There Are Times – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Madness 2



“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”  Joseph Campbell


There Are Times

The thin thread of the real
never leaves me,
though it stretches to breaking
and there are times that I must
dissociate awhile
to live in beauty and ponder
the possibility of the good,
to live inside
while outwardly existing amidst
the clouds that presage
an ugliness of life undoing
my existential fortress,
of which I can do little
until it can pass,
it’s a struggle when your
inside is out and your
outside is in.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, psychology, quote

23 responses to “There Are Times – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Another one I can relate to – hooked me from the opening line.

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  2. the inner outer tussle between realities succinctly put together in this poem – love the opening lines

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  3. I love the image you chose to go with this post!

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  4. Paul, I will remember “when inside is out and outside is in.” So well-put. Also I love how you begin, with “the thin thread of the real never leaves me.” no matter how thin it gets stretched.

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  5. I love you poem Paul and it perfectly matches the photo which looks like 3d art or like optical illusion.

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  6. You really are my most favourite poet, Paul.

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  7. Your poem prompted me to reflect on the fact that I do a pretty good job of keeping the outside out, but then suffer guilt for doing so.

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  8. Charis Counselling

    Another deep and beautiful poem


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