Wanting, Not Wanting – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Photo: pixabay.com

“Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff without knowing where you will land.”  Zainab Salbi


Wanting, Not Wanting

The icy blast catches my breath
shivering my flesh,
my body tensed on this precipice
looking into an unknown,
unfathomable something
of uncertainty,
I desire, strongly, to move,
to dive in,
but a shadow in my recess
portents a wait and hold,
a what if, and
so here I wait,
not wanting.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote

48 responses to “Wanting, Not Wanting – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “a shadow in my recess
    portents a wait and hold,” – nice phrasing, and yes, it does!

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  2. I can feel that sense of tension in your stomach as you’re waiting on the precipice, uncertain of what to do, torn between going and holding back. Nicely done!
    Caz x

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  3. There was big red button in a computer room where I worked. I felt the same way. I wanted to press that button. I still have that feeling when I think back. 😝

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  4. What if there were no what ifs? Sigh…

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  5. Amy

    “a what if, and so here I wait,” countless times…

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  6. Oh, how I can relate to this one, Paul. The story of my life!

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  7. Yes…no…Yes…no
    And so life goes.

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  8. A very incisive poem with that photo! 🙂 I hope that that is a parachute that he is wearing!
    I’m glad that Illinois is boringly flat and pancake-like, though i do like going into unknown depths! 🙂

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  9. What a verse and the image, WOW. just brilliant. Someone got a blanket burrrrr!

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  10. Love it Paul!, and thank you for Invisibly Me for the great thoughts too. Michael

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  11. “a shadow in my recess . . . ” If not for that shadow, I wonder where I would end up. Beautiful poem, Paul.

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  12. Great orchestration Paul! ❤

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  13. Ah my everyday struggle 🙂

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  14. lync56

    Wow this one is quite profound


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