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  1. Date: 6/15/2013 1:37:00 AM
    Hi Cyndi I for one believe if you cannot take constructrive critisism then you should not post, I would always prefer the truth about my writing than lies, I cannot see that you did any thing wrong, some people just seem to like to play the poor me card, all the best Poetowen

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 10:53:00 AM
    cyn hon, what is impotant is that you are pleased with your work.. everything starts and ends with you... great you are!..:) hugggs

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  1. Date: 6/9/2013 7:17:00 PM
    well that was weird. Nato's back cause its Monday beybeh

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  1. Date: 6/8/2013 11:16:00 AM
    Hey Sis, NOPE YOU ARE NOT..and perhaps we need to understand this is a problem he is having and would have whether we existed or not, I have already left a message to him suggesting only 7's be put in the comment box. And as always it is easier said than done BUT remember the source, unless poet [x, y or z] has published books [not vanity press] there is no reason to pay any attention to them UNLESS their input helps you.

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  1. Date: 6/8/2013 9:22:00 AM
    All I know is that if someone, anyone rated a poem I put my heart and soul into as a "1" the lowest possible and left no reason why, I would be terribly hurt, I do not think that is hard to understand, I hate that rating box and think it should be removed as it is meaningless in reality, one persons opinion does not define our poetry, only we can do that, Constance

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  1. Date: 6/8/2013 12:12:00 AM
    Hello, adorable!! : D I don't know this fellow Souper but I know YOU and neither your advices nor your comments are disgusting at all! Me? English? Yes ... good? no. : D Trying? Yes ... Peace? Yes ... Drama? No. A big hug! (Ruben)

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 7:07:00 PM
    Thanks for all your comments. I do appreciate it. And I do believe in clearing the air, like Mr. Vassallo has said, open conversation is good. I hope we can move forward... I apologize for making anyone uncomfortable, coming across strong about something I feel STRONGLY about. I hope we can now all return to writing poetry, reading poetry, HELPING each other with kindness. Now, who wants to see me spank myself? LOL... I can't promise to forever zip my lip, but I can promise to continue on self-improvement. But warning: I'll stand up for my friends, even those who don't see me as a friend. I don't like to see people hurt and --Lord help me--- when I do, I DO get ugly. Bear with me, please:)

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 6:17:00 PM

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 5:47:00 PM
    much ado about nothing, make love not war :)

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 3:24:00 PM
    conscience clear? .. check! were being honest and it really showed... i hope all will be fine soon..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 2:08:00 PM
    Also, Freddie is passionate and impulsive and coming on a tad strong and I think you actually admit it Freddie. You recently posted a contest "Give Peace a Chance"---let's do that, because believe me, Cyndi is someone that you would be happy to call friend.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 2:08:00 PM
    Cyndi.....your second to last line in this blog is have said what's is beautiful BECAUSE of imperfection.....Japanese call it "wabi sabi" twists of detail....experience.....i could go on...i know the future may be filled with our brains synthesized....but not today.....not today

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 1:57:00 PM
    Wowser, First, get real, there is no situation that exists or has ever existed among any society that doesn't split into different camps. If we appeared to be "one" it would be the biggest lie ever concocted. This is particularly true with the creative mind and is certainly true in our world. I am actually amazed how well everyone gets along although to the lazy mind it might not seem that way. Just my humble opinion but I think that Cyndi is the finest all around writer on this site with talent that astounds me in all facets of writing and I also feel that if there is anyone here that is respectful to all it is she. We've maybe talked by soup mail twice so this isn't about protecting a camp.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 1:49:00 PM
    (Audible sigh)

