For The First Time – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Discovery – RDP Thursday



“As one looks across the barren stretches of the pack, it is sometimes difficult to realise what teeming life exists immediately beneath its surface.”  Robert Falcon Scott (Scott of the Antarctic)


For The First Time

What must be observed?
What can be questioned?
in stillness the heart cannot lie,
that which is held prisoner
to the mind,
once released between the
inward and outward breath,
bubbles to the conscious,
and can be seen and felt
if we but wait and look,
removing the mask of self-deception
seeing ourselves for the first time
as Scott did with Terra Nova,
that unsullied plateau
ready to be inferred
not yet contained.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, history, life, poem

12 responses to “For The First Time – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wonderful example of mindfulness.

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  2. Scott is a good example – one who thought he knew himself and his duty, only to be ‘unmasked’ by that wild new world. Bravo.

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  3. I really like this. I like all your writing but I connected to this. Maybe because I have shed off the mask of keeping together all the time for everyone or maybe it’s that I’m getting to know who I am…

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  4. Beautiful execution of the visual prompt.

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  5. lync56

    Very true


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  6. Beautiful words to ponder, Paul.


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