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Together We Rise – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Merril is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write an Ekphrastic Poem using any one of four paintings of Wind.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – March Wind Ekphrastic

The Painting I chose is Joseph Farquharson’s ‘Cauld Blaws The Wind Frae East To West’ 1888 (Public Domain)

“Kites rise against, not with, the wind.” Lewis Mumford

Together We Rise

Wind shears rose against us
tearing our bodies, ravaging our faces,
we cut a pathetic scene as we bent long
in cold, wet, miserable exhaustion,
occasionally glancing back to the valley
of tears below where the wind from the
east spoke ill and forced us to rise this
treacherous mountain track.

There is no refuge in wind,
hot or cold it is always contrary to the
prevailing feeling, rattling the windows
of our thoughts, unravelling our long
memorised histories; far better that we 
drag ourselves onwards over the precipice 
of hope, than remain in the misery below,
come, keep up, together we rise.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Where To? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Sunday – Fugacious


Photo: Syrian refugees 2015.


“There is absolutely no solidarity in the West towards its own victims, and the recent ‘refuge crisis’ is direct proof of it.”  Andre Vitchek


Where To?

This fugacious life
where lives fall off,
from Bethlehem to Alexandria,
Kampala to London,
Kabul to Islamabad,
Jaffna to Darwin,
bullets and noose,
leaking tents with
open dreams,
desperate souls
risking boiling seas,
dashing fear on rocks of despair,
holding child heirlooms,
selling dignity,
leaving identity,
trading death for death,
broken spirits seeking refuge
in resistant places
west of our insouciance,
hoping against hope.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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