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 12:54:00 PM
    Cyndi, my little Canadian shit-disturber, I really do adore you... your blogs make me shake my head some days. Okay, my two bits worth. I ( like others have mentioned in previous years) do not agree with a rating system because a low rating may discourage an insecure writer. Some of us just don't give a ... fig. But to rate someone without a comment is just plain tacky. People have a right to know why you rated them the way you did, this is supposed to be a learning experience, comments are useful to that process, numbers are not.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:21:00 AM
    cont.To be honest when I read that comment I felt sad cause english isn t my first language either..Infact i was thinking of trying to find a site where i can write in my own language..but I couldn t do itcause here is like a family to me.Im glad you explained yourself above and nobody in this world is discussting.We re all so special.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Come on people.WE ARE ALL EQUAL!I dont care what language,color,male,female,Writer,if you are human,you are the same as ANYONE else who has a pulse.Just my opinion and not directed toward any certain person.People say that family stick together,well this site is family.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:16:00 AM
    Hello dear Cyndi im glad you re posting this up ..I am not a newbie been here for five years and a friend to everyone.I read Alfred's blog re ranking.Though ranking is not my cup of tea..I wouldn t have minded if he rated my poems.I accept everyones opinion.Yoy did sound as if you re ridiculing him in the comments you posted on his blog and now Im glad you re saying you weren t.I saw the comment you left on one of his poems too re his english gramna and thst you couldn t ecen rate his poem cause of that I do find Alfred's english quite appaling..after all He lived in Uk for many years and directed english drama both in Uk and in Malta"s national theatre.To be honest when

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:11:00 AM
    Well done and eloquently explained. So now Cyndi and Freddie shake hands and let peace reign. We are poets and peacemakers and this is our home. "Everyone is beautiful in their own way." SuZ

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 9:47:00 AM
    Hey ya'll. I totally agree with you, Cyndi, about the language barrier. I can't imagine trying to write my poetry in a language that isn't my native tongue (I can just barely get by in English!..ha) And I salute anyone who has the ability to do so...hats off to ya! Also, I feel for you about the misunderstanding. It's easy for meanings to get muddled when all you see is words. I've been misunderstood on this site before about what I really meant(not so much in poetry, just comments, blogs, etc.) It's inevitable when all you see is someone's words...not the tone of voice, eyes, etc. Oh, and you featured me once when I first came to the soup. I thought that was very cool.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 8:56:00 AM
    Okay, i am bored :-) I am not into these kind of blogs... but something about your blog says' Cyndi only speaks when it's important or something is really bothering her. there for you are a sweet and lovely loudmouth in a very silent way. And don't worry about making this public, i'd seen blogs that have nothing to do with poetry. ((some might be my own)) lol Your blogs are important to the community............. Hope you don't mind me saying this, I felt as if I read a chapter in a book. You should become a novelist. xox~ LINDA

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 8:45:00 AM
    Hello Cyndi, the poet you are speaking of has been nothing but blunt and nice to me. He might be a little harsh, but i noticed he is very outgoing and determined ((good qualities)) He is liked and is welcomed to express his thoughts however he wants on my work. ;-) I kind of think he's kind of like you in a far away sense. don't hate me for saying that... he's BLUNT & HONEST!!! please do not be hurt over the matter... I got to admit you got me laughing with this "I’ll laugh with you, Nod my heart, smack my own ass and run around saying, “WHOOPS THERE IT IS!” I have nothing to express over this matter, we are all labeled to have our own opinions.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 8:44:00 AM
    same old story Cyndi, a guy comes on here god's gift to women, everything written relates to that,, and there are always those that are followers, just like the religious sect's that are fronts for sexual pleasure, usually for the man. i've been here now for over 3 years and have been asked on many occasions to intervene, in some aspect regarding harassment. but there are some today so subtle in their innuendos..although easy to spot, but always with a double barrel meaning, one which can ridicule, if not careful, what you are saying Cyndi, is you questioned some of his suggestions/ideas/poetry that is not allowed. already his latest blog is to get one onside and split the camp(soup)

