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Becoming She
by Kate Burnside
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BECOMING SHE


Take heart in drought,
grow straight with spines
and take no thought of wanton petals,
the woman said,

binding her girl’s roots
tight as Ming feet,
pruning back her shoots
with frosty brow
and sealing her sappy wounds
with her hard set of jaw.

But little girl just couldn’t do cactus:

instead she went to ground,
sent all her sweetness inside,
waited for beauty to find her –

seeking out her shrunken seed
with tactile ivy fingers
and tender fibril hands.

Where woman had once sutured
a girl’s gaping heart with thorns,
Sapphic tendrils stitched her,

spreading her warm veins dainty like lace;
nuzzling her blooms into fullness of shape.

Femmes femelles.

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Reviewed by Charlie
I like this, Kate... but I think it's better suited for a different book I'm working on-- about the Ogress of Stalkhome. See Axilea's "She" to understand that better. But I do wish to hode it away for that compilation if you're game. --Charlie
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
A true writer's poem. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
I waited until the splines retracted to review this one, Kate...in no way whatsoever did I read this from an adult tripping up a child into this glorious lifestyle of triangle genital worship called LESBIANISM. Let the cactus pricks think what they will...detractors are a dime a cactus dozen. Many a woman has drank at my wanton petals to relieve the thirst from the lack of decent cactus...a woman indeed is a sister in calm or stormy weather in the desert of the heart...in any event, I like how you set this poem up in more ways than one...I witnessed that it got its desired result...my heart rejoices...

Sage
Reviewed by J M
Kate I am full agreement with Richard this is how I sensed this piece also. A child needs the nuturing to grow spiritualy and physicaly, This is an eye opener of a write.
Joselyn
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
Flip kate, this is brilliance, you are untouchable...
Reviewed by A PAX
Its all Eve's fault :)
Just kidding..........
It's Adams.......
just kidding

but seriously impressed by your poetry Kate, its amazing.......:)
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
This is pure genius Kate..by Jove you're a Master poet ( ess)if there ever was one..brilliant..love it..saved it..YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Vesna:)
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen
I really enjoyed the depth of this one Kate.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Most Interesting, Kate.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Very well done...one of your very best if not theeeeee best!!

Masterfully done Kate!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by jude forese
illustrative images probe the erotic indulgences of a probing flesh, seeking to explore the fullness of its shape as it spreads its pulsating suggestiveness and lures the Femmes femelles within it ... luv how you delve into the pyschological and physical implications of "becoming She" ...

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Wowwwwwwwwwww
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
I started to write 'this is your best write ever' and paused. You consistently produce excellence and this is yet another example of your incredible talent. There are so many gems within this piece but the one that really touched me was 'spreading her warm veins dainty like lace' The last lines are just perfect.
Brilliant work Kate.
Chanti
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
every image enriches the one before and is like a trunk for the next to grow upon. wonderful writing! amazed by the psychological insights, too. Dawn
Reviewed by George Carroll
I think I sensed a lesbian tone to this write, as I went along you didn't disappoint me.
Reviewed by Rusty Daily
The first two reads had me hooked, but didn't fully appreciate the quality of this poem until I used my on-line dictionary...I do that when a poem is worth knowing the import of every single word. This poem is fan-damn-tastic.
Rusty
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