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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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SOUP NEWSLETTER- Theme: Landscape Poetry


Blog Posted:12/6/2012 10:38:00 PM
One of the functions of landscape it to correspond to, nurture, and provoke exploration of the landscape of the imagination. Space to walk is also space to think, and I think that's one thing landscapes give us: places to think longer, more uninterrupted thoughts or thoughts to a rhythm other than the staccato of navigating the city.

                                Rebecca Solnit


  

Polar Bears on the Move, Kim Hunter


Topographical poetry is a wonderful way to armchair travel. No mosquitos, sand storms or malaria, well at least not off the written page. Landscape poems are filled with imagery and saturate the senses. We are inundated with language and become immersed in a culture. Sometimes the trip is pleasant, scenic. Sometimes the trip is a voyage into a dismal and emotional territory that deserves recognition and respect. There may be historic relevance and footnotes are not uncommon in this form of poetry.

I was delighted to find two new poets to Soup who wrote landscape poems. Their lines will guide you to distant – or perhaps not so distant- countries. I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did. AWESOME STUFF!




The landscape of an African Soul - Tuli Circle
By Tim Marks

As dawn peers over the edge of the sky,
In a space of the lonely kopjes and cacti.
Where God roamed to the edge of a scorched wilderness,
and stared into the vast land of nothingness.

HERE, STANDS A PLACE ARID AND BONE DRY
WHERE ROOT AND SHOOT SHRIVEL AND DIE.

HERE IS WHERE HE FORMED ROCKY OUTCROPS AND SANDY STRANDS
TULI IS IT’S NAME.

IN THIS FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WHERE WIND ROLES A GUST
FORMATION OF BOULDERS, PEBBLES, AND DUST.

The springs of vitality forced from the ground below
Sweet honey dew, taste of life, transforms this dusty bowl

Where quenched thirsts were satisfied,
Hunger for food became starvation and slowly crippled the dreary
Only the toughest would survive, no room for the weary

As time pasted, it forgot this flat open bush
where grass and shrub became razor sharp and prickly scrub.
harsh and foreboding.

The Shashe river snaking through the sandy ground
with dust and rubble on the fortress mound

So men came to conquer and forge his own path,
What madness is this, why was he so daft.
But, when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object
History is written.

Wheels of progress move steadily forward
Rocks being used to build roads, bridges, houses, and prisons
So hard, tough, and cold these objects are to house the idea of future dreams and missions.

The stubborn will to settle,
made peoples focus rock solid.
But as time marches out and onward,
the memories and sentiments pasted through like a gentle breeze.

All that is left is the forgotten memories, graves, and relics of buildings old,
Hunters, Riders, and Voortrekkers cry out from the dust and sand,
that fortress of Pioneers, Tuli.




England, My Country
By Dennis Curry

The rolling hills so green and tender
Mountains on high I will always remember
Colours of the seasons so fresh in my mind
All of the beauty so easy to find
This is England, the country I live
The country i would die for, the country I love

The fields the forest the mountain stream
The hills the dales the lakes agleam
Scent of summer so strong on the breeze
My land of beauty that’s so hard to leave
This is England the country I adore
Home of truth, faith, hope much more

And if the time comes then leave it I shall
To a foreign country an unknown land
Where the thoughts of England will always remain
In God’s own country, God’s domain


So, what's old, new, borrowed, blue?

Are you in knots, tying a knot, untangling knots, knot-ty, knot-up-to-it, knot-yourself?

:) Share, please, as always keep things friendly in this one blog.

Hugs to EVERYONE

xox

Cyndi

PS-- I thought I'd mention that the above artwork, a tempera and ink painting, was stolen from the artist, Kim Hunter. Her work is incredible and culturally significant.

