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by Kate Burnside

Saturday, March 19, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Based on the lyrics of songs by Suzanne Vega... already redrafted since its posting late last night! :)


I have no substance but the sound
of footsteps ticking,
and the brittle branches of my breath
that crack.

My shadow on the pavement
is the scattering of light.

I have once swallowed
a secret burning thread
that cuts me deep inside
and now I have bled.

Leaving a trail for you to find
I keep you close to lick my wounds,
as you walk invisible
on the side of me that's blind.

I long for the freedom
that is a bullet in full flight,
the piercing point of a needle,
the sharp cutting of a knife.

Hold me tight:
cold and round
I am the marble in your pocket;
the eye that watches you

When you see straight through me
I close myself up like a fan,
concealing all the secrets
of the dark side of the moon.

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Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/23/2005
You're writing some exceptional poetry.
I stand in awe!
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 3/20/2005
A beautiful, lyrical piece, Katy dear!
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 3/20/2005
Not to familier with her songs...but I realy like this poem...the 4th stanza is awesome.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/20/2005

A keeper for sure--you've penned a visual, haunting masterpiece that will linger for a while--thank you

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 3/20/2005
Now this is poetry TY
Reviewed by George Jackson 3/20/2005
This is excellent. Keepin' it.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 3/20/2005
Oh, such a joy to read you, Kate. :-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/20/2005
A very different type write for you, Kate - and I agree with Ace on your use of imagery here - wonderful.
Reviewed by jude forese 3/19/2005
excellent poem, Kate ... i like your evolving style and imagery ...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/19/2005
AS long that the fan is rotating, one sure does see through it.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 3/19/2005
Well I second what Felix said and ditto the others. A very fantastice write.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/19/2005
"I keep you close to lick my wounds..." says so much about all that is good in relationships. I liked this write temendously Kate thank you for offering it to us.

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 3/19/2005
This is such a profound write, Kate. Some people do close up so no one can ever get to know them, love them or get under their skin. It is a sad situation, but a common one. This is outstanding writing.
Take care,
Reviewed by Sue Hess 3/19/2005
kate, this is so great, i loved it but i hardly recognized it as your style at first
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/19/2005
Brilliant! No others words apply...
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 3/19/2005
I know alot of people like Suzanne...closing up like a fan so those who can see through them are left clueless. This is a terrific write. I love Suzanne Vega's music too. Michelle

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