It Begins With Me – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Word of the Day – Begin

Photo: BLM protest in Adelaide, June 6.

“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom ….” Pierre Berton

It Begins With Me

We know the system is malignant,
a menancing metastases whose
symptoms are poverty and despair
matched to a greyscale of colour,
imprisoned in anger that rails
agasinst the enormity of the evil
that presses in on every side,
and yet, the scaqle of it all
is not beyond us,
just a shift in thinking,
a step forward,
a word said right,
it begins with me.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, injustice, life, poem, politics, quote, Racism

23 responses to “It Begins With Me – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Excellent. I love the way you use words.

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. If each of us would just begin
    The world we could set right again
    No thought, no act too small
    When multiplied by all

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  3. Agree with the above comments. Also, that it does begin with each of us – recognizing how we contribute, being willing to no longer tolerate the devices of hate and racism.

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  4. Just think if everyone believed, it begins with me, what would happen. We can’t change the system, but we can change ourselves–and thereby, the system will change.

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  5. Yes this is true.
    No other way, it begins with me.

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  6. It definitely does, Paul. No surprise, your words resonate.

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  7. So true, Paul! Its all over the world, but in every state the officials tell the citizens about the paradise. Here in Bavaria too.
    I have now looked at our Bavarian politicians, from all sides. Not even the approaches of wings. So they are definitely not angels. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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  8. Charis Counselling

    Great poem and great reminder of hope if we all just make a change


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