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 7:31:00 AM
    Thank you Cyndi for providing your side of the story. I have a lot of respect for you. I hope things can settle down and we continue to maintain the best poetry site on the web.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 6:58:00 AM
    Cyndi, I am glad you posted this because I did not have the full story, now I understand and I support you totally, I saw those ratings and agree they could be discouraging to new poets and not helpful, for myself I could care less if someone goes thumbs down on my poetry, I write for me only, but new poets need encouragement and guidance on what they did wrong and even long time poets don't appreciate negativity without clues as to why, you did nothing wrong and only tried to explain, constance

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***EDIT***WHAT IS VANITY PRESS? New article, posted on this blog.
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FINAL GIFTS: Last of the word pairings poem, featuring word pairings from Craig Cornish and Wala Na.
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BADLANDS BEN: Word pairings poem, includes pairings by John Lawless, Ruben, Olive, and Frederic
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6/18/2015 Cabinet Card, 1884 Sonnetchildren,death,history,
5/25/2015 MY POEM, MY CHILD Light Poetryencouraging,hope,writing,
5/6/2015 TAIL SPIN, REVISED Free versecourage,fear,love hurts,
4/25/2015 PIXIE MARAUDERS Free versebirthday,celebration,chil
4/13/2015 PUCKISH Versecharacter,games,wisdom,
3/28/2015 MOOSE IN HEADLIGHTS Free verseanimal,environment,
11/10/2014 CHAN Free versefriend,goodbye,
8/25/2014 HOSTEL, 1978 Free versehistory,places,
6/7/2014 TORRENT Sonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/8/2014 ROOTS Free versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014 GINGHAM AND LACE Versedaughter,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,
2/2/2014 WORD ON THE STREET, 2009 Sonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
1/31/2014 JOURNEY COMPANIONS: THE FRIEND SONNETS PART II Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
1/29/2014 DIVINE STEEPLES Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/26/2014 MUSE Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/14/2014 MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL Iambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014 EDUCATED Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/6/2014 THE STAND Prosetruth,
12/19/2013 EXPLORING THE BASEMENT Free verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013 THE POET'S PRAYER Versepassion,poetry,
12/10/2013 UNHOLY Versewinter,
12/3/2013 LA VIE EN ROSE Light Poetrycharacter,imagination,
11/29/2013 RIPPLES Free versesad,writing,
9/28/2013 EMILY DICKINSON Sonnetpoetess,
8/6/2013 THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
7/24/2013 PIMPED Free versechildren,lust,society,
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6/3/2013 COME AND PLAY ME Lyricmuse,music,passion,romant
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5/22/2013 ALL FALL DOWN Sestinadeath,history,london,
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 THE TYPESET OF ANAIS Free verselust,writing,
3/21/2013 PALADIN Free versepeople,sympathy,
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,
2/22/2013 haiku 3 Haikufunny,seasons,
2/17/2013 BIDALSANA Free verseme,passion,
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12/6/2012 CASTING HIS LINE Rondeaudad,nostalgia,sports,
11/20/2012 HOMER'S HUES Free verseart,introspection,
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11/5/2012 THE SONG OF DEBORAH Sonnetdevotion,friendship,
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10/29/2012 THIS TIME Sonnetintrospection,on writing
10/23/2012 THREE QUILLS Rhymeage,history,people,
10/18/2012 DAVID Sonnetfriendship,people,
10/13/2012 POETIC TART Light Poetryfunny,on writing and word
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8/27/2012 BLUE NOTES Sonnetart,blue,imagination,musi
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5/25/2012 IMMIGRANT Sonnetpeople,places,
5/23/2012 BURY ME IN BRAMBLE Free versedeath,introspection,snow,
5/1/2012 SISTERHOOD OF SIGHS Free versefriendship,
4/22/2012 ODE TO FIREFIGHTERS Odededication,old,people,
3/2/2012 PERFECT BLEND Sapphic stanzahappiness,holiday,
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1/12/2012 CYANIDE Villanellelost love,lost,lost,
11/26/2011 Whispers of Moogsmoorwood Free verseadventure,fantasy,words,m
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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
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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,
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,
A tribute to Leonora G Dramatic Versedeath,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,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,
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