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Master Mind
by Kate Burnside

Friday, April 27, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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... Just leaving you with a wee bit of light whimsy as I fly out the door northwards for a few days in the rain and wuthering of the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales, a little beyond the Bronte country of the wild and inhospitable moors. Picture me on the hilltops in my long, black, hooded cloak! :)) xx




Do we make our mind up

like a bed: to stay, to quit, to try?


If we think it’s being double

then on which side do we lie?


Can we lose it like a golf ball

or come to it, like a fence?


Out if which of its imaginative eyes

do we get to see some sense?


Are we said to be right out of it

if we’re acting like a goof?


And I know I'll get a piece of yours

if I start to seem aloof!


Grow it, free or feed it

but it’s difficult to read it;


relax it, stretch or blow it –

you probably don’t know it!


The mind’s a thing that’s all its own

to tease and please and find;


denies itself if things go wrong

and says “Well, never mind!”




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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/4/2012
The mind seems to have a mind of its own!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/4/2012
Very fun. I just did a mind meld with a turnip and got a wealth of knowledge about dirt. Patrick
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 5/3/2012
I take it you should be back by now and all ready to start floating on a cloud of rest and relaxation affording you the opportunity to daydream and I correct?
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/2/2012
Whimisical and delightful write Kate. A wonderful holiday
in the Yorkshires Dales.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 5/2/2012
now where did i put my copy of dion fortune's "the secrets of dr. taverner"???
a lovely tease indeed, dear kate.
be well,
Reviewed by Andy Turner 5/1/2012
The Mind: The gatekeeper to the subconscious/superconscious.
The ego will always play denial, the nurtured mind will be supportive of all that is good.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/30/2012
masterfully done! have a good trip!
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/29/2012
Riddling, fiddling, piddling mind! What a lot of fun!
And have so much fun on your trip!
Blessings, xx
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/29/2012
it is complex and goofy it is bold and yet always capable of being stunned like a newbie - "to tease and please and find", Kate is a definition that is well suited to a, "Master Mind" - do not use the holiday without wisdom - enjoy every bloody second of it with inane glee - I wish love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/28/2012
Thank you for the smiles, Kate; this is delightful... ...and meaningful too. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/28/2012
This made me smile... as it reminded me of this "mindless" story. My 17 year old daughter, AL, who recently seemed to be missing a piece of her mind, asked which side of the head contained the brain. :) We gave her a strange look and she quickly remembered it filled her head. When her older sister was retold the story, Rachel told AL that she was right-brained. AL asked what that meant and Rachel told her that it meant she was creative. AL forcefully denied being right-brained, and then said, "Wait! What is in the left-brain?" We told her it meant she was good with numbers, language, logic, etc... AL said, "Well, I'm not left-brained either!" We all laughed as she quickly stumbled to retract her insinuation that she had no brain at all. hee, hee...

Thanks for the smile.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 4/28/2012
Kate, 'Our Minds' have their own minds...Excellent!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/28/2012
Might be whimsical but still has a lot of sense in it as we think of the mind and its magic.
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 4/28/2012
The we should never be bored...bend it shape it anyway you want it! I really enjoyed this. I hope you enjoy my part of the country, it is very windy, though thankfully no rain...but watch out for those moors will be mind blowing!!
Best wishes, Diana..
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 4/27/2012
may your trip be as delightful as this expressive mindful expression....
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/27/2012
Watch out for those Baskerville type dogs up north on those moors, their sense of humor is no longer intact, like yours herein...;-)e
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/27/2012
outa da park, Kate!
fab exit..enjoy the change and wet (?)
but watch out for them Heathcliffs, they
be dangerous men

Reviewed by Walt Hardester 4/27/2012
I can certainly see a master mind at work here Kate.

Reviewed by Alan Abrams 4/27/2012
perhaps I should be minding my own business; however, don't mind if I do say that this piece is anything but mindless...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/27/2012
Kate, you have left us with a great piece of poetry to tease our mind and boggle it as well.
I hope you have a great holiday, and come back soon with a clear and refreshed mind indeed!!!

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/27/2012
I was beginning to think you were going to blow it. But then you quoted Emily Lattila, with her classic Saturday Night Live quote: “Nevermind!” And I fully understood… ;-)

Reviewed by Charlie 4/27/2012
This is an absolute classic, to be quoted for many a generation. I'm saving it for sure (and I've only got a handful). It's pithy and lilting. I love it. --Cheryl
Reviewed by jude forese 4/27/2012
pulls all the strings to tease the imagination while enjoying the humorous side of your master mind ...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/27/2012
Hah! Ab-so-lutely, Kate. Teasing lines sparking the imagination to stretch enough to absorb your titillating wonderment. And wonderment it surely is.

Uh, beware the moors, oh, do beware the moors . . .
Reviewed by Odin Roark 4/27/2012
Wonderful! For one who reads too much and therefore finds himself too serious minded, this was indeed a welcome relief to his mind. Like a cup of coffee in the morning though, I'm now stimulated to... you got it--read some more. Damn these Op Eds. Can't they find anything positive to writer about?

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