Emotional Courage – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Emotional Courage

I want to sit at the table of openness,
I’d walk past the table of entanglement,
or the one reserved for those who lambast my ears.
or the one,
the long one, for the baggage handlers,
who carry too much anger
or some other that weighs them down
and anyone who sups from their menu.
I’d want to sit away from the narrow ones,
whose minds are fixed shut against beauty,
against abundance,
fearing failure,
or those whose minds are the universe
in their own singular legends.
No, I want to sit at the table of openness,
the place of emotional courage,
where the brain is heartfelt for other.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


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43 responses to “Emotional Courage – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I like this idea. There are too many tables that are unpleasant to sit at.

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  2. Save me a spot too, Paul.

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  3. Wow! I’m not qualified to judge brilliant but I’ll say it anyway. Thank you!

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  4. I’m with you on this! I like the way you looped back to the beginning, starting and ending with openness!

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  5. Let’s begin fresh! Wonderful piece Paul.

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  6. Such a wonderful poem. I love the concept of “the place of emotional courage”. It encapsulates the practice of sitting with discomfort instead of running from it.

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  7. Pingback: Emotional Courage – Timeless Wisdoms

  8. Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms

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  9. All those negatives caused by fear. Conquer fear to find successful emotional relationships and positive attitude.

    Very nicely written. Thank you for the reminder.

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  10. Yes, that open table of freshness and light denying a seat to regret and blight feeding one’s heart and spirit rejecting then scolding those who would fear it. Well done an enjoyable read

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  11. Powerful and Profound … exactly what we need to do!

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  12. lync56

    Love the twist and use of words this way – yes I want to sit at the table you chose too


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  13. I love this table, Paul.

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  14. Beautifully written. It’s courage and, that’s a good thing… Cheers!

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  15. Please save a place for me too, Paul.

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  16. wise, beautiful thoughts and words.

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  17. I’ve loved what you wrote on the blog and it is close to my heart , extraordinary, profound, made me pauses and think. Thank you ! 🙏

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