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A SONNET FOR RUBEN - 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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A SONNET FOR RUBEN


Blog Posted:1/17/2014 6:12:00 PM

 

 

 

Playfully, I steal the Argentinian

 

away from reedy palm trees and waifish

 

sandbars, then gift him to the Laurentians.

 

Here, winter sasses each pine, a soft lisp

 

that sloughs quilted hills as we glide old trails.

 

He sees in Precambrian rocks trompe-l'oeils, 

 

then tips his hat at mordant cardinals.

 

We freeze as a stag appears, the viceroy 

 

of these woods. He is lost gentry who stows

 

sage verse, outlining seasons without words.

  

I coax my friend to build a woman of snow.

 

Wise, his craft, for he leaves her ungirded.

 

and from evergreen, he weaves her a bonnet.

 

I laugh, for from his grin smiles, too, my sonnet.

 

 

 

 

About this poem

 

My term of affection for Ruben has been for some time: hat man.

 

An Argentinian who now lives in a southern state, he recently commented to me he could not believe how cold it was where I lived.

 

I used to live in Quebec, and there is nothing quite as beautiful as the Laurentians in winter... well, lol, perhaps the Laurentians in the fall, all those trees, all those colours.

 

So I decided to ?take? Ruben there.

 

The Laurentians are... hmmm...like Quebec?s Appalachian mountains, a wild, rolling landscape, a natural beauty which can leave you breathless.

 

 

 

 

I was intentionally ambiguous in lines 9 and 10, as I am speaking of both the stag and Ruben. I can hear him laughing so hard right now that he fell off his chair. Me! Stag! WAAA HAA HAAA WAAA HAAA but, he might say, Yup. You got that right.

 

The rock cliffs of the Laurentians are hard to describe, made with this ancient rock that would surely inspire a thousand haiku. I think that Ruben would love them.

 Stone-Faced Sober

 

 

I hope you like it.

 

If anything puzzles you, ask away!

 

Hugs to my chum, Ruben, who playfully wanted a sonnet ... so I gave him one.

 

Likey?

 

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Date: 1/20/2014 10:31:00 AM
Cyndi, this a very fun and well done dedication for Peter The Hat Man Ruben!
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Date: 1/20/2014 7:01:00 AM
THis is too cool, Cyndi...Are you blushing, Ruben?
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Date: 1/18/2014 7:19:00 PM
Ruben rules. Any arguments? I thought not! lol Ruben, you rock, my friend ;)
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Date: 1/18/2014 10:43:00 AM
You picked an honorable and one of the most respectable guys to choose as your first dedications, dear Cyndi......what a terrific sonnet, for a terrific guy..... A beautiful way to express your friendship! I'm sure he is smiling !!
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Date: 1/18/2014 10:06:00 AM
rubem, coming from cindy, you should be honored.. :)
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Date: 1/17/2014 8:48:00 PM
The comments were so interesting on the last blog and poof it was gone! You are definitely all well and at full steam!
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/18/2014 6:40:00 AM
There is a sonnet for you, how could there NOT be... and one for Nette and many others here.. but I've been rude to some of my other friends, like Mystic Rose, and Kathryn and Catie and ... and... and! Love is such a good steam, better than the steam from ears ;)
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Date: 1/17/2014 9:27:00 PM
??? Last blog is still there, Bet!!! Do you mean from the home page? It's on the blogs page. I know, me<--blog hog. I wanted to send a hug to Ruben. Anyways, must do a few dishes and I have a goulashe in the slowcooker that must be stowed away in the fridge. HUGS! PS--my creativity is going in 40 directions at the same time
Date: 1/17/2014 7:21:00 PM
how cool that Ruben asked you for a sonnet and you gifted him this. I once finished a sonnet of mine with bonnet rhyming with sonnet! I had written a sonnet on my hair. hahaha. I love how you use your enjambment, Cyndi. It's a sign of a sonneteer with flair!
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Date: 1/18/2014 6:48:00 AM
I have a place to "take" you, one I think you'd like. Yes? Would you like a sonnet just for you?
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/17/2014 9:29:00 PM
Thanks, I'm going to be gifting sonnets. I love sonnets... I can't believe it was about 2 years ago that I said I didn't like enjambment. LOL. Now? Couldn't live without it. Thanks, hon! :D
Date: 1/17/2014 6:30:00 PM
Beautiful pics..I just love love the snow..Darn we dont have any here..: )Just sun and sea : /
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Date: 1/17/2014 6:29:00 PM
A beautiful sonnet Cyndi dedicated to someone so special.How wonderful that evergreen bonnet would fit the ungirded woman in his thought.Ruben is going to love this beauty Cyndi..and I love love it too.: ) ..Exceptional!!
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/18/2014 7:25:00 AM
I love surprises....I do : )
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/18/2014 6:35:00 AM
:D Wonderful! I have just the place to "take" you... I'll leave it as a surprise, cause then the poem will "come out" faster, if you know what I mean. If I tell you, then I've released too much and the lines spill slower. Hugs Hugs!!!
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/18/2014 5:48:00 AM
I'll be honored Cyndi ,and thankyou.Even a little verse would make my day..Imagine what a sonnet will do : ) Hugs 0xox
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Date: 1/17/2014 8:37:00 PM
Charmaine, I have decided to do a large series of modern sonnets, each a gift to special souper, each a poetic abduction, so to speak, that places the poet in my locale . I... had one in mind for you. You are the first I have asked if I could write one. May I? Hugs, Cyndi

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