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The dusk of chivalry

The age of chivalry has passed,
but chivalry lives on in men
whose honor and instinct
survive in the face of ridicule and revolution,

in spite of political propaganda
distributed by androgynous drones
as the infallible truth of a progressive world
with no place left for gentlemen.

A world where mutilated values are
paraded before our sons
and sung as mantras of the day
by fickle knights in tin-foil armor

flaunting capricious deeds and
shedding integrity in pursuit of
fifteen minutes of infamy
and a glamorous trophy wife.

Most have little hope
as they inherit a legacy
of squandered dignity
with no clue how to reclaim it.

But hope lives on in a few
uncommon men of quiet strength
lying dormant in anonymous lives
until a new revolution calls them out

to exemplify what men should be,
bringing back the valiant love of a woman,
with decency and chivalry,
for the good and honor of all.

Copyright © Thvia Stein

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  1. Date: 2/21/2013 5:59:00 PM
    God dictates chivalry to us. Great write.

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 6:11:00 PM
    this has a most excellent message inside it, Thvia. Congrats on two of your poems making it thru to round two of the big soup contest!

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 3:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry X3 making it through round one of PoetrySoup's contest. The best to you in the finals Thvia. Love Carol

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 12:54:00 PM
    Many congrats on your three first round successes Thvia - rgds Janette

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 1:57:00 PM
    i must say Thvia, you seem to have a handle on the way things aren't really liked and enjoyed.

  1. Date: 1/5/2011 6:43:00 PM
    Congrats on the feature. I still hold doors, still open car doors, still say Ma'am (except to the Speaker or former speaker). My boyhood hero was Robin Hood, but I've been more of a pirate than a Gentleman. Great poem. Vince

  1. Date: 1/5/2011 3:58:00 PM
    Congratulations! Thvia, on your featured poem of the week. Enjoyed the little gift of will you wrote about here,..p.d.

  1. Date: 1/5/2011 11:46:00 AM
    Thvia - Congrats on having this well written, truthful poem featured - I loved the ending, mj

  1. Date: 1/3/2011 10:17:00 PM
    Social commentary is my favourite topic of poetry. This was a very nice read. Keep speaking out and maybe someone will hear. I, for one, am listening.

  1. Date: 1/3/2011 5:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Thvia. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/5/2010 10:56:00 PM
    Great stuff! You have a wonderful eye for nuance and truth.

  1. Date: 9/2/2010 8:50:00 PM
    Well put!

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 4:37:00 AM
    I'm one of those guys who want all to be equal, but men to be gentlemen and polite to women. It's so easy to do, and not a lot to ask for. Just my opinion > nice poetry Thvia >> James

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 11:46:00 PM
    Chris, yes I agree about natural instincts, the debate will continue I suppose but it's nice to know someone who's on my side of the controversy!

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 11:38:00 PM
    Back again. Thank you for the kind words. And yes, I agree that it will simply take a few more generations to sort things out. There definitely are natural instincts that do not have anything to do with societal progression, but are part of each sex's core essence~Chris

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 10:52:00 PM
    Chris, yes, I think that both men and women are in a difficult transition period of redefining our roles and it may be a few more generations before we establish some kind of acceptable norm. I don't necessarily think men FEEL like being less chivalrous since I believe it is part of their nature to be protectors and providers. What I do think is they are unsure how to acceptably display chivalry in situations where the urge is instinctively triggered. I hope that answers your question!

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 7:05:00 PM
    Beautiful poem, I love it a lot! --Elizabeth

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 5:13:00 PM
    Great poem here, that really had me thinking. Do you think that the stronger Women's Liberation becomes, and the more that women act, dress and talk like men, the less men feel like being chivalrous?~Chris

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 4:13:00 PM
    Great write..Enjoyed reading it very much..Sara

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 4:13:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. so enjoyed your most creative write tonight.. there are many contests offered on this site.. check them oout and enter.. good luck..with luv..