Standing – prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Merril is hosting Prosery with an invitation to write some prose (144 words) including the line “I am bombarded but yet I stand” by Adrienne Rich from Planetarium.

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Bombarded

Photo by Jakub Novacek from Pexels

“Sometimes it takes a really good fall to really know where you stand.” Hayley Williams


I am bombarded yet I stand. The winds howl, the waters rise and yet I stand. I know not how, I'm far from perfect, if you could know one tiny moment of my mind, you would, like a shotgun, violently recoil having discharged your shock. The anger rises and engulkfs, just like the haze of saharan dust storms covering everything. Heightening all my responses, highjacking my feelings, leaving me ravaged and spent like a used towel.

I am tired and rung out, yet I stand. The voices clamour and bay, but I shut them out. Loud or silent, they shout. And though they would torment me, I stand. Where would I go, where would I run, to whom would I turn to.? I have no virtue, my morals are own, and yet I stand.

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32 responses to “Standing – prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. You do not loose, unless you give up.

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  2. It feels like you’re in between, confused, and struggling. Yet, you stand and still fight.

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  3. It’s ‘ Y O U ‘ as we know ever since ! It’s you ‘Paul’ !

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  4. The repetition of ‘yet I stand’ is an incredibly powerful component of your prose!! Well done.

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  5. This reminds me of Dantes’ Inferno.

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  6. I like the variations on the prompt line here, Paul: that is really effective in enforcing your message!

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  7. Excellent writing, Paul. I imagined the writer as a nineteenth-century man–someone Poe or Conrad would know.

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  8. Beverly Crawford

    Imprisoned, or so it seems. Compelling write.

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  9. Well done. Standing is the ultimate thing one can do…

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  10. I hear perseverance in the height of confusion in your words. An encouragement to keep going. 🙂

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  11. Sometimes you just have to go on….

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  12. Charis Counselling

    Wow great poem – cathartic maybe



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