Helpless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon





“stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts for  ever.”  Mineko Iwasaki



And you,
will you too take what is not yours
and steal away that which was mine,
and only mine to give,
rendering my giving impotent
and my rights void,
to assume my place
and take my breath as yours
the very pulse of my life
taken for granted,
your laughter echoing in
the chill of my mind,
and the applause of onlookers
so satisfied as
I lay helpless to prevent you.


©Paul Vincent Cannon



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39 responses to “Helpless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. blindzanygirl


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  2. Reminds me of how certain heads of government in the U.S. (and elsewhere) are taking away or blocking many people’s voting rights.

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  3. Wishing there was a way to make it different, whether on the taking or the taken side of the equation of relationships.

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  4. Your poem conveys the feeling of helplessness very powerfully. It’s a terrible place to be.

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  5. Wow Paul. Powerful, poignant and a really troubling.

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  6. Ah this is true story of many unfortunate Indians at this moment in the hands of power.

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  7. So, raw, powerful and unjust!!! Hopefully, Hell will serve it’s intended purpose!!! A moving post, Paul!!

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  8. Beautifully done with a strong theme.

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  9. Very powerful, Paul!
    BTW: Sometimes only the radical method helps. Until three years ago, we had constantly foreign rubbish on the property of a rental property. Nobody wanted to do anything about it. So I told the relevant circles of the city that the next garbage polluters might not come alive from the property. Since then, there are no such problems again.

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