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Warwife
by Kate Burnside
Friday, February 10, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Not sure where this one came from... I must be thinkin of Nicole Kidman...!! :)) K xx


WARWIFE


I am not she with balls of steel
and breast of munitions.

I cannot promise to be strong,
to be noble or good or to
take care of business.

No.

I am darkened dove with trailing wing,
a limping sign of sobbed-for peace,
fleeing pathetically along the ground
before running-into-battle boots;

I am tattered, muddied ensign,
the raised and listless war-torn flag
that ravaged faces look to,
despondent as an unresigned sigh;

I am your pole star shot and falling
from burning acid night sky,
merging with the fire blast
of howling blinding shells…

Yet it is I who make you
determined to return,
I who make you strong –

my feeble frailty
soldering your guts for the fight.

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Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 7/22/2006
a much needed perspective, kate. perfect delivery-- as always.
peace and blessings,
carolyn
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/11/2006
Parts of this have An Owen, Sassoon feel, the feel of being in the trenchs' but also Kipling with his personal tragedy.

Yet it is I who make you
determined to return,
I who make you strong – <-------The backbone of many a man has been his little lady with this kind of metal keeping him strong and so it will continue..
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/11/2006
Great tribute Kate!!

I struggle enough within the battlefields of my own mind to be brave enough to bear warwifes battles too!!

I think I wil explode "BOOM"

Love Tinka
Reviewed by jude forese 2/10/2006
wow, Kate ... this is really solid poetry ... warwives wear invisible medals of bravery ...
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 2/10/2006
Excellent tribute to war wives who also serve. R
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/10/2006
Where ever it came from, good thing it found you! This is excellent, compelling work!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/10/2006
This is an outstanding write because it was truly
inspired ! The reasons we go to war are usually hard to define, but you managed to do so perfectly! It shows that even when we hate it and know the cost of how horrific it is ,we still go. An impeccable poem Kate, my new favorite of yours and a gift to keep! Thanks for sharing! Eileen^
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/10/2006
Wow...where did that come from...and must agree with William.
An amazing work.
Reviewed by F William Broome 2/10/2006
Graphic and gripping utterances from the heart of woman. She, who is caught up in her husband's duty and willingness to serve is a time warp of unreality.Your words speak to all hearts - even those who seem to believe that Peace is a thing to be had without sacrafice and danger. To say that it as always been thus, is not living in the world of today's headlines.As an old airman in US Air forces, I did my bit, but we had real villaians in those days; Hitler and that Italian runt. I frget what side Stalin was on, and at times, so did he. Who are our enemies today? Terrorists, and those who don't believe that they are REAL with purposeful agendas of destruction and winning!

An amazing write, Good Lady. It should do a lot for men and women to understand how important the woman is in world affairs. Thank You, Friend! - Bill

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/10/2006
Sometimes the poems that come from beyond us are the absolute best, and this is one of your best, Kate. Much strength in this poem. What a song of the power in womanhood! ~~Nordette
PS: Nicole? Are you thinking of the movie Cold Mountain?
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/10/2006
Thank you on behalf of my mother who was a warbride in WW II and all the mothers and wifes out there who were war brides. I'm not supposed to be up but I couldn't help myself. Now back to bed for me.Hugs.
Fee
Reviewed by Janet Parker 2/10/2006
Amazing the way you express this subject. I think about war wives every day and my guts hurt. Fantastic write, Kate.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 2/10/2006
Who knows where the muse roams when we sleep. This write is truly inspired. You speak of weakness but it is about the strength to carry on despite of it. It is an inner strength few find, and eve fewer can penn it like you.

Carmen
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/10/2006
heart touching and well penned.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/10/2006
Kate,

It is for freedom and peace that we go to war; it may not be right, but someone has to fight for what we are and what we believe in! There are people bent on destroying us, and we must do ALL we can to protect our nation and our people. This is why we are at war! Powerful, powerful write; very well expressed! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/10/2006
Kate,

There is a growing pile of "Kate Poems" in my library; this will be added to the stack of great poetry of yours I have read over the last few years. Awesome, awesome work...as a Veteran, I salute you and thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 2/10/2006
~~Kate~only you can guess the origin~i feel the power~great poem~~

~~martin~~
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/10/2006
It is for peace that we battle, how strange that concept seems to be, yet the passion we all have for peace and freedom would be enough to wage battle to defend. "Fighting for peace" initially this seems like an oxymoron, yet, as you have so perfectly stated in your poem, it is from our desire for peace that we find the strength to battle to defend it. Beautiful poem, Kate! As I am sure you knew I would, before you even posted this, "I love it" as I am sure Lisa, as well as many others will also. You echo my heart in this exceptional poem!

Take care,

Sherry
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/10/2006
Has a defining redemptive feel about this awesome composition Kate !
Laced with a spirited St Paul like quality, of even though I am weak in body, I am made of superior inner mettle, even though I am cursed with a thorn in my side by God, I will soldier on in Christ !
Stirring and contemplative work, that signals your return to front line poetry Kate !
Your stock is soaring again !
Peter
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