No Surrender – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

For a double dare by Beverly Crawford, and with sympathy for Jane Dougherty, following my poem The Next Dance.

Photo: found on

“There is a grandeur in winter, stern and wild it may be, but a grandeur which speaks to the soul.” CJ Peterson.

No Surrender

The sly cocktail dress sits sublime in ice
upon the line all formal and smooth,
while my dungarees have actually taken shape
as if possessed by a ghost, all stiff and 
starched, no wrinkles or sag like the sack 
of potatoes they normally pose draped upon me, 
the ice has claimed the denim and holds it in 
its steely grip as if fit for Ned Kelly's last 
stand where there will be no surrender until
the sun breaks free.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon


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38 responses to “No Surrender – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A wonderful counterpoint to yesterday’s breezy dance. Nice juxtaposition.

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  2. Reblogged this on e-Quips and commented:
    A counterpoint to yesterday’s breezy dance. Today just a working stiff.

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  3. Another loved verse, thank you. I like the last stand….๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Yes! The careless dancers of yesterday’s poem are frozen into submission in this piece.

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  5. loved it Paul.. from rags (your last post) to riches! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

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  6. This was such a playful poem; it brought a big smile to my face. As for the inspiration photo, my mother avoided that problem when I was growing up by having a summer clothesline (back yard) and a winter clothesline (side porch).

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  7. Wonderful imagery and photo, Paul! Fond reminders of days gone by! Robert hangs most of his clothes on a rack inside. All of mine go in the dryer! Of course, there is no snow!

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  8. Ah! I can relate to quote by CJ Peterson and a nice poem Paul.

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  9. Charis Counselling

    Very good love it


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  10. Lady Robinson

    Cudos Mr Paul๐Ÿ˜‰Another beautiful passionate poem. Love reading your poem’s…they have so much meaning๐Ÿค 

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