Cankered Soul – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“There’s small choice in rotten apples.” William Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew)

Cankered Soul

Anticipation lost in the blemished apple's cankered soul,
so eagerly plucked, so easily discarded in disappointment,
closer inspection revealing my darkly understood truth
where meaning drips as milk through coarse muslin.

So eagerly plucked, so easily discarded in disappointment 
in summer's groves of ripe, sweet, acid fertility,
where meaning drips as milk through coarse muslin,
fermenting in pools of lucid drama easily spread.

In summer's groves of ripe, sweet, acid fertility,
a promise held tightly in paradise quietly lost,
fermenting in pools of lucid drama easily spread
among willing acolytes of ideals long forgotten.

A promise held tightly in paradise quietly lost,
closer inspection revealing my darkly understood truth
among willing acolytes of ideals long forgotten,
anticipation lost in the blemished apple's cankered soul.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

27 Comments

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27 responses to “Cankered Soul – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wow. How easily the bruised are cast off. Felt this.

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  2. The line that resonates with me is “where meaning drips as milk through coarse muslin,” but I have no idea why.

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  3. We are all this apple in a fast-paced environment. Blemished because we so eagerly pluck and so easily discard in disappointment. We tend to miss out on so many treasures.

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  4. I had to read it again.

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