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Averted Vision
by Kate Burnside

Saturday, October 14, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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YEY!! :)) AT LAST! In celebration of my connection to the internet at my new seaside address, here's a poem that's been tucked in the corners of my beachbagbrain for a while... I AM IN MY ELEMENT!! Besides the sea and sand, it's all rivers, heathland, swans, deer and exotic ruins of Norman castles which magically arise out of the sorrounding mists at certain times of the day... Very... All Hallows and all-hallowed... and very romantic Tudor Shakespeare, too!! Hence the saltflavour to this, perhaps... Lookin forward to catchin y'all after a few more of today's seabreezes. Hope all is well back at the ballpark... LOL Krestovawave Kate :))


AVERTED VISION


Too paralysing,
too heavy

that great weight of light
from which we avert our gaze
lest soul eyes burn in acid lucidity
and Forever transforms
in an epiphanic instant.

Yet fear is matched by magnetism,
longing to glimpse that Venus vision
which breathless brings our ship to shore
across infinity’s tideless seas.

As hot-pounding heart of frozen deer
caught muscle-tensed in headlamps’ ray
bleeds for sweet release,

and sagging Tudor mid-air mass
of stately monarch swan
aches for broad-reach waters
to render weightless his flight,

all we can do is to look away, to view
from eye’s corner that outside edge,
the glow that calls us sideways
to an obscured path which, for us,
is wide and true ;

the journey, sometimes flood lit,
sometimes shady, soft and cool


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Reviewed by Dale Clark 10/16/2006
Oh those sea breezes, what sweet muses
they bring! Great Kate!... is that a rhyme? lol
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 10/16/2006
Dear Kate,

Those seabreezes have certainly filled you with inspiration. 'tis a joy to bask in the light of your poetic expression.

Love & Light,
Joseph
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 10/15/2006
bravo! on this poem (I've missed your work!) and on your getting settled by the sea. I am SO happy for you. those last two lines so very true for all of us... Dawn
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 10/15/2006
Hey, glad you found a place by the sea, a room with a view, a place in the sun and the mist of historic England. Looks like the move has not dimmed your poetic vision. A new chapter opens in the Burnside almanac. Autumn greetings, Kate.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 10/15/2006
I've had little time to come to the den and read the work of my favourite poets and feel bad that I've been so haphazard in my reviews but I've got to tell you that you remain my all time favourite and I simply LOVE your work. Just when I think that you can't possibly continue to be original, you surprise me. You have been blessed with a bottomless well when it comes to creativity and imagination and your words stir me to the core of my soul.
Thanks once again for your great inspiration.
Love Chanti
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 10/15/2006
Kate, your new seaside residence, promise me you will put up a clothesline and on that cotton rope stretched between two gnarly pieces of poetic driftwood, clothespin some hard copy poems and edit them with the seabreeze...

Sage
Reviewed by J M 10/15/2006
oh the visual treat of this beautiful poetry,,, By the sea you are blessed sweet Kate...
"which breathless brings our ship to shore
across infinity’s tideless seas.

As hot-pounding heart of frozen deer
caught muscle-tensed in headlamps’ ray
bleeds for sweet release, "

Your poems always uniques, destined and beautiful.. XXOO Light & Peace,
Joselyn
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/15/2006
Welcome home KweenKate! I can see you now on your trike, throwing kisses to all in your kweendom while reciting your beautiful verse and bringing joy to their hearts!;-)See what your splendid poem elicits from your subjects;-)LOL! Sounds like a bit of heaven,long may you enjoy...Eileen
Reviewed by Paul Williams 10/15/2006
Ah-ha! There you are Mizz MP, well I hope things went well for you in your move, it sounds positively wonderful, you paint such a beautiful picture...so when do we [Andy and Myself] get to come and see? {I feel a party coming on}I've kicked off mi' 'Ramblings of a Madman World Tour' at an Open mic event up here...(went down a storm by the way) support act's are more than welcome to join (Andy and Yourself). I shall give you a performance when next we meet LOl...Poetry that is, any other performances are strictly self inflicted LOl.