  Kim Hunter Artist / Designer Indigo Canadian Artist BC Vancouver Fine Artist  wildlife, figurative, landscapes, nudes, sculptor. painter, graphic, designer, murals, sketches, photographer, metis, artist Kim Hunter INDIGO Vancouver BC

To see more of her work...http://kimhunter.ca/landscape_paintings.htm


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  1. Date: 12/7/2012 10:51:00 PM
    Im not a fan of "landscape poetry" but I love these poems...and Im going to check Kim works. Im very busy, Cyndi...I dont even have time to read the blogs... I think Im going to take a vacation from the Soup. : ) So...if im not around...dont worry! LOL! Have a lovely week...(month?) Merry Christmas! (just in case!) My best wishes!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Life can certainly take us prisoner, eh? Vacation. Okay? EXODUS? NOOOOOO! Please come back once you get a chance to breath, okay? Soup wouldn't be the same without your kind presence. You always speak your mind, but never aim to hurt a soul. I see that. Heck, who COULDN'T? Hugs to you chum. Sorry I've been busy, too! Heres a x for one cheek and a x for the other. and a bear-O ....
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 2:42:00 PM
    As always Cyndi !!!!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for all the positivity, Craig :) Hope you are enjoying the delights of the season with all your loved ones... time speeds. It's no wonder I'm obsessed with clocks. There are days I want to go back... and days I want to go forward... hugs, chum!
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 1:43:00 PM
    Oh knots..me I have a tummy full, trying to write and relax! Did you mail come yet?

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No mail yet hon, and I promise to let you know as soon as it gets here. I know the posties are doing their best right now. Christmas chaos! (I worked with (not for) Canada Post before my girl was born) You are such a sweetie!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) What is this relax thing? LOL! I figure it'll be something I get to do in about another two years. My friend (and former employer) will be babysitting my girl Dec 30th for three hours. She'd offered this long ago. We're all excited (Verity especially) Hub and I will be having a lunch and relaxing. First alone meal in 3 years...
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 8:00:00 AM
    Cyndi, thanks for pointing out these two poems. They are both excellent writes, but the first one really caught my attention with all the dramatic language. So descriptive. Christmas is fast approaching and as usual I am behind! I have two afhans to finish crocheting by Christmas for two of my grandchildren. So if you don't see me around much, you know what I'll be doing. Have a great weekend everybody! Love, Kim

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My grandmother was a knitter and she died from lung cancer. It was her dying wish that she knit a sweater for each family member before she died. She did it! 18 sweaters! I still cherish mine (she died when I was 14 and I'm now 46) I plan to give it to my daughter. GOOD TO HEAR THAT YOU'RE BUSY IN A HAPPY WAY! xox Cyndi

My Past Blog Posts

 
MOMMY BLOG: A TODDLER TURKEY IN THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Date Posted: 12/17/2014 8:07:00 PM
I CAN'T BREATHE: A peaceful Protest, An Anthology of Powerful Poems
Date Posted: 12/11/2014 5:49:00 PM
CELEBRITY CHEF KILLED BY OFFICER FOR JAYWALKING-- a piece of prose/contest soon to follow
Date Posted: 12/9/2014 2:41:00 PM
I CAN'T BREATHE
Date Posted: 12/8/2014 9:37:00 AM
MEMORIAL TRIBUTE ON THE CONTEST PAGE: A WORD COLLAGE FOR CHAN. PLEASE, Take up the challenge. <3
Date Posted: 11/10/2014 9:30:00 AM
A LOVE-IN & WAKE FOR CHAN. ALL SOUPERS WELCOME. PLEASE ADD SOMETHING.
Date Posted: 11/9/2014 10:03:00 AM
WORDS THAT HAVE MADE POETRY'S MOST NOT WANTED LIST
Date Posted: 11/7/2014 7:57:00 PM
Terrorist attack at Parliament. Ottawa, our national capital, is on lockdown.
Date Posted: 10/22/2014 11:59:00 AM
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

