Misplaced – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.”  
Meister Eckhart



A medieval babel
we built the cloister as if to reach heaven,
high and lofty
grand as a statement of our
misplaced devotion,
realising too late
that there is nothing big enough to catch,
let alone contain,
that which we call God
who dwells in much humbler
less rational cathedrals.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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45 responses to “Misplaced – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Ennle Madresan

    So true, and beautifully penned as always. Made me think of something–have you seen the program “The Story of God” with actor Morgan Freeman? It’s a TV series here in the US–Freeman visits countries to learn about all the world’s religions, how people interpret who God is and what He’s about. Rather fascinating…anyway, recently he visited a cathedral with possibly the highest ceiling in the world, and your poem reminded me of it.

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  2. Agreed. I wrote a post about this same subject.

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  3. Hélène - Willow Poetry

    Beautiful poem Paul. Amazing structure.

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  5. Thanks Sir for the awesome poem.

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  6. We will always be too weak to conceive. We see the world through 1000 veils and nobody can do it away.

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  7. 🙂 Well put!
    Even as a kid i realized the absurdity of claiming to have “him” locked up in a golden box.

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  8. The image of a cathedral as something designed to catch and house god strikes me as brilliant, Paul. “World’s largest, most vain mousetrap” in a sense.

    So far as I can see, a key difference between religion and mysticism is that almost all mystics I know of stubbornly insist the more you possess (of any type of possession), the less chance you have of a mystical experience.

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  9. Loved this. Misplaced devotion…those two words say it all – we do not need temples of light to see the light.

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  10. So very true and beautifully stated.

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  11. lync56

    This is definitely going to be one of my favourites


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  13. Brilliantly put. Yes, I feel more spiritually connected on a Mountain or in nature than in any monument of religious aggrandisement.

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  14. I was just watching a history show which had an episode of a small country that celebrates John Frum Day… Kind of like a religion…
    Also another religious place in Africa… Look up the Church of St. George in The town of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Might have been the same program – Josh Gates Explorations… Really quite amazing the history of people and what they build and worship.

    The more I know of all organized faiths, the more I like the unorganized belief that all are good. I like your poetic interpretation.

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  15. The last lines here were stunning!

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