Veneer – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

Lillian at dVerse is hosting Open Link Night which means an opportunity to post a poem of your choice.


Photo: Better Homes and Gardens, January 1951


“You can get the man out of the stone -age, but not the stone-age out of the man.”  Abhijit Naskar



The old panels were tired
and out of place,
relics of the forties and fifties,
so we settled on a transformation,
new ideas, life, and colours,
it was simple really
but so effective,
though lately I’ve noticed
that the laminates are lifting
in some places and the
bakelite’s showing through,
seems that all the transformations
were just that,
insubstantial veneers,
and the laminates are surrendering,
giving way to the old once more.

©Paul Vincent Cannon





Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote

55 responses to “Veneer – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I’m loving that kitchen with the red touches.

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  2. I like your description of transformations as insubstantial veneers.

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  3. I have heard that same saying, but Brooklyn was used in place of stone-age.

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  4. Yes, the core remains…the layers come and go. So true of our lives, I feel.

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  5. Changing what is within is the true transformation.

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  6. so many look at outside appearance and then get bored after a time

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  7. hypercryptical

    Clever write.
    New things lose their gloss after time…
    Anna :o]

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  8. Veneer indeed… The Stone age creeping back out? 🙂

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  9. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Seems all around me the veneers of my country are peeling…I had really assumed the changes were truly changes of heart, and I keep trying to figure out exactly why and when things started to fall apart.

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  10. First of all, I love the approach open link followed by your eloquent composition. 💕☕️☕️

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  11. Excellent poem, Paul. I really like it.

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  12. Very clever, Paul.
    I love it.

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  13. Yes – our homes and our selves- constantly calling for renovations.

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  14. Another trenchant metaphor for the unsettled times in which we live! As a veteran of the home renovation wars, it particularly resonated with me. (Those metal kitchen cabinets must have seemed like a good idea at the time to someone, but they weren’t.)

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  15. This is spectacular! I was first stopped dead in my tracks…looking carefully at the illustration you chose. I REMEMBER that type of stool, my mother wearing an apron, etc.
    THEN I saw the title and I wondered how you were going to connect it.
    OH and then I read and connected! Yup — many have replaced those cabinets; “up dated” kitchens, refinished furniture, stripped away the linoleum and put down new floors, etc…..only to find that it’s much harder to strip away a cultural bias, etc….and it is all just like laminate that is now slipping from the surface and peeling. I could even equate this to the political scene that is now playing itself out….etc.
    Just a great write that applies to so much!

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    • You nailed it Lillian, yes the double meaning in metaphor. I have been so disappointed in the rolling back of so many positive gains of the past five decades, and the veneer that we seem to have adopted for so long wearing thin and peeling. Thank you so much for your insights and so glad this connected for you.


  16. ouch a sad reflection of too many lives …
    personally and politically we wear the mask
    which will eventually slip not up to the task
    words are meaningless
    when no action follows …

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  17. Oh Paul, this works for me on so many levels (pun not really intended) 😉

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  18. What a wonderful poem, meeting the quote too. Reading it came in my mind, whats here called “the good old time”, but with a missed definition. Michael

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  19. To Young Hearts

    Wow, a really good depiction of how every progression can sometimes become stale, and thus we have to start over to find a new transformation to admire.

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  20. I love this. You’ve got a nice blog, and I’m glad to follow you. 🤗

    It’s an honor to be here 🙇 . I hope I can make good friends with you💐

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  21. lync56

    Very thought provoking


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