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Below is the poem of the day entitled An Omen Of The Taste Of Twilight which was written by poet Susan Ashley.


An Omen Of The Taste Of Twilight




Vanished is the wild magic of this place; this wilderness I now roam alone as its lifeblood seeps into Afterlife ..my mournful howls across time and distance go unanswered - Oh, how I long to join again in my brethren’s song.. fading sunlight falls in slivers through boughs of evergreen splinters across timeworn trails I tread - beaten by generational rhythms of the steady, swift and sure I want to run but I keep my loping stride for I will get there; to the track to the other side when the twilight tastes of blood the train’s lonely wail leans on sooty winds in sighs of sad sentiments as I make my way parallel to the parallel lines of track - its smokey dirge echoes laments walled within the desolation of my soul - this Trojan horse; larger than any mighty prey my brethren and I could ever take down - smuggles pale warriors into my revered forest on veins and arteries of iron throbbing with an inhumane vengeance ..my mind wanders in the reckless wreckage of it all.. neath overhanging branches where leftover leaves old and brown rustle with a clinging stubbornness flitting like a flock of freeze-dried sparrows I pass.. somewhere up there above my rolling shoulders where reaching tips of praying branches pierce the softness of other side a widowed crow cries black and forlorn I embody her solitude for - from my pack I am the last of my kind ..despite my discipline my tireless legs trot faster.. a maroon sunset stretches with bloodlust across taut skies; an omen of the taste of twilight - my pace and my pulse quicken now like tribal drums I used to know I arrive here where they gather.. a track I can no longer follow - a track I need to cross; ..tales of stalking deer-trails traversed with my pack-thoughts-tears-memories-my path now- what’s left behind-boundaries kept and boundaries to bridge.. human hatred converge at this meeting place in falling shadows of dimming light are forerunners of freedom - aged memories that dwell in the pocket of my being now well in the stream of my noble bloodline - primal chants haunting from throats both furred and smooth-skinned resonate in reverie; .. millenniums of coexistence and ancient campfires.. forebears; both four-legged and two vibrate the mystique of this moment - its quiver I sense in my whiskers -- I see the invaders through my grey-green eyes ..the final witness.. to the decimation of my pack and the territory of my ancestors.. in the atmospheric chill my panting vapor frames my thoughts and instinct urges me forward to the track the sun is dimmed by my passion and the moon reflects in my eyes every hammering heartbeat a stepping stone to the next moment every muscle twitching with trepidation - with anticipation ..Oh! how I long to join again in my brethren’s song!.. long legs carry me lightly out onto the crossties my soulful destination where parallel universes collide to lift me in my wish to inspirit cosmic dust; my snarling form reveals the wild nature of my fateful desire.. I turn to face them one last time - muzzles flash with fire-breathing frenzy splitting the air with scents and sounds in an orgy of gunpowder lust spilling the taste of wanton bloodthirst into the ebb and flow of crimson twilight; pale savages savagely ensure my unholy deliverance. ..my mournful howls across time and distance no longer go unanswered as I cross over the gossamer track of gentling night skies… Susan Ashley December 8, 2018

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Date: 12/15/2018 11:39:00 PM
I am back again to read this exceptional poetic creation for the 20th time my dear friend. This without any doubt in my mind a wondrous masterpiece! You were surely in the highest poetry zone when composing this deep, thoughtful , exquisite creation! Certainly a very rich piece..based upon a real historic tragedy.
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Date: 12/15/2018 2:51:00 PM
Hi Susan, this is an awesome write. I am sure that Robert shall love this piece. From start to finish I love the content of this wonderful write. This goes into the book of great sagas. The wolf sings and I can hear the drums beat as I read each wonderful line. Your words paint the most brilliant imagery. I love the content of this piece. I am sure Robert shall. A fave Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. Mike. XX
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Date: 12/15/2018 9:08:00 PM
The beauty of your sweet words truly touch my heart, my dear friend, as does your glorious poetry which is held in my highest esteem. I'm humbled and honored by your generous and heartwarming comments. Thank you, Mike, for your precious thoughts and for the fav, both are cherished, as is your lovely friendship most of all. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/14/2018 8:39:00 AM
With every poem I read I taste more and more beauty.. passion and compassion.. magic and wonder.. the constant struggle to be. the lingering questions of "identity" . belonging to a "motherland". answering "destiny". and so many other heartfelt and shaking thoughts enfolded in a powerful diction and stunning imagery.. a refined and sensitive imagination intertwined with human reality! A wonderful write worthy of honour and praise. a FAV. Revel in Beauty Dear Susan. warmest wishes. Love and hugs.
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:43:00 PM
My dearest friend, Besma, your gracious visit lights up my page with your lovely presence. The beauty of your precious comments truly touches my heart. It is the highest honor to receive such uplifting words from a vibrant friend, a beautiful soul sister and an esteemed poetess of sincere heart and soul. Your kindness and your fav is deeply appreciated, dear Besma. Warmest wishes, love and hugs always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/14/2018 5:53:00 AM
Captivating poem that brings to life the feelings involved dearest, Susan!
