The Cost – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Carol Cater,

“Consumerism is eating the future.” Andy Coghlan

The Cost

The serpent of eden slithered into the
malls of life whispering songs of
inadequacy, songs of desire, and we
all sang those ego spirituals as 
earnest acolytes of self-deception,
seeking salvation in virginal blister
packs promising thirty seconds of
youthful orgasm at the cost of barren,
sterile soil and a pile of dead leaves,
leaving us with a fetish for auto
asphyxiation in a heavenly glaze.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon


Filed under environment, Free Verse, future, life, nature, poem, quote

37 responses to “The Cost – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well said. I confess to liking the irregular retail therapy but the older I get, the less enticing it has become.

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    • Yes, I think it is quite human, the exec Lebow quipped in the 1950s that consumerism was the only way forward for survival and we like sheep followed. I think as a therapy it works and that is so attractive. Thank you for sharing Pat.

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  2. Life would be so much better without that serpent.

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  3. Wow. Poetic mastery. Poignant message

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  4. shopping shopping shopping…. we need more stuff…. snake slithering star… greed… inadequacies.. it’s all there…. we just don’t have enough….. im kinda sad…. can i say excellent poem….

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  5. Amazing imagery! Powerful poem. Agree with your point as well. Bravo๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  6. Wow! You have extended my thoughts about overconsumption to a whole new poetic level. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  7. blindzanygirl

    WOW Paul. This is such a deep poem with such hidden mening. It is extremely powerful. And as for that serpent! And do I see the thirty pieces of silver there or am I imagining it? Anyway, it is an amazing poem – as is all your poetry

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    • There is a hint of the thirty pieces, a kind of nod to our betrayal of nature/creation, very perceptive, and many thanks for your response and for engaging with this.


  8. Well said, Paul! We don’t need all that stuff, apart from books of course ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Curiously enough, I’m just taking a quick break from writing a scene which is set in a mall. Stranger too, I’d also rewarded myself, mid-afternoon watching a clip from Wild Earth Africa – a 6ft black mamba sliding through the bush.

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  9. The truth in a nutshell.:-) Michael

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  10. We’re paying a very high price indeed for our rampant consumerism. Shopping malls are among the most alienating places on the planet for me.

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  11. lync56

    Powerful poem = love it


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