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***EDIT. ALL FIVE MOSIACS COMPLETE. THANKS FOR PLAYING THE WORD PAIRING GAME. THE PAIRINGS WERE AWESOME! - Cyndi MacMillan's Blog

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Cyndi MacMillan's current projects include three children's book series. Her "life as a writer' blogs can be read at  https://cyndimacmillan.wordpress.com/  Three of her poems have been published in Room magazine, issue 49.4, This Body's Maps, https://roommagazine.com/issues/bodys-map  Two poems have been published in the Prairie Journal ( Issue 67)http://www.prairiejournal.org/subscribe.html   Other poems can be found in Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields http://www.grainmagazine.ca/424  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2016, the Unformed issue  http://www.centrifugaleye.com/ . She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and twelve of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, is forthcoming in the Windsor Review. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers while writing chapter books and early middle readers.

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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***EDIT. ALL FIVE MOSIACS COMPLETE. THANKS FOR PLAYING THE WORD PAIRING GAME. THE PAIRINGS WERE AWESOME!


Blog Posted:4/20/2017 2:06:00 PM

 

LET'S PLAY ... UNCOMMON WORD PAIRINGS...

Some have played this game before and  enjoyed letting their imaginations run wild.  The results were amazing!  I heard such positive feedback about the word pairings blogs that I've decided to give it another go!

Many here have heard me wax on about uncommon word pairings. Basically, it’s just two words not commonly seen side by side.

Word pairings are made with:

1)  a noun and a verb

2) an adjective and a noun

3) an adverb and a verb

(Though all writers are advised by those-in-the-know to avoid adverbs all together,  I have noticed that one or two adverbs in a poem when used for uncommon pairing, can “set-off” a verb,  change its context, make a line pop.)

The easiest way to 'try out/ try on' uncommon word pairings is to use visual prompts.

Remember being a kid in a dark room?

You’d look at the pile of clothes on the floor and suddenly it looked like a snake?  Word pairings make use of the same imagery process.

I’ll share some pictures.  The first picture I will add some uncommon word pairings below it.  Can you see what I’m describing?

I’ll add more pictures.  Give it a try.  What two words can you use to paint a photo in a whole new light?

The last time we played this game, I asked the poets if it was okay for me to use their pairings in a poem-mosai (for soup only.)   The resulting poems were awesome.  

If interested, I’d be happy to do this again. 

So... take a peek...

 

cocooned graffiti                           dayglow kiting          

stuccoed wings                             tigertail crucifixion

walls flutter                                    freedom blues

rebell butterfly                                reaching antenna

flight stonewalled                            hopeful blaze

 

Care to give it a try?

1)

 

LOBSTER MAN

 

Suspicious of land, too stock-still,

too focused on his cartographic

crinkles,*on his white net of beard,

as coarse as his speech.  Shark tales

hide behind scruff-covered scars*—

perfect storms of isolation when a knife

met bone, a lifetime in the trade

shaping the scuffed contours*

of face & character.  His knuckles as

red as the catch of the day.  The oysters

of his shell-like eyes.  Deep pearls

there, bluing an ocean of wisdom.

 

 

Debbie Guzzi  “scruff-covered scars”

Ruben O “cartographic crinkles”

Brian Strand “scuffed contours”

 

2)

 

SECOND STAR OFF BROADWAY

 

The asphault dancefloor barely keeps

a Peter Pan wannabe* by his Wendy

as others roll eyes & traffic blindly creeps

along.  The beat of the city lends

 

them wings; this magic is no act,

but a practiced balance of flying/tethered,**

low gravity/high riser,*** classic/abstract,

Heaven rooted/ life weathered.

 

They have grooved with the Lost Boys,

hooked by pirates, dusted flight into air

with invisible strings**** & a storybook joy.

Hand holding hand, a perfect pairing.

 

 

The Seeker  "Peter Pan, wannabe"

Chris Green  "Flying/tethered"

Debbie Guzzie "low gravity/high-riser"

Ruben O "Heaven rooted"

Brian Strand "Invisible strings"

 

 

 

 

3)

SKY LANTERNS

 

Togetherness lost* after thirty years,

remission proven a delusional hope*, a mirage

that held for three incomparable seasons. 

