Why Would I? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting Poetics with an invitation to take one of eight proverbs and adages as inspiration for a poem.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – A Penny For Your Thoughts

The adage I chose is “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Poor Richard’s Almanac, Benjamin Franklin.

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“But she felt she had to see him or she would die.” Iris Murdoch (The Nice And The Good)

Why Would I?

Have you never been love sick?
To feel all that delicious internal,
beautiful turmoil, an inner, perpetual
tsunami washing up and rolling away
in a mixture of breathless joy and 
airless despair.

Sometimes the precipice of doubt
becomes the best question, the 
next being, how do I know this, but
then I don't, or do I? The torment is
velvet, a sigh, a hallelujah chorus.
Why would I avoid it , why would I 
seek a cure, this malady is my melody,
it is my score.


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37 responses to “Why Would I? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. VJ

    Such a rush! Well described

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  2. Ain

    This maladie is my melody…brilliant…reminds me a touch of “Le Malade” by Baudelaire…(I think)…..

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  3. Good write for this line! Especially like these lines:
    “The torment is
    velvet, a sigh, a hallelujah chorus.
    Why would I avoid it , why would I
    seek a cure, this malady is my melody,
    it is my score.”

    Liked by 2 people

  4. sanaarizvi

    “Sometimes the precipice of doubt becomes the best question,”.. yes! Such a deeply profound write. 💝💝

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Why would I avoid it, why would I seek a cure…Yes, why?!

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  6. This malady is my melody… yes there is an illness that we simply have to have.

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  7. I like your description and agree with you. It’s a sickness that leaves you in limbo, roasting over a spit of desire and torment.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Beautiful uncovered, Paul! xx Michael

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Very sensational one.

    Liked by 1 person

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  11. lync56

    Great poem

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    Liked by 1 person

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