For The Best – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.” Pablo Casals

For The Best

The child was starving so we made
a cake that only we could eat,
the child was suffering, so we offered
offered solutions in our double speak
buried so deep as to never see the 
light of day; the child was traumatised 
so we asked her to tell her story,
and tell it until we were gratified by
the salacious details of unfolding 
horror; the child was broken so we
asked how she could fix our 
consciences; the child needed 
support so we provided funding to
those who needed luxury cars and
dental plans, who wrote fictions about 
the child so that sequels could be
anticipated, and in the advent of  a
second mortgage, to ask a high fee. 
The child died and everyone congratulated 
themselves on how they had saved 
their lifestyle. Besides, it was for the 
best, just imagine living with that 
amount of trauma and suffering.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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43 responses to “For The Best – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Pretty powerful Paul. Sadly it’s true

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  2. You shot us between the eyes with this one of. Brilliant!

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  3. A sucker punch to policy makers. Well done.

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  4. This one broke my heart and but this is the broken truth in our society. How we are pilfering the resources and traumatizing our young kids for our benefit.

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  5. Well said and so sadly true

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  6. Great poem, wonderfully penned!

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  7. Your words are so sad and so true. Makes me want to cry; with sorrow for the child, with anger that it happens, with frustration that there are more words than actions to fix it.

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  8. An almost world-wide problem. Sorry to say that my adopted country has performed so poorly. I wonder whether some legacies can ever be put behind us. Top of the pops for under funded schools and youth unemployment.

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  9. hits straight to the heart Paul. 😢

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  10. Yes, sadly true, but it has to be remembered all the time. xx Michael

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  11. My kids and I were recently talking about what kind of world they would inherit. It was a somber conversation. Well written, Paul.

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  13. Charis Counselling

    Wow powerful and intense and confronting


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