Tender, the routines of Oolong tea, porch time,

dusks immortalized by reminiscence —

 

unhurried conversations under patio lanterns

lead to talks of no flowers, two hymns

& one eulogy; every ashen word warmed

by a shared wish: light as bright as a citrus

flambé,* ascending.  Togetherness found

 

as they open the box, holding the unlit

paraffin-zeppelins* & regret fades as a face

is cupped between frailest hands. Death

feels less gray, oddly blossoms when they speak

of astral sails*, of a paper-phoenix* faithfully rising.

 

 

 

*Brian Strand  ‘Togetherness Lost’

*The Seeker  ‘Delusional hope’

*Debbie Guzzi  ‘Citrus flambé’

Ruben O  ‘Paraffin-zeppelins ‘

Taai Tekai ‘astral sails’

Chris D. Aechtner ‘Paper-phoenix’

 

 

 

 

4)

 

Picture This

 

Lightning chalks the canyon, etches

sandstone & shale with electric-

calligraphy* carves-out a new story

 

as old as the charcoaled horizon—

once again, a calligram of static

roots have been unearthed by a squall;

 

clouds feverishly ink the terrain

with a threat of hail.  Pale hairlines

strummed by a storm front; lethal cords**

 

strung to genuine rock-stars, leashing

metamorphic layers.  The echo of blue thunder***

jars masked fossils. The camera

 

holds steady.  Wait, wait,

for the down stroke and the downpour

to give that money shot. Lightning

 

will strike a pose. The Dragon’s Tail~ flares

for the stratus paparazzi,**** for storm stalkers

who seek infamy in timeless illumination.

 

 

*Chris D. Aechtner  “Electric-calligraphy”

**Debbie Guzzi   “lethal cords”

***The Seeker  “blue thunder”

****Ruben O  “stratus paparazzi”

 

Note: the dragon’s tail is a calligraphy term. It is the tail end of certain letter strokes created by raising the pen on one edge as the stroke is being completed.  But when I looked at the lightning... it seemed to describe it, too.

5)

DOWNTOWN BOTTLENECK

 

Alone, ghosting* a crowd

fixed on getting somewhere

 

else, a nightlife phantom

stands her ground.  Levis jacket

 

like faded Kevlar, a penumbral-denim,**

holds firm against needling

 

strobes — sharp neon stitching the narrow

onto the packed street.

 

Persistent, the bluejean crush***

against a hesitance

 

to pick up speed, to flash past

this lonesome blue;****

 

the moment won’t give, won’t enter

the city stream.  It resists all

 

push & pull, nestles

deeper into patched pockets,

 

stalls the need

to yield just a minute longer.

 

 

*The Seeker   --- "Alone, ghosting"

**Chris D. Aechtner --- "penumbral-denim"

***Debbie Guzzi -- "bluejean crush"

****Brian Strand --  lonesome blue"

 

 

This can add a little somethin' somethin' to your work.  It can also make it easier to grasp figurative language, make it just a tad less seem like 'goobly gook' :-) 

Cheers, Cyndi

 

