Making Light – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: huffpost.com West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early 11 November 1989 as they watch people trying to demolish a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin, near the Potsdamer Square.

“The wall that protects you also imprisons you.” Susan Jeffers

Making Light

Can you remember when the wall fell?
Were you even alive in that very moment,
the ending of a long drawn out facade,
walls always fall after the pride of a nation.

Were you even alive in that very moment
when the world held its breath waiting,
walls always fall after the pride of a nation,
more than just rubble it is the people.

When the world held its breath waiting
in hope of a creative existential shift,
more than just rubble it is the people
making light from oppressive darkness.

In hope of a creative existential shift,
the ending of a long drawn out facade,
making light from oppressive darkness,
can you remember when the wall fell?


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34 responses to “Making Light – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.

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  2. Love the quote and the magnificent poem, Paul. “making light from oppressive darkness” ❤ I remember when the Berlin wall fell, and I have a small piece of it, complete with grafitti! My late husband had it in a frame hanging on his office wall.

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  3. My youngest was a senior in high school that fall. Yes.

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  4. Yes, I remember. Something I will never forget.

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  5. Yes, I remember the fall of the Berlin wall. There was such hope for a better future in the air.

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  6. VJ

    I remember when the wall came down. My neighbour’s sister was on the other side. She got to see her sister for the first time in so many years.

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  7. magnificent Paul and I remember and still falling through the bottom now. 😢

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  9. I will never forget it. I was watching it on TV, and crying. You see, I was born in W. Berlin before the wall came down. Also, I had an aunt in East Germany who committed suicide 5 years before it did. If only she could have hung on for a few more years.

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  10. lync56

    Wow I love your pantoums they are amazing and this one nothingness

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