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by Kate Burnside
Monday, June 18, 2012
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The last in my "Shine" trilogy reflecting on the nature of love, truth and beauty.





is as black, polished night

that defies the light of gravity;


is white and weightless,

an omniscient, pebble-silence

defying gravity.


It is colourless and odourless;

as fresh and empty as

deep space-defying gravity;


and livid-rainbow as a rage

that gives the finger to gravity.


Beauty is as tranquil as an unborn’s breathing

knowing only of floating in gravity;

yet can stir dustbowl inner drought with

its rock-uprooting storms hurling gravity…




Do you know how light Beauty really is,

feel its lift beneath your ribcage,

its searing Damascus shine?

How it’s floodgates to a damned mind

and shock to the flat-lined heart?


Crystal and multi-faceted – yet never clear;

not black and white but is guileless, guiltless

thief of the magpie-eye within us all.


Unique bubble-brightness unanchored by words,

miasma of wings lifting jaded spirits free.




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Reviewed by Cryssa C 10/1/2012
beautiful... a thing of true beauty

Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/24/2012
ah, yes "Behold" beauty - often supplanting reality and vying for a
spot on the chart of relevant values - it dances free style across
the imagination as we struggle to contend with the full measure of the place in the mind and heart where it draws a line in our personal sand - this is a glass of port Kate - I sip and savor it - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 6/23/2012
Miasma of wings lifting jaded spirits free.
Unique the beauty in your reflectve poetry.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by jude forese 6/21/2012
your definition of beauty, its internal and external structure, captures beauty's quintessence, projecting as well as absorbing its matrix ...truly a pleasure to behold ...
Reviewed by D. Vegas 6/21/2012
Beauty has so many meanings for so many of us out there. To myself,
beauty is how a woman holds her own, independent and nurturing. Steadfast when it comes to loving all.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/19/2012
Such a unique way of looking at beauty, Kate; thank you for sharing this lovely and meaningful perspective. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 6/19/2012
this perfect beauty feels like pure light to me
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/19/2012
You are flirting with the edge of awareness and the gravity of beauty. A light as beauty is, it weighs heavy on my soul when I lose it.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/19/2012
You capture perfectly the shifting moods of beauty. We all perceive and look at things differently but I think we can all relate to the examples and metahphorical comparisons you witingly or unwitingly drew in this wonderful work of art.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/19/2012
a wonderful vision, worded expertly as always, a great finale.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/18/2012
This is absolutely spell binding poetry. A brilliant finale to your shine trilogy! Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. No true statement that shines deeply within this gemstone of a poem.

Very, very beautiful to behold my dear lady!

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Andy Turner 6/18/2012
...and I thought it was when I looked in the mirror!

In your beholden eyes, you have painted a rather grand beaut about beauty. Is as gently worded as a butterflies wing and as colourful as a dragonfly without the fire.

However, if Walcott scores the winner tomoz night, now that will also be a great beauty. :) xx
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/18/2012
Beauty, Kate, as has been repeated over and over, and I will add to the repetition, "is in the eye of the beholder."

You covered the concept of beauty fantastically and with plenty of style and grace and kickass reality. This is what I have come to expect from you, and you never disappoint.

Beauty is the ice cream on the pie al a mode . . .
Reviewed by Odin Roark 6/18/2012
"...its miasma of wings lifting jaded spirits free." Indeed. I was struck by the multi-facet of winged feathers, a rainbow, transluscent, as well as dense in its coordinated energy, knowing, understanding and forever inclined to obey in innate wisdom... the very essence of survival we all posses, but few exercise--that allowance for love, truth and beauty to just be, sans the mediocrity of pedestrian definition the Hallmark syndrome of sentiment would have us accept.
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