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Alive
by Kate Burnside
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Apologies to Louis MacNeice's Prayer Before Birth, which inspired this little outburst... And be glad I changed "armpit" for "brow"!! :)) K xx


ALIVE


Give me seven inches of burning noonday heat
and teeth of hoarfrost to bite my bones

Let me touch just once the slime of a newborn
and the pallid grave-washed skin of the dead

May my eyes witness the birth of the sun
and go blind where night is all-quenching

Release to me hellís perfume
and sweet sweat of heavenís brow

Satisfy my tongue with first fruits of fame
and my lips with bruised gall of adversity

Teach me fealty and lordship
in both friendship and hate

But let me not die without first having lived.

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/10/2006
Very intense poem that impacts the senses with the point being made!
Excellent work Kate!

"I am not yet born; O fill me
With strength against those who would freeze my
humanity, would dragoon me into a lethal automaton," L.M.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 9/10/2006
You went right into the heart of the matter with this astute offering, Kate. As long as we are breathing we should experience all that we can about life and that would include both the yin and then yang in all things. What better way is there to appreciate the best of life than by surviving the worst of it? This is excellent work!
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 9/8/2006
Give me seven inches of burning noonday heat <---not saying a word...

You would not be out of place on the beach, talking to McDuff...
Reviewed by J M 9/8/2006
Kate}}}}}}}}}}}}}}WOW!So powerful the imagery in this poem and the expression lingers long after read.
"Satisfy my tongue with first fruits of fame
and my lips with bruised gall of adversity

Teach me fealty and lordship
in both friendship and hate

But let me not die without first having lived."
awesome XX Joselyn
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/8/2006
Nice!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D

Love ya!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/8/2006
W O W, I am in awe of the emotion and power in your verse, Kate! Brute honesty rings in each perfectly placed word, and you live vicariously. Thank God!!!!! Well done, my (((friend))), never let 'em get ya down.

(((HUGS))), love and prayer, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/8/2006
Sweet Kate what a beautiful and honest write. It's amazing you have captured so much into this one single poem and made things look so clear to me. I have lived and lived to the very edge, now I grow weary and no longer fear death.

Pops
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 9/8/2006
Amen! :-) Well-crafted verse as always, Kate.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 9/7/2006
AMEN, Kate.... AMEN! Good to read you again.... Thank you for sharing...

In Spirit,
Bear
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/7/2006
"But let me not die without first having lived"

Kate, I have to say I guess I am not to swift with understanding things but I sure as hell understood and agree with the last line there...Ed
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 9/7/2006
You said it all and the plea to live without fading out of the dream is a request of the deepest yearning. I feel your fist clinched to your breasts and the pine that is silent in your eyes. Well done my friend, Kate.

Love,
Susan
Reviewed by Aberjhani 9/7/2006
One of the most passionately rousing anthems to the will to live life at its fullest that I've ever had the immense pleasure of reading. More than simply interpreting existence, these lines empower it with daring vitality both metaphorical and actual.
Aberjhani
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 9/7/2006
your poems wash like waves over me. love the passion and alive-ness here, Kate. your friend and fan for life, Dawn
Reviewed by jude forese 9/7/2006
an outstanding metaphoric creation ...
Reviewed by Peter Paton 9/7/2006
Anita

I tend to agree with A Pax'below completely...LOL

Peter
Reviewed by Paul Williams 9/7/2006
I can do 9, How's that? LOL! (soz, in one of those moods lol);) This is TOTALY BLOODY BRILL!!! Mizzz MP, outstanding word play and metaphor, and the imagery just speaks for itself...I'm saving this 'un. Kudos! dear Lady.
Is it me? or are mi' armpits sweaty? LOL

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 9/7/2006
pretty darn graphic and appropriately so for you get your point across VERY well!!! fantastic ideal!

Susan
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/7/2006
Life is a metaphor caught between the womb and birth, from water to air, the first breath.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/7/2006
But let me not die without first having lived.

Excellent, Kate.

But I kind of like 'heaven's armpit!'
Reviewed by Sue Hess 9/7/2006
good poem
Reviewed by richard cederberg 9/7/2006
Amen to this invigorating write.

Faithfulness is an attribute sorely lacking in this bloody world KB. Rubber meets the road imagery, you created here, that makes the reader wince at times.

A blessed moment you had in the penning of this dear friend. Kudos!

Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by F William Broome 9/7/2006
This is very good writing.
But,
tell you what,
you go on ahead,
do all of that stuff,
then write me a
beautiful peem about life.
That way, we'll both keep sanity.

- Friend - Bill
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/7/2006
But let me not die without first having lived.

Thanks for sharing your master mind!!

So very true!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by A PAX 9/7/2006
I need to keep this
its so great
should be written out in calligraphy and framed
sooooooooo true, every word
pax A
thanks!!



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