Category Archives: politics

The One Hidden – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetic Pop Art

At dVerse Poets Victoria has invited us to take Pop Art as inspiration for a poem.


Image: ‘In Search Of History’ Alexander Kosolapov, 1982 – Sotsart

Note: SOTS-ART Soviet political art, a journey friend of Pop Art which, due to Soviet censorship of the 1970s – 80s, was mostly underground work.


“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”  Andy Warhol

The One Hidden

The conspiracy of words and time
melds colour to a constancy of grey
like ever present winter clouds
brooding over truth
whatever that might be,
and indeed,
that is the question Pilate asked
non the wiser for a reply,
that certainty as a non-event is,
in truth, a certainty,
where facts like curbs
eventually erode and fritter
revealing the naked and bold-faced
lies of our fathers,
a constructed history by numbers,
O how we walked those grey blocks
seeking lucent hope,
just a glimmer of colour,
a taste of the real,
no, not that capitalist lie, freedom,
it is the one hidden in my breast.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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No One Dares – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille



“forcible intercourse with one individual is called “Rape” and raping thousands of individuals at a time is called “Politics.”  Srinivas Shenoy



No one Dares

It’s a politicians job to lie,
but the public need a facade
window dressing
with dummies and all,
emperors without clothes,
and no one dares shout out,
we now serve the politicians
as they once served us,
but I wish they’d just nick off.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Truth Costs (The Ballad of Richard Boyle) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Richard Boyle, whistleblower who raised concerns about the Australian Tax Office and debt collection methods known by the archaic term garnishing. Boyle’s concerns have been shown to be grounded and yet he faces substantial jail time for alerting the nation as to a genuine problem.


“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.  Czeslaw Milosz

Truth Costs (The Ballad of Richard Boyle)

You gangster of words
truthy extraordinaire
crusader of transparency
swimming in a tide of malefaction,
you called it and
told us what it was,
and they cried foul,
so embarrassed that
their little game was up,
but fro the truth
you must pay.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Unnoticed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night




“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel.”  George Orwell ‘1984’



the watchers watch,
even of themselves they dutifully report,
but no one watches the watchers
while they are watching you
not watching,
benignly trusting
so unaware of the surrender
made without flag or treaty
folding so easily it went unnoticed,
and nothing seems different at all,
unless, of course,
you dare to have an opinion.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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The Mask Of Goodness

Video:  Foreign Corespondent (27.14 minutes)

One could argue that Mao’s China was communist, but in my view China quickly became a dictatorship (which is hardly Marxist) and based on the cult of the leader (Stalin, Mao, Castro, Kim ll-Sung, as with Fascism and National Socialism before them) which is ironically that which they opposed, the Romanovs, the Qing dynasty and so on.

China scholars sometimes say that the CCP has no ideology, but I would say their ideology is about  fear and control. For the CCP, control of the population is paramount (usually argued over the issue of population size, but ignores India as a comparative). Of course, fear comes packaged in many guises, usually plausible necessity – ‘we must do this together for the good of the country because …’ (The usual drivel around scapegoating). If you disagree or protest you are labelled as a dissident or a criminal, and in China that is a virtual death.

China didn’t invent facial recognition, that began in the U.S. with Woodrow Wilson Bledsoe in the 1960s, but China has been the world’s leading pioneer in mass utilisation for population control, as per the above video. The new control is Social Credit, an insidious policing and censorship. Essentially it regulates every aspect of public life from travel, to behaviour, including shopping choices. China is using the technology to contain its population, and it has intentionally become a new form of house arrest. In the video above the once popular journalist has become a pariah according to the CCP (because he uncovered corruption at high levels of govt.), and is restricted in income and travel as well as access to certain people and processes thereby rendering his work and movement impossible, all without recourse to trial. The other factor is racial profiling, and the Chinese govt. is tracking Uighers among others, for the purpose of control.

Also in the video above the successful couple have very high social credit based on their compliance, profession and shopping choices. It is the new disguised capitalism of China that favours an elite and so a new class system has been created. Eventually one becomes a drone or a prole to use Orwell’s language, pushed and directed by every institutional whim, for the good of the nation of course. China is not alone in this, just more advanced and unashamed in the process.

Notably, in the U.S. the cities of Cambridge, San Francisco, Oakland and Somerville have taken preemptive steps to ban the use of facial recognition technologies on the basis that such technologies are a breach of freedom of speech and privacy, and have already been seen to be used to unfairly target activists, minorities, race and women. Such technology is being used to punish those who criticise government.

D.H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930) didn’t mind slinging off, but when he spoke critically of America, he couldn’t have known that his observations would apply world-wide within a generation: “America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men (sic) absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life’s sacred spontaneity. They can’t trust life until they can control it.” 

What could possibly go wrong?!


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That Virus – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon




“The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy.”  Noam Chomsky


That Virus

that virus which has destroyed
all that was collective and community
has diminished the courage of politicians
and elevated the narrow-minded profiteers
who have washed in the blood of our lives
and feasted on the carcass of hope,
a despicable breed of thugs.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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The Cuckoo-flower – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Waiting


Photo: provided by  Patricia’s Place


“The statesman shears the sheep, the politician skins them.”  Austin O’Malley


The Cuckoo-flower

She was more verbivore than herbivore
a cuckoo-flower who habited a simple meliorism
that the pasture was always better down the road
paradise in four-leafed clover she’s heard,
just awaiting the jumbuck special, ticket cloven.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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The Mindless Frog – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon




“As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please …”  Noam Chomsky

The Mindless Frog

On a cold winters day
I was prim on my lily pad
awaiting a princess to
plant her lips on me,
an average fantasy of transformation
by any normal standard and
I was so surprised when instead a
man carefully picked me up,
fed me and placed me
in some nice tepid water
where I thawed and relaxed,
stretching and luxuriating,
I was so unconcerned as
my flesh started to loosen and
gently peel from my bones
rising to the surface where
the beady eyes of the man
continued to watch expectantly,
too late I realised
that princes consume.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Such Deceit – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Brood – Word of the Day



“God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”  William Shakespeare (Hamlet)


Such Deceit

You brood of vipers,
as you writhe and glide
your innocence shines,
not so much in your youthfulness
sleek and supple though you are,
even beautiful you glisten,
no, it is your quiet movements
and the depth of your eyes
that so easily belie
the deadly venom you hide,
you seduced the very first two
succeeding ever since
winning every ballot
with such deceit.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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As The Sun Sets – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Sun – 8th anniversary


Photo: Taken at Atwell two winters ago.



As The Sun Sets

As the sun sets in the western sky
will it rise again tomorrow,
will it shine as it did at Runnymede,
or Philadelphia,
or Paris in 48,
or Mabo in 92,
the light is now clouded
darkness descends,
my heart hopes
yet weighed down.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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