Neil Ellman Debuts

Any Kind of Cruelty

(oil painting by Paul Klee)

Any kind, every kind
of cruelty
is much the same.

Pull the wings off a butterfly
or waterboard an enemy;
shoot an elephant
and sell its tusks for gold;
or let the children starve.
It is much the same
as any, every kind..

Best at cruelty
worst at compassion
and empathy
we are the chosen few
the privileged nobility
of the world
we think
and they are not.

Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published numerous poems, many of them ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.  He has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.


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