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Choosing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting poetics with an invitation to write about Persephone.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Persephone

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“Persephone had it right. If you must go, might as well take all of spring with you.” Cathy Lin Che

Choosing

They say you traded innocence
for pomegranates, such was the
twinkle in your eye as you untied 
the umbilical cord, being very careful
to bless the shadowy scapegoat of
your choosing should you be
discovered as desiring not one, 
but the best of both worlds,
always wanting to be there, then
here, never settled, unable to be
complete unless in transit,
blaming your heart's captors
rather than admitting your fears,
seeking the sun while living in your 
own shadow for all but yourself to see.


Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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I Knew I Wouldn’t Worry – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” George Bernard Shaw

I Knew I Wouldn't Worry

Right before I left I knew I wouldn't worry,
I left things like this to get further away,
to inhabit the world so very differently,
while at the same time beginning to fade.

I left things like this to get further away
from the static tradition of meaning,
while at the same time beginning to fade,
the pressures falling away yet still there.

From the static tradition of meaning,
multiple temporalities spoil its meaning,
the pressures falling away yet still there,
begging the question as to its purpose.

Multiple temporalities spoil its meaning,
to inhabit the world so very differently
begging the question as to its purpose,
right before I left I knew I wouldn't worry.


Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Why Do We? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.” Carl Jung

Why Do We?

Why do we persist in eradicating every hint of shadow,
will it free us from the fear we hold of the night of soul,
the austerity of indifferent stars in darkened skies,
are we unable to bear the heavy echoes of silence.

Will it free us from the fear we hold of the night of soul,
that we might let go the points of our past compass,
are we unable to bear the heavy echoes of silence,
which speak loudly into the rusted patterns of our lives.

That we might let go the points of our past compass,
ever exposed to fleeting glimpses of the real
which speak loudly into the rusted patterns of our lives,
interrupting calcified thoughts no longer valid.

Ever exposed to fleeting glimpses of the real,
the austerity of indifferent stars in darkened skies
interrupting calcified thoughts no longer valid,
Why do we persist in eradicating every hint of shadow?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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