No Amount – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Pelicans waiting for the fishermen to start scaling fish. Hardy Inlet – Blackwood River, Augusta.

“The mother pelican wounded herself, striking her breast withe the beak to feed her young with her blood to prevent starvation.” William Saunders

Note: in another version the young attack the mother who kills them, afterwards piercing herself and spilling her blood over them in order to revive them.

No Amount

Such a dangerous time to be

voting for pelicans

we the children of the revolution,

tired and disillusioned ,

striking back,

an apocryphal three times

only to be stabbed, killed

by the so called trusted ones,

guardians of our morality

which they keep in a box someplace

and no amount of mothers blood will

revive the dead ones now.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon

All Rights Reserved ®️


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, justice, life, poem, politics, quote

17 responses to “No Amount – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Omg. This is so intense and disturbing! (Great work)

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Wow, Paul! Tough political/social commentary here…why peck each other to death?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pelicans are fun to watch.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. My first thought upon seeing your post was how beautifully elegant those pelicans are. I wasn’t expecting the poem to be such an anguished cry of despair.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. The truth is gory isn’t it! Love the poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lync56

    Wow that is a dark one – powerful words



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