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:45:00 PM
Dearest Demetrios, thank you for the honor of your wonderful visit and your precious comments. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/13/2018 8:21:00 PM
So spiritual Susan, even the structure of this earthy piece seems to float like smoke signals. This is truly epic and such a wonderful tribute to a PS icon...Robert will appreciate this - without a doubt. mm
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:49:00 PM
Thank you, Mark, for your gracious visit and for your wonderful thoughts. Your kindness and your beautiful comments are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/13/2018 5:18:00 PM
Hi Susan. This is not only a poem, but it truly is a masterpiece. Robert will most truly love these words. I often think of your country as well as my Australia, and think how beautiful they would be now if my siily race had not destroyed I all. Very well done, this poem, my friend...Peter
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:47:00 PM
Thank you, Peter, for the honor of your wonderful visit and for sharing your precious thoughts with me. Your kindness and your comments are truly appreciated. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/12/2018 7:27:00 AM
This is beautiful and as always such a great read and write, my dear friend, Susan. This gem should be placed in the folklore history as Harry said. A fave! Love & hugs....Charlie
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Date: 12/13/2018 4:04:00 PM
My charming friend, it is such a pleasure to receive your lovely comments. Thank you for your generous kindness and for the fave. Your presence brings me joy, Charlieku. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/11/2018 4:30:00 PM
A wonderful saga, Susan, should be place into folklore history..
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Date: 12/11/2018 7:09:00 PM
Harry, your esteemed presence here is so truly appreciated, as are your precious comments. It pleases me to know you enjoyed my poem.. thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts, my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/10/2018 6:31:00 PM
this is quite a masterpiece you have concocted, Susan. You show your eloquence splendidly with this poetry and Robert is well honored.
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Date: 12/11/2018 7:04:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea, for your uplifting and inspiring comments. Your gracious visit is truly appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/10/2018 5:41:00 PM
Wow, what a powerful poem about a vanishing native tribe and the brave member who turns to face the enemy "one last time," knowing his life will be taken. I got chills reading it, Susan. This could be a novel for its compelling content. Bravo! Hugs, Carolyn
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Date: 12/11/2018 8:17:00 PM
Carolyn, I’m so pleased you enjoyed my poem and your wonderful comments are truly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me, my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/10/2018 2:40:00 AM
Ok sister if i wasn't ready I am totally now ! Insane that is lol! My dear sister your writes are always perfection and I am in awe! As always my dear sane sister! Love it! Smile Dragon Fire
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Date: 12/11/2018 8:13:00 PM
Oh my dear sissy of the insane membrane, your craziness warms my sane heart.. lol! Thank you for your wonderful comments, Dragon Fire, your awesomeness is always appreciated. Love and hugs, your sane sissy, Illum:))
Date: 12/10/2018 12:35:00 AM
- A beautiful poem, Susan :) - I wish you and your family a peaceful and lovely Christmas :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:39:00 PM
Thank you, Anne-Lise, for your lovely comments and heartwarming Christmas wishes. Warmest wishes to you and may this Christmas season be filled with blessings and joy for you and your family.. ~Susan
Date: 12/9/2018 11:48:00 PM
Robert will be very proud..Powerhouse piece, SA. :=)) WK
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:41:00 PM
Thank you, WK, for your uplifting comments. Your presence here is always so appreciated. Warmest wishes always.. SA
Date: 12/9/2018 11:33:00 PM
This is such a wonderful poem, to a fine gentleman, this was such a pleasure to read!!!
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:43:00 PM
Thank you, Arthur, for your heartwarming and uplifting comments. Your gracious visit is truly appreciated. warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/9/2018 4:55:00 PM
Al usual your poetry is outstanding, dear Susan, I can see how much effort went into this beautiful piece. TaAke care, xo
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Date: 12/11/2018 7:01:00 PM
Thank you, dear Pixie, for your beautiful comments and for your inspiring presence. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/9/2018 4:14:00 PM
you came right from the heart and squeezed all the juice, pulp of fluent words to embrace personal thoughts for our good friend, robert... surely one of your best, susan... phenomenal.. huggs
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Date: 12/11/2018 6:59:00 PM
The beauty of your comments touch my heart very deeply, Nette. I relish your precious thoughts and your gracious visit. Thank you and warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/9/2018 12:02:00 PM
I am lost for words, Susan! This is poetry at its very best. Yours is a gift which never goes to waste; your ink flows without hesitation, every word being afforded its due importance in the context where it is used. How lovely it is to be so inspired by a fellow poet! Robert deserves recognition. ~ Warm regards & Hugs, my friend. // paul
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Date: 12/15/2018 8:55:00 PM
Thank you, Carolyn, for the warmth of your confidence in my abilities and for the gift of your priceless encouragement. I shall treasure your sentiments always.. ~Susan
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/14/2018 4:49:00 PM
What Paul said is true, Susan. Never doubt your own skill as it is beyond what many of us can hope to achieve.
