It Had Wandered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Madness




“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.”  Thomas Moore


It Had Wandered

If only she could paint them,
but the colours were all wrong
they were coming too fast
and speaking real slow,
collecting at her temples
and bursting in her ears
while the words on the news-stand
started flying and though
she tried, she couldn’t catch them
and put them back except that
one word, evol, which
creased her brow and
made her hide inside herself,
till I turned it around
at which she cried and laughed
and held her head and
sang a song,
even so, she didn’t trust that
word, it spoke of all the wrongs,
a wasted life and a cruel hope
just out of reach,
but there was no madness in her,
it had wandered down the street.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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33 responses to “It Had Wandered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I don’t know what to say, Paul, except that you have a gift for touching the core of human experience. Once again, I feel as if you have teleported over here and peeked in at my world. I’ve been trying to put it on paper, and there you are, expressing it so well.

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  2. So much to like about your poem in fact I evol it 😉 from the very first line, the poem never lets up with all her impressions and keeps a great pace too. Thanks for joining with the prompt Paul

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  3. I love how you manage to describe someone’s experience of a madness, when you cannot really see, or describe or maybe make it stick on a single word….

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  4. A really touching piece Paul I love the opening descriptions, I can feel it with your character…and that madness wandered down the street.

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  5. Bravo Paul, so well done. And I love the two closing lines.

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  6. It may not be our reality, but it is theirs. Sensitivity and respect are key. I’m ashamed to say I’ve failed in both with my loved ones in this regard.

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  7. Those last two lines… the madness leaves as inexplicably as it comes on.

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  8. Amazing, Paul! You have an uncanny way of looking within!

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