How Little – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.”  Richard E. Byrd

How Little

When the shadow takes all
we lose our deep, inner sight
and chaos presents
so beautifully as need,
as urgency,
wrapped and double wrapped
all shiny and shouting,
like sirens calling us onto the
rocks unaware,
how little we know ourselves,
and how little we really need.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Economics, environment, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem

30 responses to “How Little – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Such is the irony of life – nicely “wrapped” Paul.

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  2. I found that out in 2014, a little late in life, but 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  3. Amy

    Beautifully said, Paul. Sometimes, a little late to know ourselves.

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  4. lync56

    Great poem


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  5. Beautifully said, Paul.

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  6. The irony for me was realizing as an adult how little my family had when I was growing up (comparatively speaking). I didn’t know it at the time because I never wanted for anything; I had everything I needed.

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  7. Intriguing and so true. Michael

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  8. The truth rings from this. This reminds me of my recent frantic search to find a job. I have enough to pay the bills each month with a few dollars left for fun. I’m enjoying life as-is, so why spoil it with grabbing for more dollars?

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