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Below is the poem entitled CHANTRY, A SONNET FOR GAIL 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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Faithfully returning to Chantry Isle-

Though just in deep reflection-I cross the lake

with a stowaway wickie* who brightly smiles.

The boat, Our Lady, barely makes a wake.

We lean into the wind, drawing nearer  

to Great Egrets crowning one weathered tree

on the sanctuary. So white the birds are,

as white as the limestone lighthouse. We  

step onto a shore, approach the tower

and enter. I'd forgotten how reverent          

even lamps, companions to lonely hours,

bless those watchers for beacons are God-sent.

Later, a found feather is clasped like a quill,  
its keeper whispers, See?  There be angels!

*A wickie is a slang term for a lighthouse keeper as they were ever trimming 
lamp wicks.

This poem is for an angel of Soup, Gail, who I've long called our Lighthouse. 

I know she loves them, too, so I hope she likes this.

Chantry is a small island just off the shores of Southampton, Ontario with a 
meticulously restored lighthouse and tower. The Island is also a bird sanctuary, known 
for its Great Egrets. I long ago toured this gem of the Great Lakes and fell madly in love with its tranquility, but there was also great loneliness in its isolation from the mainland.  
More in a blog tomorrow which will feature pictures and a closer look at word choice.

For those who can't wait...

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  1. Date: 1/21/2014 8:49:00 PM
    Priceless ending lines! A deserved dedication to Gail. I'm becoming Cyndi's sonnet dependent. : D

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 12:08:00 AM
    It's good to read your work again. The atmosphere in your lines are gripping & truly impeccable. You created a strong setting in this piece.

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 10:44:00 PM
    You capture the scene so well . I truly would love to visit one day. Tim