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Below is the poem entitled MY ALL HALLOWED VASE 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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I hollow the pumpkin, so small and white, Then add the blooms I’d picked so carefully, The palest of pink roses, buds still tight, Forget-me-nots, baby’s breath and sweetpea, And just one, lonely, ivory lily. This gourd is a vase for Halloween day, One that I’ll bring to the cemetery, A gift for all children who’ve passed away. No costumes they’ll wear on their favorite night, They’ll not giggle and run, collecting candy, But rosebuds might open in the starlight, And from heaven’s view, a tribute they’ll see. There in the vastness of nature’s beauty, Grieving elms lose their leaves while squirrels play, And I’m sorrowed by what I now carry, A gift for all children who’ve passed away. The Crossings* glows with soft afternoon light, I hear cardinals sing from distant trees, There on the path, a gazebo invites, It nestles by the wetlands, tranquilly, Yet down my cheeks, buried tears flow freely, I feel my loss like it was yesterday, Darling, unborn, here’s a token from me, A gift for all children who’ve passed away. Forever I’ll miss my sweet absentee, So I gently touch the little bouquet, And pray as I place the gourd by bent knee, A gift for all children who’ve passed away.
*The Crossings is a memorial for children in Kitchener, Ontario which features a boardwalk and gazebo in a peaceful, natural setting. There is an annual butterfly release for bereaved families. For a photo of the lovely gazebo: For Carol Brown’s “What No Orange Pumpkin” Contest

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  1. Date: 11/18/2011 9:20:00 AM
    Congrats on your first place win in Carol's contest.

  1. Date: 11/17/2011 9:57:00 PM
    Congrats Cyndi on first place win.. a wow wonder luv..

  1. Date: 11/17/2011 4:32:00 PM
    Lovely job Cindi, quit worthy of your top spot. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 11/17/2011 4:07:00 PM
    Congrats, Cyndi. Beautiful piece. Great job. Well deserved win. Nice going. luv Ralph

  1. Date: 11/17/2011 3:14:00 PM
    I enjoyed the uniqueness of your poem. Well deserving of first prize. Love,Vie

  1. Date: 11/17/2011 1:56:00 PM
    This is just beautiful and such a lovely thought. Yes a white pumpkin vase would be very beautiful and so very appropriate. This couldn't help but win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/17/2011 12:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in my "What No Orange Pumpkin" contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 10:13:00 AM
    My dearest Cyndi, you weave such magic with the simple things in life and offer it to the mystery of death. How beautiful the strains run through your enchanting verse. It delights my heart to read you - inspiration - your visits encourage and keep me going. Hope your day is filled with more of your magical poems!! Hugs luv. PS Do you live near Kichener, if so we are neighbours. I live in a small town near St. Catharines.

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 5:30:00 AM
    cyndi this is a fantastic entry, you bring such uniqueness to these contest themes, poignant, beautiful sentiments, choked me up, I will forever miss "my sweet absentee" too...

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 5:27:00 AM
    Thank you so very much for supporting the contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/27/2011 10:59:00 PM
    smashing!! O MG.. a creative shift that raises the poetic bar far more than i cna ever imagine!... you took this pumpkin and turned it to a boquet with such integrity and nostalgia using a ballade as tiue handle.. from what planet are you ?... you ripped my skin!.. a top winner for sure or else.. huggs, to ya cyndi!..:)

  1. Date: 10/27/2011 9:50:00 PM
    Is a tough one you treated so gingerly. It happens, has happened, will happen.. who knows why who cares, compassion... makes it go down... tenderly amidst angst and throes and I could go on, ya know, but now just wanna say it's a good poem~N