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Date: 4/24/2017 12:53:00 PM
Everything has already been said and written as far as themes and topics go; people simply find different ways of saying and writing wot has already been done. Uncommon word-pairings can help a lot in the venture to be original within unoriginal topics/themes.
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Date: 4/23/2017 2:41:00 AM
all such impressive writes! I was having a hard time choosing my fave between Picture This and Sky Lanterns :)
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/23/2017 7:39:00 PM
Thanks again, Taii, for contributing to this blog. I enjoyed piecing all the gems together. Hope you have a great week!
Date: 4/22/2017 12:12:00 PM
Well done Cyndi, mission accomplished.For my taste no 3 Sky Lanterns is the masterpiece of the five.May you and your muse relax awhile now over the weekend
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Date: 4/23/2017 3:42:00 AM
It was the wistfulness of your write Cyndi, it so complimented the wistfulness of that lantern held by the couple which they were about to release and never ever see again.Just like our yesterdays.(I feel a poem coming on,thereon!)
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Date: 4/22/2017 6:08:00 PM
Thank you, Brian (I sensed you'd enjoy that one the most.) I did try to showcase the pairings in different levels of ambiguity and figurative language - from close to prosaic to nearly full scale esoteric. Good for all styles!
Date: 4/22/2017 9:37:00 AM
The first one I'll be titling "LOBSTER MAN" there will be some nautical terminology added to the word pairings already provided. I see an ocean in him. A lifetime on a boat.
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Date: 4/22/2017 10:52:00 AM
Done... have a busy weekend. I'll definitely host another of these in the future. I will most like put up a pub on Thursday ... HUGS
Date: 4/22/2017 8:37:00 AM
Chris... I had to put on my thinking cap about coloured font. Yes, sometimes I've used coloured font to show how assonance and consonance work in a poem (the colours do help as a road map between eye and ear) I figured it out. If I want to do that in the future I will use word, colour the text as I want, use print screen, take it into paint, work on it there to create a JPEG and then post that as a photo on a blog (then I will take three extra strength Tylenol before I bang my head on a desk, muttering pirate curse words under my breath)
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Date: 4/22/2017 9:32:00 PM
Ah, post a jpeg. Yup, Pirate might be part of the equation lol.
Date: 4/22/2017 1:51:00 AM
peering malevolent like a razors breath her eyes blaze cordial a vicious storefront closed against the human tide storming wild her sheen red died suffusing the haloing demise her clock is merely broke clamping gnarled her once aspen smile now distanced as the faces on the moon she masks the acidly imbibed "welcome" and feigns a virgins belch to the weathered cloth this mottled coze now past the fall and ripened fell recalls the coins such sweaty dorcs would pass but now they falter in the deep reluctant sleeve, her playground curves once the fertile incubus are sorely riven ravaged in her worn depleted threads
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Date: 4/22/2017 8:11:00 PM
I wrote something and then deleted it letter by letter. :DDD I'll let Ian comment. Actually, lol, I'm kinda interested WHAT he'll say.
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Date: 4/22/2017 6:14:00 PM
@Tom it would take me several hours to analyze Ian's poem. But in plainest terms the girl is cheesed off by how she's been manhandled and keeps what she values most hidden away. It's a kind of automatic writing. Even he doesn't know what he just wrote in under three minutes.
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Date: 4/22/2017 7:03:00 AM
Good morning, Ian. I see you are in fine fugue form! You captured our denim girl right down to her threads! Her clock is merely broke... really like that. Cheers, matey... X
Date: 4/21/2017 10:10:00 PM
Fourth done. Whew. This pirate is pooped. Goodnight. Chat later
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Date: 4/22/2017 7:09:00 AM
Yours and taai's work so well together! They needed to be on that last line, one growing into the other... and yes, the sounds do throb/sob. I had thought of revising the "f" which is so cacophonic... but in the end the mashup of pleasant/harsh works, I think...
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:53:00 PM
Re-reading. The sounds and assonance in the last stanza are rock & roll.
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:36:00 PM
I apologize for using "Nicely" in a response. I don't want to slip too far :P
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:35:00 PM
Nicely rendered, Cyndi. The fourth one expresses heaviness more lightly and softer than some of the other pieces. "...two hymns / & one eulogy; every ashen word warmed / by a shared wish: light as bright as a citrus / flambé,* ascending." — those words stand out for me.
