This Drowning Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The most dangerous creature in all the seas: a mermaid.” (Hook) J.M. Barrie

This Drowning Life

Mermaids are very real,
not those bare breasted beauties,
half fish teasers who tempt sailors
to their watery grave with sung
promises of seduction offering the
world for one single embrace,
no, real mermaids are in our midst,
teasers of the hight street
whose seduction is so complete,
they drown us in our own desires.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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33 responses to “This Drowning Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well done Paul! I love the way your poem switches from one meaning to another! Great metaphor for what happens in our world!

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  2. Vandana

    Two perspectives, perfecty mathcing!

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  3. Really nice… “real mermaids are in our midst,
    teasers of the hight street”

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  4. Love those last lines, especially. We often drown ourselves, don’t we?

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  5. Indeed… maybe the sailors just pretended it was a mermaid when in reality it was a hooker in Havanna.

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  6. This was really great!

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  7. drowning in ones own desires…could be death of a different type…

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  8. Right on. Our own desires are the ones we are sure to drown in.

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  9. Beverly Crawford

    How perceptive! This poem made me smile, for some reason, perhaps at the thought a clever someone saw the connection!.

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  10. There are so many “s” sounds in this poem, makes it slinky and fills it with sea-water.

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  11. It shocked me Paul when I was seeing the mermaid making a comeback in culture. That is one bad omen.


  12. A very lovely one, and so true. Thank you Paul!

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  13. lync56

    A great twist and truths expressed in this poem so powerfully


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  14. good grief! Men are falling into the ocean. Those human wives are overbearing, is what I have heard.💦

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