Breathing Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Bush walking off North Road, Margaret River, so peaceful, and a great place for pausing.


It’s a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately filling up space.”  Pema Chodron


Breathing Again

Days are full when minutes need counting,
like rear lights on dark rainy nights
life blurs at the edges
and falls into emptiness,
an incomplete memory
trailing and fading, autumnal,
causing a semi colon moment,
a thought arises and time slows
feeding on silence,
holding self motionless with ease,
lost in rabbit holes unconnected,
smiling inwardly,
breathing again,

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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

38 responses to “Breathing Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Very impressive “like rear lights on dark rainy nights”. Michael

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  2. Wow! I read it several times just to soak it up.

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  3. Charis Counselling

    Wow this is drew me in to that space – great poem


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  4. Loved this. Blurry lights— I love how small things inspire.

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  5. I experience the blur in retrospect – kids talking about “that time” I really can’t remember. You describe it well, accentuated by the rain. Love the quotation you’ve attributed to this piece. Thanks for this Paul.

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  6. Amy

    smiling inwardly… lovely peaceful moment. Thank you for the quote, Paul.

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  7. Loved this, Paul. Everyone needs more semicolon moments!

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  8. Your poem was very appropriate for me today as I had to go for a pulmonary function test, which required me to breathe in and out of this tube that was hooked up to a computer.

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  9. Ahhhhhhh…. yes! Beautiful 💚

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  10. A lovely meditation on mindfulness. I particularly liked the “semi colon moment.”


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