Between – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to use the homograph wound in both its forms.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Wound

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“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” Rumi


The love wound wound itself around my 
heart sharp, like a cilice, offering exquisite 
devotional pain, and the more I wrestled 
with the feeling, the more it gripped the 
whole of me leaving me between the 
pain of regret and the joy of desire.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


Filed under Free Verse, love, passion, poem, Quadrille, quote

37 responses to “Between – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. What a frisson of pain/pleasure you conjure with your barbed imagery, Paul ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. YOu make a couple of very emphatic points with this imagery. Nicely done.

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  3. ” Pretty Dilemma “!
    Superb capacity of Imagination!
    Bravo PV!

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  4. The paradox of the heart.

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  5. devotional pain…..oh there is so much in these two words!
    And this:
    “between the
    pain of regret and the joy of desire”
    The emotions are visceral in this write. Just an excellent write to the prompt!

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  6. There is a crack, a crack in everything-thatยดs how the light gets in. (L. Cohen)

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  7. A powerful Quadrille …. well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. How perfectly described

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  9. I feel like this is the sort of thing you can only write if you’ve experienced it…


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  10. sanaarizvi

    “devotional pain,” speaks volumes! This is exquisitely woven ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Excellent! A beautiful expression of the truth of love.

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  12. Ah, ecstatic pain . . .

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  13. Haha … the mysterious pain of love … ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

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  14. Some wounds are like that. Great idea to use the two ‘wounds’ side by side. This works really well!

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  15. Glasgow Girl G1

    Nicely done GG

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  16. lync56

    Wow great poem the use of words is amazing


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