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Below is the poem entitled PITY THE PIRANHA which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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                      “All cruelty springs from weakness.” 
                                                  - Seneca


Piranha cannot help
            being piranha

Savagery, mindlessness,
the sharp art of butchery 
were inflicted 
           upon them

Denied soul,
but granted a talent
to destroy 
              without prejudice 

Cold, mercilessly cold,
feasting on the vulnerable
working malice, deboning victims like
             blood-let machines

Pity razor teeth
             pity those loops of hunger
Pity most of all their cursed nature,
psychotic, relentless, 

            and inherently obscene  


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  1. Date: 7/12/2015 11:37:00 AM
    Soup Mail!!

  1. Date: 6/24/2015 4:42:00 PM
    I'd rather just swat 'em! Hehe

  1. Date: 6/5/2015 2:00:00 AM
    Hi CYNDI.. Just a quick note to congratulate you for having this impressive write featured on Soup's home page. Blessings and keep writing wonderful works! -LM PS.. I love following your blogs, informative and always interesting!

  1. Date: 3/11/2014 6:07:00 AM
    What a neat peom! Cyndi, you have convinced me a poet can write a poem about anything! I think this poem is grand!

  1. Date: 3/6/2014 10:52:00 PM
    Hi Cyndi, I did not know you had it in you... I'm kidding, I know you can write about anything. Somehow, I attract human Piranha... LOL... No wonder I'm drawn to these meat eaters, and savage killers. I've seen every Piranha movie on Netflix, I've also seen all the recent movies on the sharp teeth fishes on DVD, I do pity them, and any fish under sea level. I don't see why this world needs to be cold. -- I cannot say "If you can't beat them join them." What I can say, "If you can't eat them block them..." LOL..... I'm just kidding, I've been in a joyful mood all day long. Loving and enjoying this' let the blood line loose. Soup mail. ~Linda~

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  1. Date: 3/6/2014 10:45:00 PM
    Dear Cyndi: This is man's tragedy: labeling what he thinks is cruelty. In truth, man is oftentimes the "piranha" in this violent world. You quote from Seneca is spot-on relevant. Lovely write. Thought-provoking read. Thank you. Leon

  1. Date: 3/6/2014 8:58:00 AM
    When I was a kid I seen Piranahs in a James Bond Movie and I still carry that image in my mind. This is a very effective piece.

  1. Date: 2/28/2014 2:14:00 PM
    A very powerful write Cyndi, you are a poet in her own rank, a cut above, it was a pleasure reading your work today luv xxx

  1. Date: 2/28/2014 11:27:00 AM
    Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for making my day. I have found it pleasurable to always begin the weekend with Poetrysoup because poets like you and poems like this do not disappoint. Have a lovely weekend

  1. Date: 2/27/2014 8:29:00 AM
    I wonder. Born that way. Can they help it? Maybe, but do they want to, no. Get the restraints. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 8:41:00 PM
    On second thought, what if Piranha were comparatively the nicest things around, including people. What a trip this life would be eh?

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 8:33:00 PM
    But if we didn't have some bad in the world, we wouldn't know the difference, would we? Good write. hey, just a thought. Work on your by-lines to have a second message. Maybe contrasting?

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 8:06:00 PM
    Chris is right, i think, it's a weakness of the mind. But this particular blowfish isn't interested in help, too closed minded, and therefore his hearing is impaired too. Cute poem, Cyndi. hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 3:31:00 PM
    A provocative perspective on aspects of the human condition. This is a guilt-trip, right? I have them too. At times many of us swim around in schools of piranha, but I would like to believe that most of us have more soul-weight than described above. Obviously it is conscience which separates the different "species" of character. Then again, there are so many variables. It isn't always a weakness of character, but instead, a weakness of the mind.

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 9:08:00 AM
    Cyndi...well said.

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 7:30:00 AM
    I like this poem; somehow reminds me of certain people who make the lives of others a misery.

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 9:12:00 PM
    interesting perspective on this most dreaded fish Cyndi ! Good poem..luv,Deb