Your Real Words – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo (Google images): Artist Ai Weiwei of China, who is a noted dissident, has been arrested several times, and has claimed that he was assaulted by police in 2009, and again in 2010. See The Guardian There are many dissidents throughout the world, and throughout history who have stood for human rights, they often pay with their lives.

 Your Real Words

As soon as it begins
there is no possibility of speaking,
your words are no longer your words,
they are artfully abstracted to fit
predestined verdicts,
skilfully distorted for truth,
so that nothing is real
and no one believes you.
Sometimes doubt colonises your mind,
but not your heart,
the place where you stand true,
in spite of your brokenness
and exhaustion,
retrieving your real words for all to see,
the butterfly effect that will
waft away empires of finite minds.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, poem, politics

24 responses to “Your Real Words – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. sadly every country is guilty of breaching human rights issues but we need dissidents to keep it at the fore …

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  2. The closing lines say it all, Paul.
    the butterfly effect that will
    waft away empires of finite minds.” The trigger for a revolution.

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  3. They don’t realize that every time they beat AiWeiWei down or destroy one of his studios he becomes stronger. Your poetry speaks to exactly that. So well written.

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  4. Many peaceful dissidents are the ones with real courage. The U.S. government hated John Lennon and it is so sad that he died so young, as he did.

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  5. Absolutely brilliant! Loved it!❤

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  6. This is a powerful poem, Paul. And the political climate is only getting worse with China fixing to implement its social credit system. Well, history has shown that even under rigid totalitarian governments, artists voicing dissent are not silenced but the pressure they’re under serves as impetus to be even more creative, more revolutionary.

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    • Thank you so much Amaya, appreciate your reflection too, and yes, hopefully none of us will succumb, but especially those on the front lines of despotism. I can see how they arrived at the social credit system, a sort of new prison or house arrest, very powerful, but for me, and insidious evil in the hands of elites. We face many such challenges to freedom now.

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  7. Nasuko

    Mr. Liu Xiaoban also kept fighting in the Nation for his own country.
    Wealthy with one person and the other is All slaves is the Nation,it’s Wrong.
    The Nation is established only with the Citizens.
    People who wish to gain power and money keep duping all human-being.

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  8. We live in frightening times when abuse of power is applauded as strength and leadership. Surely as people, we are better than this. At least, my prayer is that we are.

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  9. lync56

    Another powerful poem – well said


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  10. Reblogged this on Success Inspirers' World and commented:
    Beautiful poem.

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