He Wasn’t – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if give the right opportunities.” Oliver Sacks

He Wasn't

The broken man didn't know that he was broken,
it's how the world determined his whatness 
with weasel words to cover their unease at his
simple joys and beautifully discordant lines,
they retreated from his jazz mind, confused by 
the jester's knowing honesty and maligned his
gentle open heart for not fitting the socket
of their most perfect lives of self-deception,
the broken man didn't know that he was broken,
because he wasn't, it's how the world corralled 
their fear, but he knew his why.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


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51 responses to “He Wasn’t – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Oh I love this. So true.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. The truth rings out in your lines.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. blindzanygirl

    Just such trruth here

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Paul, a lovely poem, a sensitive and helpful perspective. People tend to look for the weaknesses of others. It would be more effective to find their strengths. โค

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Well said, Paul. Absolutely!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. beautiful poem Paul.. may we all find our own strength and love so we can find it in others.. ๐Ÿ’–

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  7. I like this very much, in particular “the broken man didn’t know that he was broken, / because he wasn’t.”

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  8. God, Paul. Right outa the park, as usual. The picture, too ๐Ÿค—

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  9. I love this! A person is never broken until they believe that they are broken. No deception is required to know.

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  11. Charis Counselling

    Amazing – love this poem


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