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Failing To See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“We wake if we ever wake at all, to mystery, to rumours of death, beauty, violence ….” Annie Dillard

Failing To See

When did mystery become anxious
that it needed something by way of
self-denial to be acceptable, and who
decided to strip you naked that we 
might see you clearly through the
murky mist of time, and ponder
your meanings. Did we need to 
break down your door, claiming 
your space as our own, becoming
so familiar as to have no illusions,
failing to see how our thirst for 
certainty becomes a cabinet filled
with conclusions which has emptied
us of longing.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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I Heard An Echo – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The only real radicalism in out time will come as it always has – from people who insist on thinking for themselves.” Christopher Hitchens

I Heard An Echo

I heard an echo,
we were talking about the old days 
which were neither here nor there,
just indifferent to moral pigeons
holed up in some minds making
meaning from loosely connected
thoughts often called memories,
which had lost their way in the
construction of truth and broken
loose to free-range as experience,
rather than surrender to become
caged convictions.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Swimming – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Peter Drucker

Swimming 

It's hard swimming against the
title fight of culture, so many 
stop signs and no go zones,
just the coup de gras, a tragic
K O to box cutters, where
thoughts are herded and 
trapped, taped and wrapped,
no light to entertain a view,
other than a room with no 
room, just praying for some
silverfish to tunnel us out of
this closed space that constricts
my independent thought of
throwing everything to the
wind and just letting go
to the centre of pure joy,
where I can swim with 
such ease as to not care
about who cares about
the things that just don't
matter anymore.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Copernicus’ Chickens – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Bjorn is hosting Open Link Night when we choose a poem of our own to post.

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” Aldous Huxley

Copernicus' Chickens

Copernicus' chickens had a more rounded view
which squared imaginatively though yet
predictably with a general view of incoherent,
contradicted meaning, a union of incompatibles.

Which squared imaginatively though yet
cried out as dry bones yearn as metal for oil in
contradicted meaning, a union of incompatibles,
ever exhausted and spent in search of a truth.

Cried out as dry bones yearn as metal for oil in
mid combustion of ideas in danger of sticking,
ever exhausted and spent in search of a truth,
transcendent, and so deliciously unreal.

Mid combustion of ideas in danger of sticking,
predictably with a general view of incoherent,
transcendent, and so deliciously unreal,
Copernicus' chickens had a more rounded view.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Am I – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“There is no reality except the one contained within us.” Hermann Hesse

Am I?

Am I just a shade,
a phantasmic abstraction
beyond punctuated reality,
projected on cracked walls,
incorporeal spaces ever shifting
as rising mist drifting across
doleful lakes of misgiving in
sonorous tones of darkened 
hush escaping lips of cold
flame in the heat of a moment,
ever seeking expiation or,
am I.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Philosopher’s Lament – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos.” D.H. Lawrence

Philosopher's Lament

Perhaps,
but the path is not 
conquered by having a why,
certainty is so easily undone
and knowing is not in the mind,
to touch another in soul moments
is to unfetter the universe and 
recast the lights of heaven as
dandelion seeds on the breath
of desire, a love thermal to 
carry the world to heights yet
unknown beyond the very
smallness of reason,
perhaps, yes,
life is far more organic.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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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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Shining – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Banksy

Shining 

The wind pushes down
making waves with little white peaks
shining in the midst of the grey deep,
beacons of a stirring, rolling freely,
carrying life in their awake
where fish care to fly,
just like young prophets
who call down every street with
words of freedom pressing down,
making waves, shining in their 
deep awake, calling us to fly.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Shouting Underwater – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Linda at dVerse is hosting Open Link Night where ewe are invited to post a poem of choice. dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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“Any government that places profit before people is pure evil.” Suzy Kassem

Shouting Underwater

Those babble mouths,
always a crooked apologia for
crack cocaine capitalism's
endemic asset stripping
dealers who're always
powdering their own noses,
yet always the stench of decay
seeps through everywhere,
gaslighting the streets,
curbing panaceas
left, right and centre,
and I feel as if I'm
on fire and shouting
underwater.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Surely – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.” Aung San Suu Kyi

Surely

Surely, to be authentic is to 
know our imperfections and
to know that we are less than
the sum of our public persona,
that our pixels blur when no
one is looking at us, but
does that diminish us in
any way, does that prevent us
from speaking the truth to 
power in the public square?
Surely the one who has
lived their mistakes is the 
one with a voice to share?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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