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Of Vulnerability – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Afraid

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“Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.”  Neil Postman

 

Of Vulnerability

Not crawling or slithers, lead or blade,
neither fist nor foe really matter
in the grandest of schemes,
it is more the inner, the self, the real,
of vulnerability we are afraid.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Life Became Him – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Exchanges

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Photo: Auschwitz 1, the former Polish army barracks which the SS commandeered as a prison for Polish army officers, Poles, Jews, subversives, and others. This is a substantial complex of brick multi-story blocks, unlike Auschwitz 2, which was mostly wooden blocks. I found the place sombre and still, a place of  confronting horror. This is the place where the Catholic priest and subversive Maximilian Kolbe exchanged places with a young Jewish man because he was a husband and father and had a future to live. The commandant agreed to the exchange. Kolbe was starved to death, although he was given a mercy injection after three weeks.

 

“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

Life Became Him

Quietly he ventured an offer to
the commandant lusting for reprisal,
one young father not ready for some version of heaven,
and persuaded, the commandant exchanges the two,
the priest is starved in the doorway of eternity.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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That One – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Holiday Party

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“At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.”  W. Somerset Maugham

 

That One

That one in ten,
before the mulled wine hit the nose,
that holiday party everyone remembers
when the spirit of generosity
touched every conversation and heart.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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I Paid – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Wishing

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“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.”  Allen Ginsberg (and not Jim Morrison who borrowed and adapted this).

 

I Paid

I paid $2.50 for some nicely packaged plausibility,
a pyramid of lies so clever my mother would
denounce me on the strength of my invented life
where I will never again trace the strands of who I was
leaving me wishing for truth and integrity to rain down hard.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Shopping Spree – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 lines – Shopping

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“I’ve been dating since I was fifteen. I’m exhausted. Where is he?”  Kristin Davis

 

Shopping Spree

Two-toned, big boned, large lips,
small nation ego no less, shallow,
beer gut, skinny ribs, twinkle toes,
halitosis roulette on a long credit line,
dating so many faces without result.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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I Put My Book Down – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Yon rosebuds in the morning-dew, how pure amang the green.”  Robert Burns

I Put My Book Down

She came through the open door
dancing with abandon,
and unfurling bud my rose whose
delicate, wet, pink folds captivated
all my senses and I put my book down.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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The Favourite Thing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Favourite things

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“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

The Favourite Thing

Wines that palate tease and music stirs
books unpredictable deserve a place
alongside great food and tangled sheets,
but nothing can top those moments when we are
pleasured by our shared meaning in reflections.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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The Process – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Discovery

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Image: ‘Vox Angelica’ by Max Ernst – artnet.com

“Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.”  Max Ernst

 

The Process

The giant bird and I became friends
though sometimes she left me alone far
from home and, no matter my peregrinations,
I was always only ever myself, discovery
was never the end it was the process.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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The Meal – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Delicious

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“I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late, start without me.”  Tallulah Bankhead

The Meal

She came round at twelve for lunch,
the moment was perfect
so many flavours and textures and
we thoroughly indulged, noting later
that the meal was delicious too.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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That familiar Smell – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines -Peanut Butter

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“Without peanut butter, I might starve.”  Judy Blume

That Familiar Smell

Oil sizzles and you knock back the heat,
the heart races as you pile in garlic, onion, chilli,
along with coconut milk, sugar and soy,
but it wouldn’t be satay, it wouldn’t be right
without two tablespoons of peanut butter.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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