The Mystery – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


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“life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.”  Marge Piercy

The Mystery

I want to understand,
to embrace the mystery of
the soil in which life grows,
to understand the weightlessness
of the fruit of this tree,
the fleeting hours of its
gentle opening to the world,
and strange scenes which
humiliate proud minds,
or even just the moment
of discovering the empty
birds nest, regretting
my lateness.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

25 responses to “The Mystery – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A tree could watch everything going on around it, but it cannot describe it.
    We can describe everything, but we are not always there.

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  2. A wonderful mystery for all of us!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Amy

    I want to understand…, so very beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. You are able to capture nuances so well. Now try catching raindrops or snowflakes on you tongue… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Beautiful! Pursuing the mystery keeps us vital and alive!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I love where the poem ends with the last four lines.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Beautiful brain tree,
    The tree growing from the brain of human,
    Gave the fruits to every living things,
    No matter what they’re,
    Who they are.
    That’s the love of human.


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  8. lync56

    yes I love this one too – speaking words for me


    Liked by 1 person

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