The Trees Need Pruning – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: found at northescambia.com showing citrus canker.

“The trees which are pruned, watered and nurtured by caring hands bear the greatest fruits; it is the same with people.” Bryant McGill

The Trees Need Pruning

Who sets the rules,
how do we renegotiate the public space,
will trust ever re-emerge past the deep
suspicion that has been birthed in us,
formed by the canker of the rotting fruit
of moral crises, whose pith is obscene 
resistance to justice and the disturbing 
mnemonic of the slaughterhouses of
power, we have been here before, 
but now, more than ever, the trees 
need pruning.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

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32 responses to “The Trees Need Pruning – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Brilliant Paul and so sad that the rot has spread worldwide.

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  2. Those last two lines really pulled this together in a wonderful metaphor.

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  3. Now, more than ever, they do indeed.

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  4. Very powerful and just message beautifully expressed, Paul! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll pass on that grapefruit, thank you anyway! Have a great week! โค

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  5. cannot help but to look around searching…. the pruners hidden amongst us pruning without much fanfare who leave in their wake peace kindness and progress…

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  6. Long live the revolution! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let this only hear our politicians. Last week, they decided here in Germany last that anyone who questions their legitimacy is an enemy of the state. So I can certainly question the legitimacy. It is only outside of elections that I must not work towards their removal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Michael

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  7. The rot seems to be endemic, unfortunately.

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    • Yes, and I’m wondering why now, after all the work of the 50s – 90s, why have white wealthy males plunged us into misery? I love peace but I could quite happily whip some of them.

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  8. lync56

    Wow great poem and very challenging but very true

    >

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