What Do You Really Want? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sanaa is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write about peer pressure (something that affects adults as much as teens)

dVerse Poets – Poetics – When It Comes To Peer Pressure

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“Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.” Aesop

What Do You Really Want?

They love your work,
you spoke so powerfully
and with such passion,
they want to talk to you about
coming on to the committee,
it could lead to greater things,
take time to think about it; which
we both know is not true, time will
become a loud ticking bomb.
Just imagine, he goes on, the 
public profile, imagine the job
offers, you'd be great at this,
and we need you (now comes 
the truth). Rep. X chairs this 
one, he's going places too,
how's that? And, O, what's 
her name, the one you like,
she's on it too. They pay for
everything, the food, think 
about it, what do you say?
I remember he said take time,
and there it is, the pressure
bomb. I'll let you know tomorrow,
which we both know that means
no, but I can't come right out
and just say it, I'm weighing the 
worn track in my mind that wants
to, used to always, say yes, but
the wreckage of so many of these
ego trips lie in my wake and sucked
the life out of me.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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32 Comments

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32 responses to “What Do You Really Want? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “but the wreckage of so many of these ego trips lie in my wake and sucked the life out of me.” What a line! So transparent and soul identifying!

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  2. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly hard-hitting and potent! The pressure never seems to stop, no matter what area or phase we reach in our lives sigh… especially resonate with; “I am weighing the worn track in my mind that wants to, used to always, say yes.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ❤️❤️

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  3. Whoa. I’ve been there. More times than I care to remember.

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  4. It does, sucking out all the energy and leaving one exhausted. Thanks for joining in.

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  5. Always saying yes to others will eventually lead to death of self.

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  6. Wow!! This is hard hitting. 🙂

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  8. a well presented reflection on the demands of the committee world. so hard to get it right. an interesting angle to take.

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  9. lync56

    A reflection of a very unpleasant world which is reality for so many with no time or encouragement for reflection and discernment

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