I Cannot Be sure – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest … because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.”  Terry Pratchett

I Cannot Be Sure

The darkly raven fixes me with beady eye
and discordant derisive rasp,
the briefest glimpse of silvered light
on fading leaves that shiver on
the breath of the restless ones
like tinsel in a breeze,
while the dank forest floor
slithers and creeps
in the litter of this quiet,
horned and winged things fill the air,
time slows and ice runs through my veins,
I turn to see what pricks me so,
a cloaken figure speaks
and yet there are no words
so I hearkened her eyes
which pierced me so
speaking long of dread,
of hers or mine I cannot be sure.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

47 Comments

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47 responses to “I Cannot Be sure – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A true poet you be, sir

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  2. Absolutely beautiful Paul. Love the ending.

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  3. I’m sitting on the beach in warm Exmouth and reading this at sunrise. It made me shiver …. drew me in totally! ❤️

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  4. Such brilliant poetry, Paul. I loved it totally.

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  5. Nice description of speech without words:
    “a cloaken figure speaks
    and yet there are no words”

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  6. Reblogged this on Megha's World and commented:
    A spooky poem from one of the talented poets I adore on WordPress.

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  7. The stuff nightmares are made of! Great poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Nice poem , illustrated by the lines or words.

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  9. I love the quote and your poem. It inspired me. 🙂

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  10. Vowww…. Truely inspirational….

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  11. In the end… maybe there is nothing to fear, but fear itself…

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  12. Rob Kistner

    Wonderfully haunting and mysterious Paul — excellent imagery. Captivating mood! What a great photo…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Chilling and haunting!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. lync56

    Wow – creepy – words creating feelings

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    Liked by 1 person

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