Paying Attention – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Lake Ballard, near Menzies

“I dwell in possibility.”  Emily Dickinson

Paying Attention

In the midst of hostility
where the dry arid ground
desired to earth my bones
and break my roots,
there I conquered my fear,
that petty thief,
taking shelter in myself,
living into the
trace of thoughts embodied
in my ordeal of solitude,
paying attention to the
emerging, shimmering, horizon,

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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

35 responses to “Paying Attention – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Isolation is an interesting state – can tear us down, and at the same time, illuminate and set free. Well written, Paul.

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  2. there I conquered my fear…well nowadays a lot of people experience fear and dont know how to cope.

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  3. Beautiful the way you have penned

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  4. SelfSelf-chosen loneliness is sometimes the only way to find yourself.

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  5. We all need to be paying better attention.

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  6. Rays of sunshine and hope to warm me on this cold and sunny Saturday.

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  7. lync56

    Great poem – love the photo


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  8. Stay positive and keep up the cheerful spirit!

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  9. Nice lines: “there I conquered my fear,
    that petty thief,
    taking shelter in myself,” I like the portrayal of fear as a thief.

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  10. A wonderful poem for these times. I admire the feeling of hope juxtaposed with reality. Hope you are well!

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  11. Fear, like anger, can be a gift. You are a gift too.


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