From The Let Go – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. it’s the fear that we’re not good enough.” Brene Brown

From The Let Go

Do you speak with your voice 
or merely wave at meaning
in a symmetry of apathy 
founded in your dark denials,
a shrug offered as dialogue
that simply fades away
towards your inability to feel,
to touch the mess, 
the untidy parts that inhabit
your tight self-creation,
long hidden from your memory,
holding shame hostage,
always fearful that someone will
pull that trigger and expose your 
irrational thoughts, but 
you loaded those bullets yourself
and they're waiting for you to
defuse them and you will
once you notice them.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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14 responses to “From The Let Go – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love the first two lines in particular. “Waving at meaning” is such an apt metaphor.

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  2. Someone once wrote that the difference between a poet and everyone else is that they don’t give in to shame. I thought about that a lot, and it seems to me that when we are trying our hardest, as poet’s tend to do (or this poet always has, anyway), even when we push the envelope it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

    These last three years I’ve had this targeter adding false charges to a legal record that a lying daughter got off already to a false start.

    All of a sudden everyone here in the US is obsessed with one another’s legal records ~ just the charges and complaints, not their results (no convictions except the first, which I volunteered for in my daughter’s best interests) I feel shame, and shamed, all the time ~ not because I deserve it but because I so very don’t.

    Old tactics against feminine power. Same six words ~ work whether or not they’re true: Whore. Gold digger. Thief. Witch. Dirty. What else? Oh, yes, neglecter of children (nobody cares if a man of power does that, of course).

    Sorry. Pissed off right now. Thanks for receiving my rant, my brother ❤️‍🩹

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    • I wonder that it is shame about our powerlessness in the face of evil. I often feel it most when I can’t stop the bad. Yes, the labelling (though I am a white male and can support myself) i am so aware of it right now. There'[s a very public case at the moment in Australia – a rape case (and I’ll bet immediately you’ll know in your bones where this is going) where the female victim has been consistently let down by federal parliament where she was employed, the the Minister to who she reported, the PM who could have done something at that time, the police, the defence lawyers, the prosecution team, the media in particular, the public no less – seems everyone has a legal opinion! Gah. Slut shaming is rampant and I’m certain its potency is understood and is addictive to the misogynist crowd. I hope you can be gentle on yourself, and one day have something of a let go? Thank you for sharing this.


  3. lync56

    Wow what a deep and reflective poem – beautiful


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