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 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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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 🙂

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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-that´s how the light gets in. (L. Cohen)

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  7. A powerful Quadrille …. well done.

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  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 😀

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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 … 💟

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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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