The Saline Solution – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse De is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to write about salt.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Let’s Get Salty

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“At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.” Herman Melville

The Saline Solution

Lesions and tears of days
bite into my tired, open self,
wounds of experience bare
and tender beneath my calm
visage, offering notes of pain
that remain as distant memory,
yet delicious in their distorted
recall, awakened in saline,
a dead sea of emotion.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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40 responses to “The Saline Solution – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love your poem, Paul, but I LOVE your title.


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  2. “a dead sea of emotion”

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  3. “a dead sea of emotion.” Paul, incredible writing.

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  4. De Jackson

    Love this. I once submitted a chapbook titled “Salt Water and Other Solutions that Sting.” 😉 This line is particularly tasty: “delicious in their distorted
    recall” Isn’t it strange how bitingly inviting that sting can be?

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  5. The salt of the earth? 😉
    (Silly) question: do you still preach? Are you still a “Reverend”?
    If you do (and are) your sermons must be interesting.
    Cheers, Father. 🤗

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  6. I think sometimes we may even long for the sting of such salt.

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  7. I liked this on first read but keep reading again. It’s like poking a sore, picking a scab, salting a wound.

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  8. Salt in wounds sounds painful. I am sure life at sea on a whaler was very hard, hence the Melville quote!

    Vivid poem! “delicious in their distorted recall” is a magnificent description, Paul! ❤


  9. Ain

    Such a classical style, an extraordinary array of emotion, hidden, really good verse..

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  10. “a dead sea of emotion” – Love that, Paul!

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  12. lync56

    A great reflection on an inner reality


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