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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.



Blog Posted:1/21/2014 10:11:00 PM

View of Cove Island Lighthouse



Faithfully returning to Chantry Isle-


Though just in deep reflection-I cross the lake


with a stowaway wickie who brightly smiles.


The boat , our lady, barely makes a wake.


We lean into the wind, drawing nearer


to Great Egrets crowning one weathered tree


on the sanctuary. So white the birds are,


as white as the limestone lighthouse. We


step onto a shore, approach the tower


and enter. Id forgotten how reverent    


even lamps, companions to lonely hours,


bless those watchers for beacons are God-sent.


Later, a found feather is clasped like a quill,


its keeper whispers, See? There be angels!






*A wickie is a slang term for a lighthouse keeper as they were ever trimming lamp wicks.


FIRST, I REMOVED EVERY APOSTOPHE FROM MY BLOG. I got tired of fighting off killer question marks. I think this may be easier on the eye than a whole bunch of ?these?


About Chantry Island


A Chantry, also known as a chantry chapel, is a memorial or even a complete building dedicated to the memory of a person or family.



Chantry is a small island just off the shores of Southampton, Ontario with a meticulously restored lighthouse and tower, built of limestone. The Island is also a bird sanctuary, known for its Great Egrets. I long ago toured this gem of the Great Lakes and fell madly in love with its tranquility, but there was also great loneliness due to its isolation from the mainland.






 This area of Lake Huron is my idea of Heaven, and we have vacationed there, often.


Once, I mentioned to an older woman if anyone had ever swum out to the Island. Her eyes widened and she beamed. So odd that I quizzed this particular woman. It turns out as a teen she was the best swimmer in the town. And she gave me the low down.


Apparently the very last keeper had a great affection for whisky. Hed go into town, overindulge and the town was so concerned hed fall into the lake and drown (the irony of this is not lost on me. How about you?) it had been this young girls job to help him (a drunk older man???) into his boat, row him back to the lighthouse and because he needed that boat, shed have to swim back to the mainland in the dark.


I almost fell over. Im telling you, I could write an entire book based around that story... If you have ever read my favourite novella, The Snow Goose, by Paul  you would understand. This woman, almost 90, had me riveted. Sorry, lol, I digress. What happens when the person writing the BLOG goes off topic?


Casa Duna




Casa Duna





About Gail


Gail is one of our soup angels who shines her light far and wide. She writes both romantic and faith-filled poems and her blogs offer hope and words of comfort. Those blogs are quiet spaces, so restorative for those suffering tribulations. Every time I visit a Gail blog, I come away feeling more optimistic and far less stressed.


Some time ago I gave Gail the nickname Lighthouse. I believe shed posted a gorgeous lighthouse blog and I thought, well, Dear Lady, YOU are the lighthouse.


Life has not been easy for Gail. I wont say more about this, other than I have found her strength and perseverance to be a source of inspiration.


About the Poem


The words are chosen carefully, for Gail. I tried, whenever I could to use words of faith (reflection, cross, reverent, bless, crowning, sanctuary )AND words that spoke of Gails character and spirit. Words like: Lady, brightly, companion, watcher, beacon, God-sent, Angels. I tried to choose words with connotations that Gail would enjoy... like Lady, a term used for the Holy Mother, or Lamp for its usage in the New Testament. I wanted to finish the sonnet strongly, with a clear message that Gail is both a writer and a believer. While others may warn to BEWARE: THERE BE DRAGONS, Gail would lift her chin, smile and say, FEAR NOT, LOVE, THERE BE ANGELS.


Though I usually resist ending a line with a pronoun... I prefer a strong verb or noun, I wanted to use we ... I wanted to hold that word for a moment, let it dangle... a reminder that this is an imaginative piece. The we is figurative and I am building my own reality where I can whisk friends to a place never seen, show enough that they feel that they are there with me... WE...


Feel free to pounce on Gail and love her to pieces.


Feel free to discuss this form, poetic devices, tone, voice, slant rhyme ... poetry!


