Ananta Madhavan

A Cynic Turns Away - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

Speak true, they said
and sniggered when I took them at their word.

Play fair, they said,
Winking as they cheated me and others.

You will learn the rules as you go on;
If you win, you're one of us.
If you lose, we disown you.

If you find anything arbitrary,
Put it down to a rule you should have known.
Begin the year wisely.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in 1982, after a failed transaction.

Comments about A Cynic Turns Away by Ananta Madhavan

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/18/2016 5:47:00 AM)

    You will learn the rules as you go on! Nice work. (Report) Reply

    (4/18/2016 8:07:00 PM)

    Thank you, poet-critic Edward Kofi Louis, I am grateful that you read my old poem on trying
    to cheer up by looking at the positive side. After several more decades, I am glad to be
    alive to see things anew and avoid the cynical downside view. Hope you find some of my
    later offerings to PH worthy of inclusion. Best. AM

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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