Mind The Gap – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: borgenmagazine.com. A scene from India, but could be from many countries.

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Plutarch

Mind The Gap

Herald of bad tidings,
grimy sloth, slippery 
grease slime money bag
of hypocrisy and venality
belonging to that 
cabalistic horde who sold
their souls while like dogs
in heat for the lusted
promise of one more 
crooked dollar to feverishly 
snatch from the hope of
lives devalued, being left
to deconstruct their love
in abject, lonely missery
as if they were deserving
of a punishment so severe
for the crime of being born.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, politics, poverty, quote

62 responses to “Mind The Gap – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Will it ever end, I wonder. I feel the rage in your words, Paul.

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  2. Well written and oh so depressing.

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  3. Hi Paul, really a heart wrenching post.. and sadly true. Nice to meet you. Vist me sometime when ou get a chance.. Thanks, Cindy

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  4. Excellent and harsh as deserved.

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  5. What strikes me even more about your poem is that the accompanyhing quote is from Plutarch. The gap between rich and poor isn’t any closer to being closed after two thousand years! Two thousand years!! And he was right. That imbalance spells death to a republic.

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  6. ouch a scathing yet accurate retort!

    Feel you passion in this one Paul, must have been a real doosy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  7. Sorrow and hatred well up in my heart, as I watch it getting worse. So much worse. Corruption persists, is even blatant. Control measures are too little and far to late. The gap widens, the queues for bread and handouts lengthen. Cry, the beloved country, indeed.
    South Africa. The most unequal country in the world. Let our fury fly.

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  8. Charis Counselling

    Wow that is a very powerful poem – well said


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  9. Where is the next StockEchange to put this on th wall? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, its depressing, but otherwise if you know what happens one can react ๐Ÿ˜‰ Michael

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  10. The injustice of the capitalistic system is that it ravages the vulnerable. It IS infuriating, to say the least! Well-done, Paul!

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  11. Paul, Loved the Plutarch quote and the poem! This is a topic of frequent discussion at our house. ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best! Cheryl

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    • I think Iโ€™m boiling over on the sludge that is self interested politics. All that energy and rhetoric around the world and so little to show for it. My heart weeps for the vulnerable.


  12. Yes, that’s pretty much how our discussions go!

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