Only Tears – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting Haibun with an invitation to write about pressure.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Pressure

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“Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.” G.W.F. Hegel

Only Tears

Some things build. There are those nights that wild themselves, when the walls bend in close to my temples, just like a whiskey cloud, and the velvet curtains wrap around me blocking out the light. The air feels warm, thick and cloying, coated in dust, catching on my throat. In the back of my head I feel the movement of staccato bass riffs pounding, the floor shakes and I need to steady myself.

When the dark words come, as come they will and fill the room and strike at me, the world presses in, time slips a cog, and my veins thrum. If only they were never said, if only I could reel them back. The pain overwhelms as images flash past. Only tears release the pressure valve, returning the walls to normal and the constriction is no more. Finally the gauge reads zero and I can think again.

My house of dark words
press in to my open mind
tears steal the feelings

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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18 responses to “Only Tears – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I know these feelings❤️

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  2. We all wrestle with our dark side and regret dark words spoken/heard.

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  3. I like how the haibun form captures the physicality of regrettable words.

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  4. Words we can never retrieve … a horrible thing to live with, but live with it we must. Can only hope for forgiveness.

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  5. None of us gets to be here and be perfect ~ and it is the closer we come to perfection that it bothers us more and more.

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  6. lync56

    A good description of hard moments in life


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  7. I like to let tears wash the feelings. I try to look forward to the refreshing feeling after a rain storm in dark times.

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