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She Flies His Kite
by Kate Burnside
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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Just clearing me desk, me darlins, cos I is away for me 51st birthday in sunny Spain! :)) Will be back again in about ten days, but until then, be good, have fun and hasta la vista! Siempre, Kate xx


She took his kite –
a faded, misshapen tangle
of tissue, sticks and string –
and walked away from him
backwards, carefully unravelling
his mess of bits on the bouncy
spring grass, its buoyant green
willing flight.

He watched the way
her eyes moved, anticipating
each curious uncrossing
of lame stick from limp,
self-sorrowing string;
her deft fingers plucking
sad tissue into place;

the bite of her lip as with
sharp, upward jolts of her arms
she shook the bird to life.

Then her rainbow gleam of eyes,
taut triumph of her lifted cheeks
as the playful diamond dipped
deep into the dancing blue;

her unconscious flick of wrist
tying ribbons of warm air with
every pull on his string.

March 1963 and they were both ten.

But he knew then
she would never let go.

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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 5/7/2008
Love the imagery in the lines Kate! and word choices, smooth on the tongue and mind!
Spain is one of my dreams, glad you got yours! :)
Happy Blessings! and Very Happy Birthday Year of Joy, happiness and GREAT Health!
Write On!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple PaSsion Shexooo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Morning Star 5/1/2008
Awesome write love the beautiful visuals
ten days go by very fast wen you are having fun
Wishing you a very happy Birthday!!
Peace Love and Light...And many happy birthday Hugessss
Morning Star
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 5/1/2008
Splendid Kate, flying kites is almost magical...enjoy your holiday as I too, am off to a sunny beach in Florida...
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 4/30/2008
awesome. excellent. Liz
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/29/2008
Kate, this is just visual...and the last line, well, it tugs at my heart. Have a wonderful vacation. Enjoy your birthday. You will be missed.
Reviewed by Charlie 4/29/2008
A beautiful send-off--
with a decade behind them, and having explored (undoubtedly) every barn, fence and chicken roost in the neighborhood, now they explore the skies... I can feel the taut pull of the string, and the stubborn loopty-loops kites do insist on making before they're full-sail

But more than those lines, I love the gentle, subtle other story-- between the lines-- of him for all those years letting her hold the string to his star-- of him giving her the sway--the say-- and of her, making it/him fly higher and higher. And of the mutual trust, and fun of the relationship. --Quite a ride.

Have fun, chick. And a very Happy Birthday to you. --Charlie
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/29/2008
Incredible living cinema you've created here.

happy Birthday and enjoy your special day and Spain.

Blessings and love,Susan
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 4/29/2008
Airborne beauty once again hovering high-above_Then bringing it home.~.evol smaerd * Ted
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/29/2008
Kate, this is so beautiful and imaginative. Have a wonderful time in Spain celebrating your birthday! A most fantastic way to start the new year....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 4/29/2008
I love it! Happy birthday!
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/29/2008
Happy 51st dear Kate and I hope it is a great one, have lots of fun and make a memory you'll never foret. Thank you for sharing another wonderful write with us.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/29/2008
a wondrous write so well penned!! have a grand time!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/29/2008
awww,, I just turned 51 on April 18th,, think I just might join you lol Have a great time,, stay safe,,as always your poem is fabulous!
Love, Christine
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/29/2008
Never let go, Kate, and Happy 51! And Happy 1,333rd vacation, too. And you say I take lots of vacations - Hah!

And please tell your son that I truly admire his work in Peru; we truly need many more like him today.
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 4/29/2008
Happy Birthday Kate...Soak up some spanish sunshine for me!
I've always been a kite flying fan and have sacraficed several to trees over the years, this brought memories to mind and smiles...thanks
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/29/2008
Fabulous writing... as always...
Everyone should have someone who loves them enough to help repair our mishaps and set us on the path to flying again.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 4/29/2008
Very accurate, subtle writing from the title until the very last line.
I love the "diamond dipped deep into the dancing blue".
Happy BD Kate!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/29/2008
Oh Sweet Kate, I surely do love this one. It has such a caring nurturing feel to it of childhood sweethearts who grow up together and never lose that young magic of youth because of it. To have such a devotion and desire to please and guide must be one of the utmost pleasures of this world. Your write brought back memories of my own childhood crushes and loves that though not thought of often are stirred by such sweet words as these. Enjoy your vacation and don't forget pictures...
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 4/29/2008
Oh My goodness what a way with words, you have described a perfect moment so beautifully, I felt like I was there watching and those last lines stole my heart, my breath!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/29/2008
Aw, darlin yourself . . . We'll miss you, me more than the rest of the riffraft here . . . LOL . . . The poem . . . Exquisite . . .
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/29/2008
Happy Birthday Kate,have a great time..stay safe and well...Hugssss
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/29/2008
What a way to pre-celebrate a Happy Birthday and Vacation: wafting along the breeze with a Kate kite! Enjoy yourself totally...but know you'll be missed :o)
Vaya con Dios ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/29/2008
Happy birthday, (((Sweet Kate))); have a wonderful time in Espana!!

Very well penned/illustrated; brava!

(((HUGS))) y amor mucho, tu amiga en America, Karen (Carina) Lynn. :D

Mi Espanol no bueno! LOL Es muy lousy!! LOL
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/29/2008

Primero, Feliz Cumpleanos! Cinquente y uno, eh? Yo, solo tres anos atras. LOL

Segundo, tiene un buen vacaciones! :)

Tres, me gusto tu poem. :) She brought back inadequacy back to life - beautiful.

Okay, okay, so mi espanol no bueno. LOL

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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