Kate Ruse has been writing since she was eight. Trained as a dancer, she decided to change direction and became an art teacher. She has lived in America, Israel, Nigeria, Malaysia and Singapore and currently lives in the UK. Kate is published in magazines in both the USA and Britain.
Below is a poem called LOVES previously published by Original Plus in a collection of poems about the dancer Nijinsky and the writer Kafka, entitled CORRIDORS.
Nijinsky - St Moritz - 1919
He feels the cold he feels the heat
a man of love can disguise his hate
throw a moujik's jacket over a dancer's robes.
The snow creaks birds screech
far off voices of skiers
skim like smooth stones over water.
He walks through villages closed after winter.
At Campfer he avoids the war bulletins
posted outside the telegraph office.
Love penetrates down fluttering
but it is peace he stalks before the rain
turns clarity to slush he removes his gloves.
Most things frighten him
the contradiction of lust tapering away
from repulsion silence music.
To love one must know hate
to understand madness one must have moments
of sanity he suffers all simultaneously filling him up.