This Once Warrior – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Keen – Word of the Day




This Once Warrior

Her hand rested on his cheek
while she searched his face
not knowing how to approach
such cruel intimacy,
this once warrior
now spent
his sallow skin a mask,
a pale representation,
as he lay in quiet repose
already emptied of himself,
and in that moment
sadness washed over her
and a deep keening began
and remained
on her lips
she was wrung out
and dried
to a whisper.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, grief, life, love, poem, relationship

37 responses to “This Once Warrior – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Good metaphor. Did the warrior die? (That part is not clear to me.)

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  2. How sad it is!It’s really the style of the writing that brings out the real situation before the eyes of the reader. Thanks sir for depicting a pathetic picture.

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  3. From one who has lived through losing a husband long ago, you describe grief so well.

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  4. ESP

    wrung out and dried to a whisper, what a line!

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  5. sadly forlorn … grief is a tough one even when you know it’s coming!

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  6. What I love about poetry is that people can interpret poems so very differently. Quite like life really. My great uncle was a bombastic man, a bit of a bully. Perhaps he was an ex-serviceman. When he died in his seventies, my great aunt just blossomed. She must be coming up to her 100 birthday soon. She still lives in her own home, and goes to the gym now and works out. Your poem made me think of them.

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  7. Amy

    “…and dried to a whisper”, brought tears to my eyes.


  8. Sad words but I felt them deeply. Love reading your writing.

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  9. lync56

    Beautifully crafted but sad


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  10. Ennle Madresan

    Oh my gosh, breathtakingly beautiful…felt it deep in marrow.

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