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La Vuelta
by Kate Burnside
Sunday, August 14, 2005
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OK, so now I'm high on both Anne Sexton AND sudden thoughts of the possibility of a brief return to Spain when I've completed my course at the end of September... you try and stop me!! :)) K xx


“Or perhaps, my darling,
because it is early afternoon,
I will forget that my voice is full of good people,
forget how my legs could sprawl on the terrace,
forget all that the birds might witness,
the torn dress, the shoes lost in the arbour,
while the neighbour’s lawnmower bites and spits out
some new little rows of innocent grass.”

Anne Sexton, “Your Face On The Dog’s Neck”

Because in Spain we were free;
because on holiday it was never “too early” –
or “too late”;

because the terracotta tiles were warm
and bikinis made things easy;

because there were only the mesmerised cattle
and the sound of them tearing parched grass
outside our boundary wall --

perhaps we will leave again
the temperance of this English summer

and return to welcome heat of knowing dust,
speaking words that are our own.


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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/30/2011
A nice, warm ending on this poem, as though one hates the thought of leaving for a minute. A soothing tone to this piece, Kate.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/16/2005

Move over...I'm coming with you. :) A beautiful, beautiful write...sigh. I need another vacation!!!!!!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 8/15/2005
Yes, you are in love with language. :-) It's so evident in your poetry. You've got a natural gift that is being honed moreso by your studies, and you growth is astounding. Reading you is always a treat, Kate. Like the upgrade on the bio page too. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by jude forese 8/15/2005
i have become very familiar with the wonder of Spain and the beautiful poetry it can inspire ... exceptionally beautiful poem, Kate ...
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 8/15/2005
Getaway places always seem like the perfect heaven, don't they? I think Majorca might be fun, so I could find out how they grow great tennis players like Raphael Nadal:) Loved this breath of fresh air poem:)
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/15/2005
Oh how very lovely this is, beautifully written!

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/15/2005
Dear Sister Angel....such a romantic write....You have captured everything that needs to be captured in this mesmerizing write of yours.....great lines all the way from top to bottom....My favorite lines....because there were only the mesmerised cattle
and the sound of them tearing parched grass
outside our boundary wall ....clap clap n luck...wonderful picture and great flow....The thing I adore about your poetry is your flow...they are n luck...BHUWAN!!!!
Reviewed by A PAX 8/15/2005
oh so true
why do vacations/holidays.......allow us to
PERMIT ourselves such libertion of spirit....we should be on mini vacations all the time........
and mentally remove our obsticles........or at least ignore the _uckers!
enjoyed this........could feel the sun and sand!!!
pax A
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 8/15/2005
Kate, before I begin, I must LOL at what Poet’s Soul said, because it was the very first thought that crossed my mind, my gifted friend. However, once I settled down and began traversing through the wonderful texture and well-balanced poetry you’ve presented, I easily became excited about a place I have never been. One can always become reenergized by visiting another country where the beautiful and serene surroundings you have so fluently described. It’s always a wonderful pleasure and learning experience to visit your Den, and hopefully you’ll have another opportunity to visit a place where it is obvious held dear to your very being. Thank you for sharing your work and brilliant mind. Take good care and be well.
Reviewed by Leah Wilson 8/14/2005
Enchanting! That is the word that comes to my mind. Enchanting and romantic. Your poem and photos make me homesick for a place that I've never been. I can see myself sitting there overlooking that breathtaking scenery while trying to capture its image on canvas; Feeling the freedom from time and all its restraints. <sigh> Love, Leah
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/14/2005
Has overtones of enchanted April.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 8/14/2005
You make me want to be a stowaway in your luggage, Kate. What a delightful air you have created in this beautiful poem.
Take care,
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/14/2005
Spain is indeed a wonderful counrty and your work honors it well.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 8/14/2005
my traveling has been too close to home, poetry like this allows my mind to travel
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/14/2005
Beautifully done Kate, oh how lovely that you may visit Spain again so soon! It certainly has inspired you, and I love this poem!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/14/2005
Wow room in your suitcase for me, the more you write of it the stronger my craving is to go. Wonderful word paintints in this whole series sweet Kate. YOu have me sold.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/14/2005
Because in Spain we were free;
because on holiday it was never “too early” –
or “too late”;

And a very good reason to return there, Kate - and I hope you can soon.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/14/2005
Perhaps indeed. To a place that is a living poem.

Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 8/14/2005
Oh... gosh! I wish I was there. I loved this poem.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 8/14/2005
Ah Kate, I've missed your poetry. I've always admired your unique approach and incredible ability to express. I read this and disappeared for a few moments in happy reverie. Thank you for the escapism. I can't wait to get tucked into the all the rest that I've missed.
Love Chanti

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