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About Cyndi MacMillan
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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




 

Most Recent Blog Post


DEBBIE'S SONNET, NOTES, PICTURES, WHO LOVES TEA?
Blog Posted:2/3/2014 9:06:00 PM

 

                                          



                                          PHIDELLIA'S TEAHOUSE AND ANTIQUES

                                          121 Peel St

                                   10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues-Sat

_________________________

There, you're here, but it was inevitable

that we would rewrite the plan. Loose leaf tea

has such allure, pulling us from our table

at Phidellia's. Those shelves are as giddy

as girls, all dolled up and flaunting cups. Blends

pester affectionately, brood like sisters

seeking attention. You sniff jars, find a friend

in Sweet Almond, but a look almost lists

for I've dwelled overly long on Alcott

and we haven't yet touched on Millay, Sapho

or Bronte! Two a-mused by more than pots.

"You see haiku. Well, I see Meg and Jo-"

"-Love, Et Cetera," You tease, such soft praxis,

so I kiss those cheeks with tender ekphrasis.

About Phidellia’s

It was so hard to leave Waterloo ... Heaven was there... Distinctly Tea, a shop which offered hundreds of wonderful blends and quality black loose leaf tea. They had originally been in an old Victorian House that had been converted into two shops and a restaurant. The tea shop was tiny, then, but shoppers enjoyed the creak of the old wood floors and we’d chat with each other as we’d seek new treasures. The fact that we would at times literally bump into each other was part of the charm. The new shop is in a posh new condo… lovely yes, larger, yes, but so much character was lost.

But low and behold, the town of New Hamburg actually has a wonderful tea shop. Though the selection is slightly less than Distinctly Tea, Phidellia’s is the stuff of dreams for tea connoisseurs. It has more than character. It has  an air of the magical. Think CS Lewis and a certain wardrobe type of magical

Phidellia’s is in a heritage building and from the moment you walk through its doors, time doesn't just stand still, it moves backwards. On a recent trip there, I was in a rush. The proprietor gave me the kindest, calmest look and gently tut-tutted me with a "One simply does not rush in a tea shop." How wonderful…. How completely wonderful.

This vintage photo show's the owner's mother-in-law, Phidellia, as a very young girl.  The shop is named for and after her These personal touches are seen everywhere

There are small tables, wearing proper attire of course, white linens and dainty cups. Above hang real chandeliers. Antiques and other delights share space with jars of tea. Hello, bliss, where have you been?

 

About Debbie Guzzi

Debbie is the older sister I was not born with but was blessed to find…and adopt.

We have that honest connection which means… (see her eyebrow? It just went up) … we don’t see eye to eye on everything, can lightly spar on occasion and would step in front of a barreling train to save the other. We celebrate the big and small things, worry about each other and we chat off and on soup.

Debbie is a poet in the truest sense. I truly think that she wakes, goes about her day and all she does is with poetry. She explores a variety of forms, easily, but free verse speaks the language of her heart. Haiku is almost an act of faith, for her, and she treats the form reverently, seeing in it more than verse, but a culture. She has studied with one of the masters of the form for some time now, happily.

Debbie carefully edits her work… seeks perfection with everything that she writes She takes advice, gives advice and loves to share what she has picked up in all her years of writing. Teaching is one of her passions, as many soupers know.

Her verses usually involve more than one sense. The sense of smell, taste, touch are often a part of her works, not only the two more commonly used, sight and sound.

She has created her own form, The Et Cetera, which is a form that involves writing the first stanza and then using the words from that stanza to create the stanzas which follow, in a kind of brainstorming, free verse extravaganza. If you’re a fan of free verse, try on a Et Cetera and you’ll soon see what I’m talking about. You are creating your own inspiration… best way I can explain it.

About my poem

I wanted to start off playfully, somehow toy with the idea that she is, in a sense, always near by, but there is so much physical distance between us. This is why I began the sonnet, There, you’re here. Also, we tend to mother each other (lol) in a there, there, it will all get better sort of way.

