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Dramatis Personae
by Kate Burnside
Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Ahhh... feeling so mellow this easy reading-n-writing Sunday! :)) I was reminded of the style of Susan de Vegter as I penned this one; another of the beautiful souls who seem sadly absent from the AD board these days and sorely missed. xx





All players on this cosmic stage

in here and now we find our page.

At work, in rest, we search and strive

to know and be our most alive

and question every cloud and stone

about the things that are our own

yet know our every wish and hope

is part of life’s kaleidoscope.


It matters not our time and place –

clock hands sweep round a constant face –

our lives repeat in books, in dreams,

through actions on the silver screens.

And though our stuff of street and land

be varied as each grain of sand,

all beauty, passion, terror, war are

pageant passing through our door.


Same bones, same lungs, same blood, same breath;

same hunger, pain, same birth, same death.

But voice and print and words we speak

are DNA of what’s unique.

Off-road we sometimes bump and grind

and crash stiff gears own views to find

but what I know, this much is true

you’re made of me, I’m made of you.





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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 3/27/2012
Beautiful musical tapestry of rich human threads. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/7/2012
Flawless rhythm and rhyme scheme takes us on a pleasant tour of life on the big "E" not to be confused with the aircraft carrier "Enterprise" whose DNA is imprinted on my father in law for which he and we should be proud. Don't try to figure it out. Patrick
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 1/30/2012
Well hear I am among wonderful poets and a poem by you that reminded me to get my head up and begin to write again. I've heard from Walt, Reg, Jer and Ron and my heart began its rhythm of creative notes. I'm returning after a year of depression and self disappointment. Failing love takes a lot out of a poet's heart.
Thank you for positive thoughts in this lovely poem. I shall cherish it eternally.
Love for sure!
Reviewed by Charlie 1/26/2012
...and we love every syllable of you! --Charlie
Reviewed by Axilea MU 1/25/2012
Lovely energy Kate, such an enthusiastic write and a style different from your "usual" style! This reminds me of the brain scientist who suffered a stroke and wrote a book about her experience, explaining how the right hemisphere is about connectedness, being one with the surrounding world. I think that we all have those "right hemisphere moments" that we need just as much as we need the linear and well organized left hemisphere to know that we exist.

Reviewed by Cryssa C 1/25/2012
We are all more alike than we are different... if only we all remembered this more often and let go of our greed and selfishness to share our blessings with others.

Love the way flow in these verses.

Reviewed by D. Vegas 1/23/2012
Kate, I love it!!

Reviewed by Janna Hill 1/23/2012
OMg Kate this is devine! Seems many are prone to spiritual verse this week. And it's only Monday.
:) Janna
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/22/2012
You ended this gem on a note that wraps it up with a bow...your words truly make sense in a poetic beauty!
Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/22/2012
Perfect in the rhyme and metre depot. But about the same breath....
Such great flow, not sure I've read any of your work that flows on the ease of the breeze, before.

Oh, you've noticed, i best let her out of the potting shed!
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 1/22/2012
love, love this one! Seen Susan at Facebook - if you don't mind I'll link this to her wall, I'm sure she'd appreciate :)
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/22/2012
Wow Kate, I miss Susan too. She's ok. I hear from her now and then. You nailed this one.

"Off-road we sometimes bump and grind,
and crash stiff gears own views to find."


Reviewed by jude forese 1/22/2012
"I am you and you are me and we are all together" ... our uniqueness is perspective and the cycle of our souls ... good work here ... like the rhyme and of course your perspective ... also miss Susan...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/22/2012
Eloquently expressed verses (I love the rhyme and rhythm and the way your poem flows) replete with wise meaning. Thank you for sharing this gift, Kate. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 1/22/2012
Good regular rhythms reinforce the thematic import of this fine poem. Echoes of Glen Frey in the last line: Part of me / Part of you. Remember that theme song to Thelma and Louise. Which goes further to reinforcing the vista of venues encapsulated in this poem. Nicely done, Kate.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/22/2012
We are dramatic creatures and make much ado about nothing. Your poem strikes at how similar we are, yet diverse in ways that causes us to clash over almost everything in the constant struggle between life and death.

After a long absence, I saw that Susan commented on a poem yesterday.

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 1/22/2012
Varied each a grain of sand..marvelous looking of what's unique..
Marvelous write ~Kate~ enjoyed ~Lady Mary Ann~
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/22/2012
A wellspring of deep reflection in a high-spirited and accessible style!
My favorite is the middle stanza, but all have a gentle motion that is so meditative and creative.
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 1/22/2012
I really enjoyed your words Kate..and yes..We ARE ALL stardust!
Hugs, Diana..
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 1/22/2012
Oh sweet friend of mine, yes you're made of me and I'm made of you, that is why we are all here, like energy finds like energy..I love this poem, what a beautiful reading for the am...We received ten inches of snow between Friday night and Saturday afternoon...It's quite beautiful.. Brewing me a pot of my magic sauce and making some manicotti for the big NY Giants Conference football game today at my son's...I shall give my grandbabies a smooch from you..

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 1/22/2012
Perfect and all-encompassing poem concerning the human experience, Kate. Your ending was a grand slam and absolutely true. I muss Susan also. Before I begin commenting I checked out Facebook and she has something there. I sent her a "friend" request, I hope she will accept it.

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