Does It Always Have To Be? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“In any marginalised community, whether people identify themselves or not affects us all.” Ani DiFranco

Does It Always Have To Be?

Does it always have to be,
that there is an inner and
then a fringe dissociated,
yet desiring to be included,
unable to make the cut,
discounted, excluded, kept
in view to taunt with visions
of what they could have and
be, a group that is worth the
jealousy it presumes and the 
power it assumes that people
are but pawns to exploit and
money is the breath of life
exclusive to the few, an
ephemeral intimacy to 
worship and adore while 
standing on the sorrows of
so many.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Economics, Free Verse, life, poem, politics, poverty, quote

39 responses to “Does It Always Have To Be? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It’s a ‘ Fact ‘ for Very Few ” Non-humans!
    Social Stalwarts, with determination, will help the Tragics!
    And again “DESTINY” is also there to care the devil!

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  2. There is truly a social imbalance – almost a need. You express it well.

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  3. I think it does. We are humans with all the ——that goes with it. I think babies are born perfectly and then parents, the world, creep in slowly and deterioration begins. In my defense, it’s a cloudy morning with no plans🙃

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  4. Because the grass is greener on the other side of the septic tank to borrow from Erma Bombeck,?

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  5. Very suitable for the current situation in large parts of the western world. Let’s hope it continues to go well. Thanks Paul! I wish you a nice weekend! Michael

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  6. My answer to the question posed by your poem is, of course it doesn’t always have to be–and yet, the gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen

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  7. Well expressed Paul. The gap is increasing day by day.

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  8. lync56

    A great reminder of the injustices of our society


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