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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her work has been published in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing 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 good forum which enables people from around the world to share poetry. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for friends to meet.

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

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THE SOUP NEWSLETTER Nov 23 2012--theme POETIC LANGUAGE


Blog Posted:11/23/2012 8:14:00 PM

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

                                                          ~ Paul Engle ~



The language of poetry is universal. Regardless of the possible loss of a word or two in translation, the reader will recognize the commotion and emotional rollercoaster we call life.

The language of poetry is sumptuous, evocative, figurative. It may be simple to understand and yet not be the language of the everyday. It is recognizable as art.

The language of poetry will continue to evolve, change, rebel and question.


Some poets create their own language, a type of Joyce-like dialect which tosses the common out the window, dares to turn words upside down. Perhaps, they create their own syntax, break grammar rules in such a way that- within the framework of the poem- we are reading a Rosetta stone. We become fluent in something we've never heard.


ALL poets use a language born of the common vernacular of their homeland, a  tongue which communicates a culture, a history, a land. We only need to listen, translate from the heart!


Here are two newer poets to the Soup who use language like smiths, hammer their messages home, put iron to the flame. I am dazzled by their craft. Fantastic!



THE BLACK SPIRIT
Victoria Nunoo

Tales of the untold
Legends that are not chronicled
In the absence of the aged
Leaves a slot for the animated
Cowards in the quest
To conquer weakness
Are left in the seat of mockery
The smirk of the scorner
We refuse to be tamed
We are free spirited beings
A special mould from that kind of dust
The strength is in our staff
Spirit of the force
The black spirit!
We are the strongest
The natural order of life
Mother said so…
Our voices in unison
Calls out behind those hills
We fear nothing
Come forth, deal with us
We slay with passion
And heal with zeal
We speak the truth
We have the truth
Our common language
Love for brothers
Love for the world
We are who we are
We are Africans!



(better) done than said
By Onalethuso Petruss Buyile Ntema

the sounds between the lines
of the words i speak
reminds me of the lines
i spoke in thought and trials
and the lines
within the sounds of spoken word
touched mine heart
mine dreadlocks started skanking in joy
of the music in mine thought
but til done, i thought

next to mine were time and rhythm
for less than never it were missing
the sense to do than say
and mine legs kept me in transit
mine hands touched to pick a way
whence my eyes long seen
besides, talk were amass
done; far less
than which that caught mine
til done, i do and did
done than said

the inner mine person done me
a thought to catch mine power
and grab to proceed a synergy of our
own belief to mine self and stronger
than the sounds behind the lines
of the words i speak
but from the deep lines
of the metaphor, line by talk
with mine hands holding that thought
to keep it moving and done
long before said, as done

Soupers are keeping other Souper's in their thoughts and prayers as some deal with loss, hurts, worries, financial burdens, health issues, pain, addiction and the recovery from Tropical Storm Sandy.

Our community is international. Have any of you just blinked at times when you realize how close we feel here? We speak several times a week (some daily) to people around the globe. What a gift!

So, please, share what's on your mind. How are you?

Feel free to wax on,give a brief wave, talk shop or not, whatever you wish. I only ask that you keep things friendly. :)

Hugs to one and all,

Cyndi



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  1. Date: 12/11/2012 12:54:00 AM
    i am as honoured as blessed to have had my poem(s) on your preferences. its a milestone for me Cyndi and i have no doubt that my other poems will have a taste of uniqueness and regard. have a blessed festivity, til 2013 and looking forward for endless sprouting of pen to paper. blessed! www.poemhunter.com/onalethuso-petruss-ntema for almost 60 poems. thanks Cyndi. Ntema, Botswana

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  1. Date: 11/27/2012 7:38:00 PM
    I wanted to stop by and say Happy Holidays to everyone and thanks to every poet who has soupmailed me and left warm messages and comments since I left. As some of you know, I am pregnant and had a lot of complications during my first trimester including an appendectomy and some time in the hospital. I'm still not in the writing mood but do miss all of you. One day, I will be back. Hugs to all and many blessings, Rhonda

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  1. Date: 11/25/2012 7:35:00 AM
    Always learn, enjoy and am entertained by your blogs Cyndi!

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 4:10:00 PM
    LOL,Kim..I sometimes do that too:-) Its an amazing invention the whole internet thing,if used with caution that is.Sometimes I wonder how the English language will be in about..say,25-30 yrs into the future..? Youngsters over here in Scandinavia are adopting more and more english words into their sentences:) Guess its a direct result of the world wide connections we have these days.

