Mould – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Sylvia and Ted

Kim at dVerse has invited us to work on a form following the work of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

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“Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?”  Henry David Thoreau



The question arises
an urgency, of course,
it is a matter of choice

of light or darkness
it’s hard to prove,
but one or other

must, with patience, or
light across the floor,

show clearly the mess
whether spore or slime
gathered in pools of

water sitting in
my blackened shower
carefully displayed,

creeping nemesis,
a trap of deathly
slippage so discreet.


©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under challenge, environment, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

35 responses to “Mould – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Who knew black mould could be so poetic.

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  2. LOL, coincidentally I posted a poem about Sylvia Plath today just by chance 🙂

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  3. Seeing is easy but getting rid is 😀 😀 😀 .
    Very creative Paul.

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  4. You are a creative soul!

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  5. Mould is something I have a constant battle with, Paul, and I am familiar with spores, slime and the:
    ‘creeping nemesis,
    a trap of deathly
    slippage so discreet.’

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    • Kim thank you for the inspiring invitation and your very kind and encouraging reflection on my poem, it is much appreciated. I sympathise, my poem is real, I too battle with it as our employer provided residence is a constant battle.

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  6. Definitely deadly, I’d say. And invasive—it’s reached our place already 🙂

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  7. Oh… this make me look closely… and those spores constantly coming back to grow… so disturbing.

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  8. Wow! Unbelievable what can be written about mould too. Well done Paul. Have a beautiful weekend! MIchael

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  9. lync56

    Great poem


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