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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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FRIDA WINNERS POSTED- FINALLY! I am so sorry!!!


Blog Posted:11/6/2013 9:08:00 PM



First, I am so terribly sorry to have kept all those who entered my contest waiting for the results. I always post the winners list with a blog. I do this to???? highlight???? each winner?s take on my challenge, ensuring that I mention what dazzled me, what I ?saw? in their personal landscapes.

I have been mentally/physically and, yes, emotionally drained ? a lot going on, within and without. And I wanted to give each entry my full attention? it is something that you all deserve.

Two Soupers mentioned they had attempted to enter the contest but couldn?t. I?m not exactly sure what happened or how their poems failed to get to my "???? in" box!!!

I feel awful about this, as I had already opened another contest and two contests can not be "fully" open at the same time. See, my usual protocol is that if someone wants to enter and the contest has closed, I reopen it or add more spots, as long as I have not started judging.???? 

So, My VERY sincere apologies to Our Nette and Debbie!???? 


To everyone, I thank you for your time, your words, your energy, your spirit and for all your patience with me.

LOVE YOU GUYS!

YOU ARE AWESOME!


1st Place
SELF PORTRAIT DEDICATED TO LEON TROTSKY (by Frida Kahlo)
By Victoria Anderson-Throop



                                                         Lover,
                                                 If you dare the Truth
                                                                   
find the Heart of
          Frida
Whip the whiteness
from the curtain on the left

                                            Out spill my genteel manners
                                                              Generations  bred--
                                                        My true self,
                                                       Tears through the
                                                Silky Latin-shaded skin--

                                                I, the restless lioness

                                                            Mauling
                                                      Devouring you
                                                     With undiluted joy
                                               
                                              you, my unsuspecting lover
                                                 bold power makes you
                                                            savory
                                             I save your genitals 'til last
                                           which your frantic friends will find
                                                                 gently hanging
                                                              in a fragrant flowering tree--
                                             Piquant dessert to be relished ere
                                                           I sink into
                                                                     a gentle
                                                                  velvet sleep.

If your courage rages 
     seek my Soul
Loosen the line
     of artistic perfection
        on the right
                                                           Like a Hydra
                                                              Blazing
                                             my Soul will come a-screaming
                                           with a shriek to free generations of
                                              long dead and servile sisters
                                                     from their graves
                                                       Together, we will
                                                      Lick the poisons
                                                        from your soul
                                                    Force rancid politics
                                                       to fly like bees
                                              into the eyes of your enemies

                                                           Allowing you
                                                 My Darling of Magnificence
                                                                 a
                                                         single night
                                                        of peaceful rest.



This poem is SUMPTUOUS, filled with meaning and clever subtleties. The format is ART, mirrors the subject and drives every ?message? home. The images fluctuate between????  loving/erotic and pain/despair, again echoing the life, the visual language, which IS FRIDA. Reading this is like discovering one of her paintings put into words...Reading this disturbs, nudges us to dig deeper, see MORE, squirm uncomfortably. Fantastic play of words, careful use of metaphor. My mouth keeps savoring the alliterations, wants to linger on certain lines, even while my brain is slip-sliding on all the allusions????  (like the phallic qualities of????  Sun and Life) Kudos on this wonder-work! I am truly dazzled by this piece. STUNNING!


2nd Place

On a????  Painting
By S.Jagathsimhan Nair, 12 Aug 13


Hey, what are you up to?
here is a sliver of earth
between two gravid rivers????  ?

Swelling????  with milk
they quelled????  dyslexic lands
that dried and cried in nobody?s tongue.
they too had a fateful beat.???? 
only it was random or circadian.

Obscurity is clarity, here and now,
of????  mitochondrial stuff.
methodical????  mineralization
inside????  a faceless river of black milk.
languorous flow to????  wet????  phenomenal????  banks.

Who????  would not notice
the hyperlinks????  dripping nectar?
like????  running nose, perhaps,
in a manner of speaking.
they flow into a fulfillment,
Or into wind-swept????  islets!

Inspiration: The Frida Kahlo Painting My nurse and I

By S.Jagathsimhan Nair, 12 Aug 13


I loved the contradictory feel of this piece? a harsh truth keeping pace with an embroidered use of language? all that startling duality. This is a poem one must contemplate, allow to settle ? and then unsettle.????  Obscurity is clarity, indeed. Also, I enjoyed how Frida?s art was a seed here, grew something new, different. I think that Frida would have liked that, too.




