There Will Be Time – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Last Lines

Wish at dVerse has invited us to select either the last line of a book close at hand or from one the links she has kindly provided.

I have chosen Haruki Murakami’s ‘After Dark’,  Tokyo, Vintage, 2009; and the line:

“There will be time until the next darkness arrives.”



“After a lifetime of darkness, I want to leave something behind that is made of light.”  Marie Lu

There Will Be Time

The lantern in the lonely shack,
a slender glow on morning’s horizon,
that candle talisman of human heart,
cliched clouds over moonlight,
silvery awareness, while
silhouetted peaks are imposing,
always the reveal of light sneaking
under life’s door,
and you just know
there will be time until
the next darkness arrives.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote

52 responses to “There Will Be Time – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “the reveal of light sneaking under life’s door”
    impressive to me 🙂

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  2. There’s always a reprieve, or has been so far. Make the most of it.

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  3. I like the thought of light sneaking under the door.

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  4. I love the imagery in this Paul.

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  5. To have those moments of light is so crucial… like coming up to breathe for a seal maybe?

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  6. The inherent balancing ensures it, thankfully. It is a blessing it is so.

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  7. p.s. nice to see a Murakami quote! I’m in the middle of 1Q84 right now.

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  8. Beverly Crawford

    ,,,and don’t we all want to leave light for those who come after. Great read.

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  9. A much needed reminder of hope in these troubling days. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. We have to embrace every moment of the light, cherish it, live it…or the darkness prevails.

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  11. Charis Counselling

    A very thought provoking poem and stimulus to contemplation


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  12. You used the quote beautifully. Loved it.

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  13. That’s so well done 🙂 Your poem sits nicely with Haruki Murakami’s beautiful prose.

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  14. Very evocative, and philosophical too. Thank you for great thoughts, Paul! Best wishes, Michael

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  15. Amy

    Love the line and the moon photo you selected, Paul. Inspiring poem.

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  16. Loved your poem. There is always light and hope in between the darkness and despair.

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