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Below is the poem entitled AN EDUCATED MAN which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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He reads voraciously

to his young children,
beholden and somewhat bewildered 
by sweet progeny 
their relentless leaching of his words 
hungry baby birds, small peep teachings

He reads sporadically
to his father, articles from the paper, 
headlines and bylines,
for his dad has cataracts, now, and velum hands
shake newsprint, making a rattling sound 
too like the quiver of their cloistered skeletons,
all those remains, all those remains

There is wisdom in comics, he has found, 
bucolic rings so like old church bells 
tutoring fields through fog

He still tries to read

his wife,
shared history in eyes,
the geography of long sighs, that topography of belly,  
yes, yes, a theology that spills from parted lips
bless each rumpled sheet, that chemistry 
which repeats poetry, spoken in a dialect, so rare 

He remembers reading an encyclopedia 

in the face of a beggar, once, 
the prophetical sparking from high brows 
which seemed to be only crossed currents,
a lifetime recorded, an unbound edition, A through Z
but when he turned carefully to C,
he'd found a full entry on compassion
and charity

Soon, he'll no longer read music notes

through a soft blur, playing guitar for one
a thousand times more educated then he,
this twelve year old girl, her heart 
an open lecture hall,
that smile of pure academia, 
may she ever be an opus angelorum,
that reaches, will ever reach, 
far past mere hospice walls.

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  1. Date: 1/14/2014 8:25:00 PM
    I wonder if you've read these pieces? "La servante au grand coeur dont vous étiez jalouse"(The Kind-Hearted Servant of Whom You Were Jealous over) is an even stranger poem if one knows the personal back-story. Very tragic, but hauntingly beautiful. -- "L'Amour et le Crâne" (Love and the Skull) -- "Abel et Caïn" has a weird twist to it. -- "Tristesses de la lune"(Sorrow of the Moon) has a beautiful ending. -- "L'Albatros" is scathingly painful for poets to read lol.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner
    Date: 1/14/2014 8:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Obviously a proper translation from French to English is important when dealing with a writer such as Baudelaire because his word choices are so layered and complex, even with some of his poems that appear simple on the surface.
  1. Date: 1/14/2014 8:23:00 PM
    I might as well leave this comment here since it was educated men who helped open my eyes to the work of Baudelaire. Very neat that you are reading him. Charles Pierre is overshadowed by people like Hugo and Rimbaud, even though Baudelaire helped to drastically change the face of all modern art; his mind and soul helped free poetry from its Aristocratic prison. He isn't given enough credit for being a pivotal force in the vers libre movement.

  1. Date: 1/13/2014 11:53:00 PM
    Cyndi, you did a wonderful job highlighting the type of teacher who I want, and have been blessed to have at times in my past -- the type of teacher who is so much a student of life, he(using "he" since you are), wants his students to become better than himself, continuing the cycle with even stronger links. An instant fav.

  1. Date: 1/13/2014 4:48:00 PM
    Saw this on the be honest, I don't quite understand all of it, but I DO think it's lovely ...and a little sad...Caleb