Readied – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse – Poetics

Laura at dVerse has challenged us to take a line of Pablo Neruda and create a riposte or rejoinder.

I have chosen “Why did the grove undress itself only to wait for the snow.” Pablo Neruda

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Photo: pixabay.com

 

“What is to give light must endure burning.”  Victor Frankl

Readied

The confessional moment is pending,
an absurdist response,
to excoriate and purify
the hidden
by a letting go
a shedding of pretence,
no room for Janus
though Sisyphus is close,
tearing at the inane
letting the core settle
in a visceral landscape
where the cold burns,
let it be so!
For cauterised we are yet
emboldened,
strengthened,
readied,
for the new.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

32 Comments

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32 responses to “Readied – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wow. I feel the surrender but also the endurance needed to survive Winter. Bravo!

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  2. I feel the perseverance in the process to be readied for what’s new.

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  3. I really enjoyed this upbeat response to the prompt- so many subtle references – “a shedding of pretence,” and the “cauterising” which makes ready for the new. Those opening lines set the scene so well.
    Thank you for joining in with this.

    p.s. I was only reading Frankl yesterday – a man who found hope in the most hopeless of places. Winter needs such an outlook.

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  4. I love the quotation that you chose!

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  5. Again a great poem – and I like the picture as well.

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  6. Lovely poem and such beautiful imagery, love the idea of ‘cauterising’ for the new x

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  7. Amy

    So well expressed, Paul. Insightful.

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  8. “where the cold burns,
    let it be so!
    For cauterised we are… for the new.” powerful

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  9. I love the way you dived right into this poem, Paul! I shivered when I read the lines:
    ‘letting the core settle
    in a visceral landscape
    where the cold burns’.
    I’m ready for the new.

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  10. Love this! Very powerful

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  11. I like your blog
    Please follow back

    Like

  12. Great poem with a lovely quote.

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  13. Nice Paul! l love your ending!

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  14. The last five lines show what we have to do. Thank you Paul, and have a nice weekend! Best wishes, Michael

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  15. lync56

    You lost me with this one

    >

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