The Aunt – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The Aunt

She was cool when I was nine,
all cigarettes and wine, much to
my mother's chagrin, and worse,
she was accused of trying to be
Jacki O, scandalising my puritan 
mother with tales of affairs and 
raw lust that were fun to eavesdrop 
even if they weren't completely true,
but as they say, where there's smoke 
there's fire; when I was twelve she 
was all bikini and laughter, the best of 
hosts, the life of the party, unlike the 
mausoleum gathered around her;
when I was fifteen she liked to tease,
all topless and conversed excitement,
and the days drifted as did time,
until one day, a note said she'd gone,
the eulogy said lover of life and I
guess she gave me some.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


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41 responses to “The Aunt – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. So sorry you lost her so young, Paul ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  2. Lovely poem,beautifully written ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  3. “unlike the mausoleum gathered around her;” loved this line, Paul. What a character she must have been!

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  4. Everyone should have someone like this in the family if only to give them something to shake their heads about.

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  5. Everyone should have a colourful aunt.

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  6. A sad little poem, in the end.

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  7. Greetings

    I am a seventeen year old aspiring writer from India. My debut poetry book – Caffeine and Compassion is expected to be published this month. I would be grateful if you would be interested in reviewing and if possible recommending my book to your community so that I can expand my readership. Please revert back with your email Id so that I can send you the pdf format of my soon to be pubished book. Hoping for a positive response

    Thank you!

    Warm Regards
    Riya Yadav

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  8. Aunts like that are the best!

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  9. oh Paul, what a heartfelt honest poem lost long before you would have to know. love your reflections. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  10. Yes, it came as a surprise, she died while out shopping which seemed fitting in some way.


  11. lync56

    I love this poem of tribute – I think you encapsulated this life so well


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  12. I enjoyed reading this, Paul. Robert regales me with tales about his colorful aunt. She was larger than life and often outrageous! He still has a small picture of her on his office wall. Have a lovely weekend! โค

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