The Real Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“But by the time you’ve worked long enough, hard enough, Real Life (which insists on being capitalised as if it were a personage with a proper name and a right to barge into this rental unit called your life) begins to reveal itself as something other than effort, other than accomplishment. Real Life wishes to be left to its own purposeless devices.”  Patricia Hampl  ‘The Art Of The Wasted Day’


The Real Life

I set a course some moons ago,
plains of windmill grass and dianellas
were simple pleasures,
creeks with flooded gums along blue grass banks and
granite outcrops boasting ghost gums pleased the eye
as much a solace as any company of kind,
while the hills challenged my humble frame,
just as human contact did at every turn
and over time I lost my way
as other, lesser things, intruded.
One day I heard the kookaburras laugh
and I took it personally,
what a fool this way travels they sang,
chastened, I quelled my madding mind,
and reset my compass heart
for deviations, tangents,
the real life.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon




Filed under bush walking, Country, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, nature, poem, quote

43 responses to “The Real Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I don’t know where to start … love it all … headed out tomorrow to “granite outcrops boasting ghost gums …” this resonates on a deeper level.

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  2. Beautiful. Every so often we all need to take stock, reset our compasses.

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  3. There is no reason the road less traveled shouldnโ€™t be mine, except real life.

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  4. So hard to enjoy real life, when daily life activities eat up time.

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  5. Great writing sir, thank you so much for sharing it. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™

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  6. Love the Australian references. Hope to someday get to experience them for myself.

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  7. krc

    wow ..deep one.
    nicely written!

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  8. Nice Paul – you know how to wind a tale up, and then turn it for a different outcome. I have often felt the bird were laughing at me. Revelation comes in many forms.

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  9. Reclaiming real life is a struggle but worth every bit of the fight. This resonates, Paul.

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  10. Social drags us into its norms making us believe it is the ‘real’ path but when you are aware of the benefit of the “simple pleasures” which “pleased the eye” and brought “solace,” you have found everything! I enjoyed reading and rereading your beautiful poem Paul.

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  11. Ah yes, I went down to the river to pray today, Paul. You’ll know what I mean.

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  12. I wish everyone get a chance to set the compass in real life ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. we need to be mindful about a real life balance, and love the Aussie setting of this … bless those kookaburras!

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  14. lync56

    Beautiful and very true


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