How Simple – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Thursday – Flourish




“I dream of giving birth to a child asks, ‘Mother, what was war?'”  Eve Merriam


How Simple

How simple to hold,
to love,
extend a branch towards hope,
how easy to cut the tree down
and offer striped pyjamas
and barbed wire,
to be disappeared,
how simple
that none flourish.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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27 responses to “How Simple – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love your reference to that book and movie. Well woven into the poem. Coincidentally I just read 2 more books on that time. The Tattooist of Auschwitz and For Such A time by Kate Breslin. The latter uses the book of Esther as inspiration for the journey of a Jewish girl in Dachau.

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    • Well spotted Gina, not easy reads though, so sad. Yes there’s also the Photographer, which raises questions of ethics and survival, I haven’t read Breslin’s book but I like your comment, Esther is the only book in the Jewish canon that doesn’t mention God.

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      • yes Paul so very sad, but I seem so drawn to the human spirit in these stories from that period of human shame and indifference. Is the Photographer the book set in Afghanistan? The book of Esther has always fascinated me for that reason too when I taught it in Sunday School. Breslin’s book was like a mini concordance between the Old and New Testament.

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      • The Photographer, which is not the full title, my memory escapes, was based on a Jewish concentration camp story.

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  2. I particularly like the movement in this poem.

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  3. So sad but true. Beautifully and sparingly expressed, Paul.

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  4. Wonderful piece.
    Both are simple and easy, help or harm what matters is our conscience.

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  5. I think some of my depressed mood has rubbed off on you.

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  6. Indeed. Thank you for speaking on this.

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