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by Kate Burnside
Friday, May 01, 2009
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I'm currently enamoured of Charles Simic's wry perspectives and plainchant style. And hasta la vista, People... I'm off to Spain on Monday for a few days... :)) Stay well. Kosta Kate xx


The garden bench
needs painting;

its white wooden slats,
dropped-on and weathered,
make its invitation to sit
somewhat flaky.

If I were merely to scour it,
it would simply mope
and buckle at the knees
like a scolded child.

So its moodiness lurks
in the shady corner;
its open-armed
Big Love


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Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 5/10/2009
Nicely done, I love the imagery you've used!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/5/2009
Fantastic write. Love the descriptions. Unique, too. One for my library! Hugs,
Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/5/2009
I don't have a garden bench...don't have a garden yet, either, come to think of it...
I enjoyed the different use of words to bring to life the imagery of the weathered bench..."dropped-on, flaky, & buckling at the knees..."
All the words together painted that bench in beautiful colors.

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/5/2009
Wonderfully penned Kate, benches and people so much alike
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/4/2009
A moody bench. Mine's on my front porch, bleached, cold and forlorn, waiting for more bleaching in the summer sun. Love this one. Animating the old bench is wonderful. Liz
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 5/4/2009
I like what Jude said. I have a garden bench in my balcony. The bench was my mother's. A lot of conversations took place, there. Your poem brought it home for me.

Reviewed by Dale Clark 5/4/2009
very nice, Kate... love it! Have fun in Spain and Take Care!!
Reviewed by jude forese 5/3/2009
really like how you personalized the bench ... take the inanimate commonplace, bring it to life ...
Reviewed by blue soplain 5/3/2009
....a back home again feel after your travels; the mundane seen in a new tilt.a.whirl. . .the everyday even becoming more how it ebckons us to a grinding halt
. i ahve been reading of your travel.logs in poetica. . . and been missing your steady mantra.esque voice.
glad to read you always.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/3/2009
who'd a thunk it, making a bench poetic;-)
Kool Kate is who,and she's off to spain again!
I want to go, boo hoo...have fun, hasta la vista!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/3/2009
Excellent write, Kate; brava! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 5/3/2009
Great poem,I enjoy reading it.Have fun in Spain and please stay safe.take care

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/2/2009
very nice write--have a wonderful time in Spain!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 5/2/2009
Hi Kate, such a personality, eh? I'd be moody too being weathered and dropped on... smile.... have fun, Kate!

In Spirit,
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 5/2/2009
Once when I was sailing I came upon a channel bouy marker that was white. I had never seen a white marker before, nor was one on any of my charts.
As I got closer I saw that it really was green, but had peen "painted" white by Pelicans....LOL

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/2/2009

You personalize an ordinary park bench and make it extraordinary. Well done! Have fun in Spain - ole!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/2/2009
Kate, I love this. You take an inanimate object...a bench...and give it life. Have a wonderful time in Spain!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/2/2009
I need to give my faithful old garden bench a new coat of paint myself. And Vaya con Dios, Kosta Kate!
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/2/2009
Wowwwwwwww..sounds wonderful..enjoyed very much sweet lady...stay safe and well..Hugsss
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/1/2009
You express so much from a seemingly insignificant object; you have made it not insignificant at all via your verses. Thank you, Kate. Hasta luego y buen viaje. Amor y paz,

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/1/2009
I bet that bench sits with unconditonal open this Kate! Spain...sounds so nice! Have a great time
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/1/2009
Kate, I'd love to join you in Spain, but I've got a bench to paint.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/1/2009
It's the transfer of emotion/reaction to the inanimate that makes this sing, excellent projection, ever so endearing.
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 5/1/2009

Sensory and complete with visual images. Excellent. Makes me want to visit my lawn furniture, almost.

Reviewed by L. Figgins 5/1/2009
I've always loved flaky and worn lawn furniture because it is a visual testament to time and use. But as you've expressed, not too inviting, lol. Love this, Kate...

Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/1/2009
There is something like a dependent child feeling about garden furniture isn't there? I know I have an old rocking chair that normally sits on my front porch but the paint was peeled off so bad I moved it around back to be scraped and a child who has played in the mud and comes home for a bath. Great write and loved this format...have fun in Spain.
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