Jack – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Careful what you tell yourself, especially if you’re stubborn.”  Nitya Prakesh


Jack was a handful
at eighty,
goes sideways a lot
his feet don’t lift the same,
Rosie called appointment time
but old Jack’s mind
played a fifties reel,
he always pushed it late,
Rosie knew that like concrete
Jack was set in his ways.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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30 responses to “Jack – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. too many like that even at 18 … tolerance and flexibility make life so much easier 🙂

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  2. I’ll bet there’s a story behind this poem!

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  3. I don’t even know you and you were talking about me. Just keep in mind I am only 70!. Wanted to personally thank you for reading Shinbone Star in general and my last story in particular. Keep reading please. I will visit you as well. My entire experience was in grad school when the university poet in residence was my advisor. His name is Mike Castro. A mystery to me how you conjure it up.

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    • It’s sometimes a surprise when things resonate, out of the blue too. Enjoy your posting, so will indeed keep reading. Is that the same Castro who is the poet laureate of St. Louis?


  4. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    Talking about me

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  5. A new project? Set in my ways? Me? Never!😂

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  6. I like the thought of him being set in his ways even if he goes sideways a lot.

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  7. Somethings change and somethings do not – love it.

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  8. I am SO sorry for this late response. My life has been crazy hectic–but now I’m caught up a bit.
    I’m pretty sure I’ve met Jack–and yes, he was a handful. 🙂 But not my grandfather Jack.

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  9. Nice work Paul! Some of us are really set in concrete and then there are those of us who think we belong on Mt. Rushmore… set in stone!

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