If Only – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Quadrille #72 – dversepoets – Steep


Photo: cloud, mist and rain over Bluff Knoll.


If Only

The rise sounds easy,
but the elevation compounds,
and my backpack weighs heavily,
as I clamber and scramble,
shin barked and breathless,
inching towards my goal,
O if only I’d taken the escalator
for this steep ascent,
the office to which I’m bound.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under bush walking, Free Verse, life, Mountaineering, poem

25 responses to “If Only – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love it. What a surprise . . . to the office!

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  2. I love the twist in this one!!

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  3. Bernie Delaney

    “as I clamber and scramble,
    shin barked and breathless,”
    Great description.

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  4. oh going to work can seem so much harder than actually scaling a mount – beautiful metaphors Paul

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  5. Another beautiful poem. And, I love the play on words especially “office”.

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  6. “shin barked and breathless” – Love that description, and the ending.

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  7. Sometimes one doesn’t know about the elevator until one reaches the top.

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  8. What a poetic way to describe your way to the office! I love it.

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  9. Very moving — it pulled me right in from the beginning. Reminds me of a movie I saw where a man carried a burden and didn’t realize that he can lay it down. Blessings to you, Paul!

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  11. Nora

    ‘shin barked and breathless’ is fabulous. I fully expected some mountaineering and a summit – nice turn there!

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