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Wire Walker

There’s the tightrope for you to walk, wire walker - defying the gravity of reality and the reality of gravity you know damn well he won't catch you when you fall as your sticky grip on the star’s razor edge slips back away from the back-alley black dunes - use the street’s angles and curves to your advantage run! from the rouse of his lure as the lore is as sordid as it is euphoric - ruined as you are by the ruse of his rune fade to disappearance with distance ride the rift of spindrift; a smoke screen as if you were never here but the territorial she-wolf knows… she dreams of pouring rain pooling on a blurry beach though she may choose not to open sand-puddled eyes intuition is not blind and instincts are hackled - for she’s downwind of dual deception and her elegant nose is one with the yellow-rose winds her howls now haunt your hurricane passion’s kite - once blissfully lost to windy swagger brash in its stellar flash amidst a hazy starlit pinwheel has returned a stormy petrel dark and hovering over self-inflicted wounds feeding on strife - incised by the rapier side-eye of your conscience you seek to stem the red flow of guilt washing up in waves knowing you can’t dye scarlet heartbeats white there’s the tightrope for you to walk, wire walker; the bloodline - that which binds a sinful sister’s envies to the sinless and divides loaves of lies for the bronze bloodless sinner. Susan Ashley October 22, 2020 (June 14, 2020) *Wire Walker was composed June 14, 2020 and was the prelude to Wander-Lust composed July 18, 2020; posted to Poetry Soup September 23, 2020. There is a not-yet-posted, final companion piece; (A Kept Woman composed August 5, 2020 will be posted on Poetry Soup at a later date). Wire Walker was the initial exploration of this theme*

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Date: 1/20/2021 3:26:00 PM
Powerful imagery, Susan. Glad this beautiful poem was published in the 2020 PS Anthology ~
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Susan Ashley
Date: 1/20/2021 4:58:00 PM
Thank you for the delight of your lovely visit, Line. I'm so pleased to know that you found the imagery to be powerful. You're so very encouraging! I was thrilled to have this poem selected to be included in the PS Anthology. Warmest wishes dear poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 11/12/2020 1:51:00 AM
loaves of lies for the bronze bloodless sinner ...mot to open sand puddled eyes ...wonderful, Kai
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/14/2020 7:02:00 PM
I'm thrilled by your response to my poem Kai. Thank you for your wonderful visit and lovely appreciation. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 11/6/2020 7:24:00 PM
I finally read the reply you left on my comment. It was so interesting to know (i have notifications turned off on things like that, so I rarely see replies left to me) Thanks for your sweet comment on Baby Sister.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/7/2020 8:16:00 PM
You're welcome, my friend. I'm so glad you were able to read my response to your comment.. Thank you for letting me know what you thought.. :)
Date: 11/2/2020 8:18:00 PM
My friend, forgive me for previously missing this exquisite jewel. I seem to miss a lot these days. With your every magnificently crafted poem you inspire me to attempt to improve my own very humble offerings. This is truly a treasure and a great joy to read. A fav.. God bless..
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/4/2020 8:27:00 AM
I am so pleased you enjoyed this poem, Robert. I was inspired with a glimmer of this idea while out on one of my 'power walks' last summer, but it certainly took on a life of its own once I returned home and started writing this piece. I love when that happens! Thank you, my dear friend, for your precious comments and the high honor of your fav, both are deeply uplifting and appreciated. That we inspire each other is truly a great gift! Warmest wishes to you and yours.. ~Susan
Date: 11/2/2020 4:55:00 AM
Sweet Susan...... You write your Butt off! About the only thing I have in common with this Barbed Wire beauty is that it was written on my birthday! You are most certainly a Wordsmith, Jones, and every name I can think of, composing greatness from a heart of gold!
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Date: 11/3/2020 9:12:00 AM
Likewise, my wonderful friend.. I adore and admire your work - so expressive as it is with tender and moving beauty. I'm humbled by your warm words and indeed, our poetry friendship shines in the great light of its satisfying rewards..
