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You Just Never Know...
by Kate Burnside

Monday, June 09, 2008
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Keep getting it out there, People! :)) You just never know which of your poems might be given further wings to fly!

I am reposting here a tender little poem which I wrote in July 2006. It will always be special to me because of the integrity of emotion which it expresses, but I have just returned from Ireland, from the premiere of a new choral work entitled Harbouring, which has been composed by young rising star, Ian Wilson. He chose and set this poem as part of a piece for over 100 voices, accompanied by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and commissioned as a Work Of Public Art by Wexford County Council. I was even interviewed by national Irish radio, asking how it felt to be a part of such an innovative project... !!! Pretty darn good, that's for sure. :)) A great honour and I'm still overwhelmed.

Keep up your good work - you never know just who's watching... and searching... Love, Koncert Kate xx


Your body curves
a sheltering seawall
the length of me.

Your arm rounds my shoulder,
a strong protective bluff.

Washing over me,
the waves of your breath
crash and burn their
rejuvenating tides.

Here my glittering armada
is safely docked
and my little ducks swim peacefully
all in a row.

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Reviewed by David Delaney 6/19/2008
Congratulations Kate, fantastic achievement you must'v been over the moon. I would love to one day visit Ireland & retrace some of my heritage, again well done.

Reviewed by A PAX 6/10/2008
What an incredible honor
but I am not are so gifted!!! aplause......THIS IS SMOOTH

lol the irish and their little ducks......pax A
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/10/2008
A fitting and honorable reward for your poetry, Kate!
Congratulations extraordinaire to a worthy recipient and her imaginative poetry! And many thanks for always sharing your enthusiasm for the written word!
Blessings, Appreciation, and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/10/2008
Excellent indeed,you look wonderful..stay safe and well...Hugs
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/9/2008
What beautiful work, Kate...and congratulations...but you know something? I'm not surprised...YOU, dear Kate have talent!!! And what a great photo!
Reviewed by Charlie 6/9/2008
The thing that pops into my mind while reading this, is that old classic Dick Van Dyke sings on "Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang"-- "Lullabye Mountain"-- ships taking your worries out to sea--gentle breezes--and sails in the moonlight... a wonderful, cleansing feeling to it.

There are so many things that make this little beauty work. For one thing, the echoing "sh" and "s" sounds-- they sound like the crashing tide-- the "w" in "washing" is perfect--creating kind of a whooshing sound... but more than that-- it's the combination of everything together-- the imagery that's maintained throughout--clear to the ducks... and the rythm that's varied, but lilting-- the wording that is concise and simple.

You build strength by building on images--kind of like a chiasma. Take the first stanza: "Your body curves"-- my mind holds that image of body curves--skin tones--slightly rounded, and then you say "a sheltering seawall"-- my image is hardly altered at all. I lengthen the picture a bit, keep the same coloring in my mind, flatten out a few of the edges, and then you perfect my own image by saying, "the length of me." I stretch out the image forever--become the water. And now, deeply (and wetly) involved in the write, I read, "Your arm rounds my shoulder,"... I've already got the image of the forever-arm there, and your next line reinforces the coloring my mind chose to make... and so it goes.

You let the reader experience the mood in a physical way. I say, good on ya! WAY TA GO! I can see why they chose your poem. It's gorgeous. Almost makes me yearn for the sea... but then, I'd miss my bare feet squooshing around in my garden, and my own mountains holding me in their soup-bowls-- sipping me with peaked lips... --Charlie
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/9/2008
Sweet Kate, always offering words of inspirational wisdom. Recognition comes in many forms and a very big CONGRATULATIONS to you for such wondrous success, always be proud....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 6/9/2008
Congratulations!!!!!! I am glad you were recognized like this, which is only natural for a talented writer like yourself :) Love, Michelle
Reviewed by jude forese 6/9/2008
congrats on your achievement ... i always enjoyed this poem tremendously ... it surely needed a 100 voices to have brought out the best in it ...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/9/2008

Should have happened a long time ago - you are one of the premier poets here. You mentor; you inspire; congratulations! A most beautiful write - delicious imagery!

Know how it is: thanks to my words (particularly 'Stormphobic'), Karen and I were featured on Proper Television's 'TV Made Me Do It,' a Canadian program; and we were interviewed for 'Burleson Now' Magazine. :) Never know -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/9/2008
Wonderful news, Kate; congrats! And a most satisfying poem; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by John Leko 6/9/2008
...congratulations Kate...all the beauty of an honor... your words to find voices...yours. ...most inspired wishes for you and for those of continue to give us.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/9/2008
Beautiful. Inspiring. A bit sensual. Liz
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/9/2008
Kate,,, How exciting,, but gotta tell you it does not suprise me , as your work is 'Outstanding' and a treat to read,,, as is this one!!
again Congrats!!! :)
Love, Christine
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/9/2008
Wow, what a wonderful write, beautiful my friend! are right, we must keep on writing, keep on dreaming and believing...a wonderful write and an uplifting message...well done!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 6/9/2008
"ducks in a row"...not sure that will ever be me, scattered in the wind more my descriptor...LOL

congrats on the interview!
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/9/2008
What a beautiful and darling write!! Deserves all the acolades.
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 6/9/2008
Way to go, Kate! :)
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/9/2008

Congratulation! Your Amazing. Love it. Peace, Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/9/2008
Congratulations, Kate, on the poem so beautifully written
and on your well deserved Irish recognition. - Gene.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/9/2008
this is really great--thanks for the encouraging words!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/9/2008
You are so right with your comments and advice sweet Kate and so right on with this short but stunning poetic main course. I have missed your postings.
Reviewed by Nicky Goodman 6/9/2008
that's beauuuutiful - and well done to Koncert Kate - bravo *does jig* xx:o)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/9/2008
Brava Kate! You surely deserve it, and I hope it leads to ever more wonderful Opportunities in the future!...ET

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 6/9/2008
Wonderful words you share with us, Kate - in encouragement and inspiration as well as in beautiful poetry.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 6/9/2008
This is beautiful.Congratulations on your accomplishments.They are indeed appreciated and well-deserved.Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.take care

Reviewed by F William Broome 6/9/2008
Yeah! - Kate! I am NOT surprised! Just this morning, I wrote an e-mail to my granddaughter, sending along one of my poems with the reviews attached. She has identified with it; 'Two For The Dance.' Now, I can send her proof that you are the most promising poet in all of the UK!

Your poem, 'Safe Harbour,' is a tender and sweet masterpiece, Me Darlin' - and it has an even bigger future that your news, today. I am so proud of you, and of your willingness to share success with each of your avid fans and supporters. Its words are what you wanted them to be, and say it with deep meaning and sincerity.

Question: When is a knowing publisher going to grab your stuff and cram it into an irresistible printed treasure? You need an agent, Talented One, so don't hesitate to start looking, now!

Keep us posted. - Love, - Bill
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 6/9/2008
Candles & coral .~. evollove_Ted
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/9/2008
Congratulations Kate on your achievement. You have earned the right to be very proud. You dear are a great writer. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Cryssa C 6/9/2008
I loved the words you used to describe this poem... integrity of emotion... The poems that I write that express the integrity of emotion I had at a particular time will always be my favorites. There are others that I have written that I can't really remember what I wrote when I read the titles... hee, hee...

The poem itself...pure exudes safety and serenity in its words. The dual picture it paints with its imagery is one of peace, beauty and serenity as well.

Congratulations on being honored in such a way. You deserve the honor. Your poetry is superb!

Take Care,

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