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by Kate Burnside
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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She’s an invention of your own imagination,
the departing footsteps of her ringing laughter
rippling through your past
and her heavy-lidded eyes darkly auguring your future.

She knows all the sodden tea-leaves of your life –
each cup sipped down to the dregs –
and has shared in every drunken brawl.

She’s the freedom you’ve never known
and the captivity of all your prejudice;
she’ll cross your palm with heather
and spit a curse on your disdain.

She taunts you with every bare-foot,
loose-breasted squeeze
and comforts you with her harvest-moon heart.

Look for her and she’ll be gone but
cast her aside and she’ll leave her tell-tale,
sticky fingerprints in the DNA of all your days.

She belongs to everyone and no-one
but your secret soul is her birth right.

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Reviewed by Liana Margiva 8/13/2015
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/8/2015
Ha! This is superb and works with imagery so well. There is such a natural motion to the way of her, to her errands of each day and night. From shadow to light and all the deep treasure in the rubble, just in all of it.
Beautifully magical writing xo
Reviewed by jude forese 8/7/2015
a marvelous self analysis reaching out to the gypsy in us all ... of course, it crosses over to a vagabond heart ...
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 8/7/2015
Gypsy and consciousness meld into each other. I like the ethereal and at times palpable imagery. It seems somebody is playing "Suzanne" (Leonard Cohen), and you end up in a world where "she" is personable and unknown at the same time. You have maintained a perfect thematic balance...
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 7/31/2015
Ah, poetry brings out the gypsy in you, Kate! I look into my crystal ball and a see a great future for this poem. :-)
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 7/29/2015
what a delightful read, kate! thank heavens for that secret soul!
Reviewed by Andy Turner 7/28/2015
Gypsy Rosie Katie: Hmmm, a Romany diva. My thoughts turn to stardust - the film, that is. Be careful what you cross this lassies palm with. Reminds me of a brill' song. (Girl on the Phone) Keep playing in the heather even in this summer watery weather.
Reviewed by audrine max 7/27/2015
We all have gypsies, who are we to judge each and one of us.. Might as well have our gypsies let loose for a night.. That would be something to remember.. Great poem..
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 7/25/2015
A wonderfully crystal clear view of a mysterious being !
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 7/24/2015
Dear Kate you have once again stirred the wanderlust in my soul. The carefree life of a gypsy is a wish of us all. Wandering from town to town, living from hand to mouth. Surely most of us could not stand the uncertainty of that kind of freedom that comes with not only benefits, but peril as well. Men of each towns drawn to her full breasts and hips that sway seductively. Wives in every town hate her because she is a fantasy of husbands, and yes leave her or not she will leave sweet sticky fingerprints that last forever.
A most enjoyable write...Loved it all three times I read it.
I do see a metaphorical side to this as well.
As a PS did you know that Hitler not only hated Jews, but Gypsies as well?

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/23/2015
You got me in love with her already! For not hearing from you in a long time, you descend on us with a masterpiece of psychology. How did you know that I have a gypsy in my soul?

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/23/2015
This is fine poetry, Kate; I feel as though I know your "gypsy." Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Sketso 7/23/2015
What a wonderful way to create an image in the reader's mind. Short and sweet, yet fully explored. Thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 7/23/2015
The tambourine and colorful attire of the "Gypsy." You have brought
her to life. Gazing aura mysterious yet fascinating.
Love the gypsy in you dear Kate.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/22/2015
Ed Phillips said it so very well, Kate, kind of like I have always wanted to say it but did not know how...I am so happy when I see you have stopped by to post something and while here commented on something I have always thrills me to see your name on one of my reviews...stop by more often...and bring your "gypsy" side along with you... <smile> -e-
Reviewed by Jon Willey 7/22/2015
Imaginative and you wrapped a piece of her into my DNA too. You created this and then scribed it with the passion of preparing an old family recipe to share with your inner circle of friends. It is delicious and sating while leaving a bit of mystery for the reader. Thank you for being the perfect host at your reading gala. May peace and love be always with you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Edward Phillips 7/22/2015
I am so pleased that anyone came along and gave the poetry pages of AD a needed lift to a place where words, and thoughts, and ideas, and imagination reign supreme. I would have accepted such a lift from anyone, but I am so glad that one of the most gifted writers of us all supplied the wit, the charm, and the magic to the task and scored 20 on a 10 point scale. Bravo!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 7/22/2015
I've lived with the bitch/wondrous woman all of my life, Kate. She is still here in my later years and has decided, I guess, to leave me to living without her interference, for my time is probably short. So yeah, she has been with me through "all the sodden tea-leaves of your(my) life," and is giving me peace at this time in my life or is really cooking up a real barnstorming finale for "moi." Great poetry . . .
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/22/2015
Marvelous poetry, that said, one has to analyze the depth that this poem emblazes in your mind. Descriptive poetry at its best.

So happy to see you posting again.
Reviewed by Odin Roark 7/22/2015
This is so on the mark for anyone's imagination venturing into such zestful thoughts. I've never read such a perfect depiction of the idea, as well as the reality, of gypsy. Kudos...and good to see more of your writing. Always a pleasure to read and contemplate. Thank you.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/22/2015
Kate darling,
I feel like you wrote this about me. I feel like a gypsy sometimes and you hit the nail on the head with your words!
I loved your last six lines the most!
As always you bring fantastic imagery and meaningful words to your work!
Much peace and love
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