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Water Baby
by Kate Burnside
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Ode from a Nymph to a River

You have followed me all your days –
from first patch of sodden grass
(damp, as babies often are!) ‘til now,
when length and sudden breadth
have put flesh on your fragile bones.

I have sat beside you and
listened idly to your chatter;
I have soothed your bruised skin
with the palm of my hand
and untangled your dreams
with my fingers.

Through all your inquisitive meandering
and tumbling from towering plateaux,
you have stayed with me;

but now I send you on, into
the embrace of formidable lovers
who will roll you wildly in seas of their arms
and swathe you in duvets of cloud.

But, little by little,
you’ll return to me here;

raindrop by longed-for raindrop,
your many tender kisses
on my naked, upturned face
will be your gentle reassurance
that we can never be apart.

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Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/19/2015

Kate, be well


Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/19/2015
A beautiful analogy Kate. From a single raindrop the great rivers were born to meander to the sea and the water baby to walk beside them. A rendering to read over and over as it soothes my imagination.
May peace and love be always with you. Jon Michael
Reviewed by jude forese 5/18/2015
overwhelmingly perceptive ... a powerful and visual emotional embrace of the state of a passioante being ...
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 5/18/2015
Utterly beautiful Kate...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/18/2015
Happy Returns are marvelous - for all sorts of offspring, even Water Babies.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 5/16/2015
the never ending love, lovely - reminds me of "if you love someone, set them free" ala Mr. Sting... and you are gifted bringing your words to life
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 5/16/2015
A duvet, also known as a doona or duna in Australian English.
Simple, yet effective. Rolling in clouds, a wonderful visual here Katie.
As usual, a wonderful use and command of vocabulary.

Reviewed by CHANTI LACE 5/16/2015
Beautiful as always... Hugsss
Reviewed by D. Vegas 5/15/2015
Water; rushing down rivers, cascading waterfalls, rapids...your descriptive poetry and your use of metaphors make " Water Baby,"
one of your very Best, Kate!


Reviewed by Andy Turner 5/15/2015
Dreamily beautiful. A journey from a spring into the rolling sea and the lovely feel of rain. Sitting by a river is something where one learns life lessons. Be like water, water always moves on, no obstacle is impossible for water water is the giver and sustainer of life. For real and metaphorical. Be like water my friend. And enjoy being natures millionaire. Xx
Reviewed by Edward Phillips 5/14/2015
I read this as the water cycle in superbly poetic format: a river flowing to the sea, lifted into the atmosphere as vapor, thence to return as snow or rain, and into the river again. All the while this cycle is caught up by and caught by Kate in her poetic musings. Enchanting.
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/14/2015
Masterful poetry by the master of the written word. England hasn't found you yet and that's a pity. One day

Reviewed by Charlie 5/14/2015
This is exquisite, Kate. And I love the word "duvet". You've got to send this little droplet off for publishing. --Charlie
Reviewed by J. Quantaman 5/14/2015
I like the way the poem connects to nature.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/14/2015
Had I not read Odin, I would still be wondering like I was when I finished. Some deep passion went into the writing of this and it shows.

Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/14/2015
Such a touching sadness to these lines that make me want to lift my own face up to the rain for my own reassurances from loves departed. Hauntingly beautiful...

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/14/2015
Though we may find others to try and capture and to hold, there is a strange and clawing sensation about someone in the far distant past. The longing takes root and soon we make our way back, asking for the love we know in our hearts is real.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/14/2015
SO EXQUISITE, yes the unconditional love we hold in our hearts every minute of every day, and the release that brings love back home in the end. Blessings xx
Reviewed by Odin Roark 5/14/2015
Beautiful ode to any choosing of the reader, i.e., lover, mother, father, child, friend...beloved animal. To create alternate selections of identity for the reader is not an easy task, especially in first person, but as you've done before, there is a worldliness to your thinking, regardless of the personal intent. You can't help but phrase your words into a breadth of choice, which as one of your followers, I appreciate. Always look forward to reading your work.

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