Je m’accuse (I Accuse Myself) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – The Other side

VJ has invited us to write from the other side, which involves us reflecting and writing from a perspective of ourselves.

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“Self-doubt imprisons those that never overcome it.” Obiora Embry

Je m'accuse (I Accuse Myself)

The darkened cell shrinks and enlarges 
with every swing of the yellowed light
overhead while my hands are restless
upon the greasy table as my narrowed 
eyes stare back at me, interrogating my 
every emotion, there is nowhere to hide,
I know myself even when I don't, at 
least I know that which I most want to 
deny of myself; what is this rage that
coddles within me when it suits, to
justify my wounded, fragile self, by 
hurting others, of this I accuse myself,
of this I absolve myself, I reach for 
water and begin again.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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25 responses to “Je m’accuse (I Accuse Myself) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I really enjoyed this. Dark. Very dark.

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  2. That darn rage – so difficult to get to the bottom. Love the imagery. Infers that neither side are fighting fair.

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  3. The anger and rage within,… is water enough, to douse the fire..

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  4. I’ve had many of those deep, dark nights of the soul. Your poem dispicts them very effectively. The inner battle between rage and guilt is exhausting.

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  5. Self-doubt and deprecation seem to be a flaw we all struggle with from time to time. Keeping it in check is the real challenge. Great Poem Paul!

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  6. Hard to walk out of self-doubt, but I give you permission. You deserve it!

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  7. And again…and again…
    Well done, Paul!

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  8. Charis Counselling

    I can use this poem as well as pertinent to me – Interested if this is a thing for you though?


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