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Below is the poem entitled THE POET'S CREED 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 will write

Though a warmonger speaks of detonation 
while locusts fly low
and a million birds are culled
and women are sold like sow
and a cross burns      on a lawn

I will write

While fires gut warehouses
and a bald toddler gets more chemo
as a young man is killed for a phone
as an old man is beaten for wanting water

I will write because

some planes do not reach their destination
SARS steals the breath of unknown saints
comets still travel with tails
the hands of sculptors remain lithely strong
jails hold more than the guilty
glory bends oaks, orchestrates crickets

I will not stop writing

Nothing will silence me

Not ridicule or indifference
Not weeping through walls
Not the wail of sirens or a thousand ruby pens
Not criticism or confusion

Neither threats nor lack of understanding 
Neither love nor hate
Neither time nor space

Not even futility 
can steal or still my words, prevent their release

So as snow falls this April morn, dusts 
crocuses as coffee cools , while my family 
sleeps, with tattered heart and reddened hands

I will write

from turrets and tea rooms
under the ruins of forgotten memoriums
upon pretty walls of sanitoriums

Until each dry bone snaps in the crematorium 

But when I am tossed to the wind
My ashes will sail, strangely

And, friend, even there 
I will write, again

Copyright © Cyndi MacMillan

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  1. Date: 5/21/2015 3:44:00 AM
    I found it! I found it! In my humble opinion, this is your masterpiece. Go directly to my faves. Do not pass go...

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    Date: 5/21/2015 3:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 7:49:00 PM
    *cont'd* -- Usually I tweak the formatting to possibly help the reader. This time I left the formatting as is, because really, the poem is also meant as a spoken word to be read as a dedication to the Resistance Fighters who have left this site, and also for those who didn't give in to terrorism, and still fortunately remain here.

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 7:45:00 PM
    Maybe it's the mind-frame I am in at the moment(clear, but slow)....I am not sure if I fully gleaned wot you asked in your comment left on my latest post? I left a comment with a friend, who was then attacked by a group of people. I ended up getting sold down the river in a blog. So, I was inspired to write a piece. The line-breaks might possibly be more for me this time, than for the reader? They are mental reminders where I should speed up/slow down/change tone/breathe, etc while reading aloud.

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 9:36:00 AM
    Cyndi, a nice little win, in the SKAT' contest... xox~ Always & Forever *LINDA

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 5:22:00 AM
    Incredible write. Congrats, your win is well deserved

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 6:19:00 PM
    This one blew me away Cyndi. I LOVED the ending. That's all I have to say about that. Wow. m

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 4:07:00 AM
    Soup mail for Cyndi...

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 2:21:00 PM
    Wow...Line two of the 3rd verse is my favorite...'steals the breath of unknown saints'...Yes indeed - Tim

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 12:48:00 PM
    wow! wow! wow! that's all folks. Congrats! SKAT

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 12:30:00 PM
    cool poetry with great zeal! Congrats

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 6:41:00 AM
    Great read. Really enjoyed this poem.

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 4:33:00 PM
    thank you...

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 2:10:00 PM
    another piece that blows me away with ...........brilliance... no one here can compare! ......Oh.......forgot to say once again, a great big thank you for the help in my con-vow fiasco...the other night. I feel like such a looney-tunes..... (which I am, most of the time) :)

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 12:02:00 PM
    there you go... intense and gut-wretching with such power that comes from the crevices of your soul... stand by your truth; i'm learning much from you and this empowers me and all... inimitable cyn!...:) huggs and love!..:)

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 11:47:00 AM
    BRAVO! A wonderful piece... But yours always are...

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 11:59:00 AM
    WOW!!!! This is absolutely amazing, Cyndi. In a world where often sorrow reigns supreme, the beauty of a poem like this offers solace. I'm touched. Thanks every so much for your visit. So sweet of you. Hope the little ones has a fab teacher...and you are right, parenthood is the ultimate worthwhile career! Hugs

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 6:07:00 AM
    Oh my YES to my fav's/ you go gal![yup, yup, spot on Shield mate could end a verse short ;)]Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 5:06:00 AM
    Excellent. Well penned. Enjoyed reading it. Tfs

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 11:19:00 PM
    WOW, beautifully penned, very expressive. Love it Terry xoxo

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 9:48:00 PM
    I like,, or should I say love the title. a very soulful write. I'm hoping when your riding the wind, you have the perfect pen... Goodnight... thanks..... PD