Dear Leaders – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Grace at dVerse is hosting Meeting the Bar, and the theme we are invited to write about is Protest. dVerse Poets – Meeting the Bar – Protest Poetry

Photo: Ocean City, New Jersey, a protest in response to the murder of George Floyd.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Elie Wiesel

Dear Leaders

There is no life in you,
you who are nothing more
than a husk blowing in the 
winds of rebellion,
I see your guns and gas
uniformed in fear of decency as
you sneer at the sensitivities of
ordinary people concerned for
some semblance of democracy
midst the pious, honeyed corruption
you pedal to steal the dreams of
our children as you piss in our waters
and foul our fields with your 
poisonous rhetoric so religiously
flavoured as to make God vomit,
while you continue to kill your 
own as if blood stains down your
highways is some note of triumph
for the totems you bend to in your 
spineless dereliction of humanity.
You can kill my body but you will
never kill my enduring spirit that
is me, we, together naming your
legacy of fetid lies and murder,
and we will make a road of integrity
to pass right over you without 
memorial or reward save for some
flowers to mark the hollow graves
that you are.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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44 responses to “Dear Leaders – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Amen, Paul. Righteous anger well expressed.

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  2. God vomiting 🤮 is quite a visual!
    Well done!

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  3. Okay, now tell me what you really think!😂. Not to make light of this, it’s all true, but I am getting tired of fighting.  I watched an NOR report in QAnon this morning and was so upset about a state of Georgia politician winning using it as her belief.  Now she is backpedaling a bit, but the damage is done.

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  4. Paul, I have always resisted involvement in politics. I make it a habit not to hate anyone. I find myself outside those half-century-long parameters. Your poem expresses my feelings so well! 🙂 Take care, Cheryl

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    • Yes, I moved on from political involvement years ago, I was involved, but felt powerless to effect real change, it consumes those who get involved. Thank you Cheryl. 🙂 have a delightful weekend.


  5. I hope this rightful expression of rage means it’s no longer inside you eating you alive.

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  6. Beverly Crawford

    Oh wow, this is powerful! Kudos

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  7. You tell it like it is, Paul!

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  8. Powerful rage in the letter. Really well done specially this part:

    you pedal to steal the dreams of
    our children as you piss in our waters
    and foul our fields with your
    poisonous rhetoric so religiously
    flavoured as to make God vomit,

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  9. Thank you for the phrase “honeyed corruption” . I’ve always had this tussle inside where I felt corruption is evil but there is evidently some gain that people seek which is fulfilled by corrupt acts. I could not give a term to this feeling. Thank you for summarizing it so beautifully.

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  10. This is so powerfully delivered and I share your sentiments. I try to stay out of politics as much as possible but we are at an unprecedented time in our world today. Thanks for the great poem and vomit for though.. ❤️ Cindy

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  11. We need some rage… but it seems just to bring on more rubber-bullets and tear gas.

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  12. This is righteous anger. I have it! Thank you Paul for putting it into words.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. boom boom, nailed the snails well!

    Just wish they would get to read it 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Charis Counselling

    Wow what a powerful poem – I love it – your ability to string words so powerful with such a powerful message but said so well



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