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Below is the poem entitled RUTHLESS 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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I don’t care if you have a degree 
or that your self-published textbook
is a decree to take a closer look 
at time-tested, armor plated antiquities.

I don’t care if you know your stuff,
fluffing your sleek, interlocked lines
and keeping things just so, just so 
in ascot wearing, dandy rhymes.

I don’t care if you can recite
the Mikado in its entirety,
as you pose in the spotlight,
Yum-Yum for all posterity.

I care about the longing
that I found in the verse
of a friend, words filled with whys 
that scattered a soft, rainy season 
to the oblivious winds.

I care about the heart
that became a puzzle, tiny pieces,
a thousand tiny pieces calling
out for me to reassemble,
winged things both soaring
then suddenly falling like 
reoccurring dreams,
art that almost trembled
in gentle riddles crafted to tease.

I care about the grip
that held the pen and how the paper
became damp and creased
as thoughts played in short stanzas,
tethered to honesty,
such a rare and noble quality,
even on the pages of poetry. 

I care that caring is vanishing 
like stone angels in cemeteries,
conversations on park benches or
the respect for ones peers:
those that dot their teary i’s,
those that shiver in life's trenches,
those that scry with ink, language seers. 

They ask so little in return,
Only the freedom to search for truth,
in their own voice, in their own time,
and safety from condemnation, 
ruthless lies and snobbery.

I care about a forgotten virtue.
I care about decency. 

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:37:00 PM
    wow..that is ruthless, i can think of a few poets... I can hand this poem too... I love the point your attacking on this poem..Why Cyndi,, never would I expect a poem like this from you, raw from the heart. I love the emotions you used when writing this poem... ha...more I love the way, you left a comment on my poem out of the blue. Good going if you would have never commented on my poem, nothing would have brought me down here to read this bundle of joy and integrity of yours. xox~PD

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 2:41:00 PM
    This is indeed one that goes straight into my fav list,Cyndi! A true pleasure to read such excellent work.I like the message I read from the poem,honesty right from your very heart and soul;-) hugs and love to ya`~Arild (keep up the spirit!)

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 2:25:00 PM
    You ride the wind Cyndi, your emotions, the disappointment and scorn all surrendered with pointed ridicule and rightly so. Howmuch of this permeatesour lives so that confusion seems to reign. A wow verse to challenge the mind! Love, Lizzie

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 9:57:00 AM
    A passionate verse...wonderfully written. Cynthia

  1. Date: 10/22/2012 8:25:00 PM! Too many wonderful lines, Cyndi! "[...]words filled with whys/ that scattered a soft, rainy season/ to the oblivious winds."...Im going to fav this beauty.

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    Date: 10/22/2012 8:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How you doing? : )