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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




SOUP NEWSLETTER - OCT 12 2012


Blog Posted:10/12/2012 6:37:00 AM

You do not put yourself into your writing,

you find yourself there

                                     Alan Bennett



Don’t you love it when someone pokes and prods, throws back the curtain? When a poet looks closer, deeper at a subject, carefully considers irony or sees a similarity that few may notice, a poem can be born. After all, don't poems show up in odd places?

I have a poem on the backburner about a plastic surgery clinic which was established in a historical building, an old Italianate, which has won an award for being well maintained. Get it? Yeah, I knew YOU would. I stood there and laughed by myself, took a few pictures that may show up in a short blog one day (I so too can do short! LOL!)

Poets write for hundreds of reasons, some to turn tables, some to right them. Some see humor and drama in the same rite of passage scene or view a universe in one rain drop.

I say let’s encourage what we can. Let the pen’s sharp nib point and then travel. Learning is never a straight line. It bends, paces, thins in spots, blots occasionally.

Here are two poets new to soup who wowed me. One boldly retold a story and one stuck out a tongue ( should I dare say it?) in the most ‘cheeky’ manner. Two fantastic examples of what poetry can be.



Fields Of Death

By Jodi Hill


In flanders fields,

The fields of woe,

The moon shine down,

Upon our foe.


The wars at end,

A truce we've come upon,

The light goes dim,

And the morn will dawn.


In fanders fields

When poppies die

The grave of dead

Soon will lie


More fall to death

The dead has grown

In flanders fields

The fields alone



Ode to a Fence-Sitter

By Sharon Bell



I marvel at your balance,

And how firm your buttocks be,

Seated on a narrow perch,

With cheeks so splinter-free.


You never make your mind up,

That is no easy task!

And dodge every question,

No matter what is asked,


You’ve mastered indecision,

You’re an expert of unsure,

You understand the points against,

As well as all those for.


Your skill is really best shown,

When presented with a choice,

You “um” and “err” with greatest ease,

With an irresoluted voice.


Your opinions are a mystery,

Locked deep inside your mind,

Shinning jewels of insight,

A richer treasure you won’t find.


And so you wisely keep them,

All secured away,

Just so you’ll never lose them,

And your property they’ll stay.


So I really must admire,

Equivocation,

And recognise it as a type,
Of thoughtful conservation.


Please share, compare, bare. What's new? What's not? How go your days?



 keep it friendly, chums

Hugs to everyone

.

*PS--Orange is poking me as I write this.

*PPS - photo is from the movie, Amelie



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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 11:20:00 PM
    I forgot to put Amelie in my list of movies! Orange could easily be one of this movie's characters. : ) Great selected poems as usual.

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 1:58:00 PM
    A good pick of new poets. Welcome you two... to poetry soup... May all your writtings be read.

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 1:28:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing again. No matter how many new poems and poets I read, you seem to find ones I missed.

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    Grisetti Avatar Joann Grisetti Date: 10/12/2012 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hubby gets back from Chile tonight.
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 11:44:00 AM
    I adore that second poem. Wow. what wit!!! there is another poet here who writes this way. In fact a few others I can think of!! One I call the Erma Bombeck of Soup. I think we are all so different, How can a free verser make fun of rhyme or a rhymer make fun of free verse? I, for example, do not think in the same WAY as the sophisticated free versers here. But I adore a well crafted lucid free verse. I think in meter, it's all my mind can allow me to do. Even when I turn off the meter, my poems sound almost like blank verse throughout. I don't like when I am accused of being "sing song" or "restrictive" because I prefer forms. I work better in forms. I NEED those walls around me to excel!!

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 9:15:00 AM
    Thank you for a most entertaining post, Cyndi. I will hazard a guess and say that the poem, Ode to a Fence-Sitter was written with a Libra in mind (I've got some in my family and I recognize the "symptoms")....lol Fields of Death is rather a depressing title, but the poem is a nice tribute to those who had lost so much at Flanders. I welcome these poets and hope to read more of their work. Love to all. Have a splendid weekend. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 9:02:00 AM
    Thanks so much for featuring my poem in your blog, it really made my day! Reading your bio reminded me of one of the first poems I remember writing (I was a little older 10 or 11 I think). I found the original copy of it amongst my Dad's papers after he passed away. I might put it up here sometime.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/12/2012 11:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    GREAT JOB
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:44:00 AM
    Thanks Cyndi, these are both inspired writes--Jodi and Sharon, WELL DONE!! Photo reminds me of one day in Maine about 4 years ago (not that where is important) as I sat looking at the clouds there was a darkish group heading toward me and on the edge a bright white group of clouds peered over looking just like a polar bear would staring down into the sea...I ran for a camera but then the form had changed...guess it wasn't meant for others to see...thanks for the memory!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/12/2012 11:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't know Jodi, but her poem was very nice.

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My Poems

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8/21/2014DEGREESSonnetbooks,sensual,words,
8/7/2014NEUTRALIZEDSonnetcolor,home,
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
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Fav Poems

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland RhapsodyQuatraininspirational
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Surrender to LoveRhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole OdeConcretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes DueFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From WithinQuintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
SlumberEpicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLLCoupletinspirational,seasons,
Our ThanksgivingLight Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's GraceEthereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above HawaiiRhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our SaviorShapereligion,life,
Monarch of SummerHaibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
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WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
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Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
mourning mist France Flag France Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
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