Somewhere In The Middle – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“Our capacity for self-deception has no known limits.” Michael Novak

Somewhere In The Middle

She tells her early life three ways,
the innocent child who was bullied 
by her calculating brother,
the young teen rejected by her
indifferent father or,
the older teen rescued by her
caring brother,
victim, martyr, sufferer,
and somewhere in the middle of 
it all lies the truth which has been
mangled and pressed down,
like a bitter vintage slowly sipped
until it no longer offends and
tastes sweet in the jumbled retelling,
a mask of normalcy and a ritual
that hides an inability to accept 
the lived experience. 


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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28 Comments

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28 responses to “Somewhere In The Middle – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “it no longer offends and tastes sweet in the retelling”, powerful. Thank you pvcann.

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  2. Deep, Paul. As a person who has chopped, minced, pureed, and desiccated their past trauma infinitum ad nauseum, there is only so much to do with the mummy that somehow retains its kryptonite powers. For me it’s come to a place where I need to bury the corpse in an iron box with a padlock and move on, as I’ve reached no solid conclusions after the endless rehashing and have wasted too much time on it all.

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  3. Heavy and deeply sad.

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  4. A ritual that hides an inability to accept the lived experience.
    Really caught my eye

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    • Thank you Khushi, for me it is the person living a projected life in order that no one discovers the real life, the presumed deficient, tragic life because it would bring shame. Thank you very much.

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  5. Powerful work. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. You’re a deep poet…I love this.

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