Lighter – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

What Do You See?



Unlike a maze, which is a cousin of the labyrinth, the labyrinth has one path in and the same path out. The maze is a puzzle to go through and solve, while the labyrinth is a trusted rhythm to be meditated or contemplated in while walking. Whereas you conquer a maze, the labyrinth enables you to self reflect.


The gentle rhythm
of this walking meditation
is a metaphor for life itself,
walking to my center,
and turning again,
each turn a momentary still point
for reflection,
and the middle a waiting,
a wrestling,
a letting go,
just the place to leave something
of self,
while the return journey
is always the lighter for it.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, labyrinth, life, meditation, mindfulness, poem

42 responses to “Lighter – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “while the return journey
    is always the lighter for it.”
    … Sometimes.

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  2. Great take on the prompt, Paul.

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  3. Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms

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  5. Thanks for the enlightenment. I never really knew the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. I now know that I experienced both in New Harmony, IN a few years back.

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  6. So nice, and true too, Paul! Thank you! Michael


  7. Hélène - Willow Poetry

    I love the comparison you point out between the maze and the labyrinth. I find myself doing both separately at different times. A perfect poem, thank you Paul.

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  8. Fascinating theme, Paul!

    I like how well meditation, how accurately, it’s described, captured.

    Your words, theme, and technique all came together.

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  9. beautiful contemplation!

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  10. Excellent meditation on the labyrinth.

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  11. Enlightening words Paul. Re read it again to enjoy its depth 🙂

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  12. What a lovely way you describe tackling your problems head on! Stop, pause and reflect before moving on. The return journey is lighter. I loved this Paul 🙂

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  13. Lovely poem. There are lots of labyrinths around New England. I’m betting you might have one in your yard? 😊

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  14. Fascinating take on the labyrinth. i too chose it over the maze, finding it’s internal rhythm more soothing.. I love the idea of being able to leave behind that which might have become to heavy to carry (my words) .Beautiful.


  15. lync56

    Such a beautiful reflection of my experience with the labyrinth

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  17. It helps to find a worthy poem that just drives you along a path of reflection and contemplation.


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