But I Rise – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Your success and happiness lies in you.”  Helen Keller

But I Rise

Nettled days
that catch me by,
while the air hems my lungs,
slows my purpose,
could burden
oppress and close me,
but I rise and I rise
and shake the unshakeable,
laughing
like a kookaburra,
as I punch a hole in the real
and I breathe again.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

33 Comments

Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote, self-development

33 responses to “But I Rise – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Loved this…a reminder that we can always rise and punch the air!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. A wonderful motivating poem, Paul! Thank you, because we are here on earth to make our best. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Paul, I just noticed your link to RDP did not work today, so I have posted your link to RDP.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Love this ! It is a “real” day

    Liked by 1 person

  5. This is a lovely poem, Paul. Yes, change comes from within.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. So uplifting Paul 🙂 I’m going to punch the air today!

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  7. Love “nettled days”! I say, yeah!

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  8. A timely reminder that we can rise above most anything … we just have to remind ourselves to bounce!

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  9. I will have to return to this poem!

    Liked by 1 person

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