Noctuary – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”  Langston Hughes


Dreams are like a Dalian reality
melting the fantasy of my waking life,
how else would mist filled lakes call me
to tree lined shores in desirable lands,
where clearings happily appear
and docile waves lap the sand,
somehow, intuitively, you just know
that a cipher will appear,
though more subtly than desired,
why the ornate and bejewelled
viking dragon-boat like molten gold
drifting through the mist?
And you know it’s not the boat,
but the gift borne within it
that will gestate and stay with you
for an eternity,
dreams are like that.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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42 responses to “Noctuary – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. For sure. I had quite a dream last night, and I’m taking it to my dream group next week to see if we can sort it out 🙂 I wonder if starting to watch the Joseph Campbell / Bill Moyers interviews last night had anything to do with it.

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  2. Rob Kistner

    Excellent writing Paul — wonderful descriptors. Fascinating encrusted dragon boat. Flashy vikings!

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  3. Noctuary…I really like that word! It sounds magical! Great poem!

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  4. I like the thought of the gestating gift inside the viking boat and the tree lined shores on the mist filled lakes.

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  5. Sometimes, it is our dreams that keep us going. Great write!

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  6. Excellent piece Paul.
    I like dreaming 🙂

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  7. Love the dreamy quality of this.

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  8. Beautiful lines, Paul. I love that dream of Vikings. 🙂

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  9. Beverly Crawford

    Dream vessels are wondrous things!

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  10. Ethereal floating, beautiful Paul. The ciphers are indeed subtle

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  11. I love where your dream took us! 🙂

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  12. Those are great dreams, except in my case that dragon ship would be a burning burial ship with the treasure inside would be myself dressed for death.

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    • Fascinating imagery, there’s something about burning pyres, something about boats for me too. I often find (for me) they bear something, a gift, which is not immediately evident, nor always as profound as the dream itself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Bjorn.


  13. Love the dreams too, they are good ones. Thank you for sharing, Paul! Best wishes, Michael

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  14. I really like how the poem recreates the dream state, then shifts to reflection, and ends with meaning.

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  15. Charis Counselling

    This poem is particularly beautiful – revealing a depth of experience of dreams that is foreign to me


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