Mistrial – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Trial – RDP Sunday


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He lay
feeble, in a field of pillows
his face sallow,
the air in his room was fetid
assaulting everyone;
five years he’d battled,
nuked and puked
to no avail,
but he’s not done yet
he’s got one more shot,
some new drug trial
no guarantee,
a dream,
with which he holds his
string of life together with,
and just one more day.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, Ilness, life, poem

59 responses to “Mistrial – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Trials either a miracle or false hopes . . . all too often the latter.

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  2. Peter Adewumi

    You’re such a great poet!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. “Timor mortis conturbat mei.”

    Liked by 3 people

  4. This really hits home, as I lost my brother to lung cancer in November, after
    a two year battle.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Expressive and on point, I can feel the emotions.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. hope goes a long way and you have described that so well here –

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  7. Have watched too many hang on for that one more trial. So tragic.

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  8. So real. I’ve witnessed those battles. You captured it.

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  9. Ennle Madresan

    Agonizing…but terrific writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Powerful stuff Paul, and so close many homes. So bravely worded and heartfelt 👍🏻

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  11. you describe the patient and his hope so well … how I pray this wont be me … move on, let go !

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  12. MNL

    really difficult. I don’t know how some people do it. poem captured the spirit of the fight

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Heartfelt and moving!❤️

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  14. Thank you Richa, it was a very tricky one to write, appreciate your comments.


  15. Wow- beautiful poem but so sad.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Oh am touch by this post. this blew me away. Thank you for taking the time to share these write up through these words.

    These words are painted in truth, experience and perspective. I especially love how you started it and how you ended the write up. Beautifully written and as I read through again on each line I was amazed . Each word you used are true and reflective of my personal encounter with people .

    This produced a smile on my tired face after a long day. You’re appreciated.

    You are welcome

    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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  17. Thanks    for liking my post on

    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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  18. We cling to life and those we love… healing

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  19. Lyn CANNON

    Powerful – a reality for many


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