It’s Never Us – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Good and evil lay side by side.” Jimi Hendrix.

It's Never Us

Everywhere we went we were convinced
that the devil was prowling around causing
mayhem and scheming all manner of evil,
the old men at coffee were certain of it,
they recalled the ills of our lot, the murder 
on station street, teens out of control, thefts 
were on the rise too, surely the horned red 
thing was active, just look at Russia, didn't 
that prove the whole thing? 

But one wizened old man cleared his throat
and said, isn't evil the thing we do when we 
dehumanise the other, and haven't we all been
guilty of that at some time or another? And, 
then he said, sometimes it's when we think 
we are the good ones and we are doing good 
things. A silence descended upon us and remains.

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23 responses to “It’s Never Us – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This poem made my blood run cold. My answer to the old man’s question is a sad and regretful yes.

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  2. Thought-provoking words.

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  3. Yes.. We all have done something that we regret. It might not be something serious in someone else’s eyes but it really matters to our own conscience.
    The last part gave me chills

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  4. Its a very important question, if we cn be human without this two sides of us? ,-) xx Michael

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  5. Food for thought from that wise man! We all need to take a step back and consider our own behaviors for sure. Great read, Paul!

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