We Never Even Noticed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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We Never Even Noticed

How we solaced in the truths of our elders,
to hold to pristine shibboleths of hollow ground
that all was hallowed in a superstition
of moralised purity,
that we promptly set in stone,
and there we held you in mawkish admiration
so unfounded, somehow projected,
believing that you held us too
because we were so good at our own game
given to saccharine views of life,
there we were, fulminating righteous wrath
against love itself
the very given of nurture,
and we called on your name as talisman
without so much as a fibre of authenticity
preferring indulgent expectation
dressed and redolent in disconnect,
and you, imprisoned in your architrave,
looked on in sorrow and wept
in your powerless state where
our dogmas kept you,
yet you dared to ask from your eyrie
disturbing our common good,
What moved us or
how did we reach into the pain of neighbour?
Indignant silence was
followed by sanctimonious justification.
Your loud shout of anguish rent the air
then a mighty crack
as you effaced in surrendered humility,
recognising our inability to be aware
so selfishly content that
love was adulterated,
poisoned,
defunct,
perpetually crucified,
and we never even noticed.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Paul, pvcann.com

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69 responses to “We Never Even Noticed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. What a wonderf ul word…shibboleth. Seems as we get older, we discover these things we once thought usefull, only to be a pain in the arse.

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  2. Wow. A powerful statement!

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  3. We are mere flawed mortals, I wouldn’t expect anything other.

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  4. I thought of a specific person when I read that. “and there we held you in mawkish admiration….without so much as a fibre of authenticity
    preferring indulgent expectation…” He makes my blood boil.

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  5. Wonderful and powerful poem Paul. The way politicians have used social media to hypnotize the masses.

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  6. This is wonderful. Great use of language and a powerful message.

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  7. Very powerful. Thank you very much Paul! You made my day! 🙂 Michael

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  8. Wow, powerful indeed!👏👏

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  9. Wow. Powerfully written. I heard the question: If there is a God, what does s/he think of our posturing? We so often miss the essential points of life, like caring for our neighbour’s pain.

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  10. lync56

    Powerful – amazing poem

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  11. The play is over for many of us who endured. What an incredible statement/poem, Paul. Thank you.

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  12. What a way to send a powerful message across!

    Like

  13. Paul – such a powerful poem! The lines “there we were, fulminating righteous wrath
    against love itself….we called on your name as talisman without so much as a fibre of authenticity….and you, imprisoned in your architrave, looked on in sorrow and wept” made me weep with anger and sorrow in the truth that you so eloquently state. Thank you for giving voice to this.

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  15. I had to look up three words! I am indeed too human –
    Perhaps I have not been noticed by those up on higher plains of existence?
    It is indeed very credible what each of us has recognized in this destroyed image.

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