Good to have you back

Paul;-)
Reviewed by jude forese 10/14/2006
your journey has brought you to that wondrous place where your within your element and it within you ... your vision is no longer averted but congruous ... may you be happy and well in your new environ ... my heart is happy for you, as a kindred spirit flood lit, soft and cool ...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/14/2006
So very happy for you! What sights you must see ever day. Loved the write.
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 10/14/2006
Well girl...in all the happiness of your new surrounds and the delight of reading from your pen again, I find myself in tears...emotional time, emotional words... captured realities of facing fears and accepting strenngths...that magnetism that draws us beyond. Such impact Kate, hiting home. This is fabulous!
Love,
Taylor
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 10/14/2006
This is gorgeous and washes over my soul like the first wave upon the morning's virgin sand. It is a funny thing about finally being able to live our dream, there is a piece of us that wonders if this is where we stop of if there will be another dream still to unfold. Of course, it is very important that we each learn to want what we have, but I believe it is our nature to continue to reach for something more. I am so happy for you, Kate, and smiling broadly here, thinking of how exciting it is for you to finally be in the place that you have spent your lifetime aspiring to. Welcome home and welcome back!
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/14/2006
Magic offering....welcome back to the place called HOME!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/14/2006
I find this spiritually compelling, Kate. Thank you for sharing this gift. It is great to have you back. Best wishes. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 10/14/2006
lovely descriptives, your environment sounds wonderous...i love swans
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 10/14/2006
This has the magical feel of the snow goose story...

Hey where's my all hallows invite????? Paul can you believe her....
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/14/2006
Superb writing, Kate; nice to see you back! Very well done; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Aberjhani 10/14/2006
"That great weight of light" does indeed form a major challenge in the lives of given individuals. AVERTED VISION takes us with much skill and wonder along the bends and curves of unfolding and often frightening expanded awareness.
Aberjhani
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 10/14/2006
With every iota of sensitivity, you Kate, are in your element. Rejoicing is a small wonder when you are comforted and complete by the sea. I know the feeling.
Love,
Susan
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 10/14/2006
Kate....sister angel....its a pleasure to read you yet again after a long hiatus...cheers...love n luck.,...BHUWAN
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/14/2006
Krestovawave...and soaring high, Kate!!!!!!!!!!!! This is gorgeous, flawless poetry; exquisitely penned; I love it (and you)...miss you!!!!!!!!!!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by A PAX 10/14/2006
Krestovawave Kate lol
Living in the duality of reality and the desires, of private visions is such a part of the hunger of artistic souls. I think its a bonus in fact, to be priviledged by such divisions. Like two movies for the price of one!! Keep that averted vision sharp and grace us with more writes such as this.............
Enjoy!!

pax A
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/14/2006
Sounds like the Queen could not have selected a more beautiful spot in England. You are definitely in your element there.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 10/14/2006
Glad to see you back and know that you're having a great time. This is as beautiful and as spiritually reflective a piece of writing as seashore views are breathtaking, Kate. Not only is it reflective but it encourages reflection. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 10/14/2006
this is gorgeous! I've been longing to read new works by you and was starting to go into withdrawal! And from what you wrote about your new home, it looks like I will have to live my dream life vicariously through you! (: You lucky, lucky duck, you! May God continue to bless you...

Susan
Reviewed by F William Broome 10/14/2006
Home is the Beachcomber! - And a hearty welcome to ye... Been missin' that saucy wit and the girl who goes wit... it. After this posting, a new name for you; Nature Girl. We envy the hell out of you... all us inlanders. But, then again, I wouldn't swap these green mountains for permanency at the sea. But it does lure most of us... as salt water sirens do.
Your poem is truly masterful, and I am filing it for re-reading at times.
- Bill
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/14/2006
Yeaaaaaa Sweet Kate is back, I was beginning to worry, and you return with such a magical mystical write that touches my fancy with words and images of the sea, sand and thoughts of other days that will be. It is good to see you post again Kate you have been missed.
Hugs
Pops
PS I got me a brand new grandson while you were gone.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/14/2006
Sea Faring Kate

Welcome back to the fold..
Your absence from the Den has been noted..

And you have returned triumphantly with this mesmerising and utterly captivating write..

You have succeeded in capturing our attention in this inadvertant and metaphysical outpouring

One of your best I may add !

Love
Peter



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