The Silenced Are Loud -a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: a still shot of Nasrin Sotoudeh from Jafar Panahi’s film ‘Taxi’ Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison (later changed to house arrest, and included a twenty year ban on film making) in Iran for making a film about the unrest that followed the disputed re-election of the president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer imprisoned in Iran.

“At no time have governments been moralists. They never imprisoned people and executed them for having done something. they imprisoned and executed them to keep them from doing something.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Silenced Are Loud

Everywhere the silenced call out
at great cost about the emperor's 
new clothes, for the price of a 
beating, rape, imprisonment,
financial ruin or death they invest
openly in criticising empty platitudes,
plastic ideals, the lies of ego, the 
lust for power, the rabid desire for 
authority over the tides and times 
of history's march without a care 
for anyone or anything in this world,
everywhere the silenced are loud 
for humanity.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, injustice, justice, life, poem, politics, quote

34 responses to “The Silenced Are Loud -a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Years ago my husband was assigned to Tehran and just before the S hit the fan it was called off and we stayed in the US.

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  2. Jafar Panahi is one of my fav filmmakers, it’s sad how the govt. put a ban! The poem is heartfelt and exposes the brutality and hegemony of dictatorial regimes. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. We in the US are so rabid about our Constitutional right to free speech that we tend to forget that other people in the world don’t have that right, far from it.

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  4. VJ

    That quotation is a gotcha. Yes! The images are so loud they ring in my head constantly.

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  5. True! Ugly reality.

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  6. An extremely powerful poem Paul, that openly depicts the evil ways of dictators and their regimes .. ☮🤗🌏

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  7. such a painful unspeakable reality well penned Paul. excuse me while I go throw up. 😡

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  8. lync56

    Thank God that they are loud we need these voices now as always – their courage challenges me as does your poem


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