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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




THE WIT OF A ROSE, A SONNET FOR MYSTIC ROSE, NOTES, A FEW PICS


Blog Posted:1/23/2014 2:12:00 PM



Fantastically, verse decrees: Yee scribe, share.


I take its counsel; I'm no longer alone


as I go back, back, to the Medieval Faire


with a modern Mystic who grins at thrones,


melts frosty cones. All that is lovely glitters


about her, in word, deed and spark of eye.


We joist in play, make mirth, and twitters


fly from two lost in the far of by and by.


Yah, we toy with dreams and dismiss regret,


for a Rose hath outwitted Robin of Hood,


and brave lady-knights join prancing pirates


with nary a query whether they should.


Modestly, she places the arrow in bow,


takes aim for a heart, then sets it aglow.



About the Royale Medieval Faire



Waterloo Park is transformed into a medieval village every September. It is a faire where you can see Vikings, knights, troubadours, gypsies, ladies with beards and knights wearing lipstick. You can eat a turkey leg as though it were mutton, watch sword play, try your hand at archery, spinning, (lol. NO NOT THE BIKE!. WOOL!) or calligraphy. I've watched a Royale Wedding, where a black knight tried to carry away the princess bride. I?ve also sat down in a makeshift pub, where I heard several tavern wenches sing some rather lewd refrains.



This is not an accurate account of history. The festival is not sponsored by the society of creative anachronism. This is all about what is magical, so there are wizards and fairies here and there, ready and able to enchant. There are actually giant mushroom seats in a circle where fairies wait to sprinkle their dust on children, tell them stories or simply pose for pictures.



In the past, they transformed an area of the woods into Robin Hood's forest and those crossing a bridge over a lovely stream would suddenly be set upon in the most merry of ways.It was great fun to bandy words and get a tad coquettish with these rogues.


Believe it not, all the entertainment from morning till dusk is only $5.



About Mystic Rose


Rose is a sensitive soul who sees far below the surface. Her poetry is full of emotion, but never overly wordy. She imparts a great deal of wisdom in her verse.


She can be playful and funny, and this reflects in her poems. Loving, yes loving is THE perfect word to describe her. Her comments always reflect her caring ways, brim with affirmation and friendship.


I think of this poet as romantic, spiritual, aware, adventurous and curious.


I think of this friend as wonderful, lively, generous and encouraging. A modern woman with timeless values.


About My Poem


I wanted to gift Rose a day that was fun-filled, of a romantic era and take her to a place that would spark her wild imagination. So I took her to a place where we all get to be kids.




Words I chose specifically for Rose... Fantastically, lovely, spark, modestly, brave, outwitted, heart.


I wanted to play with old English, so I dallied with some obsolete words, for atmosphere.

I loved writing this one for my fellow Canadian!


And can't wait to see if she's ever been to such an event before and if she enjoyed our little trip


CYNDI GOES OFF TOPIC, KIND OF


I'd stopped by Linda Marie's last poem just two days before hearing she had passed away. I'd stopped by the same poem, just before Christmas. I had fully intended to write a special poem for Our Sweetheart, regardless of her absence (I have poems brewing for Soupers who have found homes elsewhere... like our Dreamweaver...)


Though I was going to whisk Kathryn away next, I will spend a day or two, chose the right place, and then I?m bringing Linda-Marie somewhere special that I know she would have enjoyed. Someplace lush, beautiful, full of sparkle and colour, luster...there must be luster...


Hey, a thought. Regardless of our avatars, our imaginings (some wilder than others)), our gripes and our swipes, we are REAL, here. Each of us with a full trove of history, things we expose and things we keep hidden, until ready to share, if ever, with each other.


Linda Marie's loss will touch many here... reminding us that friendship is fragile for a thousand reasons. When we choose to spend our days giving our best then, perhaps, at night, we can look in the mirror and think, I made people smile, hurt no one and left something beautiful behind... ah, and THIS is true poetry, isn't it?


