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Island Occupation
by Kate Burnside

Tuesday, August 17, 2004
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ISLAND OCCUPATION


Aegean Island peoples:
from generation to generation
warm and hospitable
welcoming
child-loving;
verbally passionate
with music and rhythm
in body and soul

Their beaches still now
occupied;
possessed again
by other Europeans
come once more
to take advantage

of their
generous skies
and life-giving waters;
to reap of their benefits,
to refuel and recharge


What spills upon
these blood-cleansed beaches
now
is nothing more than
German lager or Italian ice-cream,
oozing over comfortable bodies
living in an uneasy peace

Whose only sacrifice today
would be
the cost and effort
of getting here


Island occupation:
the preoccupation
of those now at war
with commitment to duty -
the daily grind

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Reviewed by Jane Rodway 8/17/2004
This is so interesting, really makes one think.
Reviewed by jude forese 8/17/2004
war: that beach should be out of reach for all ...

powerfully penned, very interesting piece ...
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 8/17/2004
great write, Kate.
Reviewed by A PAX 8/17/2004
You know I like what you Europeans call vacations.......its so much more festive and joyful when called Holiday!!!

Makes me smile.........

Your write shows the smallness of the world........and yet does not diminish the link of humanity and its needs.......

we all need that chill out time..........

ty for this smile!!! pax A :)
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 8/17/2004
Dear Kate,

As usual people do like to take advantage where they can, and unfortunately there are many !! Excellent write Kate.

warm hugs
Elga
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/17/2004
Powerful write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/17/2004
You make an excellent champion for the cause, Kate!
Methinks humanity the world over has let respect
go the way of the dinosaur!Fine write!
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 8/17/2004
WEll said..should be published in Time magazine...

I've saved this one Thanks Kate!


Vesna :)
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 8/17/2004
This is a really lovely, and unselfish, piece of poetry Kate.
You are so good at giving us vivid images that come from the
heart.
I'm glad I began reading you awhile back, and wish I'd started
sooner/1
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 8/17/2004
daily grind with war is something most of us will never know...I hope. Your poem is tender towards our friends . War and hatred are two words that scare me and words I don't ever want to fully understand. Your poem is due. Thank you!
Susan
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/17/2004
It sounds so beautiful, lovely Kate,

Reindeer
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 8/17/2004
Interesting, well penned Kate and enjoyed.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/17/2004
They are, indeed, a warm hospitable people; and I have enjoyed their hospitality, and graciousness, too.
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 8/17/2004
An exceptionally well-written write, Kate. There are far too many human beings being told when, where, what and how to do it, yet, all these people only want, is to live in peace on their own sacred soil. Excellent work as usual, Poet! Teach those young rascals a few new ideas while you’re there. Enjoy yourself and be well. Take care.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/17/2004
It is always good to get away to some beaches for travelling purpose, just to be away from the everyday's life. I won't think too hard on what has happened there on the beach. It's something that we don't have any control over - the past.

Sandie May Angel
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 8/17/2004
Great write. I appreciate your concern, Kate. so much of devastation has been inflicted upon other people's beaches. Excellent poetry.
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 8/17/2004
cheap holidays in other people's misery, sang johnny rotton, but in this case i don't think so - it's a shrinking world and thank god for travel, getting away from the over-familiar surroundings - should be a free yearly holiday for every hard-pressed british family; wouldn't cost the earth - have to ask Mr Blair what he thinks. Nice poem kate!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/17/2004
Aw, Buddy, that is so sweet; I misses you, too, but am rockin around the clock at Soul Survivor this week, a hip-hop Christian Youth Festival for about 8,000 13-25yr olds (yeah, I know... how come I get in?! Got my pass stamped by a Higher Authority, I guess!) So will be away pretty much for a while... missin ya'all aleady!! Loadsa blessin, though! Kavortin Kate xx
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/17/2004
Kate,
Excellent write. One could never imagine the death and devastation that once touched those beaches by the look of them today. You write with much love and passion. Enjoyed much.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/17/2004
Well done, have you been watching island at war, when our channel islands were occupied..Nice one.

Kartland Kate..everyone miss's you at your 4 weds and I hope not a funeral. but old Simon Callow is great.


German bags....

love this

Komrade Kate



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