To That Place Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Subtraction




“God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.”  Meister Eckhart


To That Place Again

How many valleys and ravines have been
that perfect sense of standing on the edge
seeking subtraction by addition,
rather than simply surrendering
the me of me for the real me,
unravelling the complexity
of my false true self,
offering substitutes two sizes down,
placating the demons of acceptance,
rummaging the garbage of life
for hollow platitudes,
a reductio ad absurdum
that returns me unfulfilled
to that place again
of self emptying towards

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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26 responses to “To That Place Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Paul, I am mesmerized by your words – how eloquently you have captured the paradox of being, the complexity of the search for self, and the essence of the struggle. Just wow!

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  2. I totally agree to V.J. Knutson. Cant say it better. Thank you for sharing these important thoughts. Michael

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  3. What a wonderful word: onement

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  4. blindzanygirl

    “self emptying towards onement” – wonderful phrase

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  5. I have a very vivid memory of a literary theory class in college in which the professor played a cassette of a Jesuit priest giving a lecture on Meister Eckert and the difference between “is-ness” and “be-ness.” I have no idea what this had to do with literary theory, but I remember leaving class and having a major meltdown, almost a crisis of faith in the study of literature.

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  6. Strange how life demands us to afopt the persona/s of another. Eloquently put.

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  7. Charis Counselling

    Wow beautifully deep poem – a great Quiet Day reflection and contemplation


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