Courage To Speak – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“Words are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience.” Julian S. Huxley

Courage To Speak

To say a word takes courage,
to defend it takes more,
worse still - the perceptions
that seem to exponentially
multiply in any one discussion,
presenting rabbit holes to wander
for all those who would blend
truths like paint - while also 
offering steel traps,
this takes fearless zeal.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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17 responses to “Courage To Speak – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yes, it does, although I’ve learned that sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.

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  2. I agree. But on certain occasions we can be more diplomatic in expressing our opinions. And most of find it difficult to admit we are wrong 😊. But there is a feeling of satisfaction when we are able to do that.

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  3. VJ

    In these times, where truth has wandered who knows where, it is difficult to hold a thought.

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  4. One needs to be careful with one’s words. The spoken word more so as once its out it IS OUT.
    and with so many words having such sensitive connotations these days: the other day I was expressing a difficult poetry form I worked on the entire day; I was at the end of my rope, literally — I wrote that I slaved over this poem— immediately, Grammarly warned me about the word slave. ¡!
    …Sure, I changed it. I never want to offend.
    …And they say AI doesn’t know a thing about human sensitivity. Ha! IT taught me a lesson that day.
    Thanks for the poem.

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  5. lync56

    Great poem


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  6. Definitely! And congratulations to those who are brave! 🙂

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