Same Old – A poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Manifesto – Word of the Day


Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of the Communist Manifesto, published circa February 1848, and which sparked many political and economic debates, and not just a few revolutions.


Same Old

It was that kind of day,
when I could finally speak paradox,
between the corner store
and the park.
It was there I heard
the suit encased optimist’s manifesto,
from the podium,
with only a momentary pause.
The man behind me asked,
“Can you splain that mate?”
And, I said, “Sure, it goes like this;
lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies,
but it came out as,
paradise, free bread, equality,
love and peace.”
Then the woman in front said,
“You know, we already have all these things,
they’re a manifesto of your heart.”

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, poem, poetry, politics

28 responses to “Same Old – A poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Fantastic!

    Not wanting to get political here on a poem, but a thought on Marx & Engels, it always bothered me when people are so excited about Marx & Engels. Engels’ father was a rich industrialist who owned a factory in England and Friedrich Engels would see the atrocious conditions in the factories that were so rampant in the industrial “revolution” were young kids worked long day, women were giving birth on the factory floor as they could not afford to take off etc.

    Friedrich Engels then would feed all this info back to Marx in Germany and later London and Marx was just writing immense volumes while neglecting his own kids. Engels did NOTHING to reach out to his father or help in any way to improve work conditions, while feeding Marx all the info on how appalling work conditions are.

    This hypocricy on Engels AND Marx’ part always has me gobsmacked how people can get so impressed and excited on mere “theoretical” change on paper.

    It’s great to WRITE about work conditions, but if one has the opportunity due to being fortunate to be the son of the “slave master”, but not trying to practically do something, I don’t want to read any of those people’s words.

    Marx’ seven children he raised in poverty, 3 survived while he was busy writing theories, neglecting his kids and Engels missed opportunities to help improve what he witnessed in his father’s factory. And is it any wonder that the writings were then the basis for so much turmoil!

    It truly is a lot of bla bla bla!

    Great poem.

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  2. Reblogged this on Poetras Blok and commented:
    Brilliant poem from a fellow blogger!

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  3. Love Marx but I love this poem better.

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  4. Personally, i feel that social/socio-political revolutions are just superficial, pseudo-revolutions that do not fundamentally change things. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. very skilfully said, love it Vincent … got both your ears still ๐Ÿ™‚

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