Fiction – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Describe but don’t reveal

“Controllers, abusers, and manipulative people don’t question themselves.” Darlene Ouimet


unlabelled, even when
labels seem apparent,
the friend who is an enemy,
who is transparent only with
lies and manipulative smoke
that mirrors for the observant
a path of broken glass hearts,
twisted into a sculpture of
sticky dark love like bitter
treacle on the tentacles of 
lost hope, you stood apart
from everything and denied
everyone who you really are,
and sucked the life out of all
who trusted your pain and 
felt for your narrative fiction
as if it were their own child.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under challenge, Free Verse, life, poem, psychology, quote

19 responses to “Fiction – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. So many things come to mind – current (and nearly past) politicians, adulterers/ betrayal – but that last line gets to me. “As if it were their own child” speaks to something treasured and coddled, and I am reminded of addicts. Maybe my mind is just in a dark place today, lol.

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  2. marandarussell

    I’ve known people like this unfortunately.

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  3. Strong message well presented, Paul.🙏

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  4. Wowza, powerful…leaves me speechless and impressed.

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  5. Whoa. That is one toxic Diablo.

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  6. Beautiful writing❤️. Enjoyed this😊

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  7. lync56

    Disturbing poem – so well written


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