Lived – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  Douglas Adams


I have a memory
of something of a start
collected in the eras
of my many beginnings,
of a long gestated spark
that torched a path,
and, as I look back
I see the embers glowing,
though time is
now extinguishing
my lived meaning.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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

69 responses to “Lived – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I cannot comment on this because you did not use the word for.the Quadrille.

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  2. This a beautiful poem! I love the images you wove into this one!

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  3. Another one that strikes a chord! Beautiful.

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  4. Great quote to launch the words filled with a nostalgic memories.

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  5. Your poem feels a little melancholy to me, or maybe it’s because I’m feeling melancholy. I learned today that one of my former co-worker’s 20 year-old son OD’d and is on life support. About 2 weeks ago one of my former co-worker’s sons was gunned down in the street. He was due to start college the next day.

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  6. 🙂 You, Paul, followed the rules for writing this poem to the very end. Don’t let them extinguish your well-meaning!

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  7. Resonates…you have beautifully expressed some of my recent pondering. Thank you.

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  8. Sounds a little sad. But I think we’re always where we’re supposed to be.

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  9. The sense of loss is palpable here Paul.

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  10. I particularly liked the ending
    “though time is
    now extinguishing
    my lived meaning.”

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  11. I like the thought of looking back and seeing at least some embers glowing on the path of one’s lived meaning.

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  12. Rob Kistner

    Age robs a bit more of “us” every day Paul.

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  13. I love this line:
    “collected in the eras
    of my many beginnings”

    And the gentle slant rhyme of start/spark.

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  14. I really love that thought of many beginnings… to me life is more the endless beginnings coming together in one final end.

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  15. I rarely take exception to your words, however I don’t think time is going to extinguish one bit of your life’s meaning.

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  16. Cool. Time, the great extinguisher. This has a good sound and rhythm to it.

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  17. lync56

    There is a sadness about this poem


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  18. Paul, that Douglas Adams quote above your poem is one of my favorite quotes. It suits me perfectly. The path I started out on after college did not take me where I thought I was going, but I am content now in the assurance that I am exactly where I was supposed to be all along.

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  19. Imdalegreene

    All we are are beginnings and endings. Thanks so much for the lovely poem.

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