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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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A LOVE LETTER TO INDIA... A TRIBUTE, FOUND ON THE CONTEST PAGE, update on pub songs


Blog Posted:5/14/2013 6:47:00 AM

  

I will be judging my pub song contest tonight..

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Write a poem 

for  India

and/or

about  the peoples and culture of India.


This  is your love letter,
this can be a tribute
this  can be a prayer,
this can be a gleaming,

this can be a bridge,
this is also...

a  card of sympathy...


Please, dedicate your love letter to the people of  India and those who are now grieving a great, great loss.

On April  24 a building, which was not built to  code, crumbled in  India’s clothing district during an earthquake. Yesterday, the search for  their remains ended.

1,127 PEOPLE ..  LOST...

India is a land of beauty  and history, of gracious people, of art and spices. It is the most populace  democracy in the world, and suffers poverty, malnutrition and inadequate  healthcare.

India has known great  pain, before, but it also has great strength.

All  poems which reference India (the land, its culture, its people, its geography)  in a respectful and reverent manner will be given first place.

My own poem will be given an  honorable mention, so as to be included in this tribute.

Research India. Let what you learn fill your poem.


Your poem does not need to  reference the events of April 24th... How you show your love is up to you. And  please add any needed footnotes so the reader can fully understand your  poem.

I  ENCOURAGE all Soup poets who are from India to submit their poems in Bengali,  Hindi, Punjabi,  Tamil, other many other languages spoken in  India.  If you can include a translated version of your poem, I would be most  grateful.


Here  are some ideas...

Animals-  Elephants, leopards, peacocks,  tigers...
Architecture – the Taj  Mahal. Umaid Bhawan Palace
Bindi–  a dot of colour worn by the women of India
Bollywood– India’s version of Hollywood, musicals
Clothing – Churidaar kurta, sari, sarong,  sherwani
Chess- originated in  Northwestern India
Cuisine – curry,  daal, tikka Masala, naan bread
Dance– Folk dances: Bhangra, Bihu, Ghumura Dance, Sambalpuri, Chhau and  Garba
Faiths – Christianity,  Hinduism, Jainism,  Buddhism, Sikhism
Flowers – the lotus, orchids, champa,  rajanigandha
Ganges – is the longest  river in India. It runs 1,500 miles
Ghandhi Mahatama Ghandhi  led the  non-violent resistance which led to the country’s independence in 1947
Henna –  used in weddings to decorate the  hands and arms with intricate patterns
Languages – Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi,   Tamil, other
Music –  some of  the instruments used: pattu, punji, sitar, tabla
Prana– our life-force or energy
Sports – Field hockey, cricket, soccer
Vaasta  Shastra – similar to feng shui,
White – the colour worn by mourners at Hindu  funerals..
Yoga – a spiritual,  physical and mental practice that originated in India


I  hope these ideas inspire you...

Thank  you and namaste to all...


 


    

 My own example...

MADE IN BANGLADESH

Beloved, your ear is a small shell; I will whisper Om Namah Narayana
Beloved, our lovely daughter is too young to tell, Om Namah Narayana

You were water, my life, a spring from which I’ll never again draw
You were pure joy, my wife, again I moan, Om Namah Narayana

I will dress you in red for you were a ruby, even the sun set in awe,
I will live though I am dead; Lord Vishnu, I groan, Om Namah Narayana

Here, kneels the remains of a man, already despair has begun to gnaw
Here, my soul drains,  as I once more whimper, Om Namah Narayana

We will fight for change.. forever... forever... til every frozen heart thaws
And may those guilty ... never... oh, never....  hear Om Namah Narayana




* This is a very loose Ghazal... the rhyme scheme/syllable count is not true to the form, but it does have the voice of a Ghazal.
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  1. Date: 5/14/2013 8:35:00 AM
    A good tribute to India. It is becoming much more difficult to maintain a decent level of conscious consumerism, because companies are "mix-matching" the products(shirt says: "Made in Canada", but the buttons are made in China, the white thread, in Thailand, the red thread, in Bangladesh, etc. As for trying to stay away from Chinese product, especially food, there's almost no way to do it, unless living like a wild person in the woods. This is a shame, because Chinese product is absolutely nasty in every way possible). For the religious category, Islam is huge in India; the second largest Muslim population(with over 110 million practicing Muslims in India)of any country, 2nd only to Indonesia. Since the 8th century, various areas of India have had Muslim rulers. India has also had two Muslim Presidents. The number of practicing Muslims in India, is almost 3 times the total population of Canada. India is fascinating....so is its diaspora.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 5/14/2013 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Naw, you didn't sound like an enclopedia. I am truly trying to find my footing here... I'm by no means a shoppaholic, we buy what we need. But with young kids, they go through clothing FAST. I hope what FIRST comes of this is a awareness of global conditions... hugs. gotta fly!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 5/14/2013 10:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My family falls a few thousand over the poverty line in Canada. I usually shop thrift, not only for the cost, but I like that I'm keeping stuff out of landfills and that the formaldehyde has been washed off the clothing. I have bought Joe Fresh... there is no SIMPLE solution, I'm a thinking. Cycle indeed.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 5/14/2013 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hmmm, I should almost apologize for 'sounding' like an encyclopedia up there. You brought up very pertinent points. Yes, does boycotting hurt the average worker? Here's another intriguing angle. In the West there is a lot of advocacy, such as: "Those poor Indians making clothing for the 'rich', under such deplorable conditions! This must stop!" But if asking an Indian worker, many will say how grateful they are to work in said company(in the deplorable conditions), and how they wish the westerners would shut their mouths and let the business boom. ! Uggh. Wot a vicious cycle....
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 5/14/2013 9:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THANKS! Awk! I needed to research that better. Appreciate it, Chum. I am so at a loss ... truly... to boycott, doesn't it hurt the average worker? Am I forcing layoffs, further suffering, hunger, homelessness? Am I truly strong-arming the powers that be? TORN! I have no idea what is right! Your thoughts are VERY welcome!
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 7:19:00 AM
    You're amazing Cyndi--you do thaw frozen hearts with your words

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My Past Blog Posts

 
PRAYERS and SYMPATHY FOR PAKISTAN
Date Posted: 12/19/2014 8:18:00 AM
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

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4/21/2014 LA MARQUISE Free versepsychological,
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3/24/2014 50 GODS Free versegod,peace,philosophy,
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2/13/2014 DOUBLE OH Crown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/10/2014 TARTANS Sonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
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2/3/2014 SUMMERLAND Sonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
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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,
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1/23/2014 FIREWORKS Sonnetfriend,heaven,life,metaph
1/22/2014 UNREHEARSED Sonnetart,friend,love,
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1/17/2014 HAT MAN Sonnetfriendship,poetry,
1/14/2014 FANFARE Sonnetbooks,friend,imagination,
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1/13/2014 AN EDUCATED MAN Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
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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,
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Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
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Another Face Rhymelost love,
What Dreams are Made Of - LGT Blank versefear,life,mystery,
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AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
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Shield Walls Lyricimagination,love,
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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,
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The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
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A Perfect Storm Rhyme royallife,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
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