Restorative Paths – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Augusta: part of the Cape to Cape Track, looking out over the Indian Ocean.

 

Restorative Paths

Slowly I register the pressure of days,
and count the weight of strictures and structures
that nurture my resentments
of expectations inbred,
and dreams no longer coloured,
rather, depleted in a monotone of surrender,
to a life once imagined,
and now corralled.
But then I shake the melancholy with vigour,
by setting out along new paths,
roads never travelled,
much less planned,
and yet, roads that hold me as
I weary and doubt,
roads that restore me and
where I rediscover my wholeness,
my readiness,
to reengage a life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul,

pvcann.com

30 Comments

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30 responses to “Restorative Paths – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love these lines ”But then I shake the melancholy with vigour,
by setting out along new paths,
roads never travelled,
much less planned,
and yet, roads that hold me as
I weary and doubt,
roads that restore me and
where I rediscover my wholeness,
my readiness,
to reengage a life.”

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  2. Life does have a way of corralling us and altering dreams. It’s good to break loose
    and go exploring.

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  3. ouch this is a reflection of life now I suspect … hang in there!

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  4. “the pressure of days” – i love this line

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  5. It shrugs at the heart!❤

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  6. I love this hymn to starting over and finding new pathways to explore

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  8. Beautiful structure and concise use of words

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  9. Thanks for the follow back!

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  10. yes, somedays easier to break free than others.

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  11. I do like this, Paul. Echoes of Robert Frost? Would it be stronger (open, ambiguous , intriguing) if you omitted the last line?

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    • Many thanks Ted, you picked me well, yes Robert Frost- I think one of my main influences in matters natural, I was really taken by his writing at the age of 14, much later than others I’d read and enjoyed, but not like Frost, or Muir, Berry, Eliot, who stand out for me.

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  12. The joy of reading poetry is the discoveries found between the lines.
    You say the unspoken, eloquently.

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  13. lync56

    Words like windows to your soul a insight to your inner world

    >

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