Hey You – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sanaa is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a poem in the style of the Beat Generation.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation

Photo: found at climatesavior.com

“Once constituted, capital reproduces itself faster than output increases. The past devours the future.” Thomas Piketty

Hey You

Were you a true believer, ever,
selling your sanity to the screeches of
those unhinged saxophone doors,
trusting those hollow voices to 
pledge your vote for the repeat robbery
every four years of soulless lies,
buried in factory drudge and mortgage blues,
ammunition pin-cushions for those cowards
of mealy morals for the circuit generation,
held as forever infants in the corral of
dumbliness in a pinata world awaiting,
unconsciously of course, the beating stick
to spew those candy brains
on stained streets of harrow,
bleeding with anguish at the revelations
in newsprint voices alight across a
million regretful ears now strained,
holding virginal shock, asking
who knew, not wanting to know,
not ever, who destroyed  the dream of
landfill and plastic obsolescence that
sparkled like summer with cheap hopes
we could sweat for in eulogies of
ill-health for codependents whose
bass line was dirged with fear,
that all would be lost,
and it was all completely lost,
in that cul-de-sac of avarice that
drove the freight train that ran over us,
spilling our philosophies of doggerel dollars
for homeless rainbows where I still see you,
sitting, waiting for the tooth fairy to turn 
that crank once more for old time's sake
with the same excitement as finding a 
toy in the cereal packet.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


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23 responses to “Hey You – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Freakin’ awesome.

    I was actually thinking about penning a piece on the hollow nature of “success” as it is presented to us today myself, but you’ve taken excellent care of that job!

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  2. You’ve definitely capturely the Ginsberg beat! (Pun intended.)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely splendid writing here, Paul! Wow! You have embodied the style of the Beat Generation so well – I especially resonate with; “who destroyed the dream of landfill and plastic obsolescence that sparkled like summer with cheap hopes.” Sigh .. thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt! ❤❤

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  4. Wow, if you don’t beat all, Paul!

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  6. Socked it to me this one, did. Sir!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. lync56

    Wow this one packs a punch with such eloquent words


    Liked by 1 person

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