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Below is the poem entitled FOR CALEB'S CROWN - ORION 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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Ahead, the bear in sudden motion stands…
Again we breathe and upon the earth spar,
I, Caleb, know how a night can expand 
for I faced Ursa Major, far from stars.

Sagittarius and Libra lay still
and the mighty Centaur would rear no more,
but this bear lives on and forever will,
shining its white fangs in a soundless roar.

The woods were real and the rain I recall,
I morn for the loss of both flesh and bone,
even clouds are moved, even the moon crawls
But for all time I'm forbidden to roam.

Earth was mine; I damned each constellation
when ancient ones renamed me Orion.

*inspiration as follows -- see if you can SEE the story of stars
 in the lines below. I DO!

The following lines are taken from the other stanzas 
in the crown which inspired me:

Through the North's dark 
My companion's solitude, still as stone. 
I am the seeker of winds

and from the old wood, I shall never part
a life that no death can ever undo
for there are portals I've yet to find

Riddle its meanings there to be understood.
The less armor worn, we brandish or wield,
higher truth follows our message of good.

We still face the test of absolute truth,
the night's coming fast, I travel unheard.
The reverence I feel, was born in youth,
tempered by sage, burnt offerings for birds

though I grow cold, my spirit is re-birthed.

Do with it as you will... lol... but this is what I see, 
and this is what I wrote.. 

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  1. Date: 2/6/2014 4:47:00 AM
    I am the seeker of winds/Earth was mine,I damned each constillation when ancient ones.renamed me Orion..Two of my favs lines Awesome

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 2:06:00 AM
    I am the seeker of winds/Earth was mine,I damned each constillation when ancient ones.renamed me Orion..Two of my favs lines Awesome

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 7:55:00 AM
    Interesting work for the contest..I am sure Debbie will love this one..Thanks for the honor of being in your winners' list..It is a delight to be there..Sara

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 1:12:00 PM
    Cyndi I like this a lot, but I love the way it transmogrifies as it hurtles through (space) woods, though soundless roar= oxymoron... love the subtlety of the 12th line i.e.. all time (and space) roam., and Caleb is a religious name Hebrew meaning astute, brave all relating to warrior/hunter...don't think this could be the last stanza as it ends drifting in space....David

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 12:46:00 PM
    honey bun it's great BUT its a finale - finale in 7? & the last 3 lines I don't get unless you are making it myth which is fantasy [duck] and be becomes Orion? I LOVE the beginning - is the bear dead? or alive is caleb alive or now dead as orion? L & L caffine!

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 11:59:00 AM
    Very Awesome, Cyndi, I never seen the references to the stars until you pointed it out. You're right, it's all there. Wow! Amazing! hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 11:57:00 AM
    Cyndi, whatever else happens wth this aside.....I LOVE IT! I can't even tell you how many nights I've spent on the edge of the woods, looking up at the sky....after a hunt...or before one. And the sense of belonging I have there, like I'm just an animal under the stars. This made me think of just that. I absolutely love it.