A Horror Coming Down – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Image: by Jonathan Burton and found at brainpickings.org


“In the time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”  George Orwell.


A Horror Coming down

Mobsters, junkies and clowns,
Orwell’s horror
a horror coming round,
soon we’ll be in the ground,
soon we’ll be in the ground,
write nothing,
think nothing,
don’t shake the tree,
just standin’ in my yard,
my business,
mine for me,
them don’t like it
no, they don’t want it,
no one’s for free,
my mind’s banged up
in a dead wing,
but they wanna own it,
they wanna write it,
the wanna tell me what to think,
just don’t think, no
just don’t think,
don’t speak at all,
it’s killing me man,
the shoot me down,
they shoot you down,
killer’s running round
all for peace,
some plastic peace,
righteous facade,
a horror coming down,
a horror coming down.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Note 1: The poem carries a rap influence, and was inspired by ‘1984’, Edward Snowden’s revelations, and the plight of Drill Rap artists in the UK, Australia and the US where censorship has been used as a weapon to limit and control the artistic expression of Drill Rap as a genre. Yet another sickening moral panic (accusations of organised crime, criminality, drug use, murder, and threats – obviously the authorities don’t read or live in poverty areas, or check the facts) being used against writers, and Australian and British police using power to censor and restrict artistic expression.

Note 2: in the poem the word wing = prison.


Filed under Free Verse, life, music, philosophy, poem, politics, quote, Rap

32 responses to “A Horror Coming Down – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Dark, but wonderfully penned. ❤

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  2. Well written, Paul. The tempo matches the message.

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  3. Nice description: “plastic peace”

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  4. yes, thanks for drawing attention to this Paul … I couldn’t believe it when I read about this total abuse of power.

    Artists should be rapping about the world they see and sounds like the police have too little to do cancelling rap artists concerts and throwing them in goal on trumped up charges [ooh that adds power to the old saying!] They increased their powers and boosted their numbers and now carrying out personal crusades instead of doing their job …. where does it stop!

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  5. Have I missed more dreadful news? It’s getting too much for me.
    Keep rapping, Paul.

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  6. Very effectively poem. It gives the sense that we’ve passed Orwellian dystopian and are heading straight to apocalyptic.

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  7. Whenever censorship talks of morality I fear that the true intention is about something entirely differently
    Makes me think about “entarte kunst”

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    • Good point Bjorn, their disdain fro art in general and jazz in particular among the musical genres was frightening. I’m watching Australia continue its moralising agenda, notably our penchant for moral panics, and living in echo chambers. Ordinarily it wouldn’t matter if we were just talking generally about policy etc. but this about freedom and identity stuff. Subterfuge.


  8. I love it. Very firm and relentlessly. As always, great work! 🙂

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  9. Charis Counselling

    I love this poem and would love to hear it read in that rap style a bit like “slam poetry” – very powerful and words needing to be said


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