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ice vitrifies my thoughts this jewel day
  oaks diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  onyx bushes flocked with moonstone wool

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart




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Ice occupies my thoughts this jewel day
  trees diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  jet bushes flocked with moonstone fleece

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart.




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#2
Hey dukealien,
First impression is wow! This was really impressive with all the nice strong images. My favorite is the 4th line with “moonstone fleece.” I also really like the alliteration. Also all the different rocks and jewels was a nice touch. I’m trying to find something that I don’t like about it but there’s really nothing because it is an easy read with no hiccups, the words just flowed and worked really well together with a nice twist at the end. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. I’ll definitely come back to it.
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#3
This is marvelous. Would it be better to add punctuation throughout, and not just at the last line (why only the single period?)? I initially thought that it might be better to name a specific type of tree and bush as we are normally told to do, but I'm not sure any specific tree would *sound* as good as the word "tree". Elms diamond-clad? Perhaps. Is "occupy" the best word for what ice is doing to your thoughts? Seem to be consumed or tormented by these thoughts.
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#4
Hey duke-

Texas surely did take an ugly beating.  Thanks for finding some beauty in it. 

I was perplexed by the word "jet", slipped hard on it, and almost busted my eyeballs.  I took it to mean mean "jet", as in jet black.  Then I wondered what "jet bushes" look like.  So, me being me, I had to look it up...

When I googled for further definition, the first thing I came up with was "Jett Bush is a 6-2, 220-pound Inside Linebacker from Houston, TX."  The place is close, but the image not.  Once I'd done that, it froze up the whole thing for me.  Had to look it up and spoil it for myself, didn't I? Damnit!

Of course "jet" also refers to "a type of lignite, the lowest rank of coal, and is a gemstone."  I wish I'd seen this definition first, as it fits perfectly,  contrasting black and white.  If it was "jet outcroppings", I probably would never have sought clarification.

'Cept for my need to define that one, little, three letter word, and mess up its meaning, this was a lovely piece of work for me. 

Thanks,
Mark

ps. never underestimate the unintended consequences on readers who cannot help but look things up. I guarantee that from now on I'll smile whenever I read the word "jet."
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ice vitrifies my thoughts this jewel day
  oaks diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  onyx bushes flocked with moonstone wool

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart




Thanks to all critics.  At the risk of trying too hard, I've incorporated just about all the advice in this edit - including removal of punctuation other then hyphens, line breaks, and a bit of white space.  


I had this ready to post when @Mark provided his insight... already had the vague feeling "jet" was too multi.  The result brings the line closer to IP.   "Vitrifies" came hard, and may be a mistake:  "turns to glass" fits dictionary-wise, but could be another lookup trap.
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(02-20-2021, 11:23 AM)dukealien Wrote:  unmelted


ice vitrifies my thoughts this jewel day (Jewel day? What does that mean?) I would remove jewel day to reflecting day, it can remind the reader of a mirror or something reflected!
  oaks diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  onyx bushes flocked with moonstone wool (Interesting image, what is moonstone wool?)

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart (Nice ending! I like the simile of deep frozen as your unresponsive heart) Really good writing




original version;
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Ice occupies my thoughts this jewel day
  trees diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  jet bushes flocked with moonstone fleece

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart.





Wow! I like this little ditty of a poem! I like the way you form images using words like "streets dimly pearled" and "onyx bushes" what is moonstone wool? That was something I didn't understand. But other than that you have a great poem. I made some comment above. By the way: the original version isn't as good as the current one. But at least it carries poetic weight.
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(04-15-2021, 05:10 AM)Majestic Sun Wrote:  
(02-20-2021, 11:23 AM)dukealien Wrote:  unmelted


ice vitrifies my thoughts this jewel day (Jewel day? What does that mean?) I would remove jewel day to reflecting day, it can remind the reader of a mirror or something reflected!
  oaks diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  onyx bushes flocked with moonstone wool (Interesting image, what is moonstone wool?)

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart (Nice ending! I like the simile of deep frozen as your unresponsive heart) Really good writing




original version;
Unmelted


Ice occupies my thoughts this jewel day
  trees diamond-clad
  streets dimly pearled
  jet bushes flocked with moonstone fleece

bright bitter beauty’s gemstone silences
deep-frozen as your unresponsive heart.





Wow! I like this little ditty of a poem! I like the way you form images using words like "streets dimly pearled" and "onyx bushes" what is moonstone wool? That was something I didn't understand. But other than that you have a great poem. I made some comment above. By the way: the original version isn't as good as the current one. But at least it carries poetic weight.

Thanks, haven't found a better alternative to "vitrifies" yet.


Moonstone is a semiprecious white gemstone that is opalescent and a bit translucent.  I was actually thinking of a type of Depression glass, also called "moonstone," that blends from white at the edges to clear glass at the center with a hobnail texture.  The bushes in question were clumped with white snow (looking a bit like wool on sheep) at the top, glazed with a light frozen sun-melt, and also shading into clear ice coating down the stems.  Those bushes, by the way, are now brown, papery, and crumble when touched:  they're quite dead.  Some life in North Texas is not coming back after the freeze.
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#8
Good Afternoon,
  I truly appreciated the moonstone description, I found myself wondering how you were going to infer a unique analysis of snow and this did not disappoint. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of is an emphasis on the intense and deafening silence produced by nature's blanket. Wonderful work!
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