So Tricky (Really) – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

Kim at dVerse is hosting Prosery, and she has given us a D.H. Lawrence line – “We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of time.” from his poem ‘Hummingbird.’ dVerse Poets – Prosery – Telescope of Time

Photo: ya-native.com Wounded Knee protest 1973

“I think we ought to move tanks, the whole goddamned thing. Put a division in there, if necessary ….” Richard Nixon

So Tricky (Really)

Even though we look at him through the wrong end of the telescope of time doesn’t change the simple fact that he is still the same. Making him smaller doesn’t make him any less. And time is not elastic enough to change the facts, you can’t wallpaper over the truth, no matter how hard you try. No amount of forgiveness will enable forgetting. I know that those who’ve come after him have certainly made him look better, but really he’s not. To say one thing and do another, to promise what you know you will never do, never want to do, in spite of the innocent lives you trammelled, never even cared about. And for what, the vainglory of just maybe being a hero? The plumbers let you down? That wasn’t the real issue. Your smallness was your need to have power.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

The litany of Wounded Knee, Kent State, Vietnam, Cambodia, Watergate ….

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20 responses to “So Tricky (Really) – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Great title, Paul, and your words could apply to any of the little dictators throughout history. It is true that ‘making him smaller doesn’t make him any less. And time is not elastic enough to change the facts, you can’t wallpaper over the truth’.

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  2. Oh yeah… but it seems almost like good times compared to the present.

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  3. Unfortunately, as more time passes, revisionists will continue to plant seeds to convince the unsuspecting.

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  4. lync56

    Powerful poem

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  5. I really like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon. 🙂

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  6. Paul, Presidents are generally concerned about their legacies. We have finally found one who doesn’t care how history will portray him…now that is a man without vision and with very few redeeming qualities to be remembered for!
    I enjoyed your piece on Nixon. Are there any statues of him that need to be taken to a museum?

    All the best! Cheryl

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