But Not Today – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: dailymail.co.uk Still shot from the movie 1984

“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” Montesquieu

But Not Today

How clever
the con of flags and
their purveyors who 
valorise sacrifice for 
ideologies that dribble
like bird shit down 
lifeless, barren statues,
testimonies to a violence
nurtured by cunning liars
who consume our flesh,
but not today,
today we burn your flag
repudiating your death cult,
and beat your statues into
life-giving vessels bearing 
gifts of life and love that
set us free to determine
that no one will die this day
for the sickness that is a 
canker in your fetid heart.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, life, philosophy, poem, politics, protest, quote, war

34 responses to “But Not Today – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Strong and truthful! Thank you Paul.

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  2. Thank you for this Paul. You nailed it! The tyranny, the hatred, the fear mongering, the cruelty etc. etc. 😢

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  3. Dribble like bird shit! Yes!

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  4. A very powerful voice in this one!

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  5. Msdedeng

    Holy, holy! Yes!!

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  6. Very enraging and a befitting reply to the fearmongers and people spreading violence and fear in the name of the ruling. Alas, we have people like in every corner of the world today.

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  7. I like the notion of beating those statues into life-giving vessels. And here in the US, more dead from gun violence over the “holiday” weekend.

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  8. Wonderful, Paul. Even that which is assumed set in stone can be overcome when truth prevails.

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  9. This is incredibly powerful, Paul. Comparisons with 1984 are not going unnoticed in some corners of the world.

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  10. “… that dribble
    like bird shit down
    lifeless, barren statues,” What a great image. Lol Meets their honour for some statues we should pull down. Michael

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  11. Charis Counselling

    Wow that is a powerful poem – well said


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  12. A powerful poem Paul.

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