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My Poetry, My Hair
by Kate Burnside
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My poetry is my hair:

The little-girl tresses I lacked as a child,
never ruffled by father or plaited by mom.

The heavy mane of my coltish years -
not the freak-flag proclaiming
rampant teenage rebellion,
but the drape to conceal
my brokenness.

The load to be shed,
discarding the years
of wastage and
unwanted sickness.

My hair
My poetry
My flag

Now it billows around me
like the vibrant golds of autumn,
the fruit of an Indian Summer.

You can admire it sophisticated, neatly styled;
or free-flying wild and reckless.

But I like it best
if you would only
take a lock of it
and tenderly wear it
close to your heart.

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Reviewed by Chanti Niven
In the bible it was said that Samson's stregth was in his hair. If your creativity is in yours, anyone would be proud to wear a lock close to their heart. Your words are held close to the hearts of many. Lovely analogy Kate.
Reviewed by M. B.
Kate what a stunning new way to see! That's just it, your poetry opens spiritual eyes.

~ Mari
Reviewed by Paul Williams
Kate I never knew your hair was written in such beauty, exceptional.

Reviewed by Dale Clark
This is a unique piece, I love it.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Please send a lock of the 'free-flying, wild, and reckless' hair - for that's truly the best kind!
Reviewed by jude forese
the symbolic metaphor of this poem definitely has style to it ... no doubt, a lock would be an endearing reminder of that wonderful mind on that creative head of yours ;)
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson
Very creative, Kate! Well done!
Reviewed by L. Figgins
I love this Kate! Great write. My hair was long and braided down my back until the age of seven, when my mother saw fit to cut my hair and give me a perm-as was the fashion. I was mortified and moarned my braids. Annie Oakley was my heroine and she had braids. Pippi Longstocking had braids. Madelaine had braids. The Lady locked in the tower had one long flowing braid. During my flower child days, it grew below my buttocks and as you write here-it was my flag flying free!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
Our hair says so much about who we are and how we are feeling. We can dress it up, dress it down, comb it coy, curl it hot and sexy, color it playful or sultry. Our hair is something we can so easily change to reflect our mood, or perhaps change our mood. Our poetry seems to be able to follow all those same rules and possibilities..both reflections of our spirit and projections of how we wish to be viewed. Excellent writing, Kate.
Take care,
Reviewed by Felix Perry
This is soooooo lovely Kate, I think one of your very best to date. I would be honored as George said to have a lock too. Great choice of topic and comparison,

Reviewed by Sue Hess
how pretty, and so nicely written
Reviewed by George Carroll
Awww this is so sweet. Clip a lock for me darling.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

No problem--your poetry is something I look forward to reading every day. It's close to my heart, so no worries!

Beautiful metaphor--LOVE this write.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by E T Waldron
So uplifting Kate. It's like a dream come true story.
A cinderella poem, beautifully written! A womans hair
means so much to us, it has mysterious qualities;-).

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
This was incredibly lovely, such a beautiful and inspirational poem, loved this,

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
The Autumn of your life...
Every blighter ruffled my hair. Saying it's baby soft..
Yup love the free flying meself..
Like how you write from youngster, to your autumnial years..
Nice metaphor..
Reviewed by Aberjhani
In this poem you wear your hair dynamically metaphorically coifed and irresistably rhythmically delightful.
Reviewed by A PAX
I wrote a poem awhile back about my inner self, and my hair.......sort of on the line of yours..........

good stuff kate :)

and so so true

Those curious locks so aptly twin'd,
Whose every hair a soul doth bind.
~Thomas Carew

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