Ended – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Suffering does not necessarily ennoble you.” Henry Louis Gates


When did we valorise the threshold of pain
creating heroes of suffering as if
bloodied carcasses were somehow a
thing of beauty and terminal bodies were
heavenly portraits of masochistic willpower,
a pulsating distorted erotica, but
when the cow lay beyond help out in the 
paddock, it was the vet who ended the 
worship with a liturgy of love.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under death, Free Verse, Ilness, injustice, life, poem, quote

20 responses to “Ended – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “as if bloodied carcasses were somehow a thing of beauty” just loved this line! It’s says so much.

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  2. Does it mean? “Rejuvenation of feelings and Emotions is needed!”

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  3. Yes yes! Two thoughts crossed my mind reading this. Don’t know what you intended. The foremost thought is our 100 year old resident was in obvious pain last night and did not want to take Tylenol (paracetamol) because she didn’t want to get attached to pills. I gently scolded her-you won’t get addicted to Tylenol, and you are 100 years older, so who cares? You ARE in pain, it will help you sleep better. (She took the pill.)

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  4. A wonderful quote, and a poem of truth, Paul! It was above all the view of the Roman Catholic Church, that suffering ennobles a person. When that came about, very few lived without, very many in great suffering. How else could one have got the sufferers to work, anyway? 😉 Thank you for sharing, this very thought provoking poem, Paul! Have a beautiful weekend! I apologize for my late revisit! Michael xx

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  5. Paul, powerful poem. Thought-provoking! I think Mother Theresa is known for glorifying suffering. As much as she has been praised for her work, it is said that she did not provide much pain relief for the dying people she cared for.

    I believe that it is not the suffering that is praiseworthy. It is the courage with which we face life’s adversity.

    Have a great weekend! ❤

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  6. This is such a tough question that your poem asks us to face, one that has crossed my mind more than once.

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