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The Crossing
by Kate Burnside

Sunday, September 26, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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THE CROSSING


Follow me, you said,
fisherman-like as
away you strode,

your back’s black
shrinking in the
coal-seam night.

I saw moon’s milk
stir in water’s ink
and the melting
of a thousand stars

that swooshed against
your shins, your thighs
as, deeper, you

crossed over.

(Was it river or sky
we waded this time?)

But how I reached that
other shore, I cannot tell –
not when or why,

or at just what point
my broken net was
somehow silvered
and full,

our slippery catch,
muscled and restless,
now writhing in my arms.


 

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Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 10/18/2010
"(Was it river or sky we waded this time?)" ... so love that!
Reviewed by jude forese 10/10/2010
i luv the texture and substance of your implied images ... sometimes we catch in our nets what we intended not to .... other times, we are overwhelmed by our elusive catch ... hope you're feeling better ;)
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/8/2010
Surely Kate, it was The Fisher of Men that brought you the inspiration for your "Crossing". Casting with a seine stitched with the yarns of love. The waters of life yielding more mysteries than we'd like. There is a tenuousness laced smartly throughout. "Was it river or sky we waded this time"? "But how I reached that other shore, I cannot tell". You hauled me in with your cast. And left me with the memory of a crossing I would not have missed. Peace and love to you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 10/7/2010
Good thing you're a strong swimmer. Patrick
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 10/7/2010
Push! Breathe! Push! This whole experience ending up in the hospital during and after delivery. What a journey we can imagine we take, as we bring another life in to this crazy world.

our slippery catch,
muscled and restless,
now writhing in my arms.

Thank you for sharing Kate.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister Barbie.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/7/2010
Lovely writing Kate..well done indeed..stay safe and well..Hugss
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/6/2010
Stunning impressionism, especially in the first half of this poem. All the shimmering, darkness and the light playing with it...
I like the more emotional revelation/questioning that comes gradually and the last three lines that leave a strong sensation/emotion.

Axilea
Reviewed by A PAX 10/5/2010
yep......what John said!
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 10/4/2010
The imagery, the metaphors, the intrigue, the fulfillment – you have created an astounding and profound myriad of sensations that cause this reader to feel blessed to have read such an amazing poem.

Thank you and God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/30/2010
I see word pictures of St Peter and Andrew. Then, fast forward. I see people of the hear and now trying to make sense of things to come and that have come to pass.

Dylan Thomas meets the Bible.

A poem that's a verb, poetry in motion, yet with introspection as the narration moves.

Top of the form. xxx
Reviewed by Charlie 9/29/2010
This appeals to me in a very Owl-and-the-Pussycatish/Winkin-Blinkin-and-Noddish/Come-Follow-Meish way. I recognize too a bit of C.S. Lewis in there. The archetypal colors you paint with are blue, white and silver. I could write a whole page on that alone, but instead, I'll just say that this works probably better than you'd hoped when you posted it.

You've got some great lines in here, by the way: "coal-seam night"; that whole Lewis-ish third through fifth stanza section (very beautiful/soothing energy there); "silvered"; etc... --Charlie
Reviewed by Dark Knight 9/29/2010
whew--I need a cigarette and i don't smoke
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 9/28/2010
aye aye aye...So much said in this catchy write dearest Kate, with lingering thoughts of the two edged sword/quill!!
Lovely to read you again sweetie, xxxxxCh'erie
Reviewed by Cryssa C 9/28/2010
Crossing over... those pivotal points in our lives... those moments when we let go of our belief that we will always have an empty net and follow a different call... those moments when we are surprised to look and behold our full nets... not really sure how we reached that other shore~ the place where life is full. It all requires giving in and being willing to lower that net one last time...and leaves me wondering if I am willing to let go and lower that net again...and just exactly what that would require of me right now...

Loved the imagery of this Biblically based piece.

Cryssa
Reviewed by JMS Bell 9/28/2010
THIS MY DEAR KATE...IS A KEEPER. A PROFOUND WORK WITH SUCH A NEW AND UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW...ABOUT THE OLD BUT MIRACULOUS CROSSING...OF PETER...FROM A FISHER OF FISH...TO A FISHER OF MEN. WELL DONE AND IMMENSELY ENJOYED. I HAVE BEEN REVIEWING FOR A NICE LITTLE WHILE THIS EVENING...IT IS SO FITTING THAT THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST ONE FOR TODAY, BRINGING A LOVELY END TO SOMETHING THAT I ENJOY DOING. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 9/28/2010
sensually slick and crossing over indeed! - Morgan
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 9/27/2010
Enchanting poetry Kate, creating stunning visuals...beautifully done!
Carole~
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/27/2010
Unique imagery, Kate. Very nice. At first I took it as a crossing over to the afterlife, but I think this can be taken several ways. I especially like the part of the back fading into the black. Hugs,
Sheila
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/27/2010
Captivating poetry, Kate. I see you are feeling better. That is a good thing..The last stanza put the icing on this one. Hope all is well in your part of the world, your shore seems to be doing quite well.

Peace, love and light,
Amber
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 9/27/2010
This sensual imagery paints an enchanting image...simply lovely...
Hugs, Diana..
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/26/2010
Kate, how you paint an image...and your last three lines...perfect. There's such a sensuality to this...I'm placing it into my library.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/26/2010
Fleshily, sensually gorgeous, Kate,
and a walking on water to realisation, intimacy, union...
and those last three lines finished like no lines are finished.
Yes!

John
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/26/2010
i like this, interesting and well done!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/26/2010
Kate, I feel like I just witnessed the finale of a painting..water colors dripping...and me a lover of fishing can tell you.."this is a keeper"
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 9/26/2010





















Hey, quite a catch. I really like this, really. Especially:

I saw moon’s milk
stir in water’s ink
and the melting
of a thousand stars

What a beauty, dear Kate.

-gene.



Reviewed by Stanley Alston 9/26/2010
great pieces different thought -thanks
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/26/2010
Wonderful images in this one, Kate; well done as always! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/26/2010
I truly felt this one, the black of water and skyline on starless night where bodies seem to turn into shadowy silhoettes and sihoettes of even lovers become muted in the ebony black.
fee
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/26/2010
Kate,

Beautiful imagery in these captivating lines ... well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/26/2010
Always a sensuous touch embedded in this net of poetry. Surreal in its weaving.

Georgeoxoxo
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/26/2010
Ah, Kate. Such a winsome and in the same breath mysterious and spooky. Following the fisherman-like character (male? doesn't say) seems to be a dutiful understanding, and follow you did. The broken net it seems has been mended and the writing is the result. You always give us words to delve into and pick apart if we are lucky.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/26/2010
Very well done, Kate.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/26/2010
I love this ~ so carnal, so bewitching!
You have created an incredible sensual atmosphere where the relationship expands and the evidence is that slippery catch, that fuss of a writhing intelligence. This is really cool, Kate, so intoxicating.
Blessings,
Christine



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