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Chuck Melugin
Date: 11/2/2020 5:56:00 PM
You are my favorite writer. Your work is so great! Your friendship is greater!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/2/2020 5:08:00 PM
My dear Chuck, you'll never know how much I adore your visits, although you may have a good idea..! :) Your precious comments are held always and forever in the depths on my appreciative heart. By the way, happy belated birthday, my wonderful friend.. my muse tapped into a very inspiring day indeed! Thank you for the smiles your radiant presence brings :)) Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/29/2020 8:11:00 PM
I carefully tip-toed through your lines so that my untamed feet may not trample the beautiful flowers Strewn on their path. This poetic piece, Susan, is a rare garden of beauty!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/30/2020 12:17:00 PM
Wow! My imagination swoons in the arms of your gracious imagery! I am thrilled to have your untamed feet tiptoe through my muse’s garden, Newton :) Your comments are elating, thank you for sharing your poetic and precious thoughts with me, dear poet. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/27/2020 5:30:00 PM
What imagery, Susan. And she is SURE walking a fine line by the looks of it!~ Very nicely done.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/28/2020 7:40:00 PM
Yes, Andrea, a fine line indeed! To think that this idea was inspired while I was out doing my power walk and this line came to me: "use the street’s angles and curves to your advantage".. lol! The rest came after I mulled it over for a bit.. The muse works in mysterious ways :)) Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/26/2020 8:10:00 PM
You are so far advanced in poetry dear friend, I wish I could write as fluid as this. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, blessings from my heart to yours.
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Date: 10/28/2020 7:33:00 PM
I am humbled by your generous kindness, Pixie. As poets we inspire each other and I am ever inspired when I read your meaningful and beautiful poetry, my friend. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me, they are treasured. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/26/2020 4:47:00 AM
Wow! Great imagery! Ooh!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/28/2020 2:09:00 PM
I thrilled to receive a "Wow!" from you, Kim, a poetess whose exquisite imagery always elicits a big "WOW!" from me! :)) I relish the spirit of your uplifting comments. Warmest wishes, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 10/26/2020 12:40:00 AM
A big round of applause for such a deep, dark and powerful poetic offering, Susan! The content and its technical presentation are 'rich' and require more than one reading to appreciate the hard work that went into its creation. Worthy of note are: metaphor, imagery, alliteration (taken full advantage of), and sporadic internal rhymes. ~ a FAV ~ Warm regards & hugs my friend // paul
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/28/2020 2:04:00 PM
Paul, I can't begin to express the thrill I feel to receive such a grand, uplifting and heartwarming critique. You have, by far, been a constant source of giving light in my growth as a poet. Your rich comments illuminate the positives and encourage my drive to strive and reach ever higher towards inspired radiance. You, my dear friend, are the Sun in my poetic world. Thank you, for the honor of your fav and for the sunshine of your friendship! :)) Warmest wishes and hugs always.. ~Susan
Date: 10/25/2020 5:15:00 PM
Very deep and dark, Susan. The picture you've painted with your pen is by far one of the best! I can't wait to read the companion piece to this. Very moving! :)
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Date: 10/25/2020 7:43:00 PM
Angie, your amazing comments are humbling and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me. I'm so pleased to know you liked this poem and found it moving. You're so very encouraging! There is already one companion piece posted here titled Wander-Lust. The final companion piece titled A Kept Woman will be posted soon.. Your kindness is appreciated, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/24/2020 11:52:00 AM
Amazing write and breathtaking poetry - words and phrases beyond belief - to expect the unexpected from your talented pen is always the case my dear friend - a poetess who will go down in History -'the bloodline, that which binds, as sinful sister's envies to the sinless', - Kudo's my friend, I am blessed to know you and to read your unique poetry. Blessings and hugs, Jennifer.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/25/2020 7:48:00 PM
My dear sister of the pen, I am so very honored and humbled by your generous kindness. Your shining presence fills my poem and my being with a golden glow! It is indeed a gift you have, Jennifer, to spread the spirit of a joyful love of life and poetry.. and I'm so fortunate that you share your joyful loving spirit with me. Thank you for your precious friendship and for your cherished inspiration, my dear friend. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
Date: 10/24/2020 9:31:00 AM
IS this a personal poem, because it is deeply emotive and as always your pen and vocabulary do wonders to make a poem so vivid... I can feel the angst in here, and mistrust and hoping there is a olive branch...
