To Spite Ourselves – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone is arguing over where they’re going to sit.” David Suzuki

To Spite Ourselves

Not needing, buying all the clutter,
Himalayan yak butter and 
stressed Kenyan asparagus, 
with the perfume box set from 
London or LA, and an emu bone 
photo frame from authentic sources 
in a foreign land, or origami cranes 
folded by eccentric middle class cats, 
always making meaning from advertising,
and culture from dollar power that
enslaves millions as disposables in a 
well oiled war on life and love where
we slaughtered the dove and killed
our planet, just to spite ourselves.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ® 


Filed under awareness, ecology, environment, Free Verse, life, nature, passion, poem, protest, quote

31 responses to “To Spite Ourselves – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Tragically amusing. Sad commentary on us all.

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  2. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

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  3. When we are realizing, it’s a dawn with flashes in the Souls and vision of what is Truth!

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  4. We humans certainly are a perverse lot.

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  5. So it is, sadly. Well said, Paul.

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  6. Meaningful poem dear Paul..

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  7. I actually have three “eccentric middle class cats” and it makes me giggle to imagine them making origami cranes. 🙂 I know this poem has a much deeper meaning, but that line just caught my attention and I’m still smiling. Thanks.

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  8. What?!? Common sense in verse form?!? How can that BE???

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  9. A great metaphor, with the dove. Its to true. Thank you for sharing these thoughtful poem. xx Michael

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  10. So many questions on logic arise from your words. Thought provoking poem🙂

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  11. lync56

    Wow great poem


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