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Dear Leaders – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Grace at dVerse is hosting Meeting the Bar, and the theme we are invited to write about is Protest. dVerse Poets – Meeting the Bar – Protest Poetry

Photo: ocjndaily.com Ocean City, New Jersey, a protest in response to the murder of George Floyd.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Elie Wiesel

Dear Leaders

There is no life in you,
you who are nothing more
than a husk blowing in the 
winds of rebellion,
I see your guns and gas
uniformed in fear of decency as
you sneer at the sensitivities of
ordinary people concerned for
some semblance of democracy
midst the pious, honeyed corruption
you pedal to steal the dreams of
our children as you piss in our waters
and foul our fields with your 
poisonous rhetoric so religiously
flavoured as to make God vomit,
while you continue to kill your 
own as if blood stains down your
highways is some note of triumph
for the totems you bend to in your 
spineless dereliction of humanity.
You can kill my body but you will
never kill my enduring spirit that
is me, we, together naming your
legacy of fetid lies and murder,
and we will make a road of integrity
to pass right over you without 
memorial or reward save for some
flowers to mark the hollow graves
that you are.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Off The Rails – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – What A sight

Photo: Old rail line near Bonnie Rock

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” Lin Yutang

Off The Rails

What a sight this happenchance,
no more the corporate sea of
smoke and steam or voices echoing 
through this once vale of life in
this distant place of hardships
now erased as nature grips the
demons of steel by the throat,
all the while laughing at the thought
of progress in a place so fragile
where life so quickly goes
off the rails.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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What Could We Create? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: gsb.stanford.edu Collaborative creativity.

“The society based on production is only productive, not creative.” Albert Camus

What Could We Create?

What could we create
out of this fragmented present
where the wolf howls at itself,
and the moon hides in shame,
what possibilities lurk in the
deepest forests of the mind
towards a future unbound
dwelling in the capacity of 
wholes and the joy of risk?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Prepare Yourselves – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The seed of revolution is repression.” Woodrow Wilson

Prepare Yourselves

Scions of Richard the lll,
we the sheep are so tired of
your eternal and turbulent days
where we walk among wolves,
devoured by your lies that 
suck the life out of us like
walking through a field of mud
that sucks the boots off your feet
impeding any will to motion,
well, prepare yourselves
because we the sheep
are flocking together.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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I’ll Have Two – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Merril at dVerse has invited us to write about revolution.

dVerse – Poetics – Revolution

Photo: found on Pinterest.com.mx

Dylan, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, and dozens more but the Beatles too …

“You say you want a revolution ….” Lennon, McCartney.

I'll Have Two

We threw a cocktail party
at the barricades last night,
Molotov was served
without olives and
there was a riot with
flags cast down,
ideals thrown more
quickly than any thoughts
that might be given to them,
and even though it wasn't
very pretty, in spite of all
that waste and blood,
we gave our lives so that
none would choke on the
air thick and cloying with lies,
and for the pleasure of 
wiping the smugness off
the faceless puppeteers,
for just one moment.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Lightly Being – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” Gwendolyn Brooks

Lightly Being

For time to pass slowly,
journeying in moments of silence,
willingly standing alongside the troubled,
caring for the forgotten outsider,
to walk as a friend with cosmos
in the arc of suns and moons,
we must sit, walk and stand lightly,
so stronger together.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Yet You Are Blind – poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: http://www.pedestrian.tv Photo shows indigenous Australians as prisoners, shackled at Roebourn gaol, 1896. Today the rate of indigenous incarceration is high at %29 of the total prison population. There is little sign of that changing, not any change in the underlying and predisposing issue of poverty and inequality.

“Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their colour is, or religion. Just as long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies.” Mandawy Yunupingu

Yet You Are Blind

You can see clearly
yet you are blind to
the plight of your neighbour,
stealing their humanity for the
price of their lives which paid for 
the privilege of your wilful ignorance,
paved in the blood of their dignity,
bargained for the murderous dogma
prosecuted in the name of your right
to smile on suffering and misery
as you squash their lives for the turn 
of a dollar and smug satisfaction of
the exercise of your power.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Unlocking – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“It’s very important to know the neighbour next door and the person down the street and the people in another race.” Maya Angelou

Unlocking

How to navigate this hermetic cul-de-sac,
unitary cells of teflon,
the loneliness of locked doors,
alienated minus-community
hungry for real connection,
desiring wholeness, mutuality, 
to be understood,
having purpose without bond,
giving and receiving,
a storied adventure,
taking patient time,
unlocking our fears,
opening the elements of our lives,
living the commons,
connecting,
changing,
whole.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Into The Heart – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Linda at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) using the word slip.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Slip

"Pit race against race, religion against religion, 
prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! 
We must no let that happen here."  Eleanor Roosevelt

Into The Heart

All the world's an ideology
a race of humans never won,
we wear a mask of society,
eschew our common-unity,
too much in our ego self,
too little for the common good,
let's slip into something
more comfortable,
let's slip into the heart.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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What Is The Colour Of Guilt? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."  Martin Luther King Jr.

What Is The Colour Of Guilt?

We thought he had a gun,
she was in the way,
he walked towards me,
she was similar to the picture,
he was eratic,
he was suspicious,
she reached into her handbag
he was filming me,
she was unwell,
he looked like a perp,
he was known,
he argued,
the neighbour said,
we didn't know it was a phone,
he crashed his car,
there was a phone call,
O, it was a toy gun,
He shot himself while handcuffed,
he was running,
he was asleep but he was armed,
he was in the shop,
He was high,
she was arguing,
there were drugs,
he laughed,
O, he was in his own yard,
mistaken identity,
he was helping police,
he looked at me,
he was mentally ill,
she was homeless,
unpaid fines,
the white man said,
the white woman said,
he was black,
she was balck,
a counterfeit twenty dollar note,
8.46,
a cheap life
when you stand in blue
above the law you uphold,
you can make up a story
to make their innocence 
suit your crime,
what is the colour of guilt?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Note: To say that Black Lives Matter is not to diminsh other lives, especially Indigenous lives, but they simply make the point about injustice. Statistics don't actually bear out the injustice until you look deeply at the cases - unarmed, ill, mistaken identity, and many innocent people. 

Paul, pvcann.com

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