Choosing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting poetics with an invitation to write about Persephone.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Persephone

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“Persephone had it right. If you must go, might as well take all of spring with you.” Cathy Lin Che


They say you traded innocence
for pomegranates, such was the
twinkle in your eye as you untied 
the umbilical cord, being very careful
to bless the shadowy scapegoat of
your choosing should you be
discovered as desiring not one, 
but the best of both worlds,
always wanting to be there, then
here, never settled, unable to be
complete unless in transit,
blaming your heart's captors
rather than admitting your fears,
seeking the sun while living in your 
own shadow for all but yourself to see.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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24 responses to “Choosing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Such an apt take on Persephone. Beautiful.

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  2. Sounds like a metaphor for blaming Eve.

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  3. Excellent

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  4. Beverly Crawford

    So aptly describes the myth that is Persephone.

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  5. Amy

    rather than admitting your fears…– very well described.

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  6. Powerful:
    blaming your heart’s captors
    rather than admitting your fears,
    seeking the sun while living in your
    own shadow for all but yourself to see.

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  7. sanaarizvi

    But ofcourse! She could very well have chosen to have both the worlds. Gorgeously rendered 💝💝

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  8. There’s that theme of duality again. 🙂

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  9. I really like this examination of Persephone being guilty of ‘wanting the best of both worlds.’ As someone who travels a lot and never really feels at home, I can identify!

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  10. Innocence cannot be traded away; it can only be lost through the passage of time. It is in the moment of loss that we become to realize what has been lost: that is the meaning of maturity.

    — Catxman

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  11. Beautifully done Paul!

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  12. I agree with the comments of Liz and equipsblog. 😉 Best wishes, Paul! xx Michael

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  13. Charis Counselling

    What a beautiful poem – a truth told that I can relate too quite deeply and struggle to be present in this moment and place


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