Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership

Quote of the Day

Quote Left"The harder you work, the luckier you get."Quote Right

by Gary Player

  |  Comment


Cyndi MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan - LIFETIME Premium Member Cyndi MacMillan - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled ON THE FRINGE 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.

Read Poems by Cyndi MacMillan

Best Cyndi Macmillan Poems

+ Fav Poet

Poet's Notes About The Poem
(Show Details...)

*For my friend, Marlon, a scribe who blazes, but with a green thumb! Spirit! Yah!
Love from your Cousin, that vanilla chick with the chocolate swirl heart

I took you to the A M African Restaurant in Kitchener. I LOVED this place and when
it closed, wept like a baby.

Scribe, I think you’d have loved it.. total diversity, peace-brews! Like an
interplanetary love fest where food is king.

The place I worked was fairly close to this oasis… True story, so here I am going on
Maternity leave and my boss/friend asks me… we want to throw you a party,

When I said African, she was delighted. The other employees who are sweet,
Lovely ladies but about as WASP as you can get, were intimidated. So there I am,
belly so big it had its own address, saying forget you pickles and ice cream,
or those cutsy wootsy finger sandwiches... ta heck with crudités.

gimme turmeric, gimme zest!

Once they tried the food, they loved it! Oh, Ethiopian food ROCKS!

More in blog, soon…

Become a Premium Member and post notes and photos about your poem.


Your eyes drink the hues of the Shisha Lounge:
art on walls and art brewing over charcoal.
This coffee ceremony is on the fringe,
far from the pallid and staid. I’ve marveled

at these dear blends, how culture can transcend 
barriers and ignorance. We order too much.
Tibsy, zignie, timtimo.. injera bends 
to each spiced delicacy as our plates touch. 

Gone is this haven where pleasure was shared.
Still, I’ll bring you there. Scribe, man of integrity,
sit with me. Exhale poetry. Imbibe tribal air. 
Mine, this moment and mine, this memory

but that mystifying brew, that receptive floor,
the smoke refined by deep respect… each are yours.  

Post Comments

Please Login to post a comment
  1. Date: 3/9/2015 2:55:00 PM
    Gone is this haven where pleasured was shared... Not really, I'm there now with a bib on, waiting impatiently to put these teeth to work, speak after emptied plates, and next time it's my treat; I'll eat and you'll cook.. You've been away far too long. It's people that are fulfilled by your genius, feed us only if you need us... Almost 500 visits, that's a multitude fed!

  1. Date: 5/14/2014 10:29:00 AM
    There is a party going on under my skin, every time I read this. I hung it on my wall for inspiration... I just want to know, what the blessing, who wrote this look like. I need a pic to place on the person who lives in my heart!! SML

  1. Date: 2/7/2014 8:27:00 PM
    Truly humbling and deeply appreciated. It's like a mirror and being unfamiliar with its reflection; A gift filling a void!... The seen is set elegantly and saturated in good times. The word choice, impeccable and riveting. I couldn't have done this myself, for me. 14 stanzas with strategically placed words that shouldn't fit inside a Sonnet container... WOMAN, YOU AMAZE... THANKS!

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 2:01:00 AM
    Another great sonnet for our dear Marlon.. I love that line-Your eyes drink the hues of the shisha lounge-Scribe is gonna love this.I really love the kind of poetry He writes..spiced and different..and I love listening to him on Drake`s show.

    Date: 2/7/2014 2:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Charma! I'm blushing, you just can't see it.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 10:55:00 AM
    Beautiful sonnet, Cyndi, I am sure Marlon will feel very honored by this. I am really enjoying your sonnets for the poets here at the Soup. God Bless, love and hugs, cate :)

    Date: 2/7/2014 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    More than words can express, Catie.