Dying For The Fiction – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Climate Crisis


Cartoon found at sites.duke.edu


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”  Rachel Carson



Dying For The Fiction

They filled in the wetlands and gave me a house
of dreams filled with death,
and we cut down the trees that gave us life
that we might see the views of the city lights,
in a panic we scorched everything in the
belief that we must perpetuate production,
the very poison that kills all,
while giving happiness in spades of plastic that
smothers reality and makes us long for more
fictions that soothe and inspire
how self murder is so healthy for us,
I awoke this morning to find
my limbs removed,
my lungs cut down
and plastic in my gut,
I am Eco,
I am dying
for the fiction.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Paul, pvcann.com




Filed under environment, Free Verse, grief, life, nature, poem, relationship

72 responses to “Dying For The Fiction – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Your poems are sombre tonight.

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  2. Fantastic, Paul! Even its a sad situation. Michael

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  3. Oh how you made mother earth came to life in this poem Paul

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  4. And, yet we plan another moon landing.

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    • Oh I know, ghastly expense. I have an unpopular view that volunteerism helps pay for much of this, if we had to pay for absolutely everything we couldn’t afford to keep pushing on in non-essentials. Sigh.


  5. Your poem reaches out and begs to be not only heard but drawn in as an impetus for action. It’s a killing way of living that shows no abatement. The cartoon is exactly so. No world leadership I’ve seen is taking this seriously. They’re playing at it.

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  6. So very effective — your diction, tone, and overall message provide the opportunity to sit back and wonder about all that we are doing.
    “how self murder is so healthy for us” especially does it for me. It’s all for fiction — an idea of our supremacy and dominance which is going to be our doom.

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  7. wow Anmol said it well and the carton is perfect !

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  8. This one punched me in the gut.
    Mission accomplished!

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  9. Great irony in this poem. The cartoon was a bonus.

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  10. We all play a role in the problem – well illustrated.

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  11. So very tragically apt. This ties in with the theme of a couple of my recent posts too … for if we don’t address our environment and collaborate on ways to fix the problems humans have created, then none of the other issues will matter before long. Excellent poem … would you mind if I re-blog it tomorrow?

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  12. When mother has finally had enough, and strikes back —we all will pay dearly Paul…

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  13. You do not know how it goes on. Air travel tourism is still on the rise, the earth is exploited faster than ever before, and everyone involved says: we can not do anything else.

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  14. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    The single most important thing that should be on everyone’s mind today is the environment, for if we don’t take steps to stop the bleeding, none of the other issues will matter before long. Blogger-friend Paul lives in Western Australia and he writes poetry. Most times, I can even understand his poems, which is saying something, for I am often find it difficult to understand the subtle, hidden messages in most poetry. Last night, I visited Paul’s blog, as I try to do a few times a week, and was stunned by his poem of the day. Please take a minute to read it … it’s short but says an awful lot in a few words. Thank you, Paul, for your generous permission to re-blog “Dying for the Fiction”.

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  15. Read your poem over at Jill D’s blog. You had me from the very first line…albeit sadly…

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  17. Such a powerful commentary about the predicament we have created, Paul. Awesome work!

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  18. lync56

    Well said – a tragic reality put so well – a great challenge to us all


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  19. If through our words we can help raise awareness of the planet’s plight, so much the better. We write on.

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