Whispering Suicide – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Jim Huylebroek for the New York Times

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Plato

Whispering Suicide

Cheap little saccharine songs for mud,
manufactured jingles to make you numb 
to death, mixed ideologies competing for your 
mind, hollow promises for free, tacky coloured 
rectangles of cloth whispering suicide to the 
flesh of youth who dream of becoming,
who are the heroes in this  moral 
vacuum of life's bitter ebb, where
are the children of this rancid death 
cult now.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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30 responses to “Whispering Suicide – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A powerful piece. Well done!!

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  2. mixed ideologies competing for your
    mind, hollow promises for free…
    Seems to be the story of our world… and has been the story of war for sure!
    well done!

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  3. So terribly sad . nice piece

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  4. sanaarizvi

    “mixed ideologies competing for your mind, hollow promises for free, tacky coloured rectangles of cloth whispering suicide to the flesh of youth who dream of becoming,”.. this hits close to home, Paul. There are so many minors whose minds are led astray by extremists. It’s tragic. A most powerful, gripping write 💝

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  5. This is chilling abd very moving Paul. Unnerving photo. Wow…

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  6. Emotion runs deep, deep after reading this poem …. excellent writing.

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  7. There is nothing worse than dying from ideas whispered in your ear by those false prophets…
    Part of me thought of the title song for MASH … “suicide is painless”

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  8. A very sobering poem, particuarly paired with the Plato quote. Over two thousand years, and we still haven’t figured out that war does nothing but beget more war? Brainwashing the impressionable to kill themselves in the name of killing others for their cause is particuarly heinous.

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  9. The quotation tells it all. Your words, so visceral, tell it too.

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  10. Powerful poem – bitterness, sorrow, and futility. Made my think of my own father who signed up as a commando at fifteen, knowing it was a suicide mission.

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  11. Paul, love the Plato quote. It is a great introduction for this sobering poem.

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  12. Very thrilling piece but emotional😔Love It🤓

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  13. lync56

    Another Powerful and confronting poem

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