God Bless you ALL. Life is short. Words may linger and regret can span a lifetime. Thinking of Linda Marie and her spirit...


LOVE TO ALL SOUPERS


So---


Comment about whatever you will,

only blow kisses, first, at Mystic Rose

whose grace and kindness

remind me of another angel

who is now watching over us...


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  1. Date: 1/24/2014 3:19:00 PM
    Blowing a kiss your way, Vienna!

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/24/2014 6:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Waaaaa hahahaha! ... and another one for my favorite meatloaf! : D
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL, what am I? Meatloaf... ha! Hugs. Come play in the snow. -30 Celsius this week. You can handle it. Hee hee...
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 1/24/2014 3:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And another one to Linda-Marie.
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 2:39:00 PM
    this is so mystic rose.. vintage, cyn-soul sister.. blowing kisses to both rose and linda... may linda embrace Light.. keep it coming, love!.. huggs

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 8:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Weekends are full for me. I get an hour of "air time" Its all family time. Our girl is taking Karate and Ballet, Saturdays. There is usually a library visit, visiting family or friends, tobogganing, church, crafts... busy but wonderful... hugs!
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 11:44:00 AM
    Kisses for Mystic Rose! A loving heart you possess ... Linda-Marie, is martyred as the Sweetheart. The one contest I sponsored was graced by her melodic word flow. She has wings now! Two honorable, honorees!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 8:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad you liked it I am letting observations, dreams and memory simmer then when I "find" the right place for the right poet, I put ink on fast forward. Mystic rose is such a romantic, as is Linda Marie. Now,don't think you're escaping my abduction... I'll get you, my pretty. LOL
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Hi dear Cyndi..takes for taking us to Robin Hood with ourMystic Rose.An amazing tribute for such a lovely lady..Re Linda..I thankyou for loving her in such was..She deserved everybit of our love.Am still devastated..as if i lost a close relative.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 8:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mystic Rose is heart-people... with talent, ta boot! How blessed we've been, we are, on soup. Linda Marie's passing is a message for everyone. Pass the love, take no one for granted, because life is unpredictable. Hugs!
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 10:21:00 AM
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Linda Marie. I did not know her well but I enjoyed reading her poetry and positive comments. This is a lovely tribute to Rose and I enjoyed viewing the pictures from my home back in Kitchener Waterloo. I moved away 21 years ago to BC. My family is back there so I get out once a year to visit.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 8:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I've felt Linda Marie "around" today, her presence, as we read her poetry, it sounds like she's talking to us, still. Words are so comforting, that voice lives on!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 8:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad you enjoyed my blog. Seeing into Rose's heart is not so hard. She wears it on her sleeve. <3 You're sure to enjoy the blogs to come, Richard... they'll feel nostalgic to you, some of them. E I E I E I O! LOL!
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 7:27:00 AM
    Honored 2B coupled with Linda Marie what an honor. I heard of her death yesterday, and you confirm it. I thank you, lol for the tribute, I do have red hair, colored it last year this way, I think you pegged me so right, even though we never met, if I didn't know better Sista I'd think you're somewhat a witch of modern era, a white tail dove from heaven's ghetto I hear you knocking at my heart's door, here U R oh blessed B 3X3 may it return to thee, Oli Oli Exon Free, sending U fairy dust & kisses no one disses love you S>S> Vienna Rose X

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 7:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am so so happy that you liked it. Different from my usual tone... :D I have been called a (w)itch lol on occasion, but what I'm told so often is that I'm oddly intuitive, that "call people just at the right moment" type of intuitive.. THANKS FOR THE DUST. I SO NEEDED IT XOOX
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 3:43:00 AM
    There are so many hugs and kisses coming your way flower. It was mystic that gave me my nicknames, she gives me her support and love and she will be forever appreciated. Kisses and hugs coming through the airways love all form your golden girl xx

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  1. Date: 1/23/2014 9:38:00 PM
    well, Rosie and I have the astral plane so I will blow her dream kisses to land on her forehead!

