In Rows We Laughed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Karl Marx

In Rows We Laughed

In rows we laughed about cromagnon man,
we mocked conquistador's self-righteous,
salvific crusade, we deplored the blindness
of modernity scratched in white across two
wars, we were sickened by greedy monarchs
crushing cultures, aghast at nationalism and
every moral injury belonging to leader and flag,
in rows we laughed taking each other for granted, 
bullying, stealing each other's things, lying, 
misogynising, fighting, shrinking, hiding,
in rows we laughed, without reflecting.



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18 Comments

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18 responses to “In Rows We Laughed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well done, Paul. We think this was in the past but it’s also Now.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Ouch! “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

    Liked by 4 people

  3. … we laughed taking each other for granted,
    bullying, stealing…

    So, so true, Paul.


    David

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Reflects my entire childhood! 🙂 Very,very well said…

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Amy

    So true. Very well said, Paul.

    Liked by 2 people

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