He Wanted To Be Remembered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

 

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He Wanted To Be Remembered

He wanted to be remembered
beyond his broken beginnings
and unrealised expectations that he
continually cut and pasted onto
other people in his life,
a behaviourist’s delight,
a man of such dissatisfaction
that the world, his world,
was not made in his image,
his anger was all sinews and knots
and his specialty was invective, hate,
stabbing people with his tongue
and building cheap worlds of resistance
in his head that tickled his ego
and gratified his mind,
he wanted to be remembered
for stealing the souls of forty-nine
innocent and beautiful people.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

62 Comments

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62 responses to “He Wanted To Be Remembered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. What he did was really heartbreaking. A twisted mind who ran amok.

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  2. Yes, it’s very sad indeed.The world seems to be in a state of topsyturvy.So much of hatred,no forgiveness nonetheless awesome writing.Thanks.

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  3. Heartbreaking. This world was not made in its imagine. How well you expressed this tragedy.

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  4. His name should be removed from history and of those like him, too. Such a terrible waste of life.

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  5. Way too much hatred in this world.

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  6. Another very sad day for mankind.

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  7. MNL

    Shocking event, very sad.

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  8. Haters are gonna hate. It’s what they do. Nice memorium Paul.

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  9. My soul is heavy with these tragedies. Sometimes it feels it will implode.

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  10. Heartbreaking. God is surely weeping.

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  11. Every word you write is Brilliant, but these stand out for me…as they describe me (though I would not perpetrate violence and tragedy as remedy):

    “He wanted to be remembered
    beyond his broken beginnings
    and unrealised expectations that he
    continually cut and pasted onto
    other people in his life,”

    God bless you today ❤

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  12. Very well expressed Paul. He may not realise how much burden is upon his soul now.

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  13. It breaks my heart to see the hatred around! We all need to HEAL! 😦

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  14. Well done Paul. Such a tragedy, the whole world can feel it.

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  15. I read the first few lines thinking you were referring to domestic violence and the experience of so many on a daily basis. Pain, outrage, anger, all so palpable in these lines.

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  16. light will vanquish darkness

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  17. This packs a punch, Paul. So well written. Wow.

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  18. I can’t click like on this powerful poem. What a terrible way to be remembered.

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  19. Oh… I’m sorry Sir!
    I made a mistake… Didn’t know when I touch the follow button and unfollowed you. Let me click it again.

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  20. Heartbreaking. The only one tiny hopeful thing (although not for those who lost their lives) is the immediate push to quickly tighten the gun laws. If only that could finally be a model and an inspiration for my country…

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    • Yes, I’m hoping that the more other countries arrive at this it might help yours to move that way too. Australia did it in 1996, so let’s hope there’ll be more

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  21. This is really a difficult subject for poetry and you write from such an interesting point of view and build up to the tragic consequences of one man’s actions, though I fear the hate is perpetrated in too many ways but the goodness in the majority must prevail.

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  22. lync56

    Sad poem but so well said

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