The One Hidden – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetic Pop Art

At dVerse Poets Victoria has invited us to take Pop Art as inspiration for a poem.


Image: ‘In Search Of History’ Alexander Kosolapov, 1982 – Sotsart

Note: SOTS-ART Soviet political art, a journey friend of Pop Art which, due to Soviet censorship of the 1970s – 80s, was mostly underground work.


“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”  Andy Warhol

The One Hidden

The conspiracy of words and time
melds colour to a constancy of grey
like ever present winter clouds
brooding over truth
whatever that might be,
and indeed,
that is the question Pilate asked
non the wiser for a reply,
that certainty as a non-event is,
in truth, a certainty,
where facts like curbs
eventually erode and fritter
revealing the naked and bold-faced
lies of our fathers,
a constructed history by numbers,
O how we walked those grey blocks
seeking lucent hope,
just a glimmer of colour,
a taste of the real,
no, not that capitalist lie, freedom,
it is the one hidden in my breast.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under art, Free Verse, history, life, philosophy, poem, politics, prose, quote

20 responses to “The One Hidden – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love this: “where facts like curbs
eventually erode and fritter
revealing the naked and bold-faced
lies of our fathers,”

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  2. Interesting! Artists will always try to be silenced by powermongers. Glad to learn the Soviet artists were fighting back. Warhol’s quote at the beginning is so depressing. I see the current saturation of marketing images on the internet like that. It’s like a loudspeaker screaming emptiness. The hope is what’s held hidden, in one’s heart. I love that idea, Paul.

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  3. I liked “a constancy of grey,” which could be grim or it could be comforting.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. you words perfectly fit with this Egyptian Lenin .. grey and dismal are the lies!

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  5. lync56

    Another challenging and deep poem amazingly well written


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