Shred Of Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – To Be A Flower

Linda at dVerse has invited us to write a poem about ourselves as a flower, what flower we do we most identify with? I have chosen a Spider Orchid.


Photo: One of the several types of Spider Orchid found in Western Australia, Leda Reserve, 2018.


“The orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it.”  Confucius


Shred Of Life

waiting for the sky to cry
and relieve my desiccated bones,
my rice paper skin,
a tenuous life in
an abundance of aridity,
the land of implausible possibility
where nature threatens its own
fragile existence so that
it won’t be disappointed
should its seed never smile
and celebrate a dawn,
yet here I am,
today, perhaps tomorrow,
a glorious struggle,
full of my colour
in a shred of life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon





Filed under bush walking, Country, environment, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, nature, poem, quote

47 responses to “Shred Of Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That’s you all right, bro! 😊

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  2. so true. Our life is a continuous struggle and pain dissipating through it colors it.

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  3. What a beautiful poem Paul. And what a lovely flower.

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  4. I’ve never seen a flower like that before, I am sure it has been a struggle to survive the changing climate.

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    • Yes, these orchids are small and fragile in a harsh land, some years they don’t appear when there’s a drop in the rainfall or drought, and they have around a week to two weeks depending on the heat. Thank you for your reflection on this.


  5. shred of life, even in the cracks of life there’s poignant beauty, and you have captured the heartbeat of this living flower

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  6. There is something so delicate about a flower like that.. you have captured its soul I think

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  7. Nice line: “waiting for the sky to cry”

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  8. Interesting choice I’ve never seen before.

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  9. Yes, to this poem and the power of metaphor!

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  10. Paul, I really love your poetry. Just amazing. And this image of the Spider Orchid – sweet !

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  11. I love: should its seed never smile
    and celebrate a dawn


  12. The will to survive is perhaps strongest in the most inhospitable circumstances. I like the Confucius quote. He was a big one for pure altruism. Although I’m sure he was often disappointed, I admire his idealism. A melancholy poem, but glowing in the light of hope.

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  13. What a lovely tribute to such an unusual and beautiful looking orchid! 🙂

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  14. Amy

    A beautiful choice, Paul. Orchid is a very unique and beautiful, the “struggle” is behind its beauty. “a glorious struggle…” love it.

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  15. Beautiful, but the flower has a very extraterrestical shape. 😉

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  16. lync56

    Another sober reminder of our fragility


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