Together We Rise – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Merril is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write an Ekphrastic Poem using any one of four paintings of Wind.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – March Wind Ekphrastic

The Painting I chose is Joseph Farquharson’s ‘Cauld Blaws The Wind Frae East To West’ 1888 (Public Domain)

“Kites rise against, not with, the wind.” Lewis Mumford

Together We Rise

Wind shears rose against us
tearing our bodies, ravaging our faces,
we cut a pathetic scene as we bent long
in cold, wet, miserable exhaustion,
occasionally glancing back to the valley
of tears below where the wind from the
east spoke ill and forced us to rise this
treacherous mountain track.

There is no refuge in wind,
hot or cold it is always contrary to the
prevailing feeling, rattling the windows
of our thoughts, unravelling our long
memorised histories; far better that we 
drag ourselves onwards over the precipice 
of hope, than remain in the misery below,
come, keep up, together we rise.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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38 responses to “Together We Rise – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Lovely, fresh take on these words.

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  2. The winds of war are upon us! We must prevail!

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  3. Together we rise is a beautiful message ~~ and poem.

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  4. Much needed, so beautiful!

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  5. Blessed with fine insight you are, I appreciate the ebb and flow of your Tide. I noticed, and it is no coincidence, we both began to press on this platform the same time.

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  6. sanaarizvi

    This is exquisitely drawn! Especially moved by; “There is no refuge in wind,
    hot or cold it is always contrary to the prevailing feeling.” ❤️

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  7. The lines that Sanaa cited were the same ones that stood out for me. You’ve managed to combine a sense of despair with a sense of hope–not an easy task. Well done, Paul!

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  8. The wind here is terrible. Even ina 60 degree day it can chill you☺️

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  9. These are the lines that resonated with me:

    far better that we
    drag ourselves onwards over the precipice
    of hope, than remain in the misery below,
    come, keep up, together we rise.

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  10. Rob Kistner

    Sometimes rise we must, no matter the prevailing winds of thr moment. This is a sad but very effective piece Paul.

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  11. So articulate with the last line bringing hope.

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  12. Another uplifting poem for treacherous days. Thank you!
    Be well,
    Julie

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  13. You say so much in a few lines. Though what is happening today is not easy to bear, your last words are wise and need to be heard and heeded.

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  14. There is hope when misery is left behind.

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  15. If you give up, you’ve lost – an old saying.
    Whoever has permanent pain or constant depression, this may be an important indication.
    Now, in the face of war, one is almost willing to abandon all hope. If you let the horror get too close, you can only slip completely.

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  16. Ain

    In abject and desperate misery, with the winds howling through us…but together, we may rise is a message of strong conviction…

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  18. Love your descriptions of the wind i this, Paul.

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  19. lync56

    Made me shiver the words conjuring such a vivid experience

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