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:21:00 PM
Reply jumped. Ok, gnight Canuck.
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:19:00 PM
Ta-tanka, Buds. I joked around that it's reached the point were I could let my daughter write the poems for me lol.
Date: 4/21/2017 8:41:00 PM
People are coming up with some neat word-pairings. Recently got back from a poetry reading. My daughter won one of the top child/youth placements in the regional poetry competition, for the fourth year in a row. That's a new record for the child/youth categories. This year, the winner's ceremony was held in a church (because the old spot is too small for the growing crowd). One of the organizers knew someone to be able to pull off using the Sanctuary. The poets read their winning poems to the right of the pulpit. Ha! The living word lol. My daughter's judge for this year, was a feminist-lesbian-Asian-Spoken Word event organizer from Kitchener. The pews were filled with every standing, creed and colour. Good times.
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Date: 4/22/2017 9:21:00 PM
Nope. A Presbyterian church. The organizers, poetry winners, and guests, aren't members of the congregation. It isn't about the church's denomination, that way. The Reverend was asked for use of the Sanctuary. He passed it along to council, who granted permission, even if some of the members might disagree with certain leanings, because they think that promoting poetry and literature is a positive venture, especially in this day and age. They were gracious and kind about the entire venture, and the poets involved, including their families, are grateful to the church for granting the favour. Some of the council members (in this case, mainly elderly) watched over the proceedings, and appeared to enjoy themselves. Afterwards, they mingled, and surprised some people who might not have believed that elderly Christians can be super cool and open-minded.
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Date: 4/21/2017 11:27:00 PM
lol...admittedly..truly! it seems to be a scary word in the circles I've ridden :)
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:56:00 PM
Ta-tanka, taai. I might be the first male lesbian that you've met? (hahahaaaa!).
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:51:00 PM
kudos to dad for daughter's victory - very nice to hear of kids doing well in better than good ways. I've had lesbian and gay friends but you will be my first lesbo-gay poetry pal/LGPP/ if that's okay?! hehe :)
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:22:00 PM
How do I do this "show all"? It should work for me because I am a lesbian.
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:20:00 PM
Ta-tanka, Buds. I joked around that it's reached the point were I could let my daughter write the poems for me lol.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/21/2017 10:08:00 PM
Chris? Check out the names! Hit "show all." One of these ladies was MY DOULA. www.facebook.com/events/1279770358764856/
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/21/2017 9:57:00 PM
WOW!!! WONDERFUL... so wonderful for your daughter to experience that! I may know someone form that group... it sounds like literature but starts with a hard c? Good times INDEED! I'm thrilled for her!!!
Date: 4/21/2017 5:20:00 PM
Number 3, so far: citrus flambé, paraffin-zeppelins, paper phoenix, togetherness lost and delusional hope... I'll check back around 9... if no other poets have tried a pairing for that one.. I'm good to go! Some awesome pairings!
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Date: 4/22/2017 10:51:00 AM
yes, I see how that works now. Thanks for the learning tips; looking forward to your Lobster Man write. All the best with the serious work :)
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Date: 4/22/2017 7:25:00 AM
As far as the poems above, I fed off all the pairings! The pairings are what made the poetry and are what make them pop! Cheers! (I won't be on Soup much. But I will finish the last mosaic.
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Date: 4/22/2017 7:23:00 AM
Life this week was too full for my fiction (though I did fill out my full outline, am finally content with the storyline and character development.) I get back to serious work on Monday. Poetry is such an addiction. I totally get that!
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:33:00 PM
okay, your writes are just fantastic! was gone for a while and come back to your poem. Love the very human element of togetherness there. I hate to admit but I had to look up words to check if they were nouns, verbs etc. If I'm on your blog, means I'm game, no need to ask. I'm having such a good time with this exercise, chores are getting totally neglected; a good thing in my view, and I wrote a few other poems inspired by it and all my dictionary work :)
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Date: 4/21/2017 5:29:00 PM
astral sails!!! Love that... can I use it for a poem only on this blog? Like the others? Awesome.
