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PALADIN, FREE VERSE - 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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PALADIN, FREE VERSE


Blog Posted:3/21/2013 9:32:00 PM


She tries to rearrange the sunrays, calls the clouds
clutter, the Namaqualand daisies that stray her way

are worthy of slaughter, too erratic, too off-colour
defying borders. Nightmares intrude, find her

unaware, bleed hurts dry, sand grains are sorted
by composition and size, though so many fail

to comply. Secrets, dozens, this paladin keeps,
their shadows bring chaos when she submits

to sleep. Somehow she inters her cry, an art she
has mastered. Hidden, a hint of formaldehyde in

tears, for ghosts return to box her ears. Few would
guess at the cautions she takes, how trust strains

against a thousand barricades. But love is there,
a babe pressing on crib bars, it stains sleeves,

it fills her ribs and yet somehow, it dissolves
in air.  How could she be so misunderstood,

defending treasures rare, restoring perfect order,
freeing truth from falling stars, sweeping creaks

from ancient stairs and re-gilding tarnished alters.
All she wants is peace, harmony, everything good,

and so she does more, more than she should,
schools truants, tames the wild and refuses to falter.

_______________________________

                                      

                                                          Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition,

                                                         I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.

                                                                                                                 ~Gertrude Stein~

                         Intelligent debate does not orginate from either disrespect or dislike.

                                                                        In fact, I'd argue the opposite to be true.

                                                                                              I ignore idiots.

                                                                                                        But I fight with friends.

                                                                                                            ~ Cyndi MacMillan~

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Date: 3/22/2013 6:47:00 PM
OK! You're right! I came to see how you do it! : D
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Date: 3/22/2013 6:46:00 PM
I just came to re-read this beauty! : )
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Date: 3/22/2013 8:57:00 AM
Words of wisdom comes with poetry! Amazing, Cyndi!!
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Date: 3/22/2013 8:53:00 AM
Cyndi very eloquent...
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Date: 3/22/2013 2:56:00 AM
Cyndi, your writing takes my breath away. Namaste. Rick
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:38:00 AM
Rick, thank you for your words and encouragement. I'm pink cheeked this morning, reading these replies. I love your avatar! Such a beautiful horse! :)
Date: 3/21/2013 11:26:00 PM
In what depth of your soul did you find this masterpiece, Cyndi? I am gobsmacked! Love, Su
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:48:00 AM
We all have our achilles heels. Mine? I think you can see, even though we've known each other only a short time, is creativity, freedom. Now, if interested, if tickled somewhat (a term I use to say inspired) can you imagine why I'm titling certain windmills?
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:45:00 AM
I AM sorry. Thanks for the great submission to my contest. Its great. Stings, yes, but it is art. Now, I may not read it to my girl this month, eh? Agreed? I don't want to give her nightmares or a complex. LOL. Me? Maybe I need a tongue lashing.
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:43:00 AM
My best friend on Soup here (hello Bet) have kicked dust many times. We are polarized in some opinions, but those who have survived... trauma? life-blows?.... have a way of recognizing each other. We butt heads, but the foreheads touch, sympathetically. We are alike. Damn it. LOL.
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:24:00 AM
I'm so glad you SEE... now, I throw down a gauntlet to you, chum... can you write one of our discourse, grumble at my idiocies and YET...and YET... also tear down a few of my walls, take a peek at what you THINK may motivate my temper tantrums? Any form, take as long as you wish--you can do this. I know it! xox Sin-Dee
Date: 3/21/2013 9:51:00 PM
Always at your best Cyndi, that's what I like about you, xxx
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:37:00 AM
Happy Friday, Rose. You are such a light.. hugs, Sweetie!
Date: 3/21/2013 9:49:00 PM
Hello ... Im talking to you! ... Hello? ... Cyndi? ... Hello? : D You're an amazing free verse writer, Cyndi. I'm learning from you. Excellent poem.
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Date: 3/22/2013 5:33:00 AM
Now, what do I say to this... er... um.... hi, lol, and gosh, thanks... HUGS

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