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Hard Work – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge 40 – Things My Father Said

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Hard Work

How to describe,
what to say of it all,
what comes as I remember
that his fists talked more than his jaw?
The tears he wept when he broke things
that mattered to the heart,
recompense so cloying
nothing could repair,
he was battered by birth and by life
he knew little of China or Morocco
but he knew that the coal that he shovelled
wasn’t anything of him,
though he never felt devalued
cos’ he’d say:
“Hard work never did anyone any harm.”
Yet it’s understatedly hard when
you love who hurts,
and that’s the real work of life;
it’s years now since he’s been gone
and my thoughts are more sober now,
I miss him a lot for the good things
and the occasional reactive quip:
“Don’t worry son, worry never achieves anything.”
and, in spite of everything,
I’ve discovered that’s true.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

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To Deliquesce – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Thaw – RDP Thursday

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To Deliquesce

We were so very right from opposing views,
and our spines were steel
supports for cantilevered lips
projecting righteous hurt,
and as words settled into silence,
anger cooled as
a blanket of ice
a slippery sheet of layered invective,
woven with anger
and hemmed with shame.
In order to deliquesce,
a hand would be needed
a look given,
a sad smile offered,
a hug shared,
and all would be forgiven
then spring would evolve
fecund from the ground of our pain.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

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The Agony – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Fire – Word of the Day

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The Agony

How can something burn
and yet never consume,
when entire forests fall to ash
and futures are cauterised by flames
so intense they erase history
and futures yet unthought?
And yet we burn
with an intensity that would consume
entire forests
but we are not ready to surrender
to the sting of the flames,
we desire the sweetness of fire
but not its end,
we want that sacred ground
of the agony of love.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

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Hold Me – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Appease – Word of the Day

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Hold Me

Sucker punched,
gasping for air
I staggered,
then the searing pain
of the knife between my ribs,
your words are sometimes like that,
like murder,
but then, mine too,
so, hold me
just as I’m holding you,
only love can soothe
such deep wounds.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Unbridled – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Devour – Word of the Day

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Unbridled

Try as it might
the rain couldn’t dampen our fever,
we were gone
so drunk on passion,
the rivulets an outward sign
of the cascade within
and, casting reason to the wind,
what began as civil
became unbridled pleasure
as we devoured each other.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

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Spent – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Air – RDP Saturday

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Nunc scio quid sit amor  Now I know what love is.

 

Spent

The moment needed no words
we conversed in other ways
till we made our point
and then we lay exhausted, spent
the air sucked right out of us
in breathless, telegraphic counterpoint.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul,   pvcann.com

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Just Give It A Scratch – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Itching – Word of the Day

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Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, 1955.

 

Just Give It A Scratch

One thousand books on keeping it real,
another thousand on spicing it up,
those experts will save you
from boredom or spat,
from those
seven rash years, well
just give it a scratch,
like you used to do
back when loved seemed a match.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

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Forever – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Commit – Word of the Day

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Forever

We have journeyed each other
segued to the soul
it seems forever
as joy cleverly inverts time
and love alters perception,
even reality,
should such a thing exist,
but excitement is a thin energy
and we must more than exist
in this liminal space
for the longest part is yet ahead
so, we must take time
and make it ours.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul,  pvcann.com

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There Is Colour – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Wild Card

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V.J. has set a challenge to look over the past week’s writing and choose a word or phrase that repeats and write about that. Well my word is colour …

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There Is Colour

He said,
he really did,
he didn’t even blink
there was no guile,
sincere, he just let it out
“I just don’t see colour.”
Well, there you go
in your disregard
focussing on self
issuing platitudes and
diminishing a fundamental
heartfelt me, we and us,
with a blancmange of nothingness,
while everywhere
there is is colour to be celebrated,
and not just white!

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul,  pvcann.com

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The Key – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Key – RDP Monday

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The Key

Sun kissed
petals undone
you opened in the warmth
and rejoiced
moist,
glassy,
smooth and
sweetly perfumed,
unfurling before me,
raw, naked,
beautiful,
my tender caress
the key.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul,  pvcann.com

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