Swallowing Whole – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Violating human rights is integral to the project of neoliberalism ….” Arundhati Roy

Swallowing Whole

I'm bemused that so many people are fooled,
swallowing whole the telegenic performances
given by those who consume our lives
before they ultimately consume themselves.

Swallowing whole the telegenic performances,
so disingenuously masked by the greedsters 
before they ultimately consume themselves
on the vain, rude altar of corporate sacrifice.

So disingenuously masked by the greedsters,
opiate bait for the masses to be offered 
on the vain, rude altar of corporate sacrifice,
hoping for meaning among future generations.

Opiate bait for the masses to be offered,
given by those who consume our lives,
hoping for meaning among future generations,
I'm bemused that so many people are fooled.

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28 responses to “Swallowing Whole – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It so happens!
    Pure ” Selfishness ” working there!
    Show maybe something smart!
    The person should use intellect!
    Find a new path towards destination!

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  2. This type of abuse will never end, desperate people trying to get by are taken advantage of

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  3. Here’s hoping they give themselves a worse case of indigestion than they’ve given us when they belatedly swallow themselves.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. So true, Paul! A very thought provoking poem, captering all the today’s sadness. Lets hope we will get a chance, for a change. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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  5. I share your bemusement at what people will swallow whole, including the venomous golden clown.

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  6. Sas isn’t it. Fooling people is getting easy day by day.

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  7. The famous personalities we see on social media always depict their lives as perfect and we are fooled by it unaware of the personal problems of anxiety or depression those people deal with…
    It’s a wonderful and insightful poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. lync56

    I am always astounded by your pantoums – this one is such a powerfully challenging poem

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    Liked by 1 person

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