2020 – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“It’s been the worst day since yesterday.” Flogging Molly (Song: ‘It’s been the Worst Day’)

As I write and reflect I feel the weight of 2020 differently to other years – Paul

2020

This hard year offered her slender mean hand,
in a moment of my dystopic moodiness
I took her brittle bones and together we
wandered to the very edge of my sanity.

In a moment of my dystopic moodiness
the vast ancient well-spring of grief opened wide,
wandered to the very edge of my sanity,
only bitter herbs assuaged her dark love.

The vast ancient well-spring of grief opened wide,
her obsequies ever solemnised with rites of sorrow,
only bitter herbs assuaged her dark love
gleaned by the threshing floor.

Her obsequies ever solemnised with rites of sorrow,
I took her brittle bones and together we
gleaned by the threshing floor,
this hard year offered her slender mean hand.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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41 responses to “2020 – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “Her slender mean hand” is such an unexpected metaphor for 2020. I had to stop and think about it.

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  2. You capture it well. Her hand is mean indeed. I feel like each of us has been taken to the edge.

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    • I found it a difficult year, and yet we’ve had it so easy here with covid, but it has deepened every other personal grief as I experience it. But then Trump, and then other fools, and the environment …. sigh.

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      • Me too Paul. I live mostly isolated because of my disease, so not much different there, but for some reason this feels more difficult, more restraining – plus the anxiety. Take care…we’re almost through it.

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      • Yes, we nearly there. What troubles me is the fixation on the economy which will drive reckless political decision making. I’m proud of our state premiers who have stood against the Federal govt and protected population. I was listening to one of my fave people – Parker Palmer who pondered why nations break when economies are challenged, leaving the question of how to better enable community rather than economy.

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      • This whole pandemic has been a test of our collective compassion and humanity. Some our passing, others failing terribly.

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      • Yes, I’ve noted that too, the few that are selfish stand out here.

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  3. I’m still not sure I’ve grasped the grim reality of 2020. But on the other hand, neither has Trump. Take him away quickly now, someone.

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  4. Amy

    “…to the very edge of my sanity…”, say the least. Hope it will get better next year.

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  5. 2020 wasn’t hard for me I can say because instead of following the cares of this world and stayed following Christ , Ive been Blessed. I hate the mask and when I put it on , It makes not to be able to breath at all and I know why. It’s because God didn’t want me to Follow the Leader just Him. I have been around many of covid victim’s including my aunt and covid hasn’t never touched me. While on my way to work 5am in the morning and God spoke and I pulled over and I walked and cried. What He said was ” Only 1 % was chose to be His Chosen One’s, 5 % was meant to lead and the other’s haven t woke up, they are still asleep meaning they still following the cares of the world. Just like the devil wanted to be casted out into the den of pig’s and sent to the lake….Pigs can’t swim right💁🏼they drowned. This pandemic happened for a reason ” To see who followed who “. 2020 may have been a mess but It wasn’t for me🙏

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  6. I Loved the poem Mr Paul sorry for the long message🤓

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  7. This is probably the best pantoum I’ve ever read. It flowed so easily and is written masterfully,

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  8. 2020 definitely opened many wells of dark love. She offers what she can with the little means left and hopes we see the true light thru the darkness. Great words to stir thought.

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  9. Charis Counselling

    Well described and love this form that you introduced me too

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