It’s Unravelling – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Her eyes are the first indication of her infirmity, or rather that she resides in more than one world.” Stephanie Kallos

It's Unravelling 

She is old now,
complaining supersedes vitality,
anger launched at the world
which has passed her by,
rather than engage or indulge.

I say to myself, she's doing a 
Stalin, painting herself into 
stories and memories where
she never was, could never be,
even in dreams.

I call her the fictioneer,
making up her life in retrospect,
telling her story by invention
because the real was too ordinary,
arguing for the perfect image of
herself, but it's all unravelling now.

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17 responses to “It’s Unravelling – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wonderful peak into the mind of a person with possible dementia.

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  2. Goodness, what a very accurate picture of people we all know. There’s a lifetime of wisdom behind this poem 🙏

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  3. Oh, this poem is heartrending–and so, so insightful.

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  4. lync56

    Great poem but sad


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  5. Hence why it’s important to face who we are whenever we can. Too many stories develop otherwise but the truth will always be there.

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  6. Lisa Green-Cudek

    Bittersweet. Beautiful because the language conveys the intimate compassion and love of the speaker for the subject. Beautiful because of the subject’s desire for greater meaning.

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  7. I imagine it’s the way we’ll all go. Beautiful write, Paul.

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