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Cyndi MacMillan poetry has been published in The Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields  http://www.grainmagazine.ca/current-issue/  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  She has poems forthcoming in ROOM and the Centrifugal Eye. She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and twelve of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, is forthcoming in the Windsor Review. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers.

Verse is both magnetic and kinetic. She attempts - madly- to give equal attention to her poetry, short stories, and a novel-in-progress, the Trim of Wicks.  Regardless of genre, she focuses on language. One word has the power to repel or pull. She never forgets the reader and does her best to make their ride interesting.

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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NO MEANS NO, FOR DAMINI, KILLED BY RAPE


Blog Posted:1/1/2013 2:05:00 PM



NO


I will not remain silent as my global sisters are victimized, repeatedly,
unable to walk their neighbourhoods without fear.

There is no reason for rape.
Nothing earns men the right to force their way inside, degrade, assault.

NO

No outfit a woman wears earns a man the right to ignore her plea of no
No cut of cloth, no height of heel signifies a man’s claim to slap her into
submission, penetrate whatever orifice he prefers and then rut her like a pig.

NO

No time, no country, no city, no street, no building, no room, no age, no lack of
education,  no amount of dates, no amount of drinks, no drug, no marriage
license, no flirting, no flaunting, no parked car, no bar, no party, no long kiss

NO



No law, no political climate, no civil unrest, no war, no amount of prostitution
no pornography no video game no piece of fiction no phone sex no sex-ting
no his-story no her-story no past abuse no damned but she wanted it excuse

There is no reason for rape.
Nothing earns men the right to sodomize, traumatize, gag her cries.

I will not remain silent as my global sisters are victimized in cold degrees,
First by the men who choose to use them like meat
pulverizing, thrusting, biting and panting, ripping, slipping,
emptying their hate into bloodied flesh, brutally, daily,
the victims are mothers and daughters, voiceless, defenseless...

THEY ARE THE GUILTLESS

I will not remain silent as they are raped again and again
By judgment
By prejudice
By blame
By indifference
By stupidity
By lack of heart, understanding or awareness



NO

Do you hear me?

NO

Say it with me

NO
NO
NO

NO MORE


Do not remain silent



*Dedicated to Damini, a 23 year old student who died after being savagely raped in India. May we all remember the victims of rape are innocent and every nation deserves the same amount of empathy and compassion when violence occurs...

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  1. Date: 1/4/2013 2:49:00 PM
    What happened in India, in particular to the young lady, and her friend who had to endure the terrifying onslaught by these vile men abhors me to my stomach. I sincerely hope they are made an example off and executed. Society is bad enough, and getting worse in certain countries. <*> Being stoned by women associated with this poor lady would be my sentence <*> Would I enter into a debate on taking their lives, not a chance. The vile scum deserve what's coming to them.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 4:03:00 PM
    Feeling helpless is the worst, feeling helpless makes us walk small. appear as a victim, shine as a target, whether you are a man or a woman every human should learn how best to defend themselves. In the end all you have is yourself. The feminist movement in the USA reduced rape dramatically when it championed self defence courses for woman TAKE THEM. Do not think there is NOTHING you can do there are so many, many SIMPLE things you can do, whether you are 5 or 90 you need to KNOW what they are...ask me..I can tell you..

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 1/2/2013 4:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am not familiar with those verses, but I will take a look at them. I do agree with what I read below...castration will surely do the trick. Why not, they circumcise women and girls in some parts of the world...?
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 1/2/2013 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Too bad the Bible puts forth rape as an everyday necessity aye? Judges 21:10-24 NLT)(Numbers 31:7-18 NLT)(Deuteronomy 20:10-14)..I won't go on but I could and we wonder why men [Oh they did write the bible aye] think it's OK to rape
  1. Date: 1/2/2013 9:33:00 AM
    No, don't call them men, Cyndi. A big hug.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 8:28:00 AM
    There is only one answer for rape - castration. Prison does not deter men, the knife may. From a Mother of a rape victim.

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    Suspect Avatar Usual Suspect Date: 1/2/2013 9:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well...yes, that's the solution, Joann.
  1. Date: 1/2/2013 6:37:00 AM
    This breaks my heart, it really, really, really does. I am sure my tears have mingled with her own. Victimized or Martyr, what difference does it make now, her life was snuffed out, cut short! Even, as a victim of rape, those of us who have survived and grown to realize that the inhumanity of man, can never, no matter the extreme of his brutality, can NEVER touch the person on the inside. So, easy for us who have survived to sit back and say (in that light) "Can't touch this!" Yet, when a life is taken, even the Spirit has been victimized. Lord knows, I haven't the answers. Yet the brutality and inhumanity of man just goes on and on. Love and hugs, Cyndi, Catie. :)

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 12:26:00 AM
    Thank you Cyndi for posting this eye opening blog about this horrific incident. This young girl has united the nation rather the entire world in her death. To me she is more of a martyr than a victim. We really need much harsher laws for the culprits and much sensitized and civilized law handlers for the victims. May be after all the Mayans were right. Human race has perished, leaving behind barbarians. God be with her soul and her bereaved loved ones.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2013 9:20:00 PM
    It's a terrible blight on society when women all over the world need be afraid of such a thing happening to them...Thankyou Cyndi for this blog and may we all speak up against this horrifying occurence.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2013 8:02:00 PM
    Please keep us posted on what can be done and what IS being done, particularly in the case of Damini.

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    Shah Avatar Yesha Shah Date: 1/2/2013 12:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, there are nation wide protests by the youth against this incident. I am sure this case will be tried in a fast track court and many lenient laws will be amended for crime against women.
  1. Date: 1/1/2013 8:00:00 PM
    I heard about this in the news, Cyndi, and I wholeheartedly agree with this blog. Coincidentally I watched an outstanding movie on this very subject just last night. It was called "Things Behind the Sun"and was based on the actual personal experiences of the movie's director, a female who was raped and brutalized at age 12. It was akin to murder because they murdered her spirit. When it happens to the very young, they often do not report it and are very helpless. There are so many horrible things our society has to remedy.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Cyndi we are but a a small vocal stone in a wilderness but as each of us stands up against wrong that small stone becomes a mountain. We must unite against Rape of a person or a country. ...Seren

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  1. Date: 1/1/2013 4:23:00 PM
    Sad that this happened and it should never happen to any worman..I don't know what the solution is though..I know just tell the men to not do such a thing but sometime they don't listen or get caught up in some gang violence or something..Sara

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  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:56:00 PM
    Cyndi anything I can do to help the cause I am with you all the way...David

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  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:41:00 PM
    very touching tribute to this poor innocent victim, Cyndi

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