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Date: 4/21/2017 5:26:00 PM
slowness here: I added a noun/noun like Chris did as my first pairing: balloon spinnakers/light ascending/ astral sails/ airily departing...
Date: 4/21/2017 3:23:00 PM
sis, am enjoying this and will do just that... got back from turkey and my brain is still in the suitcase... greeat blog.. love and huggs
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Date: 4/21/2017 3:39:00 PM
Hello YOU! So lovely to see your smile and read your big hug... did you enjoy Turkey? Ease into your routine... it can be hard to get back to reality. Love you back!
Date: 4/21/2017 1:14:00 PM
Third up... I went for something with rhyme. Sometimes we may believe that unusual word pairings ONLY belong in free verse, when they can add something different to any form.
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Date: 4/21/2017 3:12:00 PM
1 & 3 (2 is completed) -- ok, I am off with the kiddo.
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Date: 4/21/2017 3:07:00 PM
That's how the photo speaks to me. All the hopes for rebirth/renewal that can be so integral to lantern rituals. To let go of the losses, and purify them in the flame as it rises into potential for renewal. Blahblah (lol).
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Date: 4/21/2017 3:02:00 PM
Well, there's the obvious cliché "rise/rises/risen" when it comes to the phoenix. But, rising, is integral to the entire photo.
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taai tekai
Date: 4/21/2017 2:59:00 PM
very nice! love how it starts off and ends especially.
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Date: 4/21/2017 2:54:00 PM
but I like paper-phoenix.. made it a triple. Can you give me a verb after phoenix? And Then? KABOOM... I'll probably be off to the races (later tonight)
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Date: 4/21/2017 2:23:00 PM
Do you have enough pairings for the last two? I have some ideas for those, but they might not pop like the flashbulbs of paparazzi and electric-calligraphy. #2: the alliteration of a noun/noun (I know, noun/noun, too boring) with paper-phoenix. Or, lanterned phoenix. #1: trenched azure / wrinkled windows
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Date: 4/21/2017 2:16:00 PM
Cool, some rhyme. Ha! You incorporated the Lost Boys. Kudos.
Date: 4/21/2017 10:18:00 AM
Drudgery time! Be back later! Much to do!
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Date: 4/21/2017 8:07:00 AM
Cyndi using your butterfly picture word pairings to create a 'phrasis' tanka CONTRASTS (a tanka phrasis) flight flutter/ on stuccoed wings/a butterfly blaze-/on graffiti walls-/freedom calls.With your permission I would like to post it on PS ( with a phrasis credit to you and this blog?
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:04:00 AM
YES! I love what you did with the words, Chum. I'm glad to have sparked the tanka. :D
Date: 4/21/2017 7:21:00 AM
Cyndi made my pairs into a cinquain /MOOD SWINGS heavens alive/ contours scuffed/ togetherness lost-/ on invisible strings/ my lonesome blues/
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:30:00 AM
darn comment jump...addressed to Cyndi... I do like your tank too Brian tho' it is a little depressing :)
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:27:00 AM
you are flashing 'thunderbolts of lightning, very, very, enlightening, mama mia!'...and I'm singing a tune 'curiously' (yea, I had to check first!) touched by your feverish writing..I like it even better than the first one :)
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/21/2017 7:55:00 AM
:D Mood swings, indeed! Cool effect!
Date: 4/21/2017 1:10:00 AM
wow... impressive write you turned out with the word combos..if I play this kind of tag I will always end up 'it' cos the parts of speech breakdown puts me into a panic blanking of the mind! I even had to look up 'adverb' again.. Anyhow, going with picture one, my word combos were 'gravity enfolding'; livelong striations; and 'facially gauging'...which got me writing a little poem called 'facial measure'. I shall see if I eventually manage all the pics and in the process find more adverbs. Parts of speech just give me the shivers...great blog! :)
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Date: 4/21/2017 10:34:00 AM
now it's double wow!! for that second write.. my reply jumped to a the slot above..thanks, my adverb collection is coming along :)
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/21/2017 10:07:00 AM
I just posted another ... 'feverishly' is the adverb I chose for this one. Cheers!
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/21/2017 7:59:00 AM
Cool! Years ago, a soup poet named Tracie did a month of picture prompts for haiku. It was awesome to read all the different takes. The photos were a lovely way to start the day, and many were so beautiful...
Date: 4/20/2017 10:26:00 PM
I dig wot you did with it. The Kevlar simile is cool. Yeah, the neon hoodies obviously stood out in the photo. There's something ambiguous about it all, eh. Love how you go from the fabric, to "needling" and "stitched"—and the word-play between "needling" and "sharp". Good stuff, Cyndi.
