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by Kate Burnside
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Life dangles by a single thread –
just a shallow lungful of air
keeps me anchored here.

The gravity of breathing
ropes me to earth,
graciously granting me mooring.

Sewn to life’s surface
by separate breaths,
moment by moment
my licence renews.

Each stitch counts,
from first to last,
so I choose my thread

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Reviewed by Chanti Niven 7/18/2006
Incredible analogy. The delicate weave of your words creates an artistic tapestry that is a delight to behold. Your poetry is not only a visual delight, it seems to have texture and depth as well - definite feel. This is what separates you from so many others.
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 7/7/2006
Dangling yet grounded throughout this common theme of thread....breathed deeply and expelled slowly...and cautiously.
Love, Taylor
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/27/2006
Very wisely said!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/27/2006
So glad I back-peddled in order to catch this one Kate ... a message weaved of the spirit, by the spirit, and for the spirit.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/26/2006
Not only beautifully written, but sage words by which to live. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 6/26/2006
"Each stitch counts" how true...first to last! There are some delicious allusions and images in this poem. I liked the central metaphor, and how you expand it with those images.

Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/26/2006
Stitched to perfection Mizz MP, you certainly chose the correct thread here, Superb!!
Reviewed by jude forese 6/25/2006
a marvelous conceptual tapestry of imagery tailored by a wise and proficient poet ...
Reviewed by Aberjhani 6/25/2006
So exquisitely fine in concept, spirit, and implicaton, that reading TENUOUS makes the reader proceed from one line to the next with much caution, lest he should upset some fragile balance between the faith ordained by love and the courage allowed by hope. An entire little world sustains a reality of spiritual enchantment that makes these words something more than a poem dressed up in the black and white of a page.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/25/2006
Dear Kate:

Sometimes the stitches scares do tighten up after they're removed. Take it easy one day at a time. Do some excercises to loosen the scars one day at a time. Eventually, you will breathe easier.

Hope you are well already.

A well-expressed piece!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/25/2006
Serious thoughts penned here...alot of wisdom too Sis!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 6/25/2006
Ah Kate, how powerful and deep this is, excellent poetry.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/25/2006
And such a wise thing to do, Kate.
Reviewed by A PAX 6/25/2006
this clueless asthmatic is saving this......ty Kate B

pax A
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/25/2006
Keep breathing Kate. I thought you'd had the stitches removed...
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 6/24/2006
..such a precious gift, this THING we call LIFE..yet how many of us gasp for breath either metaphorically or literally..too many ..too many..

I saved this piece are an Angel of wisdom..
Love your work..

vesna :)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/24/2006
This is a great write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/24/2006
Tenuous,but you know to choose your threads wisely!That's the key init!?;-)
Superb as always!
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 6/24/2006
~~Kate~~great poem~~

Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/24/2006
Lol! You know me and thread :). The love for this vehicle in writing we share. So many analogies can be made from a simple length of string. But when you think of it every bit of our lives is measured and connected by "tenuous" threads. Beautiful!!!

Reviewed by F William Broome 6/24/2006
A master seamstress you are, now, eh, Lassie?"
Sure, and a very good one, too.
You breathe soul and matter into the businss of livong.
And, so far, with stitches well crafted and tied off.

- Bill
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 6/24/2006
Excellent metaphor, Kate. Life truly hangs by a thread and as we all have seen, more times than we would like, in the blink of an eye all that we are, all that we know, all that we have and all that we love can change or be swept away forever. Every breath is a golden thread in the quilt of life and once exhaled, it leaves us only a memory that is but a whisper on the wind. Make the best of every moment, live today as though tomorrow will never come, love as completely as we can and laugh as through we have gone stark-raving mad. Let us not simply slip away...let our roar be heard until we have exhaled our final breath and then echo in the hearts of all whom we loved, for eternity. This is a beautiful reminder of how fragile life is and how letting even one day slip away, missing the beauty and joy that surrounds us would be an irreversible shame.

Take care,


Reviewed by J M 6/24/2006
This Kate is so uplifting life is fragile and it is necessary to choose wisely for we get one change to complete the race of life and make it our legacy and our life line to the eternal home thank you for reminding me of this precious truth XX Joselyn
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/24/2006
((((So true Kate ))) your wisdom of the ancients astonishes me..Yes, I get it!

Peace & Love, Dove
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/24/2006
Very wise words and sentiments..
We should always cut our cloth to suit our coat...
And give thanks to the One who breathed life into us..
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