What If? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

#2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 17 17.11.22

Prompt: Write a risk poem

What If?

The likelihood, 
the possibility of the consequence of an outcome,
beyond the insurance sales person's caramel voice,
or the indulgent sentinel parent's selfish shrill lie,
maybe the well meaning cheer squad of a loved one,
that one should hang the worry,
cast fate to the wind,
have a go,
take a leap,
besides, what could possibly happen,
and if it did go wrong, would it matter,
but what of the ignominy,
the bare exposure of the fail,
or the grief of the miss,
it wouldn't be the public gaze,
simply my interior knowing
that the risk might,
could, result in my own sense of failure.

Copyright 2022 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ๏ธ 


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, November 2022 PAD Chapbook Challenge, poem, psychology

8 responses to “What If? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. One’s own sense of failure can be the most daunting.

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  2. Qui ne risque rien n’a rien.
    (Who risks not, gains not)

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  3. When it’s a risk to grow, it should always be internal and made ours to own. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. lync56

    Interesting poem


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