The Broken Column
By Richard Lamoureux


Broken Column
wrapped in female form
split down the centre
more than femininity exposed

Breasts capture the eye
Her softness
Confusing
Arousing

head held high
Her long black hair flows
cascades across decades
immortalized

Tears streaming down a saddened face
Doves crying to be understood
cheerful colors confuse the minds eye

What thoughts lie beneath that unibrow
Beauty within painted distortions
Who is her oppressor
Look deep
Emotions overexposed
Is this her living nightmare
broken yet standing tall
Immovable moving force
demanding to be seen
Silent yet speaking volumes

Metal corset
binds
holds constricts
White flowing gown
What is hidden beneath
What does she wish to shield from our prying eyes
Yet if you look deep she reveals all
See beyond the physical
the manicured
the lovely

crimes nailed to her being
cutting
pushing
splitting
exposing
A heart pierced
hidden from sight

Immovable contemplations
reacting with the unseen
Barren landscapes
contradicting female form
Symbol of all women
givers sustainers of life
Fertile
powerful
spiritual
eternal
Rising from the ground
our foundation
We build upon her soul
Free her
celebrate her rise
Without her we fall
we fail
we cease to exist
Do not allow her to crumble beneath the weight of our iniquity

As most of you know, I?m mouthy. I could talk the sun into setting a few hours early. But this time I won?t. I will let the above poem speak for itself. It does so very well? clearly and intentionally. The last line resonates, as it should.

