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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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PALADIN, FREE VERSE


Blog Posted:3/21/2013 9:32:00 PM


She tries to rearrange the sunrays, calls the clouds
clutter, the Namaqualand daisies that stray her way

are worthy of slaughter, too erratic, too off-colour
defying borders. Nightmares intrude, find her

unaware, bleed hurts dry, sand grains are sorted
by composition and size, though so many fail

to comply. Secrets, dozens, this paladin keeps,
their shadows bring chaos when she submits

to sleep. Somehow she inters her cry, an art she
has mastered. Hidden, a hint of formaldehyde in

tears, for ghosts return to box her ears. Few would
guess at the cautions she takes, how trust strains

against a thousand barricades. But love is there,
a babe pressing on crib bars, it stains sleeves,

it fills her ribs and yet somehow, it dissolves
in air.  How could she be so misunderstood,

defending treasures rare, restoring perfect order,
freeing truth from falling stars, sweeping creaks

from ancient stairs and re-gilding tarnished alters.
All she wants is peace, harmony, everything good,

and so she does more, more than she should,
schools truants, tames the wild and refuses to falter.

_______________________________

                                      

                                                          Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition,

                                                         I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.

                                                                                                                 ~Gertrude Stein~

                         Intelligent debate does not orginate from either disrespect or dislike.

                                                                        In fact, I'd argue the opposite to be true.

                                                                                              I ignore idiots.

                                                                                                        But I fight with friends.

                                                                                                            ~ Cyndi MacMillan~

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:47:00 PM
    OK! You're right! I came to see how you do it! : D

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:46:00 PM
    I just came to re-read this beauty! : )

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 8:57:00 AM
    Words of wisdom comes with poetry! Amazing, Cyndi!!

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 8:53:00 AM
    Cyndi very eloquent...

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:20:00 AM
    You ARE blessed my dear!

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 2:56:00 AM
    Cyndi, your writing takes my breath away. Namaste. Rick

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rick, thank you for your words and encouragement. I'm pink cheeked this morning, reading these replies. I love your avatar! Such a beautiful horse! :)
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 11:26:00 PM
    In what depth of your soul did you find this masterpiece, Cyndi? I am gobsmacked! Love, Su

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We all have our achilles heels. Mine? I think you can see, even though we've known each other only a short time, is creativity, freedom. Now, if interested, if tickled somewhat (a term I use to say inspired) can you imagine why I'm titling certain windmills?
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I AM sorry. Thanks for the great submission to my contest. Its great. Stings, yes, but it is art. Now, I may not read it to my girl this month, eh? Agreed? I don't want to give her nightmares or a complex. LOL. Me? Maybe I need a tongue lashing.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My best friend on Soup here (hello Bet) have kicked dust many times. We are polarized in some opinions, but those who have survived... trauma? life-blows?.... have a way of recognizing each other. We butt heads, but the foreheads touch, sympathetically. We are alike. Damn it. LOL.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm so glad you SEE... now, I throw down a gauntlet to you, chum... can you write one of our discourse, grumble at my idiocies and YET...and YET... also tear down a few of my walls, take a peek at what you THINK may motivate my temper tantrums? Any form, take as long as you wish--you can do this. I know it! xox Sin-Dee
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 9:51:00 PM
    Always at your best Cyndi, that's what I like about you, xxx

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy Friday, Rose. You are such a light.. hugs, Sweetie!
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 9:49:00 PM
    Hello ... Im talking to you! ... Hello? ... Cyndi? ... Hello? : D You're an amazing free verse writer, Cyndi. I'm learning from you. Excellent poem.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/22/2013 5:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Now, what do I say to this... er... um.... hi, lol, and gosh, thanks... HUGS

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I DARE YOU TO READ THIS, POETS. IT MAY MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE. GOOD.
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