Stockholm Syndrome – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Stockholm Syndrome is where captors turn a captive, the captive makes “friends” with the captor as a way of surviving.

This poem is for anyone who’s blown the whistle and paid for it.


Stockholm Syndrome

The words won’t form,
but even when they do they’re inadequate,
as they meet plausible deniability,
self-congratulatory hand wringing
gloved with obsequious smiles,
and the ancient quotient,
a make-piece of insurance,
it takes two.
If only you hadn’t
or got out of bed that day.
We see that you’ve suffered,
it’s not your fault,
we’d like to help
but we can’t take sides.
We can see your point,
it pierces us,
really, it does,
but you’ve done the unthinkable,
broken the rules,
spoken a truth,
pointed a finger.
Why couldn’t you just swallow it,
and set us free of your taint?
The weariness of my silence,
a surrender,

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, life, poem

29 responses to “Stockholm Syndrome – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. ouch doesn’t sound like a good outcome … there is more behind this than you’re telling?

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  2. Penetrating piece!
    Once, when i was young and hitchhiking, a group of guys picked me up and put me in the back seat surrounding me. They talked among themselves about whether they should beat me up. I joked around with them and they let me go unharmed. People need to be extra cautious these days!

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  3. I don’t know where to begin. This poem has so many layers. So I’ll say it simply. I love it.

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  4. So beautifully penned, Paul.

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  5. JayParkhe

    I loved this, as it resembles something I have faced in life “but even when they do they’re inadequate,as they meet plausible deniability,. Combination of several themes in this poem – well tied together in my eternal query “where and when will I find my true voice?” Thank you. Regards. Jay

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  6. Nasuko

    terrible! !
    What is likable to perpetrators is a kind of defense mechanism!!

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  7. I feel so sad when I see the educated illiterates from sound backgrounds defending every wrong deed of government and are not able to analysis the decisions from every angel especially in India.

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  8. Reblogged this on Poetras Blok and commented:
    Phew!! My story with Pret A Manger!

    Heart-wrenching text, Paul! My site is connected with Twitter, FB and other sites that automatically get new blog entries I post ….

    @everyone, check out this blogger’s poems… a delight for mind and heart!

    1, 2, 3….. reeee-bloggedy-blog-blog-blogged …

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  9. lync56

    Powerful words of a tormented soul


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