Weasel Ways – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: pixabay.com A weasel

Five Lines

“Weasel words from mollycoddles will never do when the day demands prophetic clarity from great hearts.” Theodore Roosevelt

Weasel Ways

It was your delicious moment,
a pause in the flow of words and,
like a weasel with an egg, you
sucked the life out of my words
and I faded away.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Note: A Weasel is of the genus Mustela (which includes stoats, polecats, mink, ferrets, otters, wolverines, martins etc.) one of their habits is to suck the contents of an egg leaving the shell behind. In 1900 the term Weasel Words was coined to reflect words that suck the meaning out of other words, e.g. organised chaos, some people say, experts recommend, are all weasel words.


Filed under Five Lines, Free Verse, injustice, life, poem, quote

22 responses to “Weasel Ways – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Ah, yes, “weasel words” are a regular part of the higher education lexicon.

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  2. 😉 A wonderful metaphor.Thank you also for the explaination of “weasel words”, Paul. Have a beautiful day! Michael

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  3. How beautifully snappy!

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  4. Charis Counselling

    After discussion – a great poem


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