One Day – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Lake Amadeus, NT.

“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”  Arthur Schopenhauer

One Day

Did I conceive that I wondered as
the idea floated through my mind,
there I stood on sacred ground
my feet bathed in the dust of ancestry,
and I scooped a handful
of this dry, red wisdom as if
I were scooping up water
for my parched throat,
sifting it through my fingers,
feeling the lives of ages,
seeing the future in past, lived, lives,
some of them my own
even not yet birthed,
but being born
and one day they will ask,
not were you someone famous,
rather, were you really Paul?

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Country, Free Verse, life, poem, quote, Spirituality

32 responses to “One Day – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love this poem. I never thought ot that thought. Were you really you? Great fresh perspective.

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  2. You really were, my brother

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  3. Loved this one, Paul, and what a great note to leave it on!

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  4. stunning pic and definitely sacred land how blessed you are to live in and visit such country 🙂

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  5. lync56

    Very beautiful – deep and reflective


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  6. oooooh, very thought-provoking.

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  7. It is a great privilege and very humbling to live here, isn’t it, Paul? Your poem portrays how very small we are compared to the wonder all around us.

    Also, I still you must be famous, even if it is only on your own blog. 🙂

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  8. That quote resonates. I love how those wide open spaces make us reflective beings. “… my feet bathed in the dust of ancestry …” how evocative and beautiful.

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  9. The question of all questions. The important one. So true Paul! Love it very much. Best wishes, Michael

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  10. Wow! Love this and the contemplation of time, space and existence in such thoughtful and elegant words, Paul!! Very impressive!! Loved the quote too!

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  11. When I reached the last line, I immediately thought of Saul on the road to Damascus.

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