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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




WINNERS: Love Letters to the Indian Subcontinent-- THANK YOU SOUPERS!


Blog Posted:7/4/2013 8:01:00 PM


A sincere apology to all those who entered my Love Letters to the Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. I have – finally — posted the winners.

I struggled with a few entries which did not seem to indicate they were written for this contest, including a few haiku. Others were very sensitive, kind and compassionate, but did not delve into the culture of this part of the globe. My apologies if I missed the inner message (please soup mail me if with any information or questions as to my placements.)

Thank you to one and all for your words, your time, your sincerity.

There are so many fantastic poems in the winners list. Good stuff, REAL stuff, poetry for poets. I could easily post several here that touched me deeply and others that SHOWED me true heart. 


But I had to-- HAD TO!-- share the following INCREDIBLE piece of poetry with you... it was not entered into my contest, but oh...  it gutted me... such craft, such heart, worthy of a slow read. It almost hurts to read it...



Delhi blast
Written by:  Satish Verma 


I am still naked inside.
Beautiful, trace element
is trembling, involuntarily
in infamy.

You live to succumb again.
The halved body does not stir
after the explosion.
Lips were moving without voice.

Tonelessly your feet
melt in the steps of saints.
The wounded sun is born again
in the name of faceless martyrs.

For whom the birds will fly
after a terror strike ?
The sky was asking the wayfarer,
who has betrayed the path ?



I will not be posting another contest till after my move is completed. I am SWAMPED right now and so looking forward to this move being finished.

Namaste, my sweet chums. I miss you all and think of you often!

xoxoxoxox



Contest Winner Medal1A Love Letter to My Friends of IndiaAndrea Dietrich
Contest Winner Medal1The Tiger of BangladeshShirley Candy Wontas
Contest Winner Medal1PRAISE BE DIWALInette onclaud
Contest Winner Medal1My IndiaAbdul Malik
Contest Winner Medal1the myriad colored landalpana jain
Contest Winner Medal1meri soch nu le dil kehnarajni bhatia
Contest Winner Medal1BangladeshSayeed Abubakar
Contest Winner Medal1I love IndiaGOODNESS LANRE
Contest Winner Medal1buried aliveBlack Eyed Susan
Contest Winner Medal1YogaTahera Mannan
Contest Winner Medal1MY BIHARzoya amreen
Contest Winner Medal1Lord ShivaVandana Sharma
Contest Winner Medal1Woe To The Garment WorkersRick Zablocki
Contest Winner Medal1The story of historyS.Jagathsimhan Nair
Contest Winner Medal1A Love Letter to New DelhiRobert Pettit
Contest Winner Medal1A Man of the ClothTim Ryerson
Contest Winner Medal1HINDI ACHE  for contestVictoria Anderson-Throop
Contest Winner Medal1USKI YAADsumit keshan
 Honorable MentionAllah is the onehamza abid
 Honorable MentionkarmaRoya Zereh
 Honorable MentionMADE IN BANGLADESHCyndi MacMillan
 Honorable MentionLosing LoveConnie Moore
 Honorable MentionCompassion Has Gracious EyesConnie Gildersleeve




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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 9:48:00 PM
    Great poem by Satish you showed us too.

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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 9:47:00 PM
    Cyndi, I imagine you received many awesome entries into your contest. thanks for all our great wins! It was a poem I never would have thought to do without your challenge. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 10:37:00 AM
    Congratulations to all ! I know I will learn by reading each and every one of the entries. So nice of you to help us reach around the world in poetry. Kuddos to all !

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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 9:55:00 AM
    job well done, cyn...take you time though you will be missed... kudos to all who joined and thanks for acknowledging my contribution to this relevant challenge.. love and huggs!..;) salaam...

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  1. Date: 7/5/2013 8:19:00 AM
    Thank you , Cyndi, for my placement, as well as your nice comments about my poem which as you rightly guessed was not an overnight effort, but was written over a period of time which needed only finishing touches for the contest.. It was indeed great on your part to have thought of the Indian subcontinent for a contest. Congrats to all those who chimed in with their nice words about this part of the world!!

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  1. Date: 7/4/2013 9:27:00 PM
    Love Satish's poem, Cyndi! I hope to have time to read all the winners. Congratulations to all of them. Best of luck with your moving ...oh! I love moving!! : P

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My Poems

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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,
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3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
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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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