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Below is the poem entitled HIDEOUS PROGENY 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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Words do not heal. They can no longer cleanse the fouled quill.
Angels were never eternal. Cherubs are dreams, blue lips still, 
and they refold unseen wings, abandon soft, crofted cradles.

Doctors are mad, delusional, believing themselves God, blinking 
narrow, unfazed eyes as they see cold errors too late. Monsters all,
humanity.  Oh, they are so ignorant, unrepentant and repugnant

as they sing lustily from taverns, sated and warm while you mourn
or say they empathize with your unspeakable loss while they rock 
a plump babe. Monsters are everywhere. Why, last night she saw 

one in the study. He stoked a fire, but then his shoulders shrugged
as embers refused his niggardly attentions. He knows a dim lamp
burns elsewhere, a straggled light that flexes his dark. She keeps 

company, too, a beast with bedraggled claws and far reach. It sins
inside her tomb-womb, as deep as the contents of her new ink well.
She adds another curse to the full page to appease the fiend within.

*Inspired by our local poet, Chris Aechtner

Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein was first Percy Shelley’s lover before she became his second wife. Their first child, a daughter named Clara, died at two weeks old. Supposedly, Percy was indifferent. So much so that he found another lover. Mary was devastated. While vacationing with Shelley in Italy, where they became friends with Lord Byron, Mary ‘conceived’ the idea for Frankenstein and it took nine months to finish the first draft. Mary and Shelley had three more children, two died before the age of 3. Mary herself refers to the monster in Frankenstein as her "hideous progeny.” Mary died at 53 from a brain tumor. 

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  1. Date: 11/7/2012 8:46:00 AM
    My my my...I write like an infant compared to you. You literally assault the page. Andrew is sweet but he keeps to himself I do not know how to reach him? Light & Love [Chris is doing alot of inspiring LOL]

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 8:11:00 AM
    *cont'd* -- Yes, Percy made many mistakes, and performed several questionable acts, but Mary and Percy were in it together from the get-go, no matter if they turned away from each other at points. Percy supported his wife's advocacy of women's rights, and even by today's standards, he was more open-minded towards the role of women, than the majority of husbands today. There is so much more to the Shelleys than skewered biographies and rumours. The personal correspondences between friends offer far more credence and insight.

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 8:05:00 AM
    *cont'd* -- When it comes to a Mary and Percy, one has two extremely messed-up people who treated each other terribly and also very, very well. The claim of Percy 'finding' another lover is bullox, since Mary almost asked Percy to feck her sister....just in a more round-about way. And she appears to have regretted it afterwards. While Percy was humping Claire, Mary was fecking Hoggs. And to suggest that Percy was "ïndifferent" towards the death of Clara, is a ýellow' account, because correspondences between friends, clearly indicate how deeply affected Percy was by the tragedy; he was so emotional in general, that he leaned towards almost being a dandy of sorts.

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 7:59:00 AM
    *cont'd* -- Even Percy's most vehement critics and enemies of the time, came forward, claiming Hoggs to have crossed the line with skewed biographical accounts. Hoggs was in love with Mary, especially after the Hoggs and Shelleys had previously lived together in an "open-love" foursome. Percy's most 'terrible' act was with the way he left his first wife Harriet in the lurch. Percy never lived that down, and rightfully so. But as far as Mary and Percy go, neither was a victim of the other, and Mary was far from innocent herself. Far from it.

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 7:53:00 AM
    Cyndi, in trying to figure-out your intriguing and very dark poem, I immediately became distracted by the footnotes. I am going to have to defend poor Percy on this one. The footnotes smelled of the inspiration of an ultra-feminist leaning upon the biographies of Hoggs. I checked-out the site, and my guess was correct. The lecturer, Charlotte Pabst-Kastner used Hoggs' biographies, which were discredited many times over as the 'yellow biographies' of a spiteful, jealous person.

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 12:54:00 AM
    This was a nice dark and creative work Cyndi, im very impressed. Nicely done, Blessings Carl