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Below is the poem entitled EMILY DICKINSON 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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Élan of quill, such dappled lines,    
M undane becomes a new world found,    
I read bold maps, those charts unbound.

L acework in letters twine  
Y outh to sage, wonder to sorrow,   
D awn to soft dusk, past to morrow,  
I n verse bold yet refined.

C ritics refused to understand     
K inship penned by the shyest hand –     
I nk caged, Amherst’s missive sparrow.    

N  ear rhymes set her work apart, 

S oulful eyes saw beyond dull walls, 

O h, her heart

N ever one view borrowed.              

*Based on the structure of Dickinson’s Sonnet, What Shall I do – it whimpers so.
rhyme scheme of: abba cca ddc efec  (syllable count of 8/8//8/6 8/8/6 8/8/6 8/5/3/6)

Emily created her own rules, even with sonnets, each unconventional, trail-blazing.

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 8:52:00 PM
    This is a wonderful acrostic, which is always difficult to do well. You made it look so easy, fluent and beautiful. A great testament to Emily Dickenson! ps.....I have just discovered my placement in your previous contest......thank you so much. As you know by know, I admire your talent, so this was an honor! Thanks!!

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Eloquently crafted. I am so honored you chose my poem for your contest. Thanks for hosting such an inspiring contest.

  1. Date: 10/27/2013 8:41:00 PM
    This is so lovely, it is a great depiction of a young woman with so much soul, it refused to die, thank you for sharing it, love xxx

  1. Date: 10/26/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Cyndi - I hope you are okay. Miss you here. You are much on my mind. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 7:04:00 AM
    Glad you contacted me, your answering machine is FULL empty it hon. So worried, soup mail me with your new email & address I miss placed my letter! XXXOOO

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 10/18/2013 7:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yup me too on the Frida thing I could swear I entered one but I don't see the contest or my poem in one?
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 3:26:00 AM
    con't..2).. i posted a poem for your frida contest callled ' CLINGING UNTO GREY FIRE'... did you get it?.. this is so meaningful to me; i adore this woman-artist!.. let me know if you have it... meanwhile, one day at a time... you are so loved by me... please take care... :) huggs

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 3:22:00 AM
    1: ohhh,my cyn.. i missed you lots!.. i hope you are now really settled there by now.. how's our child?.. her cold is gone, right?... yes, we had a terrible earthquake, devastating 2 provinces, an- hour ride by plane from where i live... but i do visit those places a lot; they are tourist destinations... so many things to share wth you; you are with me in soul everyday... you break the rules with this stunning sonnet, " I read bold maps, those charts unbound.

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 7:20:00 PM
    Dear sweet Cyndi - Your poem is an incredibly sweet and sad poetic rendering of the delicate spirited Emily. Although not trapped by the trappings of form made by others, she was trapped in her own psyche. Like others who have commented, I hope you are okay. I, too, have been gone for a while. had my knee replaced - ugggh but it's over. love you and your poetry, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 12:09:00 AM
    sorry about your brother in law and all the chaos. The times are crazy with the govt. shutdown and all, aren't they?

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 9:24:00 PM

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 11:01:00 PM
    hey, Cyndi,It's so nice to find a poem like this that was posted recently by you. I was feeling worried because I never see you around at the blogs any more and so I thought I'd check you out. Glad to see you are still here and doing your own thing. That's GREAT. BTW, is your contest on Frida judged? My friend and I were wondering!! in our member area it is saying yes but I can't find where your winner list is so i can see who won.

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 8:20:00 PM
    Hope your Ok Sis? My phone bill was a killer last month oopsie I forgot I took Canada OFF the free to call thingie!! I miss talking to you. [Poem great ALWAYS is ;)] Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/9/2013 3:17:00 AM
    'Soulful eyes saw behind dull walls'..I really love this verse.Your sonnet describes Emily so well.Hope you are fine dear.

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 9:18:00 AM
    Hi Cyn, stopping by to say I 'm OK. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts this past year. What a year it's been! My son Dylan turned 6 last month and our newest addition, Luke, is 4 months old. I never knew I could love like this twice! He is so sweet... I wrote a poem for your contest. I'm rusty but hope to start flexing my poetry muscle again when I have the time. I forgot how much I enjoyed being here! Glad to see your still writing & inspiring others. Hope you're well. Love ya, Rhonda

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 7:25:00 PM
    lovely! please feel free to post to my next contest. I am sorry you missed my other contest.

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 8:54:00 AM
    This is cool...just cool. Really liked the structure even though I am unaccustomed to it. I feel like you were able to capture the essence and spirit of our dear Emily (a poetess I revere!) in this short but powerful write. I'm sure you are going to get many more glowing compliments on it; it's really quite wonderful. Kudos; great job!