You Cannot – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Art work: found at notbuyinganything.blogspot.com

“The new slavery is consumerism.” Bryant McGill

You Cannot

You cannot make a silk purse from the isms of life
though many have tried and succeeded for a time,
wrapping them in beautiful magnetic attraction,
only to reveal an emptiness of meaning as crisis.

Though many have tried and succeeded for a time,
too soon the facade faded to its skeletal menace
only to reveal an emptiness of meaning as crisis,
the very dust we are returning to laughs at our surmise.

Too soon the facade faded to its skeletal menace,
a harbour of jaundiced, unrepentant misery,
the very dust we are returning to laughs at our surmise,
thinking we could trust the gratuitous laminate-life.

A harbour of jaundiced, unrepentant misery,
wrapping them in beautiful magnetic attraction,
thinking we could trust the gratuitous laminate-life,
you cannot make a silk purse from the isms of life.


Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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26 Comments

Filed under Economics, life, mindfulness, Pantoum, philosophy, poem, politics, protest, quote

26 responses to “You Cannot – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love this! Well said and presented. Thank you, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This poem should prompt one to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thats the truth. Thank you, Paul! xx Michael

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  4. Well, said Paul… no we cannot. what about a bucket with holes? 💖

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  5. Very well done. Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charis Counselling

    Wow such a powerful pantoum

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