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by Kate Burnside
Thursday, September 02, 2010
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Hi di hi! Just been experiencing a bit of turbulence in the tail feathers this side of the Pond lately... Various members of the family taken sick and a near-miss road traffic accident which damaged my car but thankfully not me! :)) xx


Like a full-term pregnancy it looms
announcing something’s about to drop.

A wrecking-ball of restlessness,
an uneasy shifting of balance and weight
and cracking spine of sudden pain.

Gathering together loose curtains of cloud,
it clutches at reeling screens of trees,
bursts through with heaving breaths,
proclaiming damp arrival.

Everything scatters within rustling,
whining, white-noise sounds.

Moaning long or screaming short,
suddenly it’s over with sated gurgling
in gutters and incoherent babbling in
overjoyed eddies of tearful streams.

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Reviewed by Mike Bayles 10/18/2010
Pregancy is a very good metaphor for a looming storm, and a looming storm could be a very good metaphor for pregnancy. Very original.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/10/2010
A classic metaphor reinterpreted with a personal touch Kate, and it ends so beautifully. Captivating and effective use of sounds and alliterations. Hope that the sun's shining after the storm.

Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/8/2010
Kaptain Kate, indestructible.

Great description of summer days.
I like how you take us from the gathering storm and right to the final drip, drip, drip. With your breathtaking imagery. xx
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 9/7/2010
I can really relate to this one, Kate. Hope things are better for you soon, as always, well-written.
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 9/5/2010
Beautifully capture angst.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/5/2010

I am so sorry that your life is beset by storms. Hope your car
is driveable, or will be soon. So glad you came out unscathed.
May be the wrong way to put it. Probably still shaking!:_ :_
Hope everyone gets well, and that the sun comes out and chases off
the clouds s o o n.

Make that y e s t e r d a y !!

Take care of yourself, Luv.

Write us some more wonderful poems !!

xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 9/4/2010
White noise, if thats not bad enough :):)
Excllnt metaphors, for a darn noisy, turbulent situation.
Love it!
Hgszzzz Always
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/4/2010
Don't know why there's no birds up in the sky..Patrick
Reviewed by D. Vegas 9/4/2010
Very moving the way you orchestrated it.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/4/2010
Wonderful wriitng sweet lady..nice to read you again..stay safe and well..Hugss
Reviewed by jude forese 9/3/2010
powerful imagery and metaphor ...

sorry to hear about all the negative will ... the psychic umbrella must be torn ;)
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 9/3/2010
Dear Kate, from now on leave the accidents to indestructible me.
Your mission is to guard your lovely self and continue to please
us with your words and thoughts from beyond the pond.

More elsewhere. -gene.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/3/2010
You drew me in with that first line, Kate. Excellent. It kind of feels this way in NH right now. Waiting to see how much of it we get where I am. I like how you ended this with a This-Too-Shall-Pass feel. Very nice!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 9/3/2010
Kate this is masterful poetry. That pregnancy simile is outstanding.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/3/2010
A thought-provoking metaphorical offering; thank you, Kate. I am relieved that you are all right. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/3/2010
well expressed-so glad you are okay
Reviewed by Cryssa C 9/3/2010
There must be something in the air... on both sides of the pond as I have been feeling that same restlessness in the air--that ominous cloud of change...that I am not sure if I should run from or embrace the rain that falls. May the rain in your life be full of blessings...

Reviewed by The Poetess 9/3/2010
Wonderfully written.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/3/2010
I have been wondering where you were..I myself have had a few storms blowing in. Thank the heavens that you are safe and sound. I don't know what I would do if anything happened to you.

You must keep aware of your surroundings, safety my dear heart of mind, body and soul is very important..

I shall send you healing energy and also your loved ones..

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/3/2010
Very glad to hear you've weathered the storm, Kate. Oddly enough, I've just played 'nurse' to a tiny pregnant stray, who had quite a rough time of it, but who now is the extremely loving mother of three tiny adorable newborns.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/2/2010
Storms....some caused by man and others caused by Mother Nature...cause all kinds of havoc, don't they? Thank God you are okay, Kate....well written piece.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/2/2010
Love the 'gathering' and 'gathered' images, Kate, the swell, the birth, all rich and vigorous...and the blend with personal reaction and emotion is very fine indeed.

Don't like the sound of people 'taken sick' - speedy recovery to all - and certainly not the sound of 'a near-miss' how you go, Great One, and be always safe.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/2/2010
Kate, I love how you wrote this. You describe nature's crazy norms and introduce the sights and sounds unique to her when she's in a peeved state. A bit of stiff upper lip and gritting of the teeth from the old girl. I am glad your road experience left you no worse for wear my dear friend. May peace love and joy ride in the passenger's seat on every journey you make. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/2/2010
Oh my..I sure hope your storms have passed, thank God you had an Angel with you Kate~We all live on this fine line no doubt!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/2/2010
Buy a real car, buy American, like something older like I got with doors so heavy you have to really pull hard to open them but you'll never have to worry about getting killed in it...good to hear you were not injured...e
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/2/2010
Well done, Kate. Glad you're OK, my friend.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/2/2010
Oh when it rains it pours and I am grateful you are okay...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/2/2010
Storms, whether man made or natural, on both our minds this evening ... glad to hear you're okay. Please stay safe. Powerful carthetic release in these lines -- well done, Kate.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/2/2010
That's terrifying and galactic and I'm so glad you're okay Kate, how scary!
Grateful for miracles and angels where all of this is concerned,
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/2/2010
I know the feeling after an accident. Well done
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 9/2/2010
the first verse and last line are fantastic description!I am glad everyone is o.k.
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