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Winter Blues - I Cry For Color



I shiver tears. My joie de vivre; summer esprit’s lemon zested lilac flirts and coral whispers have escaped me ~ grievous gray now flows through my veins. I shiver melancholia, entombed with my winter blues in the dark dreamless hollow of my frowning igloo. Draped in decor of dispirited drear I wear a wistful woebegone fog, an overcoat of overcast moods. I weep wall to wall in the long light-less nights alone with my lonely longings - my psyche withers.. I shrivel a little more each dull day. I shiver sadness, my colorless tears cry out loud for color; yearning for watermelon sunsets, pink sands and swirls of marigold glee, for rainbows to color my lackluster laughter and fireworks to celebrate in my mirthless eyes, for Sol’s warm hands to tenderly undress and caress me and lay bare my soul straitjacketed by winter blues... Susan Ashley January 4, 2018 ------------------------------ ~ Second Place ~ Contest: Free Verse: Winter Blues Sponsor: Laura Loo

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Date: 7/12/2019 11:36:00 PM
What an epiphany of what we are and can feel in the midst of a grey winter. Love it. Lonna Blodgett
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Susan Ashley
Date: 7/19/2019 5:59:00 PM
Thank you, Lonna, for the joy of your visit and for sharing your lovely comments with me. Both are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 11/5/2018 6:40:00 PM
utterly gorgeous. If I have not seen it already, I am glad to see it today . i was looking for a poem to comment to and saw this was your SECOND most popular poem. Rightfully so!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/7/2018 9:18:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea, for your gracious visit and beautiful comments, both are truly appreciated, as is your wonderful friendship. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 5/5/2018 9:37:00 PM
Well done, Susan. Belated congrats on your fine win.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 5/5/2018 9:41:00 PM
Your visit is such a pleasure, Line. Thank you for your time spent with my poem and your wonderful comments.. I truly appreciate your kindness. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 3/30/2018 3:08:00 AM
a great write that symbolises the dirge of winter well. exceptional poem hugs
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/30/2018 11:58:00 AM
Many thanks, Shadow, for the kindness of your visit and your beautiful comments. Warmest wishes and hugs. ~Susan
Date: 3/20/2018 11:20:00 AM
You were recommended to me, and I am very glad you were because your poetry is fantastic. "I wear a wistful woebegone fog, an overcoat of overcast moods" Love it! My favorite line: "my colorless tears cry out loud for color" Very impressive piece. Always, Laura
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/20/2018 6:20:00 PM
Thank you Laura for your very impressive comments. It's so nice to make your acquaintance.. I'm so glad you enjoyed my poem. I truly appreciate your thoughts and the recommendation.. I just read your first poem posted here and it was superb. I'll be reading more of your poetry that's for sure. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/12/2018 6:18:00 PM
I'm reading this and it looks so familiar to me. I must have commented on a previous comments page here. I see you won with the winter blues contest, so if I did not say it before. this was very well deserving of it. Congratulations
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/13/2018 11:25:00 AM
Yes Andrea, you did comment on my poem on the previous page and you faved it as well!:)) Thank you for your return visit, which makes your wonderful comment twice as nice, and for your kindhearted congrats as well.. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 3/12/2018 6:17:00 PM
Susan, you are right about my daydream poem. I USED to always daydream and also I enjoyed reading. Those days are gone now. I only have time for writing poem, and watching movies or netflix!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 3/13/2018 9:52:00 AM
Andrea, we are much alike in this regard for the love of daydreaming, reading and now writing poetry.. though busier now we've consolidated our daydreaming and reading passions into the passion of poetry.. the artistic outlet will always find a way to flow..
Date: 2/5/2018 2:11:00 PM
dropping back with my congrats Susan your imagery is so wonderful this is an absolute gem:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 2/5/2018 5:25:00 PM
Thank you Jan for the delight of your visit and for your heartwarming congrats. Your lovely sentiments are deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
Date: 1/28/2018 5:20:00 AM
superb touchy words on nature
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Susan Ashley
Date: 2/3/2018 2:43:00 PM
I apologize for my late reply Asma.. thank you for your delightful visit and your heartwarming comment. Your kind words are deeply appreciated.. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 1/26/2018 5:54:00 PM
Hello Dear Susan, Gee Whiz -- what can I say?? I'm very glad to (finally) drop by to read this marvelous poetic selection of yours. Another one of your flawless free verse specialties -- for sure!! I read this poem several times to fully appreciate its palpable message, its structure, and its very artful and subtle use of both metaphor and imagery!! (I particularly like the lead-off verse at the beginning of each stanza -- "I shiver XXXXX") Very Well-Done Susan!! A FAVE TOO!! Very glad to see it made the No. 1 Poem!! Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/27/2018 6:22:00 PM
Gary, I just love the exuberance and the detail of your beautiful critique, your comments are of the highest order. Thank you Gary for taking the time to leave your lovely thoughts with me. Your kind insight is treasured as I always learn a new lesson from reading your thoughtful comments. Also, your fave and your warm congrats are deeply appreciated as well. Warmest wishes always my friend. ~Susan
Date: 1/25/2018 7:07:00 PM
I shivered reading your melancholy imagery Susan and I am sure many can relate to suffering from periods of depression and feeling down during the dull dreary winter days. I love your use of colour in the final stanza:-) hugs jan xx
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/26/2018 3:55:00 PM
Jan, thank you for your wonderful visit and for sharing your meaningful thoughts with me. Your beautiful comments are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/24/2018 6:26:00 AM
Wowww...
