The Boy In The Pond – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

#2022 November Pad Chapbook Challenge

Day 6 6.11.22

Prompt: Write a news poem.

Trigger Warning – poem is based on a news report about the death of a child

The Boy In The Pond

The fish stared back,
his eyes unmoving as they navigated around him,
curious of his presence,
he was so still they trusted him,
patiently he'd stayed for hours
floating among the lotus.

A dark cloud appeared over the water 
hands reached in taking him from them,
they watched the faces of the hands
turn white with tears running.

The lotus parted in somber lament
as they took him to shore while
the fish descended to the quiet deep,
wondering why the child had stayed so long,

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 

Note: Around 1992 a young boy, a toddler, went missing near our farm in winter. I joined the search, he was later, sadly, found dead, he'd drowned in the creek which was swollen with heavy rains. This poem is built around a story of a young boy who went missing and was later found dead in a pond in our capital - Canberra this morning. Adding to the sadness was the revelation that his mother and brother were found dead at the other end of the pond on Saturday. No details were given. It was impossible for me to turn away from writing about this, some things stay with us.


Filed under death, Free Verse, November 2022 PAD Chapbook Challenge, poem

6 responses to “The Boy In The Pond – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This poem is heartwrenching. It’s a perfect example of Miss Emily’s “writing slant.” I could see the poem (or should I say, the poem should be) in either a literature anthology or a poetry craft textbook, such as John Frederick Nims’s Western Wind–or both.

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  2. How very horrific. May your mind be eased from the pain.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh, just so wonderfully written! The softest, gentlest tribute possible.

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  4. lync56

    Wow amazing poem – you dealt tenderly with a very emotional story


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