Only Dreams – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Lisa at dVerse has invited us to write a poem using the word (or derivative of) clown. dVerse Poets – Poetics – Clowning Around


“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” Anais Nin

Only Dreams

We were agog in teens town,
all oxford bags and platforms
and we knew that the answers were
always at the back of the book,
there were no questions then,
only dreams to be made true,
including Romy, but she left the
party early, restless as always,
"Mate, don't be a clown, go after her"
they urged as if it were a sport,
but if it were the rules were unclear,
and I knew that her street smarts
would expose my innocent bravado,
so I clowned inside.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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28 responses to “Only Dreams – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Beautifully penned. I can feel the internal conflict well!

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  2. Ah, the eternal push and pull of the rubber bands of relationships. If only it were easy! But then oh how soon we would get bored. It’s a conundrum I’ve get to figure out. Your articulation of it all is deft and appreciated, Paul.

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  3. Beverly Crawford

    Clowning inside has caused many an ulcer, no doubt. There are layers here, and much to think about. A poignant write.

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  4. 🙂 ❤ Really love this one! It never got any easier for me either!

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  5. ah shucks sounds like a missed opportunity … or a safe play

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  6. Ah, young love and all the angst that comes with it …. clowning on the inside included.

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  7. “Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.”
    ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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  8. lync56

    A great poem – took me back


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  9. The conflicts of the past.Now, we are much more prepared. Aren’t we? 😉 Enjoy your day, Paul! Best wishes, Michael

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  10. What a great opening line: “We were agog in teens town.” Funny, I don’t associate clowns or clowning with the teenage years. Clowning and buffoonery are reserved for adults in positions of authority.

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