Nonetheless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“In violence we forget who we are.” Mary McCarthy


What is this yin yang love hate thing?
I wanted your love,
needed your love
to be sure of things.
I remember your hands
holding me in a 
safety net of strength that
helped me to see the world
through paddling,
dodgem cars,
coconut shies,
I remember the strength of your hands
connecting with my body,
the pain,
the uncertainty.
I remember you striking her
and collapsing my world
that you had helped me to build.
I remember your hands
striking at the world
in fistfuls of frustration,
a never resting anger
thrown at everyone.
I hated your violence,
my mind tells me how it was,
but my heart has never caught up
with the pain of loving you

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, Free Verse, grief, poem, quote, relationship, shadow

7 responses to “Nonetheless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love must be borderless! I hope i understood, Paul! Best wishes, Michael

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  2. That pain of yours sure has lifted the pain of a whole lot of others in the long life full of what you chose to do with it. 💜


  3. This is a tough one. My heart breaks for the speaker of the poem.


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