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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




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

 
Death in Family
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 8:30:00 AM
A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:57:00 PM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
NEW CONTEST: HARD SHELLS: TURTLE INSPIRED FREE VERSE
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY, FREE VERSE, CONTEST SOON TO FOLLOW
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 8:50:00 PM
********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
SOMETHING FOR EILEEN... and OTHERS WHO TAKE RISKS
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 5:54:00 AM
HELPLESS, A KYRIELLE. NEW CONTEST WITH TIM RYERSON AS CO PILOT! WAHOO!
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:24:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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
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,
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Fav Poems

123
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,
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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
Eileen Ghali Lebanon Flag Lebanon Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read