3rd Place

The Circle
Form: Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)
The Circle --- A Painting By Frida Kahlo
By Carrie Richards

~~~

Caught between one life and another
my pain lengthens like a shadow of the moon
I am crumbling into fragments
like a fragile leaf, played with by the wind

O' dark angel of the night
You've slashed your talons across my life
You have pounced, without a care...
declaring my flesh and bone your own
I only hear you in the silence of despair....

My world is now this moment that does not move

O furtuna, sternit fortem
O furtuna, rota tu volubillis

Never was my life my own, never could it bend
A circle, round, I cannot be........but just a line that ends

Quod per sortem .... Sternit fortem,

A leaf, no longer, on the tree
Reflecting then, upon a sky

I reach a hand upon my crown
and I feel of death instead

My heart shrivels dry, a blackened rose, ...
Do you feel my pain?
???? ????  Why must the flame of life grow dim?
???? ???? ????  With hope you soothe me in your whim
??  To take it all away?

This wretchedness is black as tar,
I taste the bitter blood!

There's darkness hidden in the depth
of who I used to be

I am like a leaf, played with by the wind
Do not turn eyes away...!

Torment me not, with heartless lust....
??  as flesh turns into dust!


Inside this Corset Made of Steel
By Andrea Dietrich


Five excruciating months I?ve spent
inside this corset made of steel.
It binds the soul beneath
my broken column.

See me standing here
naked before this bleak and arid landscape,
fissured like the furrows
of this barren yellow plain
on which a child to call my own
will never play.

See my flesh impaled by nails.
From head to toe
they travel
down
my
body.
See the largest nail.
It pricks that part of me
from whence my love flowed freely
for the one man I adored. . .
See my chest, which houses
the heart that he has pierced
again???? ???? ???? ????  and???? ???? ???? ???? ????  again???? ???? ???? ????  and???? ???? ???? ????  again.

See my tears, white against my sullen face.
Only you who know true heartbreak
can feel the anguish painted in my eyes.
My body I laid bare
to help you see inside me,
but how can someone paint
the sorrowed soul?

Five excruciating months I?ve spent
inside this corset made of steel.
It?s only an extension of
my entire life?s ordeal.
Though it?s meant to heal me,
it is but a constant cruel reminder
that pain is my companion
Ever
???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????  more.



I love how this piece?s format replicates the spine and my favourite line was done with alliteration: fissured like the furrows. what resounds, to me, in this poem is the demanding to ?See me? which is so much a part of Frida?s work. What Andrea has done so brilliantly here is to remind us that many of her paintings are biographical, filled with symbols of her struggles, her loves and her anguish.???? 




spectacles
By Chriss Todd

Show me who you are and i shall paint out broken columns on the valleys of her back as if such figure is un-common
i have found no beauty bending as the vines that are her hair and the frailty of man upon her back is what she bares
bleed her body for the harvest let them feast upon her soul for the nurishment of mother is leaps beyond so bold
she is like the flower growing in the deepest of dark forests,amongst the ivy and hemlock but her skin is much too porous
to concern herself with games that tantalize the men, as they marry on crusade it is her children that she tends
sheath your swords with her ambition and tip your arrows with her will, craft your armour from her strength and in the battle you will kill
come now children from the pasture and lay each upon her side, suckle gently at your mother although theirs pain she does not hide
though the water leaks from rooftops her leaves are thick and block the rain, as the water level rises cling to her branches with no shame
she is the stone upon the beach, once a mountain pound and breached
yet still her disposition clear to love her children that are near

inspired by Roots Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954

I could write a page simply on the line, ?Her skin is much too porous/to concern herself with games that tantalize men.?????  Stellar stuff . I wanted more... and yet, this is just as it should be. Such a skilled piece. One I reread with a great deal of awe. What I enjoyed about this was the free-fall this poet took...letting image take him somewhere different, wholly his and yet still so much a part of her.


4th Place

my broken column by Karen Croft ? powerful poem in so few words.
Who????  by Collette Mbamalu ?????  Truth, here. Such a potent call to arms!


5th Place

The Colour of October by Sandra Adams. I liked the formatting of this piece and its approach to the subject.

The Curtain Call by Zara Bosman????  -????  I was so taken by the hands like doves... this is a moving poem... melancholic.

6th Place

Anxiety by ??????  Ah, yes, there is an intensity here ... my favourite line... I am not free, I am without...????  there is the rub....


My Dress by Nancy Jones ? Complex simplicity: In this, I see???? all the stuff we carry in the stuff we have. I so enjoyed the honesty and lack of pretension in this piece.

7th Place

Self Portrait in a Landscape with the Sun Going Down 1954 By Danesh Morgan. ?????  there are times that art speaks directly to us. I felt the poet, here, experienced this.

We are independent by fransisca pretorius????  I especially liked the roots metaphor and the ?sisterhood? feel of this piece.


Okay ? so usually I am not a stickler for rules. I have an impossible time shunning great poetry simply because of some missing notation specifying what was the inspiration and how the poem ?exactly? connects to Frida. The following two poems placed HM, but I find them incredible. I mean, STELLAR STUFF... please, please, visit their pages if you can.

Lakebed Infractions Sheri Fresonke Harper

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=504301
Adventures of a Moving Stature by????  Oluwatobi Kalejaiye???? 
http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=505939

AND I COULD NOT CLOSE THIS BLOG WITHOUT SHOWCASING THE POEMS THAT DID NOT GET TO ME (Or were somehow oddly removed from my contest??? WEIRD!!!!


CLINGING UNTO GREY FIRE
By Nette Onclaud

Her chest heaves in slow-burn motion
like pain etched on her clamped spine...
and deep into a night sighing death's nearness,
brows mark a skull tattooed upon mementos,
while lungs attempt to wake frail twilight.

And petals of long hair, unruly as ever
glide along her desire to roam
through a woodland????  of avant-garde trails,
sampling her rebellious womanhood with
grit and reserve... a mural of splattered coatings
bearing puebla clothes and????  beads pitched
on the nail of passion, of iced distance,
choosing instead to taste the remaining sips
of a Latin dance, clinging unto mist
that can not restore a flamed glow.

The skull resting on her head, does it weep
for the finale of a once beguiled life;
romancing lusty tracks of her exalted journey ?
Woman! Though in the grey of fleeting hours ;
she still rises to touch the moon, to inhale
bloated fruits and leaves ...how dauntless!
When morning crawls, she lives again for pleasure

before bones of age and soil melt her fragrance.


Dear Nette--- there are times I think every poet ?hears? you, dead and living, and that each sighs and moans, partially in appreciation, and partially in complete wonder and envy.????  This deserved a SUPER BIG win...????  stunning in every way. Not one word would I change... not a one (and you know what a HOUND I am for those words ;-)????  )


Contest Winner Medal1SELF PORTRAIT DEDICATED TO LEON TROTSKY????  contestVictoria Anderson-Throop
Contest Winner Medal2The Broken ColumnRichard Lamoureux
Contest Winner Medal2On a PaintingS.Jagathsimhan Nair
Contest Winner Medal3spectacleschriss todd
Contest Winner Medal3Inside this Corset Made of SteelAndrea Dietrich
Contest Winner Medal3The CircleCarrie Richards

4my broken columnkaren croft

4WhoCollette Mbamalu

5the color of octoberSandra Adams

5The curtain callZara Bosman

6My DressNancy Jones

6Anxiety -Frida Kahlo ContestSeren Roberts

7Women who Paint Contest : FRIDA KAHLO in FREE VERSEDanesh Morgan

7We are independentfransisca pretorius

Honorable MentionADVENTURES OF A MOVING STATUEOluwatobi Kalejaiye

Honorable MentionLake Bed RefractionsSheri Fresonke Harper



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  1. Date: 11/11/2013 9:59:00 PM
    Hi, Cyndi. Just to stopping by to send some love and prayers your way. I know you did the same for me when I was going through tough times. lots of love, Rhonda

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 9:48:00 AM
    argggh, my cyn.. i don't know how my poem didn't get to you.. nevertheless, crafted especially for your consumption, first and foremost... thank you for the citation..:) huggs!..:)

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 8:54:00 AM
    My big hearty congratulations to the winners! Thank you so much for sharing their winning pieces my dear friend Cindy! I love & enjoyed them. They're really amazing. Big congrats to u as well my dear friend for hosting this very wonderful & challenging contest. Cheers & big hugs! love lots, Leonora

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 8:25:00 AM
    Cyndi, I am honored to place in top three spots!! Thanks for inspiring me with this contest. I really love the story of Frida and you are so right, what you said of Frida. her work is VERY autobiographical and I was happy to try to capture that. Yes, that first poem IS a feast for the eyes. You got some outstanding entries here. Congrats to all.

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 4:40:00 AM
    Cyndi, Thank you so much. The long wait for me was not in vain.. when I see my poem high up in the list..I feel honored..Congrats to all the winners in the contest..my prayers are with you since I can guess from your blog that you are passing thru tough times !!

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    Nair Avatar S.Jagathsimhan Nair Date: 11/7/2013 8:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Andrea..A big congrats back to you!!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/7/2013 8:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BIG congratulations to you, Jag!
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 9:21:00 PM
    My computer has been totally funky, as of late, weird symbols--- sorry for the oddness above! This took me HOURS to post. Grrr...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 11/7/2013 8:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes mine looks like i have many questions. hahaha!!!

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