Our Very Words – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Lofty – RDP Tuesday


Photo: peoplesriverhistory.us. Artist Wes Modes sailed this recreated 1940s shanty boat down the Tennessee River in 2016 as part of the project – ‘A Secret History Of American River People’


Beware the echo-chamber!


Our Very Words

We named her SS Egalitarian,
fuelled her with libertarian spirit
and collectively manoeuvred along the river
wisely steering round the rocks of despair,
avoiding log-jams upstream,
keeping to ourselves, naturally
no boarders here
our company pure,
ideologically speaking of course,
untainted, ideal,
and though we steered so well
navigating this river of life,
the skin of her hull
our very words in fact,
ran out, and the
democracy of the river poured in.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under boats, Free Verse, life, philosophy, poem, politics

18 responses to “Our Very Words – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Very well crafted, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh! Wow! every line so perfect and I felt the ‘give’, the vulnerability, at the end. You’re a master at this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Speechless, Paul, because I’m exhausted.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Artfully penned and your poem speaks volumes, Paul!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nice photo complimenting the stillness of time and moving words together they are reflective.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lync56

    Very cleverly written poem – well done


    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.