Sweet Dreams – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: from viacampesina.org “Protracted fight against all injustices.” Protestors in Paraguay drawing attention to the loss of land and human rights in the face of mining and forestry businesses.

“Disadvantages faced by indigenous peoples are related to dispossession and exacerbated by powerlessness and poverty.” Roberto Mukaro Borrero

Sweet Dreams

There is no edict for you to leave your
home tonight as armed militias glare
at you with trembling trigger fingers,
while benign police stand back shrugging.

No one is bulldozing the graves of your
loved ones or setting fire to community 
facilities in order to persuade you to leave
the place where you have set down roots,
generations of love and friendship and work.

No one is turning your land in to agribusiness 
at the cost of community, even life,
you are not losing your freedom tonight,
or your basic rights, even your dignity
remains in tact despite corrupt politicians.

No one is making laws to target you as an
enemy of the state because you refuse to 
surrender your home and land from which 
you sustain life and no one despises you 
because you refuse to surrender your heritage.

But if you live in Paraguay then,
this night they will indeed come and
kill, burn, rape, torture and imprison
while stealing your land under guise of
legislated corporate rights and resumption.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


Filed under awareness, Economics, farming, Free Verse, Indigenous, injustice, poem, protest, quote

34 responses to “Sweet Dreams – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I just started reading “Stealing Home”… A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. …

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  2. If only your words were fiction rather than truth.

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  3. This is a very powerful poem. I could see it in a World Lliterature anthology to be taught in colleges.

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  4. A timely reminder that despite our troubles, we still have much to be thankful for. Thank you, Paul!

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  5. Are you sure, Paul? 😉 Soon, here in Germany we shall get a law against “delegitimation of the state”. xx Michael

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  7. lync56

    Thank you for keeping these atrocities in our minds – your poem really brings it home – when most of us are numbed by the visuals on our TV’s


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