Arche – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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The days were wonderfully broken
as joy overwhelmed
the ellipses of confusion
that threatened to interrupt
with no conscience as to feelings for
the things we could not give voice to
and which made us faint with such love
for the very numinous
we could sing
or even dance
but never speak
in a language yet known,
and all around us
the air was on fire.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Note: the word Arche (αρχη) originates in ancient Greece and speaks to the question of what might be the ultimate underlying substance, what is the first principle, but which is also undemonstrable?  (there’s a lot more to it than that of course but that’s essentially the idea). Anaximander is thought to the the first to use it. Anaximander’s student Anaximenes came up with a theory that posited that air was the first principle because it was possible for rarified air to become fire and therefore could become all five elements, meaning that this was the underlying substance.



Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, Spirituality

35 responses to “Arche – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This is gorgeous Paul. It touched my soul.

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  2. Love this! Indeed, that knowing but no voice or language for. That eternal essence born of air and fire

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  3. Great Poem, excellent writing skills. You are a born poet Sir, like Great Author Shakespeare’s quote” some are born great some achieve greatness and…… ” Thanks for writing.

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  4. Thanks a lot for the lovely poem.

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  5. To sing or dance but never speak of something would be an interesting scenario. I especially like the ending of your poem.

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  6. This has power and passion Paul – excellent!

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  7. Intriguing note, and “the things we could not give voice to” tend to be the most powerful, I find. I enjoyed this post!

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  8. Ennle Madresan

    Stellar poetry, leaves me hushed.

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  9. Tom Darby

    Your explaination of ‘Arche’ is so simple, yet spot on. Where were you when I was attending seminary? LOL

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  10. sublime Paul, mixing fact and fantasy, but isn’t that what life is all about. metaphysical delight this is!

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  11. Hélène - Willow Poetry

    The air was on fire…splendid rendition Paul. Thank you for note on Arche,

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  12. A very interesting post!

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  13. lync56

    Beautifully deep


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