A Peel To Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Peeling

Mish at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) on the subject of peel.


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“We are all engaged in the task of peeling off the false selves, the programmed selves, the selves created by our families, our culture, our religions.”  Anais Nin

A Peel To Life

Thin, worn metal strikes at flesh
seeking linear planes,
a redemption of flawed living,
smoothing the blemishes of
disappointment, the scratches
of indulgence so neatly scored,
circumcising the fibre of experience
for the juice of possibility,
sacrificial peeling to the
gods of new life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, psychology, Quadrille, quote, self-development

26 responses to “A Peel To Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Perfect quote and graphic for your poem.

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  2. The metaphor in this works beautiful and resonates well after the last line. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Core beliefs tell the true story.

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  4. Succinctly penned truth! So well done! ❤

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  5. I like the wordplay in the title, Paul, and the ‘swordplay’ with ‘thin, worn metal’ in your quadrille. I like ‘smoothing the blemishes of disappointment’ and ‘circumcising the fibre of experience’.

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  6. Nice phrase: “juice of possibility,”

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  7. I wonder if it helps… I think in real life it helps a lot with a thicker skin.

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  8. I’ll never peel a carrot in quite the same way again. Very nice use of metaphor!

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  9. Peeling away toward renewal. Excellent poetry!


  10. Very effective comparison. I suppose sometimes we peel our way back to our true self but I love this…”sacrificial peeling to the
    gods of new life”.

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  11. lync56

    Another great poem


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