At Ease – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics: Profiles – Portraits

Anmol at dVerse has invited us to write a profile or portrait (so, I’m not using a photo this time).


“Old man with a young mind is much younger than the young man with and old mind!”  Mehmet Murat Ildan

At Ease

His wrinkled face carried his life
and held his rheumy eyes
as they appeared to weep
in a grief of days now gone,
his greying hair a testimony,
a paean to a wisdom unspoken
while his gnarled hands were
badged by his plaid shirt,
perhaps too big
but he’d thinned a lot
these past two years
just as he shuffled
more than walked,
he slid into the seat across
and ordered his coffee in
slow and carefully appointed words
completely at ease with his world.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote

28 responses to “At Ease – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I’m continuously searching for that ease.

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  2. I like that ease at the end after the expression of grief.

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  3. What a great word picture you paint! Well done Paul.
    while his gnarled hands were
    badged by his plaid shirt,

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  4. I feel like i would love to love him for a cup of coffee

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  5. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    Good thoughts

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  6. ciccolady

    Hello, powerful poem dear, have a nice day ahead:)

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Great, Paul! This poem now really shows very clearly how careful you are choosing the words, to achieve the desired effekt. 🙂 Thank you! Michael

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  8. Rob Kistner

    A well written portrait of aging Paul, we all go in that direction eventually.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. He is blessed, I guess.
    Wonderful piece Paul.

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  10. Anyone who is at ease in their skin is a joy to behold. “At ease with his world”

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  11. So good — the descriptions (through effective use of adjectives and strong verbs) are well penned, making the person real for us. I love the ending too. 🙂

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  12. Paul, you painted a picture with your words. Great description!

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  13. lync56

    These words are so descriptive it creates the scene before us


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