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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




(H)OURS --- my "I don't know" poem cause, lol, I really don't know. Thoughts?


Blog Posted:3/14/2013 7:49:00 PM




It’s 10

She spins on her futon, dreaming
arms spread,  fingers         fishfishfishing  for me      


but I’m not                             there


those legs are at 5 and 7    tw    tw    twitching


She’s been asleep since 8
But will awake at 11
then again at

    2


My daughter

              3

                  moving

                         clockwise,

                                following

                                       her future,
           
                                             punctually, soon she’ll be


                                            4


                                                attending class,

                                                     raise your hand,

                                                          trace the letter, do it better
                                                
                                                                  Miss, recess, bell,

                                                                      Sweetheart, don’t slam the     door
                       

                                                                                                         9

                                                                                      will come up suddenly
                                                                                      leave me missing

                                                                         6
                                                              tooth fairy,
                                                  sleep overs, yes, sure
       no no                       why,    please, just a few more,
                make believe,                              four leaf clovers...

                                                                                               ... then at

                                                                                                                     12

                                                                                            after an argument
                                                                                   about friends, stupid rules
                                                                                          she’ll yell, I hate you
                                                                                       that I’m too calculating
                                                                                                          old, cruel

But tonight
I am the wanted

    1


and so I hold her close
sooth a brow
kiss her frown, sweetly we spoon
then wisely I'll dismiss the knowing moon








*I really don't know what to call this... is there a form called weird experimental? LOL. I am not sure if this communicates what I see/feel... all comments welcome! FIRE IN THE HOLE! LOL! I usually don't enjoy this kind of .... free fall poetry... but I had this in me. Should I just keep this to myself? Is it too strange?
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  1. Date: 3/18/2013 6:51:00 PM
    I shall promptly inform PS that they are required by law to post a new form named the above and if not, I'm confident there will be some sort of severe penalty (although I haven't the slightest idea what) We'll start from there. Then there's the magazines...

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  1. Date: 3/16/2013 4:11:00 PM
    This is really good, Cindy! I love the way you did it. Very clever. Love, Kim

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  1. Date: 3/16/2013 6:07:00 AM
    I do think its a shape poem...and its a beautiful love poem for that..beautiful.

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 9:08:00 PM
    So? : )

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/15/2013 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks chum! PS- I think its great that the pope is from Argentina. Perhaps it will bring more attention to the country, a better understanding and insight into its people. Then again, lol, I'm a dreamer/idealist... hopeless and hopeful :D
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/15/2013 10:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So, 1) I think I'll leave it up, may try this again, explore as I wish and I may blog about free style poets, past and present, and the vast style of free styling. 2) I will write a swan poem! I can see the swan, not intentional, but will do one. So... lol...thank you!
  1. Date: 3/15/2013 5:24:00 PM
    Oh! i see the swan too! how lovely! I think you could call this a shape poem, or free verse. love and hugs, Catie :) PS~ that little sweetie sleeping half on and half off the bed is adorable! :)

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 8:38:00 AM
    The creative form stands alone....(something new...perhaps one could call this form "Free Fall". What a sweet and loving poem, Cyndi!!

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 6:15:00 AM
    cyndi, you can never be too strange! strange is interesting...I LOVE this because I'm very much into experimental poetry myself at the moment, bored with the same old same old, I just posted one last night and wasn't sure what to label it but I put it under free verse and I would also call this free verse...btw how did you manage to do the line spacing? when I tried to get mine as I wanted it I couldn't do it...

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 4:04:00 AM
    I can see a swan too but i think David's hit it on the head.' Chive' there is nothing like the love a parent has for a beloved child xx

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 2:06:00 AM
    Cyndi I think it's called chive =child love.....though it doesn't usually involve numbers.....

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  1. Date: 3/14/2013 9:41:00 PM
    DAMN--DARN--DARLIN--IT'S--LOVELY AND I GUESS--FREE VERSE-- BUT I've been there, but mostly it's called Cyndi and it's called parent and it's called ----------LOVE!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/15/2013 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So I'm not misconstrued (above) I mean WOW--AWESOME--and nothing less!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/14/2013 9:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HUGGS
  1. Date: 3/14/2013 8:04:00 PM
    I love it! It's a shape poem! I can see a lovely swan! : D !! "Free-hiccup-Verse" : )

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/15/2013 8:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That would be a great pick-up if she really meant a swan--we'll see
  1. Date: 3/14/2013 7:57:00 PM
    its sweet, and I would lable it free verse, but thats just me... its my go to form for anything that doesn't rhyme

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/14/2013 8:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's free verse, Cyndi!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/14/2013 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was thinking of labeling it free verse, but sometimes I think free verse should have sub-categories. I was reading some beat poetry, which always makes me wanna try on a hat, if you know what I mean. Thanks for the comments, Francine! Hope spring comes soon! :)

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My Poems

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6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
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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,
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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,
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2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
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