To No Avail – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Photo: Pouring out a libation.

“The original definition of sacrifice moves more inwardly. It means to give up what no longer works.” Mark Nepo

To No Avail

With every possible sacrifice
I made supplication at your door,
as if to all the gods and spirits
who might intervene should be
summoned for not a little redemption
at the drop of a hat thrown to the 
wind as to caution, a libation 
poured out for everything I had
pursued down lanes and alleys
to no avail.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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