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34 Degrees Nighttime Low
by Kate Burnside
Saturday, August 19, 2006
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Am almost back to fingerless gloves as I sit her amid wind and wuthering this evening... Ah me... Tarifa on 12th July seems a world away... :)) K xx


34 DEGREES NIGHTTIME LOW


Two nights’ ago I breathlessly sweltered,
cold-showered, lay on terracotta tiles
and bathed in pale sun of the frig.

At 2.30 the farmer’s
boys’ night broke up; at 3.30
the villa’s blinking security lamps
shut their eyes tight.

I guzzled gallons, peed every half hour
and counted the laughing faces of stars
entertained by the conjuring tricks
of a companionable full moon.

I rolled off the sofa – twice…

Last night a fiery inland wind
grieved through hillsides and houses,
rushing demented in at one crashing window
and screaming out the next.

Mosquito nets ghosted feet above the bed
and all night long I rock-a-bye-babied
in the boughs of its howling lullaby.

My damp bikini the only constant
on this holiday in southern Spain.

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/31/2009
Your imagery is so powerful that I feel as though I am there. I find this quite sensual as well, Kate. Very well done. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by isaac quaye (Reader) 8/26/2007
Wonderful
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 8/22/2006
I hate the heat..can't handle it..yet summers here are boiling hot..I am saved by that sea-breeze ..thank God..so, when it gets to be too much I slip down to the beach and swim..yup at night..


Vesna
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/21/2006
Kate,

And we can't get below 80 degrees F at night...........dang. A little 34 sounds GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe by...what, December? January?? LOL

A beautiful flight of imagination, your verse...thank you!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by J M 8/20/2006
Enjoyed this spa treat of vacation with you kate. Beautiful surroundings and wonderfuly expressed verses. made this a delight with you special style of writing.. :) Bless you Joselyn
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 8/20/2006
Hot, Hot, Hot...just sweltering days...but not just the days, Kate, your imagery and the sexiness of the sweat...not to mention the bikini...get 'em every time. Wow have you done a terrific job of this.
And what is it with Andy and Cuba? Not the first time I've heart a maleBrit extoll her vacation wealth. Must be the bottoms only beaches. Ya think?
Love,
Taylor
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/20/2006
So you don't go topless then?
Cuba, Cuba, Cuba do lovely Cuba next, Spain with panache...
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 8/20/2006
ooooooh, I'm so jealous!!! as usual, Kate, your imagery is beyond incredible...absolutely delightful!

Susan
Reviewed by Aberjhani 8/20/2006
Line by line, small thrilling adventures inside small thrilling misadventures: the incongruous moments that make life charmingly real:-)
Aberjhani
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 8/20/2006
Exceptional imagery Kate. I was there. :-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Gloria Buono Daly 8/20/2006
Such an interesting and imaginative prose here. Thanks for letting your imagination run wild and sharing it. Now I'm inspired to go to the gym and sweat alot so that I can fit back into my bikini. My best, Gloria
Reviewed by jude forese 8/20/2006
a great job of texturizing imagery and polarizing the overtones of a damp bikini constant in the dense atmosphere of experience ... this poem made me feel like i was there ...
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/20/2006
You painted a remarkable picture of those moments KB. What a poet you are! I hope that you're feeling better!

Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 8/20/2006
Great visuals Kate. A well put together pen.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 8/20/2006
Beautiful done,
Love and Peace, B&R
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/20/2006
Oh memories sweet memories....wetty and all that jazzzzz!!

Got to love it....lols at Felix!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 8/19/2006
Kate, this is absolutely lovely. This is my kind of poetry. The kinds that sweats from the pores of the stream. And I couldn't help but notice the title. It really stood out to me. Great poem!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/19/2006
Oh sweet Kate you impish litte devil, you sure know how to perk a mans basic instincts with the last hook being that bikini hanging wet, and you tossing and turnings in the heat,,,whoa time for my cold shower. LOL

Pops
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 8/19/2006
such great images you weave together like a finely-knit netting that seems always to swing me in the center of the experience of your travels. love the momentum this has, like wind picking up and then a gentle lull with the twist of a little surprise. Dawn
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 8/19/2006
What amazing pictures you have painted here, Kate. I could see see the star-filled skies through your eyes and sense the heat upon your skin as you simmered in the heat on your Spanish holiday. It is still warm here in the Southwest, USA, though we have been having monsoon rains which have made the weather a little unpredictible and flash flooding a daily reality. I will not complain because we really need the rain. Nice to read one of yours again.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader) 8/19/2006
Wow..Sounds intresting..

Peace & Love, Dove
Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/19/2006
Kate

" Memories are made of this ", the late and great Dean Martin used to croon..

You had me wishing for the South of France again...;)

Love and Blessings

Peter
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/19/2006
Ahh, Kate...the planet has a sticky thermostat...the wind mimics some functions of the human circulatory system...let it blow, Kate!

Sage
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/19/2006
Not all that much on poems about the weather, but I liked this one because you gave it some spark and lift as the demented wind wrecked havoc there, must have been a shock to you and that teeny-weeny bikini, eh? What a drop in temperature . . . gotta love it!



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