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Date: 12/11/2018 6:55:00 PM
Paul, now I am at a loss for words, for your generous and thoughtful comments touch my heart so deeply. Thank you, my dear friend, I continue to learn from you, your friendship, your amazing poetry and your gentle, heartfelt critiques that inspire and encourage me to keep reaching higher. Your presence is truly cherished. Warmest wishes and hugs always my inspiring friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/9/2018 8:39:00 AM
Such a brilliant poem, with a great use of vocabulary.. A great dedication to a wonderful man..
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:22:00 PM
Thank you, Silent One, for such heartwarming comments and kindness. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 12/8/2018 5:05:00 PM
What a beautiful verse Susan and a lovely dedication to Robert who is a great inspiration to many of us here on soup. Tom.
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:21:00 PM
Thank you, Tom, for your gracious visit and your heartwarming comments. warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/8/2018 1:10:00 PM
A beautiful dedication to a dear friend, Susan. Such a wonderful well written masterpiece you have inked. Robert is blessed to have such a fine friend of you...love this and a fave :) have a nice weekend...Charlieku
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:19:00 PM
My dear friend, Charlieku, your precious comments warm my heart. I'm so happy that you love this poem, I knew that you kindness, compassion and generous nature would be able to relate to the heart of this poem. I so appreciate your treasured thoughts and the fave, my very charming friend. Warmest wishes always, but especially during this holiday season.. ~Susan
Date: 12/8/2018 12:29:00 PM
This part is amazing: "I want to run but I keep my loping stride for I will get there; to the track to the other side when the twilight tastes of blood" as is the entire missive, my Susan dear. Nice job! I am sure Robert is thrilled as I am for him and you.
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:11:00 PM
Caren, I am so pleased that you enjoyed my poem and your wonderful comments are so uplifting. Thank you, my wonderful friend, for sharing your precious thoughts. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/8/2018 12:23:00 PM
I am truly honored that you have dedicated this poem to me my dear friend. Such mesmerizing deep thoughts and intense imagery cast in such creative and golden free verse form reveals a true wealth of poetic prowess and a solid foundation of a caring, warm and giving heart! That its wolf howls for that which has vanished reflects as in man- regret born of great loss and Fate's unrelenting powers.. A fav.. a gem...
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Date: 12/10/2018 1:08:00 PM
My dear friend, Robert, it was such a pleasure to dedicate this poem to you. I am so pleased and proud to be able to honor you, your friendship and your majestic poetry in this way. Your poem 'American Indian, Nightshades, Moonshadows, And Howling Wolf..' truly resonated with me and took up residence in my heart, soul and imagination. Thank you for your inspiration and for your beautiful comments and the fav, all are so deeply appreciated. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 12/8/2018 12:45:00 PM
My dear friend, your beautiful and powerful poem easily eclipses that of my humbly and heartfelt poem on my ancestors titled, 'American Indian, Nightshade, Moonshadows and Howling Wolf'. Your wolf clearly was leader of the pack and perhaps the lone survivor, mourning such an epic and sorrowfully deep loss. One that Fate in its invincible powers decreed alter the world of an entire race of peoples that lived in far, far greater harmony with Earth, Sky And Mother Nature.
Date: 12/8/2018 12:17:00 PM
A sumptuous epic ! A masterpiece worthy of its dedication to a great poet like Robert. Brilliant, fave.
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Date: 12/10/2018 12:59:00 PM
Thank you, Lawrence, for your precious comments and for the fave. I hold your esteemed opinion in the highest regard. Warmest wishes always, my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 12/8/2018 12:38:00 PM
My great friend, you summed it up correctly. It is truly a sumptuous epic and a wonderful example of the great and high level that the "free verse form" can attain when birthed by a truly magnificently talented poet, IMHO..
Date: 12/8/2018 11:48:00 AM
Susan, a sensory panoramic poem which moves the reader from the merely cognitive to a deeply affective empathy and insightful sharing presence. A gifted trait found in your poetry. What a gracious dedication to Robert. All the best...g
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Date: 12/10/2018 12:54:00 PM
George, your gracious visit and precious comments are held in the pocket of my deepest appreciation. Thank you for sharing your inspiring thoughts and your generous kindness with me. Your esteemed presence here shines with golden light, my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 12/8/2018 11:45:00 AM
What a wonderful write...I can swear you were there in the poem...you play it real...what an ability...Thumbs up Susan... I am sure it happened as you wrote.... All the best Always...
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Date: 12/10/2018 12:49:00 PM
Thank you, Arturo, for your inspiring comments. I'm so happy you enjoyed my poem. Your golden presence is always uplifting and appreciated, mon ami. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan