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Grace
by Kate Burnside
Monday, August 23, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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GRACE


She compares to mercy
as a wink and a smile
to anger-withholding,
tightly-drawn lips:

she’s a spit-‘n-rub hanky
on a muddied, blazing cheek;
an extra twenty four hours
in a badly squandered week.

What she knows about
long-suffering would crash
the world-wide web:

a debt cancelled,
a blind-eye taken,
a paramedic on the scene
when bruised and badly shaken.

She’s a muscle-bound old boozer
or wears a stumbling infant’s face;
rides hell-bent to save in leather
or drifts softly by in lace.

Crisp autumn leaves or feathers
shed float wearily to the floor;
grace lights our dimming filaments
and enables us to soar.


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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 1/4/2011
Very special writing and \says lots, like ones like this one.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 10/29/2010
Now why do I like this one so? Very well written piece of art.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/2/2010
Delightfully composed again, Kate
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/1/2010
I love the rhythm in this poem. I also like how you describe the many facets of this character. Excellent. Hugs,
Sheila
Reviewed by Charlie 8/31/2010
This is great writing, Kate. I know how difficult it is to write about such subjects without getting sappy or trite. But this breathes fresh of reality--starts trivially in a mezzo-forte, and crescendoes gracefully to the end in double ff's (fortissimo). Your two ending lines are my favorites, but I also love the visual color of your seemingly clashing examples.

In this poem, there's room for everyone. Love it. --Charlie
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/31/2010
"Crisp autumn leaves or feathers
shed float wearily to the floor;
grace lights our dimming filaments
and enables us to soar."

Kate....yet again you have shown why we are lucky to have you around us here....we learn a lot from you....profound write as ever from you...lyrical one....cheers!
Reviewed by Robert Jude(Ace) Forese 8/29/2010
"Grace" has a uplifting sense of being with crystal clear settings ...

vivid ... like the rhyme ... nice work, Kate ...
Reviewed by Axilea MU 8/29/2010
A poetic and multifaceted portrait Kate, this is a piece that will speak to many.
"She’s a muscle-bound old boozer
or wears a stumbling infant’s face"
These are my favorite lines, I love the contrast.

Axilea
Reviewed by JMS Bell 8/28/2010
YOU ARE SO RIGHT; THAT AWESOME PURCHASE CALLED, GRACE...CAN BE SEEN IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND MEAN SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS...TO SO MANY, BUT ALWAYS...IT 'LIFTS'. EXCELLENT AND ENJOYED. THANKS FOR SHARING, LOVE AND BLESSINGS, JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Cryssa C 8/26/2010
simply beautiful and creates an ethereal picture with your words...light and delicate... and what enables us to soar.

Cryssa
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/26/2010
You have a clever mind, Kate. So well written. I think I may know "her!"
Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/26/2010
"Grace", the smile on God's face, the love in his heart. And your earthly Grace eludes to the fact that same smile of omnipotence can run through the blood in the veins of mankind. There's more than a bit of grace in you too Kate. As evidenced by this intriguing perspective you scribed. It has done me much good to read and soak up the energy of this rendering. May peace love and joy hold your hand the day long my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 8/25/2010
that was amazingly written and clever. -Morgan
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 8/24/2010
This so very much describes mothers....
Loved it!!

~W~
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/24/2010
...grace is what rounds out the picture, Kate...

Carole~
Reviewed by D Johnson 8/24/2010
To know 'Grace' is to love 'Grace.'

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 8/24/2010
Good characterisation; a real figure emerges here from the Rodin rock - like Beauty and Beast in the same person.

Used to marvel at my ma who could be ferocious one minute, and soft-hearted and lovable the next.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/23/2010
Here's a pint to the old boozer, she's got muscles and can beat the hell out of me. Patrik
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/23/2010
This Everywoman of your creation, Kate, strikes a chord, rings the bell, puts it out there. I see her well and I like her!

John
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/23/2010
At once Insightful AND witty with lots of nitty gritty.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, clever Kate!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/23/2010
Excellent, Kate.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 8/23/2010
And My dear Kate, this is all said with infinite grace...

Lovely poetry my dear friend, eloquent and well done!

Much peace, love and light,
Amber
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/23/2010
I know this woman. Ongoing since 2005. She has strong biceps and likes her whiskey. She rides hell-bent for her next match. Strike! Holy Flames of Grace.

Love,
Sage
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/23/2010
Lovely!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 8/23/2010
beautiful!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/23/2010
A wonderful tribute to "Grace," Kate; where would this world be without it? Love and best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/23/2010
Kate you have a wonderful way to express your words, another great write.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by The Poetess 8/23/2010
Oh so beautiful! Makes me want to meet her.



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