And Yet – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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“It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty purposeless lives ….”  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

And Yet

She was never shy
and so we kept hidden
somewhere out back for
her own sake, you understand,
too brazen, taken to impulsive acts,
impetuous, ill-mannered,
an embarrassment to us all,
but she got our recently,
crept through her window
to play in the streets,
lifting her skirts at all,
laughing derisively as
they run, as run they should
in this season of the
end of everything where we
have hidden from ourselves,
while death has cast her shadow
and yet returned us to life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under death, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

26 responses to “And Yet – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I loved this layered poem where you have cleverly used the metaphor of a young girl to represent death.Brilliant

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    • Denial seems to be the vogue sadly. I was struck by Evelyn Waugh’s “The Cry Of The Loved One” where he uses the novel to show how the American funeral industry was beginning to deny death in its language and practice. The west does not live with death like many other cultures that do in my view. Thank you so much for your thoughts on this Megha.

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  2. I like your description of this season as the “season of the
    end of everything”.

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  3. Beverly Crawford

    What a thoughtful poem! The ramifications of the reality of death are many-faceted.

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  4. “while death has cast her shadow
    and yet returned us to life”

    COVID-19 has been a mixed bag, of sorts. It’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to bring people together (yet apart in their separation).

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  5. Oops how could you compare a cheerful young girl with Corona 😀
    Injustice isn’t it 🙂

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  6. Oh I enjoyed your unique personification of death. We do need a wake up call to live our lives with purpose. I wonder how many will see that light.

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  7. Charis Counselling

    Very interesting poem – I like the last 2 lines “ while death has cast her shadow, and yet returned us to life” very powerful (I like the other lines too 😆)


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  8. Wonderful creation of yours 👍

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