The Show Pony – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


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“The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.”  Robert Hand


The Show Pony

Clippity-clop, clippity-clop,
comes the show pony,
man, what a performance,
sighing, shifting,
surely not drawing attention,
disagreeably terse,
momentarily incomunicado,
pouting, shifting, drifting,
back again,
unrelated, off-topic,
every subject an expert,
eyes averted,
machine-gun style,
embarrassed laughter,
looking for approval,
sharing anger uninvited,
we simply listened,
and held you

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote

33 responses to “The Show Pony – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wow! The pace of this captured me – could feel the terseness. Interesting piece.

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  2. It can be quite the challenge to respond with kindness when in the presence
    of a perpetual Show Pony.
    I think it’s spot on that those insecure with themselves seek the most attention.

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  3. Adding this link to the reference index at the Foundation for Poetic Justice

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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  5. Another masterful metaphor!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kindness always, Paul. I can feel you walk the talk.

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  7. Love it! Sometimes i am feeling just like this. 😉 Michael

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  8. lync56

    So well written


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