Helpless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts for  ever.”  Mineko Iwasaki

Helpless

And you,
will you too take what is not yours
and steal away that which was mine,
and only mine to give,
rendering my giving impotent
and my rights void,
to assume my place
and take my breath as yours
the very pulse of my life
taken for granted,
your laughter echoing in
the chill of my mind,
and the applause of onlookers
so satisfied as
I lay helpless to prevent you.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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