How Much? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Word of the Day – hovel




“We only have what we give.”  Isabel Allende

How Much?

Am I really my brother-sister’s keeper
that I must set aside something of
myself to lift their burden,
to alter the fortunes of every hovel?
Isn’t this the origin of the retort of anger,
that I must somehow be responsible ,
that I know I dress their plight
in a shame all my own,
sermonising, offering beads for gold,
paralysed by guilt,
always asking, “what can I do?”
but never asking of myself,
“How much is enough?”

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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33 responses to “How Much? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Thought provoking, Paul. How much is enough?

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  2. An honest and well-written assessment. Your poetic description brings out the subconscious hibernation of truth. Cheers👍💕

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  3. lync56

    Very deep and thought provoking – great poem


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  4. This is strong and disturbing.
    You talk about so many lives and the photo is so apt.
    How come a child is responsible for another child?

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  5. This poem is the expression of my dad’s life. He lived it every day.

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  6. Important questions…
    Difficult indeed….
    Buy responsibly…
    we can each do our part.

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  7. A wonderful and powerful poem to provoke an inner inspection of ourselves!!
    Hasn’t this been settled? Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes!!!! Isn’t this also the basis of the parable of the Good Samaritan? Awesome, Paul!!

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