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  1. Date: 1/23/2014 8:38:00 PM
    PS........also, I just had to say...I cannot think of Linda Marie with thinking how she always used XXXXX's in place of S's.....so often a trademark of hers, I think perhaps she was passing out kisses to one and all, as a gesture of love to keep. Even when expressing her thanks........(THANXXXXXX) ( Love never dies :)

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  1. Date: 1/23/2014 8:31:00 PM
    Mystic Rose, has been one of the most generous souls with her praise, and encouragement. A rose indeed she is, would be just as sweet, if having even a different name.......but ROSE fits her velvet grace perfectly. And yes.....our Linda Marie will live on .....by her own words of kind encouragement, and gift of poetry. Her words will live on and on.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 8:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :D Linda Marie's poems are all so filled with love, spiritually and the delights of living. Legacy. So are the poems by Mystic Rose, so putting them in the same blog just felt right Hugs, ... and Your on my kidnap list.
  1. Date: 1/23/2014 4:58:00 PM
    Rose is such a sweetheart, and when she writes, her poetry exudes this same kind of charm as your poem shows forth, Cyndi. That would be great to see you do a poem on Linda!!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/24/2014 7:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My challenge is while "showing" my dear friends places that I visited and love, some recently, some years ago, I want to show what makes that poet special TO ME and to everyone at soup. Blend these too things and try to find the write setting for my friend... I am finding it fun and restorative during this hellish winter!
  1. Date: 1/23/2014 2:53:00 PM
    I should have known you would be familiar with SCA. S.M. Stirling (the master SF potboiler, curse his name) wrote an entire series of books in which the SCA plays a central part. Love the blog. Cheers, Roy

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/23/2014 3:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    http://www.fitp.ca/topics.php LOL! I dragged my hubby to this... I wonder if it was The "Food and cooking methods in the Viking age" that set him on edge or the "Introduction to Troubadours" LOVE IS... tolerance?
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/23/2014 3:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm SUCH a geek wannabe! LOL! I went to the most fascinating workshop hosted by the University of Waterloo, history department (uh, I believe?) It was called "Forward into the Past." I took "classes" some up to an hour on things like... the life of a courtesan, Food in the 13th Century, etc. IT WAS AWESOME. My hubby, on the other hand, was ready to put in the stock yard. HA!
  1. Date: 1/23/2014 2:27:00 PM
    My computer has a drinking problem. Me? I'm sober, but apparently my computer is completely sloshed... frick! It wont let me do a darn thing!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/23/2014 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll try to fix this tonight. Gotta fly!!
  1. Date: 1/23/2014 2:23:00 PM
    A kiss for you, Rose...;) You're one of my faves! And Cyndi, your blogs are inspiring.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Death in Family
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 8:30:00 AM
A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:57:00 PM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
NEW CONTEST: HARD SHELLS: TURTLE INSPIRED FREE VERSE
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY, FREE VERSE, CONTEST SOON TO FOLLOW
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 8:50:00 PM
********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
SOMETHING FOR EILEEN... and OTHERS WHO TAKE RISKS
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 5:54:00 AM
HELPLESS, A KYRIELLE. NEW CONTEST WITH TIM RYERSON AS CO PILOT! WAHOO!
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:24:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
2/9/2014TESTIMONIALS, A SONNET FOR BRIANSonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/7/2014Double Oh-- A JAMES BOND CROWN, BUILDING IT UP SECOND SONNET POSTED--Crown of Sonnetsgames,passion,
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Fav Poems

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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A Totum Pole OdeConcretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes DueFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From WithinQuintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
SlumberEpicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLLCoupletinspirational,seasons,
Our ThanksgivingLight Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's GraceEthereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above HawaiiRhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our SaviorShapereligion,life,
Monarch of SummerHaibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's DoorwayNarrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
BeachworldFree verseplaces,sea,sun,
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