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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




 

Most Recent Blog Post


PALADIN, FREE VERSE
Blog Posted:3/21/2013 9:32:00 PM

 


She tries to rearrange the sunrays, calls the clouds
clutter, the Namaqualand daisies that stray her way

are worthy of slaughter, too erratic, too off-colour
defying borders. Nightmares intrude, find her

unaware, bleed hurts dry, sand grains are sorted
by composition and size, though so many fail

to comply. Secrets, dozens, this paladin keeps,
their shadows bring chaos when she submits

to sleep. Somehow she inters her cry, an art she
has mastered. Hidden, a hint of formaldehyde in

tears, for ghosts return to box her ears. Few would
guess at the cautions she takes, how trust strains

against a thousand barricades. But love is there,
a babe pressing on crib bars, it stains sleeves,

it fills her ribs and yet somehow, it dissolves
in air.  How could she be so misunderstood,

defending treasures rare, restoring perfect order,
freeing truth from falling stars, sweeping creaks

from ancient stairs and re-gilding tarnished alters.
All she wants is peace, harmony, everything good,

and so she does more, more than she should,
schools truants, tames the wild and refuses to falter.

_______________________________

                                      

                                                          Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition,

                                                         I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.

                                                                                                                 ~Gertrude Stein~

                         Intelligent debate does not orginate from either disrespect or dislike.

                                                                        In fact, I'd argue the opposite to be true.

                                                                                              I ignore idiots.

                                                                                                        But I fight with friends.

                                                                                                            ~ Cyndi MacMillan~

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:47:00 PM
    OK! You're right! I came to see how you do it! : D

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:46:00 PM
    I just came to re-read this beauty! : )

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 8:57:00 AM
    Words of wisdom comes with poetry! Amazing, Cyndi!!

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 8:53:00 AM
    Cyndi very eloquent...

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:20:00 AM
    You ARE blessed my dear!

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 2:56:00 AM
    Cyndi, your writing takes my breath away. Namaste. Rick

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rick, thank you for your words and encouragement. I'm pink cheeked this morning, reading these replies. I love your avatar! Such a beautiful horse! :)
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 11:26:00 PM
    In what depth of your soul did you find this masterpiece, Cyndi? I am gobsmacked! Love, Su

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We all have our achilles heels. Mine? I think you can see, even though we've known each other only a short time, is creativity, freedom. Now, if interested, if tickled somewhat (a term I use to say inspired) can you imagine why I'm titling certain windmills?
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I AM sorry. Thanks for the great submission to my contest. Its great. Stings, yes, but it is art. Now, I may not read it to my girl this month, eh? Agreed? I don't want to give her nightmares or a complex. LOL. Me? Maybe I need a tongue lashing.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My best friend on Soup here (hello Bet) have kicked dust many times. We are polarized in some opinions, but those who have survived... trauma? life-blows?.... have a way of recognizing each other. We butt heads, but the foreheads touch, sympathetically. We are alike. Damn it. LOL.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm so glad you SEE... now, I throw down a gauntlet to you, chum... can you write one of our discourse, grumble at my idiocies and YET...and YET... also tear down a few of my walls, take a peek at what you THINK may motivate my temper tantrums? Any form, take as long as you wish--you can do this. I know it! xox Sin-Dee
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 9:51:00 PM
    Always at your best Cyndi, that's what I like about you, xxx

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy Friday, Rose. You are such a light.. hugs, Sweetie!
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 9:49:00 PM
    Hello ... Im talking to you! ... Hello? ... Cyndi? ... Hello? : D You're an amazing free verse writer, Cyndi. I'm learning from you. Excellent poem.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Now, what do I say to this... er... um.... hi, lol, and gosh, thanks... HUGS

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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,
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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
2/9/2014TESTIMONIALS, A SONNET FOR BRIANSonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/7/2014Double Oh-- A JAMES BOND CROWN, BUILDING IT UP SECOND SONNET POSTED--Crown of Sonnetsgames,passion,
2/5/2014ON THE FRINGE, A SONNET FOR MARLONSonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
2/4/2014FOR CALEB'S CROWN - ORIONSonnetstars,
2/3/2014SUMMERLAND, A SONNET FOR CARRIE RICHARDSSonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
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