Words – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it more than half the battle.”  Criss Jami



Words can be thin and easily folded,
neatly taken, put away,
never taking up much room,
always about to lead off
but never actually getting started,
an economy of scale for
benign conversations,
and sometimes words are
so swollen, so full
that I cannot fit them
into the narrow space between us.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


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26 responses to “Words – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Silence may speak volumes, but true communication is open. Finding that balance is important.

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  2. Where would we be without words, I guess everyone would be grunting all the time.

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  3. I wonder what percentage of words are ever spoken. So much of our dialogue
    is internal.

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  4. I like your description of two contrasting kinds of words in conversations between people.

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  5. the duality of words, given and received, its strengths and weaknesses exposed, Paul I really appreciated this tight and precise piece.

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  6. Good poem … words, however, are easy … it’s actions that are sometimes more difficult.

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    • True in most ways, but in the poem it’s that inner sense of holding back in the important moments because so much gets in the way, a sense of needing space to carefully negotiate the emotions – but that would be abnormal in many relationships in my experience, mostly it’s yelling and running away emotionally.

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  7. Words, beautiful and dangerous.

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  8. I specially love the 3 ending lines – stunning close.

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  9. Words can also be feathers
    but sometimes like lead.

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  10. Amy

    Words can be thin and easily folded,… well said.

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  11. Charis Counselling

    I’d never thought of it like that but yes so true


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