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/24/2020 2:29:00 PM
I'm so glad the anguished emotions of my poem found their way deeply into your psyche, Silent One. That you found my poem to be so emotive is such a sweet reward received. This is not a personal poem, thank God! I wouldn't want to be near any part of this scenario.. lol! I was inspired with the idea while I was out walking.. from which grew this poem and its companion piece "Wander-Lust" and another poem still to come. My walks are very poetically productive.. lol! Warmest wishes my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 10/23/2020 9:15:00 PM
What fine imagery you have woven into this dark and captivating tale, Susan. A superb work!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 9:30:00 PM
Evelyn, your wonderful response to my poem is inspiring. Thank you for your encouraging comments, my friend, and for gracing my poem with the pleasure of your visit. Warmest wishes, dear poetess.. ~Susan
Date: 10/23/2020 1:17:00 PM
Your internal rhymes are so captivating, especially 'reality of gravity' and 'elegant nose/yellow rose' - a dark foreboding, so perfect for this spooky season~
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 8:17:00 PM
Thank you, Michelle, it is always a pleasure when your shining presence graces my poem. I am humbled by your lovely comments and I am so pleased that you found beauty in my poem. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 8:31:00 PM
Intriguing and so deep, cutting through the fabric of outer layers, straight to the raw, bare instinct. A mystery and a muse unraveled and rewoven into this beautiful tapestry. God bless you with many more...
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 8:12:00 PM
Regina, your poetic comments are both beautiful to behold and to receive. Thank you, dear poetess, your precious thoughts are treasured and your gifted pen is admired. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 7:29:00 PM
This is a captivating write Oh Susan you have been sorely missed, now this is poetry at it's finest! Of course a fave! Incised by the rapier side-eye, I mean who thinks of these things...well..you of course! I doubt whether those words have ever been written. You are a star!!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 8:08:00 PM
John, the beautiful and generous spirit of your comments move me deeply. Thank you, my dear friend, for your heartwarming words that touch the bottom of my heart. I am both honored and humbled by your kindness and your fave. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 12:37:00 PM
- Susan, this is fantastic ... the best poem I've read in a long time ... - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 8:01:00 PM
Anne-Lise, your comments are wonderfully heartwarming and encouraging. Thank you for gracing my poem with the pleasure of your visit. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 12:26:00 PM
WoW! Susan, You have penned such a deep well writing poem. With profound a message in the last stanza. Your use of words is something to be admired. Excellent job. Have a wonderful day:-) Alexis
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 7:59:00 PM
Alexis, your wonderful comments are such a joy to receive. Thank you, my friend, for gracing my poem with the pleasure of your visit. I hope you have a lovely weekend :)) Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 12:08:00 PM
amazing depth & perception here, my friend
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 7:57:00 PM
Thank you, Jack, for your wonderful comment. It is a great pleasure to see you here, my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 11:47:00 AM
nice to see your poetic talent again my friend, especially with such lines as fade to disappearance with distance...ride the rift of spindrift...pouring rain pooling on a blurry beach...dye scarlet heartbeats white...your use of language is impeccable dear poet... your poem is mesmerizing Susan...a fave
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 7:48:00 PM
Dear Frederic, to know that you were mesmerized by my poem is to feel an elation that sends my spirit soaring. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me, dear poet, and for the high honor of your fave. I am humbled.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 11:31:00 AM
Forgot - definitely a fave.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/23/2020 7:45:00 PM
Sam, thank you for the honor of your fav. Your lovely gesture that is truly appreciated, my dear friend.. ~Susan
Date: 10/22/2020 11:30:00 AM
Incredible and impressive my dear friend. The depth of rhyme, the "star's razor sharp edges," just one of the amazing images cascading throughout this masterpiece and the lyrical flow meld into a fabric of the profound! No time for crime in your internal rhymes. Truly inspired. Sending your bushels of blessings!
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Date: 10/23/2020 7:44:00 PM
Sam, thank you for sending bushels of blessings and for the elation of your wonderfully rich and textured comments. I am humbled by your kindness and honored by your gracious visit. It's a crime not to use internal rhymes in free verse if you have the time.. ;) Sending you a wealth of warmest wishes.. ~Susan