The Question – a Poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”  Hermann Hesse

The Question

does one keep
more to the point,
what does one keep
who am I to keep anything and
isn’t keeping about wanting
about accumulating,
surely not a person,
and don’t animals keep us?
when I think of keeping,
it’s time to let go.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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

40 responses to “The Question – a Poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Adding this to the reference index at the Foundation for Poetic Justice

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  2. Beautiful words and image P V, lovely indeed!

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  3. Rob Kistner

    Keeping for ill-conceived reasons Paul, does call for releasing.

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  4. I enjoyed your take on the prompt word, Paul. I believe animals keep us.

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  5. Amy

    Yes… it’s time to let go. Well said, Paul!

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  6. Nice last two lines about the thought of keeping leading to the thought of letting go.

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  7. I wish to show my appreciation for your Quadrille also. Well said.

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  8. Indeed… we cannot be pack-rats… letting go is sometimes the best.

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  9. lync56

    Interesting point – great poem


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  10. So true, Paul! What a wonderful poem, explaining and hardening Hesse’s quote. This should be a principle for us all. Best wishes, Michael

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  11. I’ve loved and lived this quote for a long time. In relationships … best to walk away than be unfulfilled, especially when the depth of love is not reciprocated.

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  12. Well said Paul. We are not meant to “keep”.

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  13. Tying into the serenity prayer, we need to learn the difference between what we have the strength (and need) to keep and the serenity to know what needs to be let go because it can’t be corrected/changed. Not everything should be let go of, even Jung said that.

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  14. I like the questioning, and the realization here. Yes, it’s definitely better to let go sometimes.

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  15. Excellent thoughts and brilliant writing, Paul! ❤

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