Fleeting – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Impermanence

Merril at dVerse has invited us to write a poem about impermanence.



Photo: fractalenlightenment.com


“Is not impermanence the very fragrance of our days?”  Rainer Maria Rilke


I went out
to watch the western sky collapse
into the evanescent velvet of night,
fleeting as each other,
a simple reminder
that all is death while
all is resurrection,
cycles of light and life,
a constancy of letting go,
in the knowledge that
nothing is the same tomorrow
nor can ever be.
As day folds into new night,
all is annica,
all is.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Note: Annica (Pali) is the teaching in Buddhism that all is impermanent. But all religions and much philosophy since the earliest times have referenced impermanence.

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, life, philosophy, poem, quote, Spirituality

39 responses to “Fleeting – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Beverly Crawford

    Another way of saying “what goes around comes around” ? We are all just a blip in the passage of time!

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  2. Nice line about the day folding into night.

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  3. Beautifully written. I especially liked this part: “all is death while
    all is resurrection.” Today being Ash Wednesday, that is a timely phrase to meditate on!

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  4. Well painted image, Paul! Thank you for sharing, on this Ash Wednesday, too. Michael

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  5. This poem was beautiful even as it had a clarity like prose driving the point home. Poem used a buddhist word even as comments reminded the relevance of it being posted on ash wednesday. Truly a symphony for grand praise beyond the hands of the mere poet even as he set the stage for this orchestra.

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  6. It’s always nice to run into a poem that you have to sit with for awhile. This is definitely one. The image and meaning are crystal clear, but the reminder they offer is worth spending a good deal of time ruminating on.

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  7. Paul, this is such a beautiful reflective verse! And your use of the Pali word “annica” is so apt.

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  8. Love the focus on both death and resurrection … the constant circling…

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  9. This is really beautiful Paul–simple and eloquent at the same time. It’s a poem that while talking of all being impermanent, yet lingers.

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  10. Eloquent is a good word for this poem.

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  11. Amy

    I agree with VJ, eloquent. A beautiful poem, Paul.

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  12. Love this. My favourite lines
    “to watch the western sky collapse
    into the evanescent velvet of night”

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  13. lync56

    I love this poem – very true – but a somber reminder of our mortality


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  14. I can see that western sky collapsing. Captures so much feeling and imagery that rings true. Thank you.

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