Shucker’s Delight – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting Prosery, a piece of prose of 144 words, inviting us to use a line from a poem by Zora Neale Hurston which comes from her work ‘How Does it Feel to be Coloured Me’ in ‘World Tomorrow’ (1928)

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Finding Ms. Zora Neale Thurston

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“Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

Shucker’s Delight

No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. I find it occupies me best of all. I’m a shucker from way back and I have my own rhythm and movement, a time honoured practice of holding, inserting, twisting and opening. So simple, every action economical, a form of meditation, I love the concentration, one slip and I might lose a finger – I have wounds to show for every lapse. Wounds where I surrender focus to the searing hurts of humanity. This is no escape, just a respite, a regathering from the morass of pain felt in tones of colour, known in cries for justice, that which bleeds from the despair of prison gates. If I didn’t sharpen this oyster knife I fear the world would possess my emotions and blunt my innocent dance of freedom against power.

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45 responses to “Shucker’s Delight – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wow, Paul! This is probably one of the most original prose poetry pieces that I have ever read. Well done and imaginative.

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  3. This made me smile – there is no topic too slippery for your imagination.

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  4. I love ‘a form of meditation’ and ‘innocent dance of freedom against power’ … Your prosery piece is amazing.

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  5. I like the idea of oyster shucking as a kind of meditation, and also the wound prompting the shucker to meditate on humanity’s pain.

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  6. Gorgeous prose, Paul. The dao of oyster shucking. Those distractions can be so harmful to peace of mind and sense of purpose. You captured those so well here. Great response to Ms. Hurston’s prompt line!

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  7. Amy

    Words are powerful, yet so moving and beautiful!

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  8. Excellent response to the prompt! I’ve been struck by how good the work has been from this particular prompt. A testament to Zora Neale Thurston’s insight into the human heart, I would say.

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  9. Thoughtful and poignant.

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  10. Brave Imagination!

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  11. A very amazing poem, Paul! Back to the essentials. xx Michael

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  12. Damn Paul!! It’s really good.

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  13. sanaarizvi

    “Wounds where I surrender focus to the searing hurts of humanity,”… oh my goodness.. yes! I feel this and resonate deeply! 💝💝

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  14. Charis Counselling

    Another great poem


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  15. wow! This is great, Paul! Well written, well done!

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