Dereliction Of The Unthinking Herd – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sanaa is hosting Poetics – Exploring the realm of French literature … with an invitation to write in the style of a Rimas Dissolutas (Dissolute Rhyme) or write about French ideals or culture. for more detail click the link below.

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“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part ….” Mario Savio

Dereliction Of The Unthinking Herd

The world right now is a dangerous place,
though the danger is not what you'd think,
it's not in adventures and risking as such,
more dereliction of the unthinking herd.

To ask a question with a serious face
is a risk far greater than a poisoned drink,
even worse than a kick in the crutch,
never stand in the way of a crowd absurd.

Government proles spout facts without trace,
while angled cameras show a discernible wink,
as they gather the trusting in a gleeful clutch,
so well inured by their clever, smirking word.

Thinking aloud comes at a cost without grace,
ever the loud who would swallow you in a blink,
frightened of your unboxed thoughts too much,
they rally at your every thought with curd.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


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44 responses to “Dereliction Of The Unthinking Herd – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I’m astonished at how much this resonates!

    Liked by 5 people

  2. So true. Lost. How could this be happening today? 😞💔 💣 🤯
    Lovely realistic poem. Thank you.

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  3. Government proles spout facts without trace,

    This is so depressingly true, Paul.


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  4. Ain

    Some really fantastic lines, and really, a wonderful protest poem, or warning, and so true. V well expressed.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Very poignant and specifically pointed and potent Paul … maybe a ‘Kaleo’ song

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  6. I think we’ve gone beyond the dereliction of the unthinking herd to the stampede of the willful, militantly ignorant.

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  7. Who is the government prole of which you write, Paul?

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  8. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly potent! I especially resonate with; “Thinking aloud comes at a cost without grace, ever the loud who would swallow you in a blink.” You did a fantastic job executing the form 🙂 Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt 💝💝

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  9. I couldn’t agree more, Paul! We’re not really encouraged to think independently or question authority nowadays, are we? Luckily, that’s where poetry comes in…

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Charis Counselling

    Wow you have put into words my feelings exactly but with such power and craft


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  11. Well said. Such strange times.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Thinking aloud comes at a cost without grace,
    We have experienced that here in the US as well. On both sides of the political spectrum. Free speech comes with a cost and a restriction!

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  13. Well put, thoughts, Sir.

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  14. Sharp political commentary in poetic form. This is awesome

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Not just the governments but everyone seems to spread those lies.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. What a perfect title for this truthful, sad poem.

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