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Mudflat
by Kate Burnside
Monday, October 18, 2010
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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MUDFLAT


A tongue of silt, ridged with
lines of language lost,
sounds too long unspoken:

ooze and sigh
of dry-land longing;
suck and squelch
of drowning dread.

Its salt confession’s wrung
from borrowed time, forced
between the lisp of tides;

soon water seals its mouth again
with fast-flowing assertions –
that buried’s best, submerged
is purged and hidden remains
the damp place of desire.

But still it seeps, this restless bed,
adulterous thoughts of parched-earth
drought, weeps for the cracked-lips
kiss of a desiccating sun.
  

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Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/23/2010
Such depth and coherence in this poem Kate. It's analytical, rich, feminine and complex... I like this a lot!

Axilea
Reviewed by jude forese 10/23/2010
forced between the tides soaked then hung out to dry ... the cycle of life continues inside your surging verse ... your imagery is developing quite nicely ...
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 10/22/2010
Imagery is fluid, the whole poem perfectly captures the inner turbulence between the slow and the fleetest, contrasting lives/people/places/landforms/etc. I liked your fondness of adjectives in the last two strophes!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 10/22/2010
Oh my this is so compelling and unique, so "Kate".
Reviewed by JMS Bell 10/19/2010
'MUDFLAT'...STUCK IN THE HEAVY DREDGE OF NOTHINGNESS, THE 'BED' WHOSE OWN COMPOSITES HAVE TURNED AGAINST IT...STILL FIGHTS...AGINST A CONDITION OF CONTINUOUS STRANGULATION...DROWNING OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN ITS OWN BLOOD. YES...DEFINITELY TWO PERSPECTIVES HERE BUT NATURE OR HUMAN CONDITION...IT'S SAD. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS WORK OF ART WHICH I WILL KEEP. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/19/2010
Kate, this is confirmation of the sea and its interface's indeterminable role as man's mentor and confirmation of your remarkable poetic ability to interpret and relate. In truth, the essence of the mud-flat's process rather than the absolute of the results are what impress and give guidance, provide us with understanding. It is good to see another impressive rendering from your hand crafting the flow of ink. Love and peace to you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 10/19/2010
But for the empty bed this poem actually reaches out. It is a cry in the wilderness for someone to love, and be loved by them. I can identify with your words here, Kate, and the images this piece conjures up. Thank you for sharing.

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 Ragno Donna 10/19/2010
Kate, this poem is quite extraordinary! Your way of describing what you see is so profound.

Ragno
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 10/19/2010
beautiful magery!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/19/2010
For me, mudflats always conjure up images of distance, the tide out, birds feeding and an ineffable longing; you, Kate, see the intimacy of exchanges, the shifts of feeling and balance,
and you see superbly.

John
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/19/2010
Your imagery here is most powerful, Sea-Side, Kate.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/19/2010
Kate, your work comes straight from your soul...you have a very profound mind. This goes into my library.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/18/2010
Stellar write, Where is that cube when you need it, a drout endures so much madness, but the rains of refreshness do come~ Hope all is well with you and your family, in my prayers~
Love,
Christine
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/18/2010
You do have such a way of reaching out and touching many souls with such deep inner thoughts, enlightening and excellent...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/18/2010
Very, very nicely done, Kate.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 10/18/2010
So much to feel and say about this poem. All I can say is that it leaves me breathless and speechless..and that my dear friend is a very good thing!!!

One of your stellar best.

Hope you are feeling better; remember to breath in the salt air and think positive thoughts.

Much peace, love and light,
Amber
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 10/18/2010
One of the finest I've read - ever.
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/18/2010
Always leave my mind with a thirst for understanding
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 10/18/2010
The salt is not always less salty on the other side. Patrick
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/18/2010
You are, without a doubt, one of, if not THE deepest thinkers we have here on AD. When you give us poetry, you deliver what poetry is supposed to be, a search into the deepness of our very souls. Loved this search.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/18/2010
Those who have walked on the mud flats and felt the almost gripping pull of wet ooze on bare feet will surely relate to this poem and the possible metaphors that wind and weave throughout it. Your work improves with age and time....
fee
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/18/2010
well said
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/18/2010
A fine personification of a special place, Kate. To me, your poem is also metaphorical and symbolic. Mudflats can be incredibly full of life. Love and best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/18/2010
Hey, this is real poetry, Kate.

Its salt confession’s wrung
from borrowed time, forced
between the lisp of tides;

-gene.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/18/2010
Kate, your poem reaches me and makes me cry. It is a journey into the deepest and most profound folds of a heart. The imaginative range of your words and metaphors is extraordinary. I think you should send these poems to the Poetry Foundation.
I hope you are well now.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 10/18/2010
Diction at its best, Kate! Oratory Gaia sexed by penetrating clay leaching wet dreams...hell why not? Speech impediment turns switch hitter...

"hidden remains
the damp place of desire"

Love,
Sage
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/18/2010
I am lost in your vision, your words ... to write like this must be sublime. I am in awe, Kate. Well done.

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