And feel free to just say hi, share whatever is on your mind, go off topic, rant about the weather, your diet,  but

first, please blow Gail a kiss, okay?

She really deserves one.


Thanks and if youve made it this far, youre probably ready for some of that whisky mentioned above... or.... <3 Maybe one of Gails lovely blogs.


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  1. Date: 1/22/2014 8:53:00 PM
    Cyndi, I really enjoy reading about how you choose the words, you're a brain!! Keep them coming! I can see that Gail loves this sonnet- tribute... enjoy it, Gail! : D

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  1. Date: 1/22/2014 8:03:00 PM
    Keeps getting better and better. I love the insights. The 90 year old reminded me of the lady in "Titanic" for some reason, I guess the look on your face when she told you the story. Cheers!

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  1. Date: 1/22/2014 4:01:00 PM
    The sonnet I've written for MYSTIC ROSE will be featured in a blog tonight. NETTE I wrote and posted yours today <3 I'm kidnapping KATHRYN tonight (Andrea, your Kathryn. ) Love you all...

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  1. Date: 1/22/2014 1:48:00 PM
    Your song for Gail, is a joy to read, the serenity that speaks in your tribute, is the same serenity that she offers with each blog and poem she writes. Lovely words for a lovely friend to all.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/22/2014 8:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    One for Carrie!! Yayyyy!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/22/2014 3:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There is one bubbling for you, too... this is so fun for me. I'm thinking back to everything I've enjoyed and loved, all my experiences, places I've gone, things I've seen and carefully deciding who would like what most! Last night I dreamt where to take Nette. It was so REAL!!!
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    I think the TOWER & FLIGHT are two perfect aspects for Gail [heck for you or I Dee] many times I thought I wanted to be a Princess in a tower & it caused me to join with someone who all to willingly isolated me [for my own good?!] Tower are only lovely if one can fly from them at will! White can be eternally intimidating - ever try to keep something white LOL -KISSES GAIL

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/22/2014 3:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good call about the tower... when I toured this lighthouse, the guide/actor let us know how harsh it was there in the winter, how incredibly lonely, at times. White is expectation to me... anticipation? A white page, a white canvas, even cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint... all white. White waits. :D
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 9:03:00 AM
    Cyndi, again you have captured the essence of a poet from Soup. I found this one so far to be my favorite one. I can't really say why. Just the way you wrote this one and the type of imagery to go with my feelings about Gail. I love the sea and the coasts!! Gail is a big SWEETIE!!!!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/22/2014 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A hillside festival of music, folk music from around the world, Irish, Spanish, lutes and castanets, French, Acadian, Cajun, you name it... we got it. It is held around the ruins of mill with a river behind it. I see you HERE. But you keep dragging me to the movies! LOL!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/22/2014 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Getting to you, Toots. I am mulling over where to take you.... hmmm... two choices.... one of those art movie houses, vintage, with its own jazzy café, during lol of all things a showing of TV COMMERCIALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.. some pricelessly funny, others touching, with messages. OR
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 8:29:00 AM
    Gail is a lighthouse and very spiritual..What a beautiful dedication this is..You are a darling Cyndi.

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  1. Date: 1/22/2014 8:13:00 AM
    Blowin' you a kiss, Gail. And well done, Cyndi!

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  1. Date: 1/22/2014 7:55:00 AM
    Wow, Cyndi back to school like your blogs from the past; interesting, educational, and sparkling with talent---a great tribute to our friend Gail!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/22/2014 4:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, I know where I'm taking you! I was so surprised to "see" you there, that I did a double take and started to laugh. But you were so content, I just couldn't shift you anywhere else. It's bubbling for just a bit more. XOXOX
  1. Date: 1/21/2014 11:31:00 PM
    the symbolisms of wings, lighthouse, lamps, keeper--all capturing gail's persona.. love the lilting piece ; the visuals likewise enhance the theme... sweet hello to gail who deserves this dedication... right on soul sis!.. more!.. huggs

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