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The Ballad of a Winter Damned
by Kimmy Van Kooten

Friday, February 16, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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"The First Tree" by Kimmy Van Kooten
Copyright 2000
Hope this doesn't stir another "ballad war" :) My first attempt...constructive critisism desired on this night in Florida amid
"The Ballad of a Winter Damned"


"Make these chilled winter winds pass me
Iíve seen the damn beyond my pane"
"And the live oaks they shiver,
their bark trembles my deign!"

"Please, give the currents a voice
Awake! This sleep-seasoned phase
The sun seeks to warm
the heartless leaves craze"

"Look, look, the Almighty air seizes
the cold pants and flinches! "
"Ay,  Will it expire all life
clung to its winches?"

"Yea, golden with highlights
The Fallís reminisce
Itís leaving across,
as the bare maples hiss! "


"In blending with Jasmineís
anew the bright yellows trumpets,
A price of will paid
leaving, toward flowers of strumpets!"

"So, if the tall pines in shedding,
as it needles and hones,
with the red berries of Holly
nestling in gathers , the air groans?"

"Here me, this eve blows in the garden,
and in sight, sways azaleas
When the chimes ring above,
an air hopes to obtain us!"

"Lo! Petals are falling
Arose in the wind!"
"Yea, the damn near freezes
as nature abscinds!"


 

Copyright February 2007
Kimmy Van Kooten

 
 
 
 

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Reviewed by Tamara Perlin (Reader) 2/24/2007
The work of a writer with experience, unique creativity, and a knack for painting pictures with words. Your words, seem effortless. Wonderful write, Kimmy! Love, Mara
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 2/23/2007
Very Spring-like

Chrissy
Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/21/2007
You are so talented. I love your art work
and your written word. I will have to read
some of your short stories also.
Reviewed by Debra Baker 2/20/2007
A lovely poem this is. A beautiful capture of a winter. Kimmy, soar with that pen in your hand. You have a vibrant talent.
Reviewed by Art Sun 2/19/2007
Your thoughts reflect many views of the harsh and bitter cold than can encase even the breath of life from not only Nature but the life of the wild, the sight of your painting to me holds small views of horses, cattle, and wolves, birds and many others and yet the tress stands and waits through the freeze for it knows .....spring and summer will arrive....soon...

a very nice work and a nice painting to reflect upon...enjoyed this work of yours...nice.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/19/2007
You know, I totally love your artwork, Kimmy: so clear and resonant with strong and bold strokes. And my mind does funny things with your poetry... As with another of your linguistic-rich writes, I tend to "see" something entirely different as I let your words, many of which I confess to not entirely understanding, wash over me. With this one I am aboard an old sailing vessel in a gale, the timbers listing and heaving and the Bosun and Captain barking out orders to a frantic and wave-tossed-and-washed crew... Weird or what? Maybe that's what this First Tree was later translated into... the hull of a mighty ship, lost upon dark waters... Anyways, a perhaps different response, so hope you find it interesting! LOL K xx
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/19/2007
A lovely painting, and a beautiful poem to reflect its naked vulnerability to the winter season.
Reviewed by J M 2/18/2007
I loved the art work and if you are not use to Winter you would feel damned I grew up with it so nothing different either too cold or not cold enough. But the East received about our Normal... This year. Thank The Global Warming. I cannot grow oranges here:).
Wonderful work Kimmy!!
Blessings
joselyn
Reviewed by Tactfully Naive 2/18/2007
Stylish artwork for a hy-brid Shakesperian/Contemporary style write.
Winter always has the last say when it comes to 'nipping in the bud'

Regards
Dai
Reviewed by Chris Fitzgerald 2/18/2007
Both are magnificent
i can feel your words.
Thanks
Chrissy
Reviewed by A PAX 2/18/2007
a double delight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
fantastic art and poetry
loved this!!!!!!!!!!1
:)
pax A
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 2/17/2007
I love this picture, Kimmy (will add it to your Webpage if that's okay). Nope, no ballad-war. I love the garden images and can almost smell the jasmine. The only critique I might offer is that the drama of the picture tends to overcome the poem (I kept wanting to go back to the picture). Very well done, Kimmy!

Ted
Reviewed by H Cruz 2/17/2007
I love the limbs on this tree, very... Majestic... :)
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/17/2007
Beautiful write and picture as well...enjoyed both much. You are a lady of many talents my friend...
Blessings,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 2/17/2007
Absolutely gorgeous.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 2/17/2007
Beautiful piece, even it does make me shiver. And that is a beautiful picture.

You do not want to travel north right now. Where I live we did not get the same amount of snow that they got further north but on top of the snow we got came sleet and freezing rain. It is hard and slippry and the temps are single digits with a wind chill factor that goes belowl

Coooooold!,

God Bless,
Lew
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/17/2007
Splendid offering Kimmy, and I love the painting...
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/17/2007
Stunning, Kimmy, both painting and poetry; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/17/2007
Excellent painting and verse, Kimmy; good stuff! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/17/2007
Captivating package Kimmy!!

Well done!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/17/2007

An inspiring, striking imagination and beauty... This composition is rich in contents and rhythm; imagery and sounds.

I salute You, Poet.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/17/2007
The proverbial apple stands out in this abstract art of yours, Me thinks I see a worm in it. Your talent is magnified not only in words but with the brush. Well done.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 2/17/2007
A superb poem Kimmy, it's just too short,(KIDDING) lOVE YOU, HOLLY
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/17/2007
Quite a captivating winter ballad and painting, Kimmy. And I truly hope the Maid of Spring arrives soon.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 2/17/2007
Great pen kimmy..Hugssssssssss
Reviewed by George Thompson 2/17/2007
Very well written and extremely expressive. You give life to inanimate objects and it works all the way through.
George
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 2/17/2007
Excellant pen Kimmy. I can only find one thing to criticize about this pen. It's too darn good! ! !
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/17/2007
Here? hear?
The closest i've come to winter, its a bright warm spring day here..
Love the mix in this..
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/17/2007
"air seizes the cold pants and..." yes it does, brrrrr! but one gets kind of warm with your words.
Georg
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 2/16/2007
These verses open a passage into spring's airy glade lined by red alders and salmonberries dancing in sunlight. Even our footsteps signal a difference. Melt water from the glaciers form a kettlepond, a perfect circle, THE BALLAD OF A WINTER DAMNED has a hole in the doughnut appearance, the spring thaw! Has an Appalachia rhythm to it, Kimmy, seasonal rebirth of the woodlands...what Eve said to Adam..."I'll throw an apple-at-cha!"

Sage
P.S. You changed this picture after my review. I see the apple with a bite out of it, the snake wrapped around the tree, a whale/dolphin rising out of the water...I am glad that I could be of some inspiration to you, Kimmy. I will study the picture some more to see what else hits my eye in this camouflage art...Well done!
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 2/16/2007
The travailing winds of change. Enjoyed this picture,oh how I want the warm summer breezes.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/16/2007
Now this is one heck of a way to ask Spring to arrive :-) BTW noticed buds starting........covered in snow but they are there.



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