Waiting – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Fireworks


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Jack walked the streets at three
until a resounding boom of wheels in ruts
would send him marching ramrod home,
on fireworks night he would take cover
waiting for the shells to rain down.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Note: I observed “Jack” many times but never got to know him, in one week he never got to the shops because the trucks would sound explosive when they hit a rut or drain cover and he would stop, stand to attention, wheel about, and march home again. Shell shock/PTSD had wrecked him.

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Five Lines, Free Verse, life, poem, war

37 responses to “Waiting – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. too many suffer this, for many Vietnam Vets a chopper sets them off …

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  2. You distill e experience to it’s essence
    Good job.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. I have PTSD from a childhood of abuse, so I definitely relate to the veterans who suffer these things. I think about them every time this holiday rolls around.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. I used to love hearing my dad tell his war stories and I am glad that he survived WW2, or else I wouldn’t be here.

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  5. heart breaking. So tragic.

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  6. This really touched my heart.

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  7. PTSD is horrid.

    Btw I tagged you at the end of a cooperative poem for you to add your four lines.

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  8. Profound and heartbreaking. The Jack’s, and Jill’s, of the world, are forgotten heroes and often treated as less than worthy of our attention and appreciation. Thank you for reminding us that our freedom is not free.

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    • Sadly so. Many WW1 vets that I met were indignant about the hoopla govt put on, instead wanting a simple acknowledgement of the needs they had post war. Yes, I believe there is no such thing as free freedom.


  9. Thank you for writing this! xox

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  10. lync56

    Great poem of a sad reality for some


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  11. This is heartbreaking. A sad fate the Vets had to face.

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