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by Kate Burnside

Monday, April 16, 2012
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Soon daylight will lap at our door

but for now I watch the lace of my fire

lick your face lambent.


My bark is gone, my sap spat.

Just hiss of my whisper

echoes every studied thought

we shared this slow-burn

evening, eye-to-eye.


Tenderly poke my wizened side,

watch my charcoaled honeycomb

dissolve to sweet red-embered ash

you surely will become:


soft residue of memory’s smoke

and unforgotten fragrance.


“Wake me up inside”*

is what I’m here to do,

giving my all –


and will again tomorrow

when you drift back here

to sleep.




* lyric from “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence



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Reviewed by A PAX 1/10/2013
The connection between life and function.....the it.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/4/2012
Wonderfully penned Kate, always top notch from you, never dull.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/28/2012
soft and flowing contentment...
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 4/22/2012
Who would have thought a log could be sensuous?

Made it sssizzzzle, Miz Kate, made it sssizzzzle!

What an imagination!

What a poet!!

Keep 'em comin', please.

xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/21/2012
Much symbolism and your verses awaken thought and emotion as well, Kate. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 4/21/2012
Second verse is my favorite, Kate. Love the mood you created there. Excellent.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/18/2012
Who would've thought that a log would have so much character. But then I guess it was burning to tell us so… So you helped out. Brilliant!

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/18/2012
My logs all got termites. Burn low and slow but it's OK, the fire marshal says I shouldn't exceed the fire rating of the firebox anyway. Patrick
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/18/2012
This is in a class all its own,and you dear Kate are a magical anointed poet! Thank you for this gift of a poem to delight in. Truly a masterpiece!

Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/18/2012
a perfect teaser and scrumptious metaphor in the grandest manner of Katedom - "soft residue of memory's smoke" pleases my creative side and turns me a bit green, with envy for not having ever written it myself - please, throw another "log" onto the artistic fires - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Charlie 4/17/2012
Warm and bright and scrumptious. --Charlie
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/17/2012
okay, that was HOT for lack of a more creative word. awesome write , Kate!
Reviewed by Andy Turner 4/17/2012
Jude says it all. BTW you new bio pic, is the real you! Dynamic! Congrats on your numerous achievements over the past ever-so. :)
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/17/2012
Mmm, one of your masterpieces!
Such hypnotic rhythm and sonics and that song is brought into it at just the right time...
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/17/2012
Reviewed by Odin Roark 4/17/2012
A thirst quenching drink of pure logic encapsulated in lyrical metaphor. So many suffer not knowing such feelings and can't express what it's like to long for the return of that sense of reciprocal love--whether real or vicarious. The subtext resounds in this piece, suggesting few know the difference between imagined love and that which transcends explanation and exists onto itself for its own sake. You obviously have a handle on that conundrum.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/17/2012
Wonders of a fireplace log of embers to gaze
upon the sweet red embers. Slumber in warmth.
Love this Kate ! Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/17/2012
'delicious' isn't a word i often use
when responding to writing but this,
Great Kate, is delicious!

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/17/2012
Fireplaces are so meditational to me too...e
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/17/2012
I love both fireplaces and campfires, and there's nothing better than becoming lost in their embers. I also like that song by Evanescence very much.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 4/16/2012
Ah but you do manage well to spark my imagination with this romp through your thoughts on screen. I must wonder if I would or have ever stayed up late in front of the fireplace to watch its last spark go quietly into that good night just before dawn breaks.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/16/2012
totally rolled over by the imagery and innuendo in this twilight endeavor, Kate ... ... this poem definitely sparkles my synapses and awakens the smoky residue of my heart ... a poem to be fondled and caressed, and to dream about daily ...
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/16/2012
Kate, a smoldering soliloquy. Great succinct terms of "slow-burn", "lace of my fire", "my bark is gone". Radiant! ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/16/2012
Taking the dream to another level, Kate, and oh! Before I forget, I love the new photo. Back to the dream-scape and the face-licking, however gentle. Love, love, love, "soft residue of memory's smoke / and unforgotten fragrance." Plus it is all even better "when you drift back here / to sleep." Gotta love it!!!!!!

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