This Time – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Ingrid is hosting Poetics with an invitation to take from a list of Shakespeare’s plays, one and write about its theme in a poem.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Homage To The Bard

Painting: Ivan Aivazovsky, 1886, The Tempest WikiArt.org

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” William Shakespeare

This Time

To end this isolation I 
summon of the deep a 
portent to divide, a gyre 
dark whose ghosts of torment
always seek to visit misery upon
the unsuspecting sufferers,
leaden with the fate of zephyrs,
too weak to carry a thought
let alone a truth, and yet,
defying the odds, this time
the ship sails and all is well,
except for Caliban, that 
purveyor of lies now banished,
he alone shall not prosper
his schemes.


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Note: the storm in The Tempest is over in the first act but forms the backdrop to the play and is a metaphor for life. The poem could be a metaphor for a modern Caliban but I really couldn't say 😀

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30 responses to “This Time – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Thou most lying slave, Whom stripes may move, not kindness! I have used thee, Filth as thou art, with human care, and lodged thee In mine own cell, till thou didst seek to violate The honour of my child.

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  2. I think that the tempest comes as the big cleaner…

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  3. You channel the Bard very well. I did wonder about the poem as a metaphor for a modern Caliban.

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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A TIMELY VERSE!

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  5. Caliban is a fascinating creature! I like what you did with the prompt, Paul.

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  6. I like the nuances in this one … I always had an affinity with Caliban

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  7. Beautiful language and the metaphor carried through.
    It’s interesting, too, that The Tempest may have been based on a real storm–history repeats.

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  8. Would be nice if your words came true for that modern Caliban.

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