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/15/2014 A POEM FOR CRAIG -- SHORT Versefamily,grief,
12/12/2014 IF SOUP WERE REALLY A SANCTUARY -- Warning will offend some Free versefear,poets,world,
12/9/2014 PROTEST of PEACE Verseanti bullying,conflict,em
12/9/2014 CHEF KILLED BY OFFICER FOR JAYWALKING Proseparody,truth,
11/10/2014 CHAN Free versefriend,goodbye,
10/15/2014 DARK ANGELS OF HIGHGATE Sestinafuneral,psychological,sad
9/4/2014 I COMES Free versesexy,
9/2/2014 cummings and i Versepoetry,word play,
8/25/2014 LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOON Lyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014 HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978 Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014 DEGREES Sonnetbooks,sensual,words,
7/17/2014 CRADLED Trioletbaby,love,
6/7/2014 TORRENT Sonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014 LA MARQUISE Free versepsychological,
4/8/2014 ROOTS Free versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014 GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEM Versedaughter,love,
4/4/2014 NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZ Verseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/2014 50 GODS Free versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014 WINTER IN PORTLAND Free versedepression,winter,
2/25/2014 PITY THE PIRANHA Free verseintrospection,people,
2/13/2014 DOUBLE OH Crown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/10/2014 TARTANS Sonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
2/9/2014 TESTIMONIALS Sonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/5/2014 ON THE FRINGE Sonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
2/3/2014 SUMMERLAND Sonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
2/2/2014 WORD ON THE STREET, 2009 Sonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
1/31/2014 HEROES Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
1/29/2014 DIVINE STEEPLES Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/28/2014 SNIPPETS Sonnetfilm,friend,poetry,
1/27/2014 NEW-DALI Sonnetart,friend,poetry,time,
1/26/2014 MUSE Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/24/2014 ONE TWO ONE Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/23/2014 FIREWORKS Sonnetfriend,heaven,life,metaph
1/22/2014 UNREHEARSED Sonnetart,friend,love,
1/21/2014 THE WIT OF ROSE Sonnetfantasy,friend,places,
1/20/2014 CHANTRY Sonnetlight,memory,places,
1/20/2014 SUNCATCHER Sonnet 
1/17/2014 HAT MAN Sonnetfriendship,poetry,
1/14/2014 FANFARE Sonnetbooks,friend,imagination,
1/14/2014 MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL Iambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014 AN EDUCATED MAN Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/9/2014 SPICY Sonnetfood,passion,
1/6/2014 THE STAND Prosetruth,
1/4/2014 WOMAN, I BE I do not know?life,
12/19/2013 EXPLORING THE BASEMENT Free verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013 LET ME INFLAME: A POET'S PRAYER Versepassion,poetry,
12/11/2013 PARDON ME, DID YOU JUST BAN CHRIS AECHTNER FROM SOUP Prosefeelings,freedom,friend,
12/10/2013 UNHOLY Versewinter,
12/3/2013 LA VIE EN ROSE Light Poetrycharacter,imagination,
12/2/2013 OPENING A POET'S VEIN, WORDS, Versewriting,
11/29/2013 RIPPLES Free versesad,writing,
9/28/2013 EMILY DICKINSON Sonnetpoetess,
9/27/2013 HEY WAITER, THERE'S A HITLER IN MY SOUP Free verseparody,poetry,
9/26/2013 THE VIRGIN AND CHILD Sonnetfaith,jesus,mother,
9/12/2013 LAST WISHES Free versedeath,niece,sad,
9/10/2013 SAFEWORD Sonnetlove,lust,
8/23/2013 UNMASKED Pantoumdance,desire,fantasy,
8/6/2013 THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
7/24/2013 PIMPED Free versechildren,lust,society,
7/17/2013 MARGINS Free versedaughter,summer,
7/15/2013 SPINNING WHEEL Free versechange,home,moving on,
6/5/2013 COME, ARION Sonnetfantasy,horse,mythology,
6/5/2013 BAIT, 1986 Free versegrowing up,lust,men,
6/3/2013 COME AND PLAY ME Lyricmuse,music,passion,romant
5/31/2013 haiku 6 Haikuchildren,summer,
5/28/2013 HER FIRST PLACE Sonnetart,imagination,
5/28/2013 BLAMELESS Personificationrain,
5/27/2013 THE SHINING Sestinaevil,film,horror,
5/22/2013 ALL FALL DOWN Sestinadeath,history,london,
5/18/2013 POETRY Free versepoetry,
5/13/2013 MADE IN BANGLADESH Ghazalchange,clothes,death,
5/5/2013 SUNDAY SOJOURN Haibungarden,morning,time,
4/28/2013 WOMEN Free versefriendship,gender,
4/26/2013 SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
4/20/2013 THE POET'S CREED Free versepoetry,world,writing,
4/18/2013 TYPEWRITER Free verselust,writing,
4/17/2013 IT Free versepoetry,writing,
4/10/2013 TWELVE DOLLARS, UNLESS PRICED DIFFERENTLY Free versenostalgia,women,
4/8/2013 THE ADJECTIVE IMPERATIVE Coupleton writing and words,word
4/1/2013 MY JANE Sonnetromantic,
3/21/2013 PALADIN Free versepeople,sympathy,
3/18/2013 SWEET SOLITUDE Haibunfaith,imagination,sister,
3/14/2013 WHAT LURKS WITHIN Free versechild,death,dedication,lo
3/12/2013 ALLUSIVE PEARL Free verseart,imagination,
3/11/2013 ELIZABETH'S DIARY Prose Poetryimagination,love,
3/6/2013 HIS-STORY Free verseimagination,night,night,
3/5/2013 THE LANGUAGE OF ASH Free versemystery,social,suicide,ch
2/22/2013 haiku 3 Haikufunny,seasons,
2/17/2013 BIDALSANA Free versepassion,me,me,
2/12/2013 GURO, MAHAL KITA Sonnetfriendship,on writing and
2/7/2013 haiku 2 Haikubaby,
2/7/2013 haiku 1 Haikuchild,seasons,metaphor,
2/6/2013 WILD ROSE Sonnetart,passion,
2/3/2013 ALCHEMY Versefood,seasons,time,februar
1/31/2013 SMAAK STUKKEND Carpe Diemimagination,introspection
1/12/2013 CAT O NINES Rhymepassion,
1/8/2013 HIGHWAY OF TEARS Rhymemystery,women,women,
12/20/2012 THIS BLEAK HEREAFTER Terzanellechild,death,grief,night,m
12/10/2012 A PRETTY DRESS Rondeaupassion,romantic,women,lo
12/6/2012 CASTING HIS LINE Rondeaudad,nostalgia,sports,