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/24/2018 7:08:00 PM
Thank you Lekha for your wonderful 'Wowww...' I just love that! Warmest wishes.. :) ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 9:54:00 PM
Susan, you've "told it like it is," and in high poetic style, laced with images and splashes of color and summer validated by (my) experience, that "feel real." Mucho gusto! ---gw
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/24/2018 7:10:00 PM
Thank you Gershon, for your wonderful visit and heartwarming comments. Your warm words are certainly appreciated and it's a pleasure to meet you.. Warmest wishes... ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 4:53:00 PM
I absolutely love this poem Susan! Excellent! This beauty is going into my Faves! Congratulations on having it number one on the Best New Poems List!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/23/2018 5:18:00 PM
Connie, your beautiful and exuberant response to my poem enlivens my spirit.. Thank you for your very lovely comments, the Fave and your heartwarming congrats. All are deeply appreciated.. Hugs and warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 2:44:00 PM
Well said. Great contrast of color and feelings.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/23/2018 3:14:00 PM
Thank you Frances for your lovely visit and your wonderful comments. Each is truly appreciated.. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 12:53:00 PM
A lot of people get the winter blues this time of year. These people need colour for their surroundings. I enjoyed your poetry. Have a nice day my friend.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/23/2018 3:12:00 PM
Hi Darlene, it's such a pleasure to see you once again.. Thank you for your lovely and insightful comments. I'm pleased that you enjoyed my poem and I truly appreciate your heartwarming words.. Warmest wishes my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 8:39:00 AM
I loved tempo and imagery in this poem, Susan, and learned something about free verse as well
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/23/2018 3:11:00 PM
Thank you Don for your wonderful comments and for your lovely visit. It pleases me to know that you enjoyed my poem and I truly appreciate your kind words. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 8:16:00 AM
It is no surprise that this piece is #1 in the top 100 of new poems. You should be very proud of this stunning piece.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/23/2018 3:06:00 PM
Richard, thank your for sharing your light of kindness with me. Your visits are always a delight and your wonderful words are heartwarming and deeply appreciated. Thank you and warmest wishes my friend ~Susan
Date: 1/23/2018 8:15:00 AM
Beautifully written!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/23/2018 3:02:00 PM
Thank you Sherry for your lovely comment and the delight of your visit.. ~Susan
Date: 1/22/2018 2:49:00 PM
Truly a seamless, wonderful poem, written to perfection; I think you and I would make a great nature collaboration together (if I were so honored!) Ironic as I read this wondrous piece of art --- a blizzard outside my window! Thanks for sharing your beautiful poetic expression Susan, a big fave;-)
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Keith O.J. Hunt
Date: 1/22/2018 7:12:00 PM
;-)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/22/2018 4:50:00 PM
Ohh by the way, I love a good blizzard :))
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/22/2018 4:42:00 PM
Keith, your beautiful comments just thrill me. Thank you for your heartwarming words, I'm honored that you think so highly of my poem. I'm flattered by your offer to do a collab. At some point in the future I would love to (a nature write would be awesome), but for now, my time is limited by my work schedule :( The delight of your visit, your kind words and the fave are truly held in dearest appreciated. Warmest wishes. ~Susan
Date: 1/21/2018 6:54:00 PM
Susan: That one sucked all the Vit D out of me. I'm going now to set in front of a bright light. Great detail. I enjoyed it. Keep them coming and thanks for sharing with all of us on the soup. You might enjoy my "Winter Weary" piece at your leisure. oldbuck
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/22/2018 4:36:00 PM
Lol! Oh no Old buck, Vit D is essential! I hope you got a hefty dose of bright light :)) I relish your heartwarming comments and I so appreciate your precious thoughts you share with me. Thank you for your kind words and your lovely visit. I will be sure to read your poem 'Winter Weary', looking forward to your enjoyable write.. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/21/2018 2:32:00 PM
Beautifully realized. I love your use of color and atmosphere to convey emotion. If I could've written this poem that's exactly how I would have done it. And I'm ready for spring, too. Congrats.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/21/2018 6:45:00 PM
Thank you for your truly beautiful comments Dale. I'm thrilled by your response and I would agree that using color and atmosphere to convey mood is very Dale-esque - you are a master at the use of this technique. Your lovely sentiments and visit I hold in dearest appreciation. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/20/2018 10:42:00 PM
What a wonderfully-descriptive poem. Alive with glorious wording. You are suffering from SAD( seasonal affective disorder). So am I. When spring shows us the last faint marks of her footsteps, you and me will have a salad and a Sauvignon in the sun.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/21/2018 6:50:00 PM
Thank you for your wonderful comments Jonathan. Your lovely sentiments and delightful visit I hold in dearest appreciation and I'll be looking forward to that salad and a glass or two of Sauvignon under the spring sun my friend! :) Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 1/20/2018 6:09:00 PM
Back again, with another congrats on number 1 best new poem...sooo worthy!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 2/24/2018 8:57:00 PM
Really?! Thank you my friend, I had no idea.. thanks for letting me know :)
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John Hamilton
Date: 1/30/2018 1:42:00 PM
Now entered top 100 all time, very worthy, congrats again!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/20/2018 10:20:00 PM
John, how wonderful it is to have you grace my page. Thank you so much for your visit, for your heartwarming comments and kind congrats. I never thought it would actually make it to number one, so I am completely thrilled. I appreciate your wonderful words my friend. Warmest wishes ~Susan
Date: 1/20/2018 1:46:00 PM
A wonderful write here, my friend, full of emotions that I know many can fully relate to (it rains nearly every day, Summer & Winter here, so I guess I'm used to it, LOL)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/20/2018 10:17:00 PM
Thank you Jack, your visit truly delights me. Your wonderful words are endearing and appreciated. Fortunately, winter's gray cold doesn't bother me emotionally, so I guess I'm used to it too lol! Warmest wishes my friend ~Susan
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