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by Kate Burnside

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Going ga-ga having spent the day viewing nursing homes... This dribbled out of my brain tuning in to one dear old lady's demented ramblings... enough to make you weep. Never mind... perhaps the sun will have his hat on tomorrow (see, what did I tell you??!!) :)) K xx


She asked if he would like to dance with her.
He was silent –
it wasn’t something he had thought about;
wasn’t sure why or what good it would do.
Besides, it might expose her to hazards:
potential fractures or the intrusion of preying eyes.
She didn’t think she was either
glass or an endangered species,
but she married him anyway.
Years later, he became used
to her waking in the morning
looking drained, listless and with a stiff neck.
His puzzlement deepened when he discovered
she slept with a crystal slipper under her pillow.
It convinced him he had been right about the dancing
all along.

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Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/28/2006
DANCE gives substance and depth to definitive moments that blossom into entire destinies filled with poignant irony and tear-stained beauty. Equally profound, unsettling, and enchanting.
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 1/20/2006
sadness & madness, a chilling & disturbing reflection on human alienation saludos
Reviewed by Candy T (Reader) 1/20/2006
your style of writing is lovely - you have a genuine and gentle way of expressing yourself - and i like it. thank you
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 1/20/2006
This is a unique poem, I liked the struggle between life positions in one axis and competition between the lasting and ephemeral elements in another...!

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/19/2006
Weren't we all supposed to grow up to be princesses and to be romanced and cared for throughout our life by some prince who had rescued us while mounted upon his perfect white steed? There are times when I wish I could crawl into that fantasy and hide there for a while...a day spent looking at nursing homes for my mother surely would be one of those days. I am keeping you and your mum in my prayers.
Take care,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/19/2006

Choked up--this evokes powerful imagery and sensations...stunningly penned and presented, missed opportunities, indeed.

Gad I hate nursing and your dear little Mum are always in my prayers...

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/19/2006
touching and heartfelt write, kate; you know how to make a reader feel what you write! that is the gift of a TRUE writer! brava!

(((HUGS))), much love, and many prayers, your friend in america, karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by J M 1/19/2006
The cinder effects i have to agree are superb for this sad poem this one has so much expression and depth offered and memlries too. Wonderful work Kate.
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/19/2006
You can even make the smells of nursing homes go away in my mind. Such a sad, eloquent write about missed opportunities. We are having a time with our mothers right now. You're my sister in Boomer Bondage. Love, Janet
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/19/2006

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/19/2006
Oh! this is just superb Cinders, love the concept, this appeals to my AB side and the capture of those small moments in life in which so much is expressed. Excellent Kate, blessings to you and your mum.

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/19/2006
Ah my dear Kate, the nursing home scene is as surreal as this exquisitely penned verse. Rich fodder for poetic insights... Dance in whatever manner life permits!
Thoughts are with you,
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/18/2006
Women from the beginning-->when we are called Little Women--->say about five years old, are brought up to believe in this friggin' myth of a prince! What's that about! Dancing in our dreams is a night well spent! Sleeping with a glass slipper under our pillow lets us stay in step and take the lead. Keep a dance-dream journal like you do an angry journal. Each time you want to dream dance, record the exact time, place, and incident! Dance on Pumpkin Girl! I'll be here scrubbin' the cat pizz floors for our angry wench step sisters!

Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 1/18/2006

Your inner strength shines brilliantly through your work! Very unique and extremely touching!
Reviewed by Bennett 1/18/2006
This was very cute and i admire your imagination in this piece which reminded me of Cinderella.
Reviewed by jude forese 1/18/2006
sometimes when life avoids our desires, we simply dream about them ... and those who avoided fulfilling our desires feel justifed that they did because they only see and feel what they want to ...

unique write in its conceptual presentation ...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/18/2006
Very daring and dashing write about a subject we all know from childhood and it leaves so many questions unansweerd like what happened to the prince, did she never find the other slipper etc etc etc. Still it leaves the poor women looking like she settled though in her heart still hoped the prince would return. Interesting swett Kate interesting indeed.

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/18/2006
How c l e v e r !! Builds slowly, then. . .w h o a. Love it! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Peter Paton 1/18/2006
Very sad and introspective Kate
My take on it, is she was right about the dancing all along, and he realised it much too late in the day !
Your perceptive writes cuts with the precision and acuteness of a surgeon's scalpel !
Take good care of yourself and your Mum !
God Bless
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/18/2006
love it cinders..

Reviewed by F William Broome 1/18/2006
This ils a delicious tale of, "From whose perspective?" It is deeply wise and applicable to any life of whatever age. How dull and permanent are the "why botrher" decision producing consequences lasting for a lifetime and more! And, there you go; throwing in validation at the end, making that male klutz look as if was the wiser all along. Wrong, wrong, wrong. How much of a joyous stepping stone creek crosing life he missed, simply because he was too plain and uninvolved he feared that a dance mght open up a new life!

Thanks for giving us this one to ponder. - Bill
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/18/2006
Oh my Kate! Just got through telling Janet it's all too sad, and now I must repeat myself;-) Sorry about your Mom, I hope you remember to take care while you go through this trying time. You know what happwns when your resistance gets too low.nuff said! You and situation in my prayers. Superb write as always!


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