Forgiveness Is Never Cheap – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Meeting The Bar, with an invitation to write a ten line-ten syllable per line poem. For details follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – Meeting the Bar – Numbering Ten

Photo: One of many photos recording the Russian Bombardment of Ukraine.

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” Howard Zinn

Forgiveness Is Never Cheap

Freedoms are easily traded
for the most usual moralities,
trinkets of aspiration long held,
easily given up for a fast gain
without any pain, just the misery
of a life time of self-loathing deceived,
in a moment of blind self-forgiveness,
but without the expiation of murder
in food lines, maternity wards, schools,
where forgiveness is never cheap or clicked.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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22 responses to “Forgiveness Is Never Cheap – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That last line is a stinging indictment, particularly “clicked.”

    Liked by 5 people

  2. I’m so upset at this I can’t let myself blog about it. I’d never stop

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 3 people

  3. Powerful. 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  4. a devastatingly truthful decuain – I was especially struck by:
    “trinkets of aspiration long held,”


  5. Ahmed Ali



  6. Sad that your words are a reality of this world.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sad and ugly reality.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. such pain well penned./ 😢

    Liked by 1 person

  9. A timely and powerful poem, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I think our poems went much in the same way… forgiveness will take time and must start by admitting the guilt…

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