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Loyola House is a Jesuit retreat in Guelph Ontario, where one can take a
one day vow of silence to reflect, ponder and celebrate our God and his workings.

*Written for Dear Brian, a wonderful poet, painter and friend... who is truly humble.

I do not browse his pages enough... when I do, I am always moved in some way,
inspired by his voice.

Thank you Brian... you give and have given so much of yourself her on Soup.
All those contests (over 200), motivational and thought evoking blogs,
never once provactive or reactive... I hope one day to mature into
the kind and generous person you are. Pray for me LOL ;) I need them

God bless you and your family...

If there were ANYONE who should receive a lifetime membership to Soup
AS AN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, as gratitude for your years of servitude here,
it IS you...

I am a chatterbox. I spent a day here, struggling with self-containment... but if I
Brian had been there... I suspect that I would have enjoyed a shared, comfortable
silence... HUGS

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Rustling maples break vows of silence,
naturally. As pleased, spears of hyacinth  
worship breezes with such soft reverence
that we give pause in this living labyrinth. 

Nothing here is still; wood thrush reverb
good news and cicadas buzz testimonials.
Nearby, a creek mumbles, Word-Word
while squirrels glorify their bounty. All

is abuzz with joy, save for the shade
under a weathered cross; it’s emptiness
resurrects veneration. A butterfly wades
the sudden hush, lands on your hand, nests.

My friend, you lift it to wood, sympathizing 
on bent knee, speechlessly evangelizing. 

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  1. Date: 6/5/2014 10:09:00 AM
    The intangible becomes tangible in this poem...the immaterial becomes material...the imperceivable perceived. Nice poem, Cyndi! Have a good day and God bless!

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 10:21:00 AM
    Your words definitely describes Brian..just the way I see him.Humble, modest,faithful,talented and more.Excellent Cyndi.

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 4:35:00 AM
    Cyndi a very apt sonnet and I think you summed him up very well...David

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 8:17:00 AM
    wow, this is one of the best of your sonnets you have written for poets, cyndi. gosh, I am thinking you have more free time than I do. I see you are busy doing these sonnets for poets left and right. so many beautiful phrases you wrote in this poem, such as the ones mentioned by Christine below my comment. I had logged off without giving you that soupmail I wanted to inform you of something. I will go do it now.

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 7:58:00 AM
    "Nothing here is still; wood thrush reverb good news and cicadas buzz testimonials. Nearby, a creek mumbles, Word-Word while squirrels glorify their bounty." A wonderful verse with a strong metaphorical expression.

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 8:25:00 PM
    There is so much alive and captivating about this...really enjoyed it...

    Strand Avatar Brian Strand
    Date: 2/10/2014 2:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes indeed Donna,Cyndi's first line captures the scene and draws the reader in to the ambiance of this beautifully written poem.Rgds Brian"
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 12:02:00 PM
    ohhh cyn, you caught a rare glimpse of brian with this formidable yet graceful write... cicadas for a preacher's voice; how extraordinary! can do an anthology on mod sonnets, it'll hit the shelves!....huggs, sister!

    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 2/11/2014 3:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :D Thank you, both of you.. blushing! Brian, I wanted to do more than capture your creative spirit, but the qualities you emanate... I wanted to be so careful, to stick as true to your beliefs as possible. I'm delighted I "got it right." I actually get quite worried about these "Soup sonnets" They are FOR the poet.
    Strand Avatar Brian Strand
    Date: 2/10/2014 2:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are on the button here Nette I especially like Cyndi's last phrase' to witness' speechlessly' is truly the best way to evangelise.Have a good day.Rgds Brian
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 10:26:00 AM
    Cyndi,What a compliment,thank you for these beautiful words from a valued PS poet and friend.Keep sharing the gifts that God has blessed you with to enrich and encourage others.Truly you are a 'female ' Barnabas.Rgds Brian