Unattended Things – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Unattended Things

All those years ago,
throughout the nights,
I harboured you beneath my bed,
though the covers kept me safe from
your glinty eyes and sulphurous breath.
And, though I feared your teeth might
take my legs as I’d leave my
doona castle,
one day I took my sword,
and slew you.
Or, so I thought, for
as the years have passed
I have sensed your resurrection,
now you dwell in my interior castle,
midst my shadow self,
with all those unattended things,
that have teeth enough to
take me whole,
should I forget you.

©Paul Vincent Cannon





Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, psychology, Uncategorized

26 responses to “Unattended Things – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Hélène Vaillant

    Keep mindful, sounds like huge teeth. Beautifully expressed poem.

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  2. I do look forward to your poems.

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  3. good advice for someone for the things that bite

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  4. Good one: “shadow self”! 🙂 That’s about what they are!

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  5. somehow this reminds me of my own Feelings.

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  6. lync56

    I love the Jungian undertones at play here


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  7. Ah! the beast of temptation … always hidden, but never far. A good reminder to be mindful of “unattended things”, is how I’m reading it. Love your work, Paul.

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