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EAST OF EDEN

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EAST OF EDEN

The cityscape flowed into a winding trail

that took me into the green heart of the park

and I shrugged off a mindset overly stale,

as light teased a creek that stowed waters dark.

Weak, I found a seat, low and ergonomic,

a stump that offered me one hundred rings,

so I sat and listened to sisters reed and willow

touched by the teachings their humility brings.

Others walked by, most plugged into iPods 

They never noticed the blue heron that stood

deep in holy shadows painted by our God

now cast aside for wireless serpents. Woods

shrink as new iDols sow unoriginal sins,

Technology’s church grows just east of Eden.


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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 10:19:00 PM
    HI Cyndi, i finally read the blog,, thank you..I left you a comment. I'm not sure about God, liking technology in his churches.. enjoyed..pd

  1. Date: 9/28/2012 2:13:00 PM
    this is really great, Cyndi. I loved the movie East of eden a lot, but this is a whole other take on it. I detest the way technology is worsening human relationships. IN spite of all the supposed friendships of FB,etc, it's not nearly as real as friendships in my day used to be. Love this, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/28/2012 2:30:00 AM
    Ah! a beautiful modern sonnet..loved it Cyndi and many thanks for liking my pantoum and placing it in your contest, I am much honored. you and Rhonda did a marvelous job with the contest. I so enjoyed doing it.

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 1:26:00 PM
    lovely sonnet - that sort of rhyming looks much harder than exact rhyme - will have to have a go. Thanks, Cyndi - enjoyed the contest : )

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 12:00:00 PM
    Hi Cyndi, this sonnet is so beautiful and well written, I just love it and I want to thank you so much for my placement in your Penny Sonnet contest, I am very honoured. Love Constance

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 6:46:00 PM
    I got so deep in reading your poem, that I did not notice it was a sonnet. So well do your wrods flow and wind their way into my mind.

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 2:17:00 PM
    well you sure do have a point! that beach was so beautiful last weekend I thought only a child could have this earthly eden and ask for MORE in 'heaven?' Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 7:38:00 AM
    that was "feel a little guilty" in my comments. be well.

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 7:35:00 AM
    Dear Cyndi - I love the entrance of this beautiful piece. Of course, your ending is not not not "unoriginal"; however, I was so drawn in by the first 8 lines then startled with the tinniness of the passersby as I continued. So clear, so precise. Awesome! Thanks for your lovely comment on Ocular Floaters. I seem to be plumb out of poetry these days; I'm giving in to too many distractions. Feel a little saying that to you as your daughter goes bonkers. miss those days. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 7:11:00 AM
    Cyndi, "The Bard of Laurel Creek", I love these modern sonnets you write, still appreciating the form, yet not so staid as to allow more artistic freedom which you obviously take full advantage of---love your twist from ipods to idols and wireless serpents. How far removed from reality will we be before we realize it's gone...Fav