A Point of Grief – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Photo: Lake Brown looking west to the setting sun.

“Filthy water cannot be washed.”   African Proverb


A Point Of Grief

There’s majesty in this ancient death,
just to walk the barren shore and
take in the necrosis of dead trees
and pinkish water,
nothing lives here
except the salt, of course,
a living death
that burns to the touch,
even the wind moves
in eerie reverence
across its tortured surface,
a millennia of dying
offering a point of grief
to all who long for something more
in this tortured world
of love and loss.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


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

40 responses to “A Point of Grief – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. blindzanygirl

    You are an absolutely amazing poet Paul. I love thus

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  2. Beautiful and poignant

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  3. What’s going on with that lake, Paul? Your description reminds me of The Salton Sea in California, which is always battling against its own death 😦

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    • It is an ancient and natural salt lake. Not all salt lakes are the result of human intervention. The salt is still harvested for commercial use, and it is now in a protected reserve. It is quite beautiful in its own way.

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  4. It’s good timing to receive your gift of poetry, as my family and I grieve the loss of my brother on his birthday.

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  5. Zael Sealing

    WOWWWWW, I’m otherwise struck dumb by your writing.

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  6. powerfully poignant … what we do to our environment and each other …

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  7. lync56

    That is so beautiful and sad – brings back lovely memories of this place though


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  8. The photograph captures the poignancy of your words, and vice versa. I especially love the last four lines. So beautiful.

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  9. Very beautiful, a sad and eerie truth

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  10. A powerful tribute and lament.

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