Held – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Mish is hosting Poetics and has invited us to write about eyes.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Look Into My Eyes

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“Tears are the silent language of grief.” Voltaire


I offered a word of unction as
soothe in the hard litany of life's
steal of breath that you held in
that moment of discordant caverns
and clawed violins as the world 
slipped over its own edge,
and your eyes declared a pulsing
reach of heart that awakened
in a welling of bearing held
between us in a knowing,
sharing, through solitary to a
lifting connect, diminishing the
awful theft of happiness, 
a restorative without need of 
voice, just deep eye-felt

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, grief, life, love, poem, quote

22 responses to “Held – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. blindzanygirl

    Love this one.

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  2. A sad romantic one, i think. You find a very impressive image for it. Thank you for sharing, Paul! Best wishes for the second half of this week. Michael

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  3. You show how empathetic eyes cross the divide of pain and suffering. I especially loved this phrase: “a pulsing
    reach of heart” Lovely!

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  4. and they are often the best!

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  5. A beautiful flow of enjambment. I especially like this ….”as the world
    slipped over its own edge”.

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  6. I love how you used musical imagery to describe the eyes… excellent synesthesia

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  7. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…and when two eyes connect they too are speaking a thousand words…
    Clawed violins playing as the world slips over its own edge… sure feels that way these day!! Well done Paul.

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  8. It pains me to see someone else’s eye well up with tears, and I never know what to say. Maybe I don’t need to say anything at all?

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  9. A beautiful one. Very emotional.

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