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When We Are Quiet
by Kate Burnside

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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... the Silent Night before the Happy New Year! :)) xx


I like my quiet with
room to breathe:

capacious like a stranger’s
offered jacket; trimmed
and softly swelling like
sheeted, luffing sails.

You like yours tight, dark
and preferably crowded:

the bar after-hours,
sweat-and-whisky fumed,
shushed by sudden shadows
of flash-torch, raiding police.

Silence goes about its
business, stealthy:

hungry as gathering storms;
empty as a bluebottle’s buzz

though its self-singing
hum’s as loaded as the
pollen-freighted bee’s.

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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 1/21/2011
Excellent wording crafted with such skill.
Reviewed by Art Sun 1/16/2011
Nice...sometimes the quiet of experience is ever more so fullfilling...I can feel and see this within your thoughts...

A very Happy New Year to Ya!!!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/7/2011
So many forms of quiet. I love the outdoors frosty night type. Our home in the Mark Twain forest can be so quiet at night I find myself making noise for a sanity check. I guess that's a little sad isn't it? Patrick
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/3/2011
I like the 'tight' bursts of imagery in this piece. Makes me feel like time is ticking by. And I love the memorable last line. Nicely done. Hugs,
Reviewed by Jon Willey 1/2/2011
Mood shaped within the personal form of quiet we arrange to reflect not with regrets, but with the gusto of promise. We each snuggle in our own renditions of psychological comfort, in accord with the soul. When you are quiet, you scribe the most wonderful expressions Kate. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael shhhhh
Reviewed by D. Vaineo 12/30/2010
Kate, Metaphoric and quiet without a crowd.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/30/2010
I like my quiet with
room to breathe

So do I, and Happy New Year to you, Kate.
Reviewed by jude forese 12/29/2010
sweet & loaded to the core with imagery and metaphor ... have a happy & healthy new year, Kate ...
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 12/29/2010
In my quiet, Kate, I thank you for being Kate...
and wish you a loverly New Year. Love, gene.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/29/2010
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 12/28/2010
great last stanza. Happy New Year! ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 12/28/2010
Your mind remains highly active during your silence, as if unwinding.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/28/2010
A new word for me, luffing, I had to look the damn thing up...thanks...Hope your New Years eve will be a quiet one & hopefully no more snow for you all...e
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/28/2010
Deep, Kate. Nicely written, my friend. God bless.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 12/28/2010
I like my quiet with room to breathe too and I get as hungry as the gathering storms, but I am not at all empty like the bluebottle buz. It is amazing how this poem talks of life's solitude but can be applied to other life situations. Thank you for sharing, Kate.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those who you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/28/2010
Even in the dead of silence, buzzing is the mind, I like those moments and times, May your New Year ring in all the goodness life has to offer~
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/28/2010
Kate you always have such wonderfully intiguing and interesting lines such as "hungry as gathering storms empty as a bluebottle buz".
I marvel at your capacity and talent to blend these into life methaphors. Happy New Year Kate to you and your family...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 12/28/2010
To me this poem is about living in the present moment. The hush, the silence is where you can hear everything. I was at a cafe this morning and I flushed out all the junk from my mind and just listened to everyone around me..It was quite fascinating to be a part of each one's conversation quietly and unabtrusively listening.
You can learn so much from the sounds of silence.

Have a toast with me on New Year's Eve, to a bright and happy New Year!!!

Love you, and your spirit,
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/28/2010
beautiful poem with depth-love it!
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/28/2010
Muting out all the mundane and ringing in loud and clear all the new possibilities Kate...Silence is Golden...if I may, I'm tip-toeing across your floor with Earl Grey in hand and orange slices dripping with when we are quiet juiciness...let's sit for a spell and reminisce of where we have been and where we are going. Your company next to mine all of these years here on AD, but especially this year has been a sisterly comfort and I am in appreciation Kate. Happy New Year!

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 12/28/2010
This is something rare, like about the ego versus the higher self. For me, your poems always find the deepest places. This is about the kind of silence that is raw material for transformation, for revelation.
Blessings to you for the New Year Kate ~
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/28/2010
Love the metaphors. Thanks for adding that wonderful word Luffing to my crowded vocabulary but everyday finding room for new ones. Being a sea lover I shall try using it in a sea poem when the inspiration dawns on me. And that ending is pure Kate. Marvelous in construction and thought.

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 12/28/2010
I like your kind of quiet Kate, happy new year. Beautiful work as always.
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