To The Centre – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Lemon Scented Gum, St. Mark’s Park, Bunbury

 “How can we know ourselves by ourselves? Soul needs intimate connection, not only to individuate, but simply to live. For this we need relationships of the profoundest kind through which we can realise ourselves where self-revelation is possible ….”   James Hillman

To The Centre

Beyond the face of it
time is best immersive,
taken slowly,
small steps, never strides,
a very small journey that is quite long
from the outer to the centre,
a lifetime more or less,
and the closer one draws
to that precious place
is to feel the layers peeling off
with a new vulnerability
open to the world
as the mask thins and
crumbles to the ground.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




Filed under bush walking, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, nature, philosophy, poem, psychology, quote, self-development

53 responses to “To The Centre – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I really like this one, Paul. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  2. Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Poetic Justice

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  3. Pingback: To The Centre – Poetic Justice

  4. Layers shed – wonderful poem
    & the image is perfect , eco 🌿

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  5. Great photo. A lot of secrets inside this tree.

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  6. Perfectly analyzed and described! Very creative and poetic!

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  7. Your words are a journey in itself.

    Being unafraid to become more of who one is, and moving towards self-acceptance, is liberating.

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  8. This is so good, Paul! I love the idea of taking life in small step. Think how much we miss when we stride through life like a bull in a china closet!
    a very small journey that is quite long
    from the outer to the centre,

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  9. Nice. The more layers we shed of ourselves , the more move towards our true original self.

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  10. I like the description of the journey to the center as removing layers and increasing vulnerability.

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  11. Even as I read, I feel the layers peel off, revealing inner calm. Lovely.

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  12. Yes, a lifetime of steps. Thanks for your poem, Paul.

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  13. Journeying inside has to be in measured steps. Insightful and deep verse, Paul.

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  14. I like this very much! “Time is best immersive . . . “

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  15. The gradual realization of self: taking time to draw breath, pause and enjoy the moment. Thank you for the reminder to do this more; because we can.

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  16. a very small journey that is quite long… that is profound Paul…


  17. Well written, Paul! Love it!Thank you for sharing with us. Best wishes, Michael

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  18. lync56

    I love this – very deep and needs pondering and reflecting on – one for a quiet day??


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