“O, Cynthia”, Cyn Grace Sylvie’s magnificent poem, is a sojourn through family, bloodlines, history, and myth, with the poet’s own name as the catalyst. Glittering with femininity, details, Greek lore, Cyn’s poem is a delicious treat for any reader, regardless of their name and heritage. She told The Dewdrop, “It’s a poem that is an investigation of my own birth name, Cynthia, and the name’s ancient origins in mythology and mysticism.”
O, Cynthia Feminine variation The mound bending Delos Isle Where she was born with her Brighter brother; a white pearl sown Upon a black dress quite becoming Holy Roman epithet Frigid daughter of Leto Shouldering a slim bow She rounds upon the sacred doe An ancient beast; forever chasing Grey sister, the Son of night Held aloft for all to see A mirror shield reflecting That frozen serpent ever doomed To consume itself, murdered then born Virtuous Cynicism Mispronunciation of A Greek hero whose blood Became the plant; precious namesake Of my grandmother, gray-eyed and blind We pass a glass between us, One sharp tooth to tear and rend This gold yarn ~ we dye red; Wet chords passed mother to child while She watches . . . pacing, quiet, unphased (•)
Cyn Grace Sylvie
Cyn Grace Sylvie is a writer and performer whose work explores the internal drives and subversive desires of the human experience, through the lens of personal mythology, sensuality and mysticism. Cyn is a recipient of Epiphany Magazine’s 2017 Short Nonfiction Prize, and sited as a Notable Nonfiction Selection in ‘The Best American Essays of 2018’ (Mariner Books). Her poetry has been featured in BRKFST Biannual, MATH Magazine, Aoetearotica Magazine, Beyond Words, and The Literary Review. A graduate of Drexel University, she is a creative director by profession, an oracle by calling, and a fatalist by design. She resides in Jersey City, NJ. You can find more of her work on her website: www.cyngracesylvie.com.