Truly Free – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo (found on Inside the former HM Maze Prison (formerly known as Long Kesh Detention Centre) in Northern Ireland where during the 1970s the British forces interned both IRA and Loyalist prisoners, and in 1981 where Bobby Sands (along with nine other prisoners) died while on hunger strike at the age of 27. The Prison has since been demolished except for a portion retained as historical. Part of the former prison was offered for use by the Eikon Centre for events.

“They may hold our bodies in the most inhuman conditions, but, while our minds are free, our victory is assured.” Bobby Sands

Truly Free

Prison walls incarcerate only those 
who willingly surrender their minds
in easy rapprochement, but the minds
who can transcend the ill facade with
songs of solidarity on their lips, and 
poems of promise in their hearts,  
prophesying to the end of evil; that is 
the mind no longer held, they are truly 
free, even in the last breath.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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43 responses to “Truly Free – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  2. Very True!
    Mind is the sensible soul of a person!

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  3. Not real crazy about the idea of them turning part of the prison into an events venue. Sort of like turning a nazi death camp into an amusement park. Good poem to commemorate a hideous chapter in UK history.

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    • Thank you Lisa, yes, the anniversary of Sand’s death this year. I’m not clear on the events, one source said peace events, and it is a new construction from I’ve read. Not that that changes anything, still the land that is sacred. Such a horrible chapter of recent British history.

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      • Thank you for giving more info on it. My heart hurts to think it is the anniversary of Sand’s death this year. The images I saw a couple of weeks ago in the movie about it, “Hunger,” are still haunting me. The viciousness is hard to fathom 😦

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      • Yes, it is hard to fathom such viciousness, though in many ways it is raw power and control brought on by colonialism. Thing is, it always ends up breaking people.

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      • Paul, we see this kind of thing through all places and times with humans. What is it about our species that is amiss with our own kind?


  4. I remember that, I am ashamed to be English.

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  5. Bautiful words elegantly penned. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I remember that hunger strike very clearly. The news media was on death watch, giving reports of Sands’ condition until he died. Very upsetting.

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  7. True indeed.
    But It’s not easy to be free in true sense. Some are oppressed and the ones who aren’t have their own fears.


  8. It brings to mind Nelson Mandela. Well written, Paul.

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  9. Sometimes I think, with these lockdowns we are in a similar situationm right now. People are no longer used to enduring restrictions, because they no longer trust their own will. xx Michael

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  10. Charis Counselling

    So true and words crafted so well


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