Naked Truth – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and image are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.” Joseph Campbell

Naked Truth

It is difficult to conceive, though
ever so mortally tempting, to 
imagine a singular story, one true
myth to rule us all, of which there 
is no doubt, despite the thin shred 
of scant evidence to the contrary,
which has never emerged and, 
so they say, to be disavowed in 
favour of the emperor's clothes,
that tissue of rice papered
distemper spread thinly over
the niceties of conventionally
sugared thinking, almost 
undisturbed by the multitude of
clarity brought to bear by the 
prismatic filter of those willing 
to point out that the emperor
has no clothes.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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17 responses to “Naked Truth – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It’s easier to accept than question

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  2. This is amazing, Paul.

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  3. How you can wax poetic, Paul. The metaphor of the Emperor’s Clothes has been on my mind ever since a certain US president took office – and still applies!

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  4. Speaking from experience, it’s no fun to be the person to point out the all and sundry that the Emperor is buck nekkid.

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