The Many One – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Mish at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) using the word drum. dVerse Poets


“You can’t make a mistake when you improvise.” Patti Smith

The Many One

The steady predictable rhythm,
rat, tat, tat, tat,
of that single snare drum
unleashed our 
arhythmical froward,
we went into the street,
with pans, tins and bins
and we beat a revolution,
ba-dum, dum, tat, boom,
one tune, many beats
the difference of one.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, protest, Quadrille, quote, relationship

56 responses to “The Many One – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Nice last two lines comparing one and many.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Many hands but one goal. Revolution or Evolution? That is the question, Hamlet has not remembered. 😉

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Great poem Paul! The drumbeat seems to be the unifying force that actually brings about change!

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  4. One to be listened to I hope.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. If only all the hearts could beat to the same drum of equality, kindness, acceptance. It would be a great rhythm.

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  6. Once you are many you become strong… and drums can call to action

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  7. Yes, to the beat of those many drums as one! (I love the Patti Smith quote.)

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  8. omanotopaeia (sp?) used so well here, Paul.

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  9. When many voices come together the beat gets stronger.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. sanaarizvi

    Poignant! ❤️

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  11. I love the last two lines. It describes the unity of difference and similarity rolled into one.

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  12. wow oh wow this is truly sublime Paul, a masterpiece, kudos!

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  13. Charis Counselling

    Love this poem – the way you have used one thing to say another


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  14. Amy

    one tune, many beats, hopeful. Love this poem, Paul.

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  15. “To the beat of the drum”. (Do you know the song?)
    (By the by, you have a typo: fRoward)
    (Happens to me all the time)

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  16. Love all the drumbeat sounds in this. Made the poem dance. Also, your quote is from my all-time favorite person. If you’ve never seen her live, you must.

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