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Date: 4/20/2017 10:46:00 PM
Good night... I'm beat.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 10:43:00 PM
We've done this before, Chum... I bounce between the pairing given me. I have had several people say that suddenly they get figurative language. When they are 'hands-on' and directly involved it can spark something. Not quite a 'Rosetta stone' but definitely a bridge...
Date: 4/20/2017 8:52:00 PM
Okay... I'm starting with no. 5... I'm here, but not here... poetry! Come to momma. I've missed you so...
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Date: 4/20/2017 8:26:00 PM
I am coming up with pretentious words right now for some reason. 5. penumbral-denim (*penumbra: a partial shadow; space of partial illumination; the limits of a shadow; a juxtaposition of shadowy limits with illumination - *there's also a breath root of the word) ---- second and third choices for 5: alienated denim/alienated illumination.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 10:31:00 PM
Too bad. The highlight option (as you know) was helpful, especially when analyzing a poem, or for visual instructions (for a contest blog, as an example).
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 9:53:00 PM
Yes. And if you pick anything but 'normal' you end up with bolded font. Argh!
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:55:00 PM
Oh, those font options are gone now?
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:50:00 PM
I'm going to see what I can do with about ten lines (I really dislike this new blog... I can't bold properly or add colour to font.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:46:00 PM
Great! My ideas are silly for the other pics.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:42:00 PM
I like the alienated denim, but that juicy word penumbral... magic mouthful that one... and how it moves 'into' denium umm ummm ... num... ummm mmmmmmmm LOVE IT
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:31:00 PM
K.. K.... LLLL... LLLL ... EEEE... EEE... yup!
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:30:00 PM
back... more kisses needed for bedtime... another hug. I always say yes.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:29:00 PM
Right on. There are neat combinations of sounds between electric and calligraphy.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:26:00 PM
I like both, but like electric better. I see roots.
Date: 4/20/2017 8:05:00 PM
4. electrostatic-calligraphy
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:43:00 PM
Like a camera flash??? Ya... I like it and can play off that image.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:32:00 PM
static roots! Bubbling bubbling!
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:25:00 PM
Yes. Maybe static... somewhere else... thinking...
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:20:00 PM
I thought of Promethean-calligraphy. You know, lightning strike/fire=Prometheus. A God writing with lightning.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:16:00 PM
electric-calligraphy instead?
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:15:00 PM
I like that better, too... ooooh good... may I plop it into the mosaic? I'll treat it kindly... promise. Only for Soup and on this blog.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:13:00 PM
Too many syllables and sounds? I like the concept of electric calligraphy.
Date: 4/20/2017 5:33:00 PM
1. scuffed contours 2. invisible strings 3. togetherness lost 4.heavens alive 5.lonesome blues
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 7:20:00 PM
OOOH! YES!
Date: 4/20/2017 3:03:00 PM
1.scruff-covered scars 2. low gravity -highriser 3. citrus flambe 4. lethal chords 5. bluejean crush [not sure I did this right Dee YOU are the best at these!]
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 8:49:00 PM
Ya Scallywag! Not your feelings...
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 4/20/2017 8:15:00 PM
Cyndi, I give you permission to hurt my feelings.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 7:23:00 PM
It's my knickname, Tom. Cyn-di (Dee) Long story and I just rather not say why so I don't hurt feelings.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 4:29:00 PM
:DD Awesome! I now have 2 for the dancers. If I get one more for the dancers, I'll ask for permission from you and Chris to write a short verse using your two uncommon pairings (I'll throw in a fourth.) Just for Soup! Hugs!
Date: 4/20/2017 2:33:00 PM
#2 Flying - Tethered
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 4/20/2017 2:34:00 PM
:) Right on!

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1/31/2014 JOURNEY COMPANIONS: THE FRIEND SONNETS PART II Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
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The Byway Rhymecare,
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BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
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