The World Cannot Hold – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

#2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 13 13.11.22

Prompt: Write an ekphrastic poem. I chose ‘Evening, Melancholy 1’ by Edvard Munch

The World Cannot Hold

I wonder,
was it the second dram or my under mood,
who knows, empiricism be damned,
this creeping darkness has me by
the thinness of my tender throat,
and I cannot make the sounds of words
necessary for the expected divination
that would lift the melan wide,
returning me to myself, 
why so fast, perhaps, and I think
it's true, the world cannot hold much
melancholia to itself, but I would
like to sit with it for a while.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, Ekphrastic, Free Verse, life, November 2022 PAD Chapbook Challenge, poem, psychology

21 responses to “The World Cannot Hold – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. VJ

    There is a kind of ache that comes with melancholy, that while it hurts, lets us know we’re alive.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. There speaks a true poet!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I find see nothing wrong with sitting with one’s melancholia for a time.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. lync56

    Deep with meaning and sadness – beautiful poem


    Liked by 1 person

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