Needs To Be Opened – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“The cruelest prison of all is the prison of the mind.” Piri Thomas

Needs To Be Opened

If you believe a thing,
does it become a thing
and colonise your mind,
cages, cells, atrophy,
a place without bars,
incarcerated thoughts,
self-held with an 
unconscious iron will,
or is it fear that shuts
the thinking, feeling door
that needs to be opened
so wide, nothing 
can be contained, 
simply entertained 
and loosely held.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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22 responses to “Needs To Be Opened – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Excellent. The words really affected me.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. This is so good Paul. I do wish more could grasp this to release their pain!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. The last two lines are the state of being I aspire to.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. A message that needs to be widely broadcast.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Loved the opening two lines!!! Reminds me of the Costanza Defense from the Sienfeld show – “Jerry, just remember – it’s not a lie if you believe it”

    America is addicted to this fantasy!

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  6. In comes a need for enlightenment: the crumbling away of untruth. But one needs to recognize it as such.
    May we get there before it’s too late.
    Lovely poem. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Always question things! I’ve personally found then that I have no time for fear.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lync56

    Great poem – good question


    Liked by 1 person

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