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Below is the poem entitled WINTER IN PORTLAND 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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Winter shattered the city,
marking buildings with sorrow.

I dread the wooden morning:
my black and salty shoes, crusting,
and the wind straining the fence,
again and again,
the shells of confused people, wheeling,
sick of wanting light, wanting green.

All day, I see the weary, searching,
hear the noise of my soft heart,
a stricken sound that breaks overhead
with wild need, loud and true.

If I could reach the dooryard to the day,
turning the handle to a happy-here,
have that sweetpea sweetness once again,
I long for purple rooted near...

Outside, the shook bell is groaning, Maine!

*every word is from Edna St Vincent Millay's THE EXILED. 

This is a cut word poem. I rearranged the words and changed the theme.

**I chose to take a summer poem and flip it, writing of winter.

Copyright © Cyndi MacMillan

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  1. Date: 4/23/2014 12:31:00 AM
    Very cool, Cyndi. Loved it. Drop by sometime. Peace, Mel :)

  1. Date: 4/21/2014 9:54:00 PM
    This is so lovely in form and composition. Intriguing to read and contemplate. I don't follow the contest much, but I infer you did well—as you deserve.

  1. Date: 3/31/2014 10:19:00 PM
    CYNDI, VERY DEEP... , Congratulations :) awesome winning poem..... XOX ~LINDA

  1. Date: 3/27/2014 1:57:00 PM
    You go gal! [sweetpea sweetness] rocks! Did I tell you I'm somehow related to her & we were born in the same town! Congrad's on your win, Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/26/2014 6:07:00 PM
    Cyndi you've done the flipping well. An image I think we all can relate to, with the brutal everlasting winter we've had. Spring, when will you ever come? Congratulations on your well deserved win - Connie

  1. Date: 3/26/2014 6:14:00 AM
    Very creative to pen a collage poem and congrats on the win, cyndi

  1. Date: 3/26/2014 4:41:00 AM
    Do not understand how these are written but congrats on your win

  1. Date: 3/25/2014 10:13:00 PM
    Congratulations.... I enjoyed the way you did this...

  1. Date: 3/25/2014 9:02:00 PM
    Well done Cyndi... Verlena

  1. Date: 3/25/2014 5:58:00 PM
    Cyndi........I'm so honored to share this spot with clever you !! Look what you have done with Edna st Vincent Millay!! I too am a fan of her works, but wouldn't she be pleased that you were able to twist these fabulous words and make them your own, and even make the seasons turn in the wind!!! Congrats to you!

  1. Date: 3/25/2014 5:38:00 PM
    I had a feeling this one was yours, cyndi, because I know you are a fan of edna st vincent with carrie's, from the first time I read it I knew I was looking at a first created a stunning poem from the rearranged words, how you managed to piece this together I'll never know! I love "shells of confused people", it seems to emphasize the hollow emptiness of winter, nice it is to see you entering a contest of mine at last! - congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 3/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
    I'm no expert on cut-ups, but to me this one is just great. // congrats on win. // paul

  1. Date: 3/17/2014 11:55:00 AM
    a cut word poem?...I think it's awesome. It captures that winter mood, doesn't it. Well done. Oh, yeah, i visited you blog but not until this morning...I was gone all weekend.

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 2:03:00 PM
    Incredible poem! provokes the imagination is every possible way. I read the news about a very dreadful winter in North America and I feel so relieved as we are already experiencing the spring over here. Thanks for the share

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 11:35:00 AM
    This is acid-jazz-rock-&-roll with a pair of scissors in hand, cutting apart Summer into a Winter nearly ready for Spring. The spirit of William S. Burroughs is smiling while giving the middle finger to the Status Quo Mirror-Machine. Portland, Portland, your Evergreens sparkle with rubied feathers, there's no longer a reason for aqua seafoam shame(this is a cut-up technique comment).

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 8:26:00 AM
    Incredible! I wanted to enter this contest but felt like such a pup that cannot master the instructions.. But I sure enjoy yours!