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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




SHOWING YOU MINE, YOU SHOW YOURS


Blog Posted:1/15/2014 9:12:00 PM

 

Well, I so enjoyed Caleb?s peaceful blog. He took us with him on a walk through the woods, spoke of nature and his love of hunting. He also showed us a cool picture, a ray of light hitting water and creating dazzling patterns.

 

He asked where do we find our peace and I mentioned to him that I love bookstores.

 

Low and behold, I was dropped off at the library in Stratford by my husband. He was going to go clean the car and he knows I love the library. After he headed off, I discovered I?d left my wallet at home with my library card, so I chose to head off with my debit card instead, lol.

 

Fanfare Books is one of those ?character? bookstores with brick walls exposed and wide planked floors that speak of a different era. I am smitten with this place.

 

When I stood in front of the store, I suddenly remembered Caleb?s blog and pictured him there, wondered what he?d think of the cool, little place with its generous poetry section, several shelves dedicated to local poets.

 

Sunlight was streaming through the window. Unlike so many second hand book stores I frequent, there were no dust motes dancing, here. The light was pure. I stared at one ray and low and behold I felt a poem building and building.

 

I saw so many lovely poetry books. Many were over my meager budget and I finally chose a slender volume of Baudelaire. I perused it in the store and most likely it sounded like I was Sally at the restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally. But, sigh. Only selected verse.

 

This is the Poem:

 

 

 

 

Implausibly, I took a friend to Fanfare

 

Books then nudged him through its doorway.

 

This was strange, since he wasn't really there.

 

Still, he kept me company. Morning rays

 

blessed old bricks then revered a worn wood

 

floor. My companion targeted photography

 

so I watched him hunt for what he could

 

'til art caught my eye, nearly blinded me.

 

Though I was alone, the moment was shared.

 

This, the paradox of poets, this odd bond.

 

We crave solitude, yet solitude wears

 

on the very thing that lets words compile. 

 

We met up in poetry. He dogged some Wilde

 

while I bagged a thin volume of Baudelaire.

 

 

here is a closer look at why and how I chose certain words.

 

In line 2 I figured that a man who loves the great OUTdoors may need to be ... ahem... gently persuaded to go INdoors, hence the word NUDGED. I love the use of internal rhyme and wanted some  echo effects. IMPLAUSIBLY, COMPANY do this.

 

I love alliteration and used it frequently in this poem...FRIEND/FANFARE, KEPT/COMPANY, BLESSED/BRICKS, WORN/WOOD, PARADOX/POETS

 

Because this is for Caleb, I intentionally used some hunting terms... Targeted, hunted, bagged.

 

Now, the most significant metaphors I left for the closing couplet.

 

We met up in poetry... I am referring to 1) the poetry section in the shop, 2) Poetry soup and 3) an even wider plane, the art itself, as all poets who meet do; that camaraderie

 

He DOGGED... Dogged (I hope!) is 1) a hunting term which means to shoot down one?s target over dogs (Help me Caleb! Was I right?) I wanted to be playful here, too. 2) I thought of hunting dogs, how they point and wanted to conjure that up for the reader 3) then of course there is 4) the term of affection, ?Dawg!?

 

SOME WILDE.... 1) Oscar Wilde was known for his wit... something that I?m sure Caleb would enjoy. 2) a play on the word wilde/wild ie WILD TURKEY BOURBON 3)  an allusion to the wild/life and wild/erness that Caleb so enjoys.

 

BAGGED?caught my book and put my book into a retail bag.... again, playing around

 

 

Anyways, this blog was inspired by ROY?S BLOG, titled ?Poem, Deconstructed.? His poem is awesome and his detailed explanation of his word selection, the history that pours from the poem, is WORTH A READ. Please, stop by his blog, when you can.

 

Feel free to leave comments, questions, whatever.

 

HUGS

CYNDI


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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 4:17:00 PM
    Cyndi, I LOVED this! Exactly what I was hoping for and it gave me a lot more insight into the poem. What tangled webs we weave! Yeah, I know it's a cliche.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 1/16/2014 4:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW, I have been out of town, so didn't have a chance to catch up. Thanks for the plug.
  1. Date: 1/16/2014 2:30:00 PM
    You can hunt for days and even weeks and be lucky to get a glimpse of one....so I like to go out of state. Awe heck, you got me started talking about what I love...I could go on for days like this, but I'll shut up. I'll just say, I'm so honored by this piece of yours...to have been a part of it...and I love it! Thank you, Cyndi!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/16/2014 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "You can hunt for days and even weeks and be lucky to get a glimpse of one" Exactly. I have the same experience when I shop for books at a second hand bookstore, the thrill of the chase, the kill (cause sometimes at the cash, it feels like I'm the ones who's been "hung up to dry" ;) )
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/16/2014 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Caleb! I think I'd like to do this for several poets, here. Try to write something especially for them with ... hmm... a personalized approach to the work, an individualized tone to the piece that still can be understood by others. It was fun!!!
  1. Date: 1/16/2014 2:25:00 PM
    You know I love this...it's got me written all over it..;) Now, dogged, I've never actually heard used as a hunting term, but that doesn't mean it isn't..just not here. There are flushing dogs and pointing dogs. Flushing dogs will run the birds out and pointing dogs will point and wait for you to do it. But shooting a bird over a dog...well, I just call it Saturday..;) Bagged, on the other hand, I use, but only when talking about small game. Like, I bagged a few doves. And how'd you know I like Wild Turkey Bourbon?..lol. Actually, wild turkey hunting is one of my favorite hunts. My brothers and I try to go to Nebraska once a year for the spring hunt. There are turkeys here..but not too many

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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 7:55:00 AM
    Awesome blog, Miss Cyndi-Loo-Who! <3 ~Chan

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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 7:48:00 AM
    ut oh may I peek under a kilt? [Roy I know what's under a kimono!]

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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 7:48:00 AM
    Always, educational Cyndi, glad you're back sharing inspiration again!

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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 12:36:00 AM
    This is so cool, Cyndi. I can "see" how you "work" on your poems... and I can relate to your "methodology" and the word choice. Thanks for sharing your "mind" with us; you've confirmed my suspicions: you're a smart writer. : )

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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 12:32:00 AM
    This is so cool, Cyndi. I can "see" how you "work" on your poems... and I can relate to your "methodology" and the word choice. Thanks for sharing your "mind" with us; you've confirmed my suspicions: you're a smart writer. : )

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  1. Date: 1/15/2014 11:14:00 PM
    did you say bookstores?.. i spent whole days in chapters and mc leod's, vancouver years back, soul sis... this poem is solid and mellow; the word- images are strewn together to create a scene and an emotion that tie the whole theme together ( you have mentioned the words)... darn greeat flow!... my fav is the line on wilde: it shows two people enjoying different things yet being one in spirit.. huggs

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  1. Date: 1/15/2014 9:30:00 PM
    I'm laughing...cause Roy took my suggestion.. his blog is "a peek under the kimono" :D --- oh wacky, my captcha reads HEE! Yes! hee hee hee!

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