Inevitable means it was inevitable that she and I would meet. And it is inevitable that one day we will meet face to face.

Rewrite…lol… I could not write a poem for Debbie without including this word. As I mentioned, she is harder on herself than anyone else.

I wanted to stress how we are like true sisters, become as giddy as schoolgirls, on occasion. And like all sisters, we expect more from each other, I think. What she says is important to me and carries a different weight than a new acquaintance…

I made sure to put in the sense of smell and if this had been a free verse poem, I would have focused more on this aspect. Sweet Almond is lovely blends, here, one I recently purchased since my favourite blend, Winter Punch, was not available.

I can’t think of a single woman writer who as a girl, having read Little Woman, didn’t imagine herself Jo. And yet we truly have a little of each character in us… Jo, the impetuous, Beth, the sweet, Meg, the motherly and Amy, the romantic. As a teen, I often wished I was one of the Bronte sisters, as hard and tragic as their lives were.. I’d wondered what it would be like to write beside someone, in comfortable silence and then share that story… Now, I have that! Here on Soup!

Millay, I admit, was snuck into this sonnet because I love the way she wrote them. She’s one of my favorite classic poets.

I am so enjoying these sonnets… I am happy writing them. Completely happy.

Hugs and love, Cyndi


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A special thank you to the owner of Phidellia's for letting me snap photos at my leisure in his shop

all the above pictures were taken by yours truly

I was careful to not take pictures of the tables, as charming as they were, as patrons were enjoying scones and tea



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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 3:38:00 PM
    Hmmm did I ever tell you my mother's side of the family was somehow connected to Edna St. Vincent Millay? She was born in the same town I was in Maine. TRUE

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/4/2014 5:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Holy crap. You're related to my IDOL? Forget ME adopting YOU. YOU adopt ME. LOL...
  1. Date: 2/4/2014 3:36:00 PM
    Ahhh Dee, what a comfort you are! [She wrote me a letter at Christmas and the sheer love in it was too much to bear, my son was there and I didn't know what it said & I was told to read it outloud! I think he was a wee bit amazed ... he had never thought to write something so loving to me?] I bawled through most of reading it! Dee sent me a guardian, a caretaker to watch over my dreams on a silver chain, that was in her family for years. Now I guest I am in her family I am Debbie & Auntie Debbie!

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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 2:36:00 PM
    I love Deborah so much..She is my haiku mentor a darling friend . Tnks for dedicating such beauty.

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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 9:36:00 AM
    So nice of the two of you to share your bond, your "sisterhood", which is so apparent in your mutual respect and affection. Both of you have such talent, and only enhance each other by giving, sharing, taking, suggestions and advice......and as a result, you are able to mentor us all. Deb will love this "blending of tea".....the flavors of which, are sublime!!

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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 1:05:00 AM
    your friendship with debbie is somehow 'immortalized' through this engaging sonnet, soul sister... using a tea shop as your creative handle depicts leisure confidences, personal engagements... take it away once more, cyn!.. huggs

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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 12:39:00 AM
    Cyndi great sonnet and wonderful blog, I love loose tea, great dedication to a wonderful poet....David

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  1. Date: 2/3/2014 9:28:00 PM
    Blown away, Cyndi! Your sonnet...WOW! I don't recall ever reading a poem quite so charming, warm, inviting and truly delightful! being a tea lover myself (schneikies, I collect english teapots) I enjoyed your photos and sweet story about Deb! This is a gift you have generously shared with us! Thanks again! jimbo

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  1. Date: 2/3/2014 9:16:00 PM
    Awesome sonnet for Deb. It is a joy to see how close the two of you have become. This little tea shop IS magical and lovely. Hugs, Catie :)

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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,
2/5/2014ON THE FRINGE, A SONNET FOR MARLONSonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
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A Totum Pole OdeConcretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
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Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
SlumberEpicdedication,epic,slam,
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