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little Toes Rhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland Rhapsody Quatraininspirational
Contradicting Keats Sonnetintrospection,life
Surrender to Love Rhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROW Rhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes Due Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From Within Quintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the Sea Coupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The Ward Chokahealth,life,
Nocturnal Poetry Rhymeimagination,life,poetry,
Slumber Epicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLL Coupletinspirational,seasons,
Our Thanksgiving Light Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's Grace Ethereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above Hawaii Rhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapereligion,life,
Monarch of Summer Haibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup Blooms Terza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's Doorway Narrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITH Versefaith,for children,
Beachworld Free verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless Nights Narrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another Face Rhymelost love,
What Dreams are Made Of - LGT Blank versefear,life,mystery,
Paired Parings Balladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
Anticipation Free verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friend Haikupeople,philosophy,
Calligraphy Verseon writing and words,
Cyndi Sonnetdedication,
Night Comes Rhymetime,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR Dead Rhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayer Haikuinspirational,
Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
Money-God Free versededication,hope,love,reco
Down Fall Italian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God Forbid Coupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and Cyndi Rhymededication,devotion,frien
Edinburgh Free versededication,
CHERISHED Sonnetlove,peace,
Shield Walls Lyricimagination,love,
Live The Cliches Free versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss State Quatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed Everything Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)death,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward Movement Free versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking Chair Rhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect Storm Rhyme royallife,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,
Return of the Stork Versebaby,death,
Within Reason- Maurice Yvonne and Seren Roberts Verselife,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
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 Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read