The Sheer Exhaustion – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Anmol at dVerse has invited us to write a poem about Pride – LGBQTI. dVerse Poets

Photo: Still from the series Babylon Berlin set during the heady days of the Weimar Republic, showing Severija Janusauskaite playing the cabaret artist Svetlana Sorokina. The series acknowledges the tension of the hedonism bewteen the wars, but also that the Republic acknowledged equality between men and women and sought to diminish traditional gendered roles.

“I feel like my body is in a waiting room.” Aimee Herman

The Sheer Exhaustion

The sheer exhaustion of externalities
enshrined in binary kitsch,
a black and white vaudeville,
pastiche of indoctrination,
a schema for knowing precisely 
where to park your genitals
and how to deport them,
cover them, name them
as if they were you,
betraying the fluid heart
and a free mind,
erasing true self,
denying the verb to be
in favour of determination
and benchmarked judgements
of approval.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, gender, identity, injustice, LGBQTI, life, mindfulness, poem, quote, self-development

40 responses to “The Sheer Exhaustion – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Had to smile at some of your description – so clever.

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  2. “fluid heart / and a free mind” – Yes.

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  3. Beverly Crawford

    Such an evocative poem! I should like to be part of the discussion group!!!

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  4. The “binary kitsch” can be so frustrating. I love your diction and phrasing in this one. We perhaps reach a stage where those judgements and approvals are just not worth it. Well penned! 🙂

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  5. Wow, very well written, of course no surprise

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  6. Oh yes… none of us is solely defined by our genitals … if we can just acknowledge that we have it all inside of us… to be defined is not healthy for anyone (even if it leads to privileges)

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  7. Your poem meets the pride challenge very effectively.

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  8. Not sure i totally understand what you’re saying. Are you saying that one’s mental image of oneself is more important than physical reality…or the potential threat to others? How is this loving your neighbor as much as yourself?

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  9. Ever since I looked at Kinsey’s continuum and realized that the 100%-ers one way or another were anomalies, an overwhelming sense of relief flooded over me. I wish Kinsey could see his truth out there in living color today.

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  10. So true–and clever language, “where to park your genitals. . .” and “denying the verb to be.” Certainly we are more than our genitals, and it is exhausting to have to pretend to be what we are not.

    I loved Babylon Berlin! I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a long time.

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  11. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely raw, honest, beautiful and brilliantly executed! 💝


  12. A great one, andso important, Paul! But i fear we are once again back to the past. ;-(Michael

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  13. How interesting that on your first breath in this world, the first judgement made about who you are is based on as assessment of external genitalia, oh those schema, not always right, there’s the rub. Thank you for this Paul.

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