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Cyndi, it is amazing to me to think that I have friends all over the world, and that I can actually communicate with them whenever I want. I feel closer to some of you here on the Soup, than I do with people I know here in my own town. I tend to brag a little when I talk to others about this site- saying I know people in England, Canada, Austrailia, India, the Philippines, South Africa, etc. etc. I love PS! Kim

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 4:01:00 AM
    Cyndi,My wife is now home recovering following her major surgery .As her 'carer' I am 'learning' numerous house-husband activities !!!(maybe they may inspire a poem or two) as I am posting a poem here from time to time and will also be starting to comment here in any quiet moments between those tasks. In the meantime I wish creative blessings to my poetic peer friends here on PS and early Christmas greetings.Rgds Brian

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    Williams Avatar David Williams Date: 11/24/2012 6:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hey Brian sorry to hear about your wife, you and I sound like we are in the same boat...David
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 1:14:00 AM
    Cyndi I shall use your blog to thank you personally for running the 'David' contest, and thank you all again who entered, my life is a lot easier now that my wife is up and about and we actually went out together yesterday for the first time in almost four months, breathing is a lot easier....David

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Terrorist attack at Parliament. Ottawa, our national capital, is on lockdown.
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PUBLICATION ETIQUETTE, TWO IMPORTANT THINGS
Date Posted: 10/16/2014 5:28:00 AM
****EDIT******POETRY AS LITERATURE AND AS SELF-EXPRESSION. YOU DON'T NEED TO CHOOSE.
Date Posted: 10/6/2014 11:58:00 AM
ANOTHER WOWSER. TRULY BEAUTIFUL. COME IN FOR A CHAT.
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 9:39:00 PM
A ROMANTIC POEM I THINK MOST WILL LOVE, COMMON GROUND, COME TAKE A PEEK
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
How I judge Contests by Cyndi MacMillan
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 9:58:00 PM
A RESPONSE FROM MAUREEN HYNES
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 8:54:00 PM
MAUREEN SAYS SHE LOVES MY RESPONSE
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 10:25:00 AM
READING POEMS LIKE A POET, INCLUDES AN ANALYSIS
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 6:23:00 PM
PUNK TUATION IN POETRY
Date Posted: 9/4/2014 9:39:00 PM
Grammar and poetry: a Fiction Writer’s Oddball View
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:52:00 AM
GREAT ARTICLE ON FIGURATIVE WRITING
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 10:47:00 AM
THIS IS POETIC PROSE
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
THE CLEARING, WORD PAIRINGS, COLLABORATIVE WORK
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
WORD PAIRINGS. BUILDING POEMS.
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST POETRY WRITING ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE & POETRY
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
GINGHAM AND LACE, ANOTHER BLITZ
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 9:32:00 PM

My Recent Poems

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10/15/2014DARK ANGELS OF HIGHGATESestinafuneral,psychological,sad
9/4/2014I COMESFree versesexy,
9/2/2014cummings and iVersepoetry,word play,
8/25/2014LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOONLyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978Free versehistory,places,
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,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,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,
2/5/2014ON THE FRINGE, A SONNET FOR MARLONSonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
2/3/2014SUMMERLAND, A SONNET FOR CARRIE RICHARDSSonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
2/2/2014WORD ON THE STREET, 2009, A SONNET FOR DAVIDSonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
1/31/2014HEROES, A SONNET FOR CRAIGSonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
1/29/2014DIVINE STEEPLES, A SONNET FOR CATIESonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/28/2014SNIPPETS, A SONNET FOR ANDREASonnetfilm,friend,poetry,
1/28/2014HEY WAITER, THERE'S A TURTLE IN MY SOUP, sonnet by SYNISTER TRENDENCIESSonnetconflict,metaphor,poets,
1/27/2014NEW-DALI, A SONNET FOR CHANSonnetart,friend,poetry,time,
1/26/2014MUSE, A SONNET FOR KATHRYNSonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/24/2014ONE TWO ONE, A SONNET FOR DEBBIESonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/23/2014FIREWORKS, A SONNET FOR LINDA MARIESonnetfriend,heaven,life,metaph
1/22/2014UNREHEARSED, A SONNET FOR NETTESonnetart,friend,love,
1/21/2014THE WIT OF ROSE, A SONNET FOR MYSTIC ROSESonnetfantasy,friend,places,
1/20/2014CHANTRY, A SONNET FOR GAILSonnetlight,memory,places,
1/20/2014SUNCATCHER, A SONNET FOR CHARMAINESonnet 
1/17/2014HAT MAN, A SONNET FOR RUBENSonnetfriendship,poetry,
1/14/2014FANFARE, A POEM FOR CALEBSonnetbooks,friend,imagination,
1/14/2014MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL: A CONSTANZAIambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014AN EDUCATED MANFree verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/9/2014SPICYSonnetfood,passion,
1/7/2014UNTITLEDFree versesummer,time,
1/6/2014THE STANDProsetruth,
1/4/2014WOMAN, I BEI do not know?life,
12/19/2013EXPLORING THE BASEMENTFree verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013LET ME INFLAME: A POET'S PRAYERVersepassion,poetry,
12/11/2013PARDON ME, DID YOU JUST BAN CHRIS AECHTNER FROM SOUPProsefeelings,freedom,friend,
12/10/2013UNHOLY Versewinter,
12/3/2013LA VIE EN ROSELight Poetrycharacter,imagination,
12/2/2013OPENING A POET'S VEIN, WORDS,Versewriting,
12/1/2013MOTHER'S NIGHTRondeaumother,mythology,
11/29/2013RIPPLESFree versesad,writing,
11/8/2013A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER - HARD CONVERSATIONSProsedaughter,introspection,
11/7/2013TRAINEDGhazalrelationship,
9/28/2013EMILY DICKINSONSonnetpoetess,
9/27/2013HEY WAITER, THERE'S A HITLER IN MY SOUPFree verseparody,poetry,
9/26/2013THE VIRGIN AND CHILDSonnetfaith,jesus,mother,
9/12/2013LAST WISHESFree versedeath,niece,sad,
9/10/2013SAFEWORDSonnetlove,lust,
8/23/2013UNMASKEDPantoumdance,desire,fantasy,
8/6/2013THE OTHER-WISEFree verseart,introspection,
7/24/2013PIMPEDFree versechildren,lust,society,
7/17/2013MARGINSFree versedaughter,summer,
7/15/2013SPINNING WHEELFree versechange,home,moving on,
6/6/201336-18-34Shapefreedom,history,women,
6/5/2013COME, ARIONSonnetfantasy,horse,mythology,
6/5/2013BAIT, 1986Free versegrowing up,lust,men,
6/3/2013COME AND PLAY MELyricmuse,music,passion,romant
5/31/2013haiku 6Haikuchildren,summer,
5/29/2013TURNING WENDIGOFree versemurder,mystery,
5/28/2013HER FIRST PLACESonnetart,imagination,
5/28/2013BLAMELESSPersonificationrain,
5/27/2013THE SHININGSestinaevil,film,horror,
5/22/2013ALL FALL DOWNSestinadeath,history,london,
5/18/2013POETRYFree versepoetry,
5/13/2013MADE IN BANGLADESHGhazalchange,clothes,death,
5/7/2013LOVE CLAMORSVillanellecare,people,rights,
5/5/2013SUNDAY SOJOURNHaibungarden,morning,time,
5/2/2013FLOWER FAERIESQuintain (English)fairy,flower,
4/28/2013WOMENFree versefriendship,gender,
4/26/2013SYLVIACrown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
4/20/2013THE POET'S CREEDFree versepoetry,world,writing,
4/18/2013TYPEWRITERFree verselust,writing,
4/17/2013ITFree versepoetry,writing,
4/11/2013GET ME TO THE PUBLyricfunny,life,places,song,me
4/10/2013TWELVE DOLLARS, UNLESS PRICED DIFFERENTLYFree versenostalgia,women,
4/8/2013THE ADJECTIVE IMPERATIVECoupleton writing and words,word
4/1/2013MY JANESonnetromantic,
3/28/2013THE THORNY CROWNRondeaueaster,faith,
3/24/2013CRUCIBLEVillanellehate,suicide,teen,heart,h
3/21/2013PALADINFree versepeople,sympathy,
3/18/2013SWEET SOLITUDEHaibunfaith,imagination,sister,
3/14/2013H OURSI do not know?child,life,me,
3/14/2013WHAT LURKS WITHINFree versechild,death,dedication,lo
3/12/2013ALLUSIVE PEARLFree verseart,imagination,
3/11/2013ELIZABETH'S DIARYProse Poetryimagination,love,
3/10/2013CORA PEARL, PARIS, 1860Sonnethistory,people,
3/7/2013OH, DARLINGQuatraindevotion,summer,time,
3/6/2013HIS-STORYFree verseimagination,night,night,

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland RhapsodyQuatraininspirational
Contradicting KeatsSonnetintrospection,life
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,
On Heaven's DoorwayNarrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
BeachworldFree verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless NightsNarrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another FaceRhymelost love,
What Dreams are Made Of - LGTBlank versefear,life,mystery,
Paired ParingsBalladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTYQuatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
PneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosisEpicabuse,analogy,corruption,
AnticipationFree verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friendHaikupeople,philosophy,
CalligraphyVerseon writing and words,
CyndiSonnetdedication,
Night ComesRhymetime,
Without Hope's GleamTerzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR DeadRhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayerHaikuinspirational,
Chamber Music ChoppedBlank versemusic,
Money-GodFree versededication,hope,love,reco
Down FallItalian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God ForbidCoupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and CyndiRhymededication,devotion,frien
EdinburghFree versededication,
CHERISHEDSonnetlove,peace,
Shield WallsLyricimagination,love,
Live The ClichesFree versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss StateQuatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To BeFree versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed EverythingDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)death,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOODLight Poetryadventure,woman,
EdinburghFree versededication,hope,life,love
The BywayRhymecare,
To Love MyselfSonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward MovementFree versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking ChairRhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect StormRhyme royallife,
Onward Christian SoldiersRhyme 
BEYOND TEARSRhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry CobblerHaibungrowing up,
ReleaseFree verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
A Girls Night OutRhymehumorous,
IN STILLNESSFree versechange,life,

Fav Poets

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Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Caryl Muzzey United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Joe Flach United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
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
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
kathryn collins United States Flag United States Read
Catie Lindsey United States Flag United States Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Francine Roberts Canada Flag Canada Read
Jade Celeste _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
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Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read