At The Very Least – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon




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



At The Very Least

In the letting go
a surrendering,
a vulnerability to the next moment,
the unknown cusp,
and emerging possibility
that begs an openness to
the prospect of wound
as we hold the past
while living forwards,
the search,
the endless search for meaning,
identity in graduated slivers
never fully revealed
a pocket full of vanity
spread thinly,
always looking,
never sure,
but somehow
at the very least,
a willingness to begin.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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

11 responses to “At The Very Least – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I wouldn’t recommend jumping off buildings, but this is advice I give to my grandchildren. Always encouraging, live life to the fullest, experience new things.

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. That endless search for meaning or for happiness can be incredibly painful, as can holding on to the past. Painfully sad and it’s hard to move forward but having an open heart and fostering a little hope for the future is so important. This is such a poignant, well written piece. Very nicely done.
    Caz x

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  3. What a great verse Paul, and something that resonates through myself unfortunately. After all these years I’m finally willing to begin.

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  4. The willingness to begin is everything.

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