An Assumed Void – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Ingrid is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a poem about concrete things as opposed to abstract feelings etc.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Concrete or Abstract


“Concrete is, essentially, the colour of bad weather.” William Hamilton

An Assumed Void

Like a giant vomit
grey porridge spews out
filling an assumed void,
home of insignificant creatures,
the ground of pale grasses,
but now the sculptors swish,
and scrape this turgid grit
for a plinth of future life,
ever darkening the breath of 
earth, ever sealing the fate 
of things unseen.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, environment, Free Verse, poem, quote

34 responses to “An Assumed Void – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Progress is not always a desired thing ~~ well done!

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  2. Excellent use of the prompt, Paul: concrete may seem rather boring, but when you consider that it’s function is basically to cover over nature, it becomes something more sinister…

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  3. This poem has to be one of the most effective uses of concrete as metaphor I’ve ever read. Funny thing, when I was going through college and grad school, “concrete” had positive connotations, as in “The apparition of these faces in the crowd; / Petals on a wet, black bough.” Ezra Pound

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  4. you taught me a word, Paul! I hadn’t even heard of ‘plinth’ before! (also, a lovely poem!)


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  5. It is chilling when we try to cover nature this way… but nature has its own way of returning with tender roots drilling through the stone.

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  6. Oh my, brilliant concrete imagery.

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  7. lync56

    Powerful poem – well said


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  8. A deeply disturbing poem, Paul. We all need a place to live… people, plants, and animals. Humans are victims of our own success. I do believe we are overpopulating the earth as well as recklessly poisoning ourselves by our misuse of resources. Thank you for a thought-provoking post. ❤

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  9. sanaarizvi

    Now that is outstanding! I especially admire; “scrape this turgid grit for a plinth of future life,” and “ever darkening the breath of earth.” So much to take away from this poem 💝💝

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  10. Sad that so many see much of life as insignificant and yet spend so much time and effort destroying it.

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  11. I enjoyed that one, extra special!

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  12. wow “Like a giant vomit
    grey porridge spews out
    filling an assumed void,”

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