremely happy that you enjoyed my poem - that warms my heart most of all. Warmest regards always! ~Susan
Date: 10/15/2017 7:24:00 AM
There is complete opposites in the human experience which you have portrayed very well ...Enjoyed reading your penned thoughts.Sara..Thanks for the visits to my page..
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Date: 10/15/2017 6:33:00 PM
Thank you Sara for your wonderful visit and your lovely comment. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem and you're welcome for my visit as well. ~Susan
Date: 10/15/2017 12:31:00 AM
Internal rhyme, end rhyme, flood of rhymes and alliteration ... Just lovely ...
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Date: 10/15/2017 7:52:00 PM
It's always a joy for me when I read your kind and encouraging words Probir. Thank you for being a great poetry friend and always taking the time to share your thoughts with me... Much appreciation for your wonderful comment! ~Susan
Date: 10/14/2017 7:06:00 PM
Hi Susan, I enjoyed your write about "human nature". It had good content and rhymes. It was my pleasure to read you this fine evening. Excellent job:-)Alexis
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Date: 10/14/2017 8:43:00 PM
I so appreciate your kind visit and lovely comment Alexis. Thank you for your heartfelt words. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend... ~Susan
Date: 10/14/2017 12:12:00 PM
Nicely done, Susan, enjoyed reading Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 10/14/2017 8:44:00 PM
I appreciate your lovely comment Eve and I'm very happy you enjoyed my poem :) ~Susan
Date: 10/14/2017 8:00:00 AM
Bonjour mon cher, Susan. Lovely poem...Have a wonderful day
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Date: 10/14/2017 9:07:00 AM
Bonjour mon ami! I'm so very happy to see you here this morning. I so appreciate your warm and wonderful words Arturo. I'm glad you enjoyed my poem. Thank your for your visit and and your lovely comment. Hugs always my friend! ~Susan
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