Think On This – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Meeting the Bar – O, Apostrophe

Amaya at dVerse has invited us to consider the creative idea of the apostrophe other than its technical use, rather as its poetic function in creating a change in the poem where the object speaks or is spoken to directly.


Photo: granite outcrop, Nungarin


“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”  Ansel Adams

Think On This

In the stillness was the hardness,
a resistance I knew well
of footfall on granite,
what song shall you sing me
I threw, and it rang sharp,
came back the posit,
think on this tenderfoot,
softness cannot abide without
firm boundary,
compassion lies in
strength within,
O that I might be a rock
of such an age of wisdom.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under bush walking, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, nature, poem, quote

30 responses to “Think On This – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This is wonderful. It captures the essence one feels when walking up a mountain!

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  2. Nitin Lalit

    Excellent using of apostrophe! I especially liked how you portrayed the mountain as having a strong exterior and a compassionate heart.

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  3. Beautiful! Well written as per usual. I love the image of that rock, carved and painted by the Creator Himself! Ah, behold His greatness in nature! Blessings! 🙂

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  4. Nice lines and good advice about the need for both strength and compassion: “softness cannot abide without
    firm boundary,
    compassion lies in
    strength within,”

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  5. Great verse, especially the opening line. Good one Paul 👍🏻

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  6. I do love the essence of this … how can we ever be soft without a hardness underneath… so much more than the mountain itself.

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  7. Lots of emotional insight! with convictions!☕️😎☕️

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  8. A great quote, with a greater poem too. Very deep going. Thank you Paul! Best wishes, Michael

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  9. Your words rang true as the hammer on anvil.

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  10. Really well written 📝

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