Breathe That Fire Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Beware the sleeping dragon. For when she awakes the earth will shake.”   Winston Churchill (speaking about China)


Breathe That Fire Again

Elements of life
we simply forget
or want to,
the water under
an abridged life,
coded tapestry of
joy and disappointment,
yet one wisp of song and
a flood of vignettes
sometimes we must
poke the sleeping dragon
and breathe that fire again.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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44 responses to “Breathe That Fire Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Amen to poking the sleeping dragon! ❤

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  2. Perfect illustration for a wonderful poem.

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  3. And truly live, once more.

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  4. Thoughts & words ignite

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  5. Certainly, Paul. Excellent!

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  6. “the water under
    an abridged life”
    is just BRILLIANT.

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  7. I love ‘yet one wisp of song and a flood of vignettes awakening.’ Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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  8. Yes, sometimes we need those memories, whether they are painful or not.

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  9. We can never let the sleeping dragons lie, the world would be devoid of poetry.

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  10. The image is stunning as is the poem. So many layers.

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  11. lync56

    I had to re read and think about this one but then I got it and it is very well done and said


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  12. we do indeed need to poke that sleeping dragon occasionally … well written Paul!

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  13. Yes to the inner dragon. Inspire the fire!

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  14. Yes, sometimes we must.
    I particularly liked: “the water under
    an abridged life,”

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  15. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar

    … the things we tuck away are usually not truly buried – and yes, they can be rekindled – and the dragon can be let loose!

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  16. I think we should… as long as we poke carefully.

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  17. This makes me want to go rewatch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 😉

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