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Below is the poem entitled BECOME THE LARK 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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Canada Ontario Photos :: St. Jacobs :: Mennonites Selling Maple Syrup at St.Jacobs Farmers Market

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The farmers rise before the dawn,
When even the stars seem to yawn,
Below, the land seems almost stark,
The market glows though streets are dark.

By horse and wagon they still come,
Though the harvest has long been done,  
Wares are sold by the matriarch,
The market glows though streets are dark.

She brings her boxes of preserves,
The bleak route she takes drops and curves,
Her smile is bright, a true hallmark,
The market glows though streets are dark.

Pausing to gaze at modern folk,
Their headlights beam, but engines choke,
She’d dressed by lantern, felt its spark,
The market glows though streets are dark.

Electric homes she’d driven passed,
All their belongings, things amassed,
Her hand lifts; the whip finds its mark,
The market glows though streets are dark.

She spots the city’s opulence,
Those neon signs aren’t worth a glance,
Each like a dog with a shrill bark,
The market glows though streets are dark.

The building’s long, there on her right,
Windows defeat the pale moonlight,
She slows down and prepares to park,
The market glows though streets are dark.

Quickly, though her stall is still dim,
She fills narrow shelves to the brim,
Large bulbs shine as night disembarks,
The market glows though streets are dark.
Her thoughts are simplicity,
Be kind to all, from pride be free,
Morning is blessed, become the lark,
The market glows though streets are dark.

*For Debbie Guzzi’s City Light’s Contest

**My city is Waterloo, Ontario, population of about 98,000, and our local farmers market opens at 7 am. Our area has many Mennonites, and they pack up their wagons around 4 am (yes 4 am) and drive out to the market.  I often marvel at their lives, their faith, their commitment to simplicity and clean living. This is my second poem on Soup about the old order Mennonites in my area. Please, if you can, click on the “about this poem” link for photos. Also:

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  1. Date: 4/16/2014 4:26:00 AM
    Favorite line among many: "Windows defeat the pale moonlight" WOW, a flawless Kyrielle...I'm already getting butterflies about our contest and thanks SO much for the two videos you posted...I had never seen K.D. Lang's version before! She is a fav of mine too and of course, Neil Young's origional with The Band backed up by the great Joni Mitchell was unparalleled...An all Canadian performance! Thanks again my friend - Tim

  1. Date: 4/15/2014 12:39:00 AM
    Lovely, Cyndi....Thanks for giving us a look into the lives of Mennonite women...and so beautifully done as well. This gives me a good idea of this form. I've written one or two in the past....prayers mostly, but I will try to come up with something for the contest..I'm.....INTRIGUED! :)

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 8:42:00 AM
    Cyndi, It's impossible to say one positive here because in the process I would neglect a hundred others. I envy your mastery of the form but even more, your mastery of the thoughts. Debbie's right on to place you high here. Congrats, Craig

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 6:58:00 PM
    ahh I do love Canada I always feel like a weight is lifted from my shoulders when crossing the border! So glad you picked a different light! Congrad's

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 8:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win for your poem in Debbie's "City Lights" contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/18/2012 10:56:00 PM
    A great poem and a great story. Congratulations on your win Cyndi

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 10:16:00 PM
    We have many Amish people in Pennsylvania. In Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, they are occasionally seen on the road in horse and buggy. Your poem is wonderfully written with great descriptiveness and rhyming.

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 9:07:00 PM
    You aren't too far from me Cyndi, lovely poem you have created, enjoyed reading it, love ,vie