Hold The Night – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a deathbed poem.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Words of Departure

The quote for the epigraph is the line I chose out of the six offered.

Photo: Close to the border between Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

“Go on get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” Karl Marx

Hold The Night

I want it all except
the feeling of being hemmed in, 
no dark rooms please, no closed doors,
and don't tuck those sheets too tight,
I need to breathe, to move, to see,
no maudlin tears, save those for later,
let's champagne this moment,
throw back the heavy curtains,
put away the sepulchre furniture,
bring me turquoise sheets and maple syrup,
play me Bartok's folk dances,
let me hear Oliver and Blake,
no more laudanum silences,
offer me no dirges in a minor key,
paint the hearse bright for this
wedding of life to eternity,
hold the night for a moment and
let me see the horizon once more.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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31 responses to “Hold The Night – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Sounds good to me😊

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  2. Gloriously penned! 🌟

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  3. Rob Kistner

    Paul, for me one of your best in voice to topic. Loved it my friend! Party me home! 🙂

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  4. I loved this poem with its upbeat finale to life (also the tight structure makes for a great read) – and then you topped it off with a finale of wonderful lines
    “this
    wedding of life to eternity,
    hold the night for a moment and
    let me see the horizon once more.

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  5. Interesting how the words twist and play, countering one direction of thought and expectation, drawing us elsewhere, lifting and carrying us like a steady breeze. Fantastic.

    Cheers

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  6. Bravo, Paul! Best way to go.

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  7. Wonderful. Love it.💕

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  8. wondrous, that third last line says it all!

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  9. Love the spirit and energy. This one is really striking:

    let’s champagne this moment

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  10. what a great way to go out

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  11. Ooh, I love this! For sure, the way I want to go when the time comes. Hopefully, it will be a while.

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  12. sanaarizvi

    This is gorgeously rendered, Paul! So much to love here especially; “no maudlin tears, save those for later, let’s champagne this moment, throw back the heavy curtains, put away the sepulchre furniture, bring me turquoise sheets and maple syrup, play me Bartok’s folk dance.” 😀

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  14. lync56

    Wow such a powerful poem

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