Necromania – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” Malcom X


The dark birds circle 
in this inevitable 
scape of dryness where
parched promises rasp
through the heavy air,
they look so inviting these
mirages of ice-cream hope
in this land of burning lies
and benzine egos cradled
with tinder and matches
in a time of necropolitics
where we all become 
martyrs on a pyre of
their vainglory.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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21 responses to “Necromania – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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  2. Paul, Very dark…it fits the times! Take care! Cheryl

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  3. Benzine ego – first time I am reading this word.
    Does it mean volatile ego?

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  4. I love your phrase of necropolitics–so clever and so true. Nice!

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  5. When the buzzards start circling, we should know that we are in very big trouble. The US COVID death count on the news tonight hit 170,000+. And the petty political wrangling and self-aggrandizement continues as if these deaths were incidental and not worthy of note. Malcolm X certainly had it right–and we know what happened to him, don’t we?

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  6. I can visualise this wonderful poem of yours Paul. 100% reality.

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  7. It really fits the time, and i love the “ice cream hope” metaphor so much.Michael

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  8. lync56

    So true and put so well – great poem


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