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The Red Leaf



the raspy whisper finally gets my full attention wistfully I smile ..for its persistence reminds me of you.. the crisp red leaf scuttles scrapingly across the gray pavement to and fro like a dancing crab moving with the emotions of the winds chasing me as it seemed like I had chased my dreams blowing in directions left up to chance ..until I met you.. ..is it now as it was then Destiny for in this instant my sense of direction seems predestined.. a smoky scent does spice the chilled blue air reminding me of our cozy nights curled with the fire ..entranced as we were with our warmth and our flame.. could it be love signals from the hearth calling me home - ..my soul feels akin to the red leaf - the wafting smoke - and I’m ready to follow.. is it the cold atmosphere playing tricks on my eyes - or ..is that really YOU standing there.. Oh, how my broken being has suffered in my pining desire to be with you I run to you! years of yearning prayers answered fingertips straining to stretch further reaching out to touch you the whole of my being aching to hold you and enfold you ah, I feel your heat so very close to me but alas! I fall to my knees my arms empty but for the loss I carry your warm breath on the nape of my neck as I close my eyes but only my hot want - brewed with a cool wisp of a breeze ..Oh God! Please! just let it be let me go.. my being is less than a dying ember I am but ashes in my grief withered in my autumn season without you still... as I see your fading glow is just the sun slanted low blurring wicked whimsy with my wild sorrow in the burning of these bitter tears Susan Ashley December 2, 2018 ~ Poem Of The Day ~ ` December 4, 2018

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Date: 1/28/2019 6:01:00 PM
I love your descriptive observations, followed by your inner thoughts. Well crafted yet again, Susan. It is clever to associate autumn to love loss, contrasting the sense of death with the vivid colors of autumn leaves. I love the connection with that particular red leaf. Such a beautifully sorrowful composition. Always, Laura
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Date: 2/2/2019 6:22:00 PM
Your lovely comments are so thoughtful, meaningful and are certainly so appreciated, Laura. I relish your esteemed critique and your gracious visit. This poem is truly special to me so it thrills me to know you enjoyed it. Thank you, dear Laura. Warmest wishes always, my inspiring friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/30/2018 9:58:00 AM
Congratulations for #33 on the Best New Poems List :)
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Date: 12/30/2018 8:28:00 PM
Thank you for your very kind congrats, Heidi. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated. Warmest wishes my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/18/2018 8:16:00 PM
Somehow I missed this one Susan, and what a treat I missed. So compelling, such a heartfelt write, interweaving bits and pieces of nature with a panoply of emotion (whatever that may mean). This is a wonderful, wonderful write---surely not just POTD, but a poem for the ages. Au revoir, mon artiste! ~ Fractured Frenchie aka Comrade Volkov
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Date: 12/18/2018 9:17:00 PM
Dear Gershon, I am truly humbled and honored to receive your heartfelt and beautiful comments (and I especially love the use of the word 'panoply'..) I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem, Gershon.. er.. Fractured Frenchie aka Comrade Volkov.. lol! You always bring me smiles, my friend :)) Thank you and warmest wishes always, my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/15/2018 3:04:00 PM
Hi Susan, belated congratulations on your poem of the day with this beautiful piece. There is such beauty in the sadness your words convey, in the longing, the hope, the loss. The feelings portrayed are so real. This piece does grip at the heart. It touches the soul. It stirs the emotions of the reader. Poetry at its best Susan. You are indeed a wordsmith of note, your poetry of the highest order. This has to be a fave. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:23:00 PM
Your kindhearted congrats and your heartwarming comments deliver to me a bouquet of joy and smiles, my dear friend. I am humbled, deeply touched and uplifted by your expressive sentiments, Mike. Thank you for honoring my poem with the light of your esteemed presence and for the fave. I'm so glad you enjoyed.. Warmest wishes for a lovely weekend my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/14/2018 1:22:00 AM
Such a beautiful, but sad story. Congratulations.
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Date: 12/14/2018 11:19:00 AM
Your esteemed presence lights up my page and my heart, Pashang. Thank you for your precious comments and gracious visit. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/12/2018 1:32:00 PM
What a stirring write Susan, stirs up all the emotions, a testament to your skill, POTD a clarion call for all of us to witness greatness!
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Date: 12/14/2018 11:17:00 AM
I am both humbled and honored by the generous comments bestowed upon my poem by a favorite poet and songwriter held in my highest esteem. Thank you, John, for sharing your sentiments that uplift my poem and my heart. I have learned much from reading the valued poetry that flows with golden ink from your talented pen. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/10/2018 2:43:00 AM
Oh wow and I missed potd! Sister please inform me as you know we none know where my mind is at times! Wonderful write and so well deserving potd! Smile Dragon Fire
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Date: 12/10/2018 12:40:00 PM
Thank you, my dear twinsis, for your wonderfully insane presence that always make me smile. Your kind words and congrats make my day. Love and hugs, Illum the Sane
Date: 12/7/2018 10:55:00 AM
Back again to reread this excellent poem, and to deliver congratulations on it obtaining p.o.t.d. honours! Warm regards & hugs // paul
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Date: 12/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
It is always a pleasure to receive your kind congrats, Paul, and twice as nice to receive your return visit. Your wonderful presence inspires me always, thank you my dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/7/2018 12:33:00 AM
Wow Susan, I see why this gorgeous romantic bittersweet poem was honored with POTD! Your writing inspires Susan! I loved every line..."entranced as we were with our warmth and our flame.."wish I could write this well! Congratulations on POTD! : ) xxoo
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Date: 12/8/2018 11:03:00 AM
It is indeed, as much a pleasure to receive your lovely comments as it is to read your beautiful and moving poetry, Connie. I am humbled by your generous sentiments and honored by your heartwarming congrats. Warmest wishes always my wonderful and esteemed friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/6/2018 11:18:00 AM
A belated Congratulations on your POTD, my dear friend.. Your beautiful free verse lifts the soul.. Your amazing talent shines!! Really enjoyed your work of wonderful art!! Many blessings, dear Susan..
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Date: 12/6/2018 6:12:00 PM
Robertina, my dear friend, your lovely comments and kind congrats are inspiring and such a joy to receive. Thank you for your precious thoughts. Warmest wishes always, my lovely friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/5/2018 2:31:00 PM
hear again to send my warmest congrats for your POTD award, susan...huggs
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:43:00 PM
Nette, the kindness of your return visit and lovely congrats is truly and deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes to you, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/5/2018 6:08:00 AM
The pull toward a loved one mixed with the tincture of a red leaf. A beautiful read, Susan! Congrats on POTD!
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:21:00 PM
Thank you, Kim, for your insightful comments and for your warm congrats.. I love the use of the word ‘tincture’ too. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/5/2018 5:42:00 AM
Worthy of rereads! Worthy of the honour and recognition.. Congratulations dear Susan on your POTD! You deserve the acknowledgement for the beauty of your poetic heart, your shining gems, your deep and fine soul.. you spare no effort to add meaning, value and beauty to the voice of poetry.. warmest wishes.. love and hugs.
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:41:00 PM
Thank you, dearest Besma, for the elation of your return visit. You truly inspire my heart with the depth of beauty in your precious comments. It is an high honor to receive such uplifting words from a cherished friend and esteemed poetess of highest quality in spirit and artistry. The kindness of your congrats is truly and deeply appreciated, my lovely friend. Warmest wishes, love and hugs always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/5/2018 12:57:00 AM
- A deep emotional poem, Susan - Congratulations on yours p.o.t.d. :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 12/5/2018 1:17:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise for your wonderful comments and kind congrats. warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 9:02:00 PM
Susan congratulations on POTD well deserved.
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Date: 12/5/2018 1:17:00 PM
Thank you, Wren, for your wonderful comments and kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 4:45:00 PM
such amazing personification Susan, many congrats on POTD:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 12/5/2018 1:18:00 PM
Thank you, Jan, for your wonderful comments and kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 3:41:00 PM
Personification of a leaf, truly clever Susan, the poem so powerful, so touching, love this..
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Date: 12/5/2018 10:46:00 PM
Your precious comments are deeply appreciated, Harry. Thank you for your kindness and for your gracious visit. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 3:34:00 PM
Susan, you have crafted such a stirring, passionate poem and so very worthy of POTD! I thoroughly enjoyed it xxxoo Congratulations
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Date: 12/5/2018 10:48:00 PM
I relish your wonderful comments, Mike, and your kind congrats. Thank you for your kindness, my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 2:52:00 PM
Oh, this was an enthusiastic FAV even before I was through reading! You've crafted a bonafide masterwork here, Susan!:-) Heartiest congratulations on earning a well-deserved POTD!
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Date: 12/5/2018 10:51:00 PM
Your enthusiastic comments and your fav are a delight to receive, Edward and I relish your warm congrats and your kindness. Thank you and warmest wishes always. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 2:01:00 PM
Oh Susan, this is so incredibly beautiful and full of longing that I can feel it deep within my own heart. Congrats on POTD. So well-deserved. FAVED!
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Date: 12/5/2018 11:02:00 PM
Carole, it pleases my poetic spirit to know my words touched your heart and I relish your beautiful comments. Your kind congrats and the fav are both truly appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 1:55:00 PM
Emotions tangle the mind, leaving a heart feeling lost, alone- empty at times. Simply searching for love. When all the world seems to hold tenderness, color and beauty. Your thoughts express this so well, through the moments of a red leaf. Congratulations Susan, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Date: 12/5/2018 10:57:00 PM
Brandy, your precious comments convey such emotional depth and insightful beauty. I relish reading your wonderful thoughts and I delight in your kind congrats. Thank you and warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 10:35:00 AM
Susan, outstanding! FAV for me. Kudos on POTD! ~Mark
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:27:00 PM
Thank you for your wonderful comments and for the fav, Mark. Both they, and your kindhearted congrats are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 9:34:00 AM
There is so much passion in this poem there is a compulsion to devour every word, and re-read. Congratulations!
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:26:00 PM
I relish your beautiful thoughts, Sunlite. Thank you for your precious comments and kind congrats. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 9:18:00 AM
Back with congratulations on POTD, Susan, very well deserved.
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:25:00 PM
Lawrence, it's wonderful to see again and to receive your heartwarming congrats. Thank you, my esteemed friend.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/4/2018 8:42:00 AM
Fantastic piece Lovely! Congratulations on POTD! xomo <3
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Date: 12/5/2018 2:13:00 PM
I relish your lovely comments and your kind congrats, Maureen. Thank